We Develop The World

Mendel University is implementing various development projects in developing countries. These projects are organized in compliance with the Conception of Foreign Development Cooperation of the Czech Republic.

Management of natural resources in the tropics and subtropics – study programme innovation at Mendel University in Brno

The aim of all the projects on Socotra Island in Yemen since 1999 has been rescue of endangered endemic species of woods through their propagation and planting. It was a very difficult task to persuade local traditional shepherds to start planting trees and it consisted of a succession of logical steps. Since 2002, nurseries have been founded with trained personnel and necessary water sources. At present, there are eight nurseries producing dozens of thousands of young plants both from seeds and from cuttings. The gardeners have a regular monthly salary and they distribute the young plants free of charge. In particular, autochthonous wood species are grown here (Boswellia spp., Commiphora spp., Sterculia africana, Dracaena cinnabari, Punica protopunica, Dendrosicyos socotrana, etc.), as well as fruit woods (papaya and banana plants, guava trees, jujube (Ziziphus spina-christi), tamarind, and the traditional date palms) and vegetables (bami, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, chilli, tomatoes, beans, etc.).

The target group is students of Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology and related study fields of the University. The aim of the project is to prepare experts in forestry and natural resource management for work in the tropics and subtropics. Field practice takes place on Socotra, Yemen, and in Vietnam three times a year.

Reinforcement of the competitive strength of MENDELU alumni in the field of development cooperation & management of natural resources in the third world countries (NIKAZAM)

The aim of the project is to encourage collaboration between the private and non-profit sectors in the area of development cooperation in agriculture and forestry. Internships and field practice in partner bases in Zambia and Nicaragua shall markedly enhance the competitiveness of the target group, i.e. of students and University staff.

Improvement of professional competences of students of bachelor study program International Development Studies through the system of practical internships in developing countries (SID)

The aim of the project is to innovate the fields of study focused on developing countries by implementing three new elements into the curricula – a new educational block, scholarly internships in developing countries and new didactic methods.

The innovations lead to increased significance of practical knowledge gained during the studies with respect to increased competencies of future graduates and improving their chances in the labour market both in the Czech Republic and internationally. The first target group of students shall, within the first key activity, get acquainted with creation and implementation of development projects which are to be consequently verified during the internship in one of the five selected developing countries: Ghana, RSA, Chile, Peru and Thailand. In the course of the project, the students shall design their own development projects which shall be defended before a committee, as the third key activity.

Sustainable management of soil, forest and water resources as a pilot model for community development in southern Ethiopia

In 2010, the University won the selection procedure organized by the Czech Development Agency. In accordance with the assignment, the project is located in the southern part of the country. The general development goal is to contribute to poverty reduction, environmental protection and health improvement. Concrete objectives of the project are the application of erosion control and water management measures and continuous training of target groups of recipients. Erosion control measures shall be evaluated and implemented, sources of seedlings shall be prepared and their planting performed, selected dysfunctional water wells remedied, water distribution and catchment systems shall be expanded, bathrooms and toilets shall be built and hygienic kits distributed.