The Masterclass in Food Security and Masterclass in Water Management were on the agenda from Wednesday the 16th to Saturday the 19th of October. A group of International MBA students from countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda and Indonesia attended the masterclasses as majors, for the purpose of expanding their MBA study.
But what is a lesson in Food Security or Water Management without an experience thereof? It is for precisely this reason why the two excursions were planned. In this way, the participants can get an even better picture of Food Security and Water Management. We look back at two excellent field trips.
Enthusiastic Tour at De Terp Squashpackers
As part of the Masterclass in Food Security, the students visited De Terp Squashpackers in Erichem (the Netherlands). Employee Ibrahim Hassani provided an enthusiastic and inspiring tour.
De Terp is an organic pumpkin farm and is the leading supplier of pumpkins for Albert Heijn. Since 1985, Jeroen Robber is the proud owner of this extraordinarily innovative business, which he manages along with his son, Rinke. The business produces 3.9 million kilograms of organic pumpkins per year! De Terp is a trendsetter in the field of organic and cost-effective enterprise, nothing is wasted. Pulp and pumpkins which are not suitable for human consumption are used to produce biogas and cattle feed. Used water is recycled and energy is self-produced by means of solar panels.
Vijayender Nalla: “I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story and experiencing the business operations of the Terp. Thank you Ibrahim (our host at The Terp) for the tour and answering all our questions.”
Kenneth Chipere: “A practical experience of focused differentiation and biological farming.”
Sibusisiwe Madhiye: “Appreciated the concept of value chain which we learnt from class and the managing of waste pumpkins as animal feed and recycling of water concept on the site.”
Educational Morning in Kinderdijk
The Water Management students were hosted in a lecture hall above the J.U Smit Pumping Station in Kinderdijk (the Netherlands). This pumping station is one of the so-called waterworks of the Waterschap Rivierenland (Riverlands Waterboard). Eric Kuindersma, policy advisor of external relations for the Waterboard, provided an engaging presentation about the fourth governing body of the Netherlands, the Waterboards. The typical Dutch word ‘polderen’ was explained, and especially what the Riverlands Waterboard’s almost 1000 personnel are involved with on a daily basis: keeping water at the correct levels, monitoring the dikes, and purifying run-off rainwater.
It was almost impossible for the participants to believe that water out of the tap in the Netherlands, even without the addition of chlorine, is perfect drinking water, and that almost 100 people are busy catching water rats every day.
In the past, the water board tried to get the water to the sea as quickly as possible, but now, due to climate change, it must find a balance between drainage and conservation of water. This requires a totally new approach, a new strategy. The morning ended with a short visit to the mills and the souvenir shop, where no doubt little mills, clogs and wooden tulips were purchased.
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