On Friday, we had a special treat - our two candidates with their law degrees outside of the United States gave us presentations on agriculture in their home countries.
Mirriam Kutha (Kalowa) presented on agriculture in Malawi. Mirriam obtained her LL.B., with Honors, Upper Second Class, from the University of Malawi. Her professional experience includes: Assistant Lecturer in Law, University of Malawi; Senior Resident Magistrate, Malawi; Internships include work with the Malawi Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Justice (Legal Aid Dept.) Her dissertation was titled The Effects of the Proposed Amendments to Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code in Relation to Sexual Offenses. She is a past president of the Women’s Lawyers Association of Malawi.
As Mirriam told the class, The Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa bordered by Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique. One geographic feature is its large and beautiful Lake Malawi. Mirriam's excellent presentation included information about farming in Malawi, the absence of modern technology, and recent struggles to maintain food security. Of particular interest was her discussion of Malawi's divergence from internationally imposed goals focusing on export markets, to instead focus on domestic food security.