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Column - June 17, 2011

From Amador to Tanzania: Quite a career path

by Jeb Bing

Andrea McNees will leave later this summer for Tanzania to spend the next nine months with farmers in the small sub-village of Kwakiliga to help them improve their harvests. A 2000 graduate of Amador Valley High School, McNees prepared herself for a career dealing with social and poverty issues at UC Davis, where she earned a master's degree in International Agricultural Development. The program was only one of four in the U.S. that focus on agricultural development at the scientific level to provide long-term results, including how to combine development theory with effective applications in third world countries where people might be resistant to western technologies.

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