2009.02.16: February 16, 2009: Headlines: COS - Mali: Agriculture: Columbia Missourian: When the Peace Corps sent Nate Jensen to a tiny West African village in 2005, a parasitic plant known as striga or witchweed was plaguing farmers

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When the Peace Corps sent Nate Jensen to a tiny West African village in 2005, a parasitic plant known as striga or witchweed was plaguing farmers

When the Peace Corps sent Nate Jensen to a tiny West African village in 2005, a parasitic plant known as striga or witchweed was plaguing farmers

Armed with nothing but a physics degree and a desire to help, Jensen, now 29, offered veteran farmers struggling to adapt to a global economy one thing they couldn't get for themselves: access to the latest research and knowledge. "I was the Internet for these guys," Jensen said. "They used me instead of Google." In Mali, Jensen's main function was to transfer knowledge from the outside world to Missadiebougou.

When the Peace Corps sent Nate Jensen to a tiny West African village in 2005, a parasitic plant known as striga or witchweed was plaguing farmers

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COLUMBIA When the Peace Corps sent Nate Jensen to a tiny West African village in 2005, a parasitic plant known as striga or witchweed was plaguing farmers.

Intensive cultivation in Mali encouraged by haphazard westernization and international market forces had given the small green nutrient-thieving plant the upper hand.

In the village of Missadiebougou, it had been a long, frustrating battle between the parasite and nutrient-rich millet.

Armed with nothing but a physics degree and a desire to help, Jensen, now 29, offered veteran farmers struggling to adapt to a global economy one thing they couldn't get for themselves: access to the latest research and knowledge.

"I was the Internet for these guys," Jensen said. "They used me instead of Google."

In Mali, Jensen's main function was to transfer knowledge from the outside world to Missadiebougou.

Now, he and several other returned Peace Corps volunteers have come to MU to transfer the knowledge and perspective they gained in Mali, Kyrgyzstan and Lesotho to the campus community and city as a whole.

"Maybe I can't apply all this practical stuff I learned in Mali," Jensen said, "but it changed my perspective." That new perspective on agriculture, economics, development, the discomfort of camel-back riding and a sea of other subjects is what Jensen hopes to share.




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