Archive for November, 2006

Presentation of the Nomadic Milk Project at “The conference about the future of transhumance in West Africa 2006”

Friday, November 24th, 2006

23/11/2006 Abuja

NomadicMilk has arrived in Nigeria! Since I will assist at “The conference about the future of transhumance in West Africa 2006” I have arrived before the rest of the team to present our project and meet Nigerian societies and NGO members working with pastoralists. I was especially curious to meet Saleh B. Momale, who I had contacted through the internet.

The conference about the future of transhumance in West Africa was addressed by the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mallam Adamu Bello (Dan Iyan Adamawa), leaders of national and international organizations and distinguished scholars and policy makers. Then the actual conference started with many presentations and heated debates.

The NomadicMilk presentation also received some interesting questions and comments:

Presentatie van het NomadicMilk project

First Robot Workshop now on video

Monday, November 20th, 2006

During our robot workshop I brought along the brand new video camera we bought for the research trip. In order to get used to it I filmed some footage during the workshop. So you can see Edwin working with the robot, and Floris behind the laptop. Enjoy!

First Robot Workshop

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Edwin, Floris and I met to test the robot for the first time!

portrait of the robot
Edwin did equip the robot with an original Nigerian Swann Water bottle. The bottle was filled with sand, and we ran a test.
first robot tests
Yes! it draws a sharp and clear line!
first drawing
It is really sand!
The result of drawing a square;
nice, but still a bit uncontrolled picture
The robot now makes a nice,
but still somewhat uncontrolled picture……
to be continued……

New pics from Nigeria!!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Just a dump of some of the most interesting pics from the last few days in Shonong, a rural area south of Jos where we have stayed for a few days. Sorry for the grungy quality, I have done it the easy way because uploading each image in its original quality takes too long from here.

Hilltop in Bachit where we made a stop to call in to the NWO for the Co-Ops launch. This was the best place for reception.

Esther pointing at some maps hanging at the home of the district chief, whom we visited.

Esther, Sadik Balewa and Ab at Dini & Jaap’s place.

Talking to the Berom chief under a mango tree in the village of Shonong, explaining our intentions.

Ab, ElHadj Masseia and John talking about routes.

Ab, ElHadj Masseia and John talking about routes and drawing a map on the ground.

Fulani woman in Shonong preparing my first nonno (yogurt drink).

Another Fulani woman, after having prepared my second nonno at the market of Makera. Here Fulani milk and Peak come together – see the cans in front!!

Ya’u milking a cow. I followed some Fulani men with their cattle for a day in the field.

Ya’u, Isa and Hassan with fresh milk. Hassan is wearing the GPS device I gave him. He has walked a really nice trail that I hope to post later.

Hassan and Ya’u in front of the hut where they spend the night, near where the cows spend the night too.

Ya’u, Hassan, Isa

More Fulani boys show up, with their own herd

Oldest brother Maikudi has a closer look at the GPS device Hassan is wearing

Who said being a herdsman is hard work…?

Everything I wrote down caught the immediate interest of everybody. The Fulani are very keen on mediation! 🙂

The making of Fulani milk

Maikudi killed a viper in the field. The Berom farmer cut off its head and tail, let it drip empty, skinned it, and dried it. The next day he told me he had a nice chopchop!

Again, everything I photographed or filmed was very interesting to the men.

The Fulani men I went walking with are looking at the pictures I made with Esther’s camera. So I took a picture of that with the cellphone. How meta!

One of the things that struck me most during that day was the close interaction of agricultural life and semi-nomadic pastoralism. As soon as fields were harvested, the Fulani could access the land for their cattle to graze. The cows both strip the land clean of remaining plants and shit on it, so it is fertilized again. Here sorghum is being harvested.

Hassan on his favorite cow. Maikudi behind it.

And after a hot day in the field, I saw a large can of Peak Milk standing near one of the houses of the family of Ahmadu Idris (the father of Maikudi, Ya’u and Hassan)!!

OK, tha-tha-tha-thats all folks!

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