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Lecturer advises Sudanese government
2009-02-12

 
 Mr Andries Jordaan and a Sudanese farmer during his recent visit to that country.
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Mr Andries Jordaan, Director of the Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTeC) at the University of the Free State (UFS), recently visited Sudan to conduct an environmental impact study next to the Blue Nile and Dinder rivers, west of Ethiopia. The Sudanese government is in an advanced stage of implementing a new irrigation scheme of 1 million hectare in this area.

As part of this study he conducted research on the current indigenous drought strategies of farmers in order to make recommendations on how they can effectively overcome the dry months (stretching from September to April).

He was part of the team who last year planned and monitored the resettlement of 70 000 people during the building of the Merowe Dam in the Nile River in northern Sudan. Mr Jordaan is contracted as agricultural specialist by Lahmeyer International, a German engineering company.

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