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Source: "Bible Hill agricultural campus joins Ethiopian project" by Aaron Beswick Truro Bureau in the Herald News

Bible Hill is teaming up with Ethiopia.

Well, it's actually a bit more complicated than that.

Dalhousie University's agricultural campus in Bible Hill will be administering an $18-million program funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to improve agricultural education in Ethiopia.

The program, called Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education, touts itself as one of the first steps in moving Ethiopia's farming community from a subsistence one to a market economy.

"A better trained farming community is our main goal," Solomon Demeke, a professor at Ethiopia's Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, said Monday.

But to get a better trained farming community, Ethiopia first needs better agricultural and technical colleges.

That is where Bible Hill comes in.

Along with funding directed toward the physical infrastructure of four Ethiopian agricultural and technical colleges, the program will also be about teaching the teachers.

"So it will be about institutional strengthening, improving instructor training, networking and linkages between the colleges and the private sector," project co-ordinator Hannah Pugh said Monday.

Agricultural campus experts, along with those from McGill University in Montreal and the Mennonite Economic Development Associates of Canada in Waterloo, will travel to Ethiopia to provide training.

"This is a partnership approach and there (are) also opportunities for Ethiopians to come to Canada," said Pugh.

"So we hope to learn as much from them as they do from us."

This is the biggest international project the agricultural campus has ever been in charge of.