Clowns, magic and agricultural research have come together in a traveling roadshow in southern Laos designed to teach young people about diversified and integrated farming systems.
Graham Centre researchers Dr Camilla Vote and Dr Tamara Jackson have been involved in projects and events funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). In collaboration with Lao university students, they developed a light-hearted, humorous education program which was performed to over a thousand school students in Champassak Province.
"Clowning and magic captured the imagination of children and youths, who are the 'agents of change' and the future of agriculture," Dr Vote and Dr Jackson said. "They are seldom involved in research or agricultural extension, but they are still able to spread information to those making the household decisions."
The performance included information about the production and management of non-rice crops, livestock and mechanised rice production with the aim of diversifying smallholder livelihoods and income streams.