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Lancaster Environment Centre Graduate Helps Ugandan Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

Michelle Clark in Uganda

The Organisation

Ugandan company, Nile Teas Limited, produce a hibiscus drink called 'Simply Hibi' which is sold to the UK market and East African markets, to provide an extra income for subsistence farmers in Uganda.

The Challenge

With climate change presenting subsistence farmers with new challenges, Nile Teas Limited wanted to better undertand how farmers Uganda faced these.

The Solution

Lancaster Environment Centre's (LEC) Graduate Consultancy Scheme has been running for over five years and has placed over 300 students in industrial settings.

The scheme was designed to provide businesses with access to the skills and expertise of high calibre current university postgraduates, who undertake short projects to develop new products and services, assess environmental impacts, improve resource use efficiency and complete market research analysis.

Michelle Clarke, BA in Geography, spent two weeks in Uganda working with the local growers.

"I was looking at how the farmers are adapting to climate change and potential solutions to the issue in the area."

Graduate Consultant Feedback

"Working on a research project in Uganda is one of the most exciting opportunities I've ever had. The people I met and the fantastic experience I had that meant I didn't want to leave at the end of the two weeks! I am aiming to go back this summer to carry on with my research and see all the wonderful people I met on my last trip, and to see how the project unfolds."

Michelle Clarke, LEC Graduate Consultancy Student

LEC Graduate Consultancy Feedback

"Transnational projects such as this provide fantastic opportunities for students and business. Lancaster is well placed for Environmental Science and Geography students, being close to National Parks, upland areas, coastal environments, and large cities, as well as having international links, extending placement opportunities beyond the local area to further enhance the student experience, whilst providing benefits to international business.

"We are currently working to deliver more placements such as Michelle's, through our KARIM project, with companies in Northwest Europe, and have already placed a number of students in France and Ireland.

"Whether it's a Northwest business or an international organisation like Nile Teas Ltd., our high quality graduates use their skills and enthusiasm to form partnerships, make a difference and deliver real impact."

Mike Entwistle, LEC