Agricultural Economics Department


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Cornhusker Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, June 18, 2014


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On May 13, 2014, nine UNL undergraduate students set off on a three-week study tour in the West African country of Benin. The main objectives of the program were to learn about tropical agriculture and sustainable agricultural development in Africa and to discover the rich history and cultural traditions of Benin. The program was organized by Wes Peterson, agricultural economics professor at UNL (and Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin from 1968-70), with able assistance from Boris Medatinsa, a young Beninese entrepreneur who handled the incountry logistics and helped with the presentation and interpretation of a variety of cultural experiences. The group traveled around the country in two vans staying in modest hotels and eating at local restaurants featuring both African and European-style food.