It was a rather bold experiment.

China sent science students to live with farmers and to share their knowledge of farming with them.

Farmers where skeptical at first. They have their own knowledge in farming rooted in years of experience as compared to the knowledge of these students from books.

But the farmers still gave the students a chance.

The students used their research to give each farmer tailored guidance.

After examining the soil and weather conditions, they advised farmers as to which seeds to sow, how deep to plough and how best to use fertilizer.

World Economic Forum describes just how astonishing the results were.

The immersion program benefitted both farmer and student.

Production boomed.

From 2009 to 2015, the average yield of wheat in Quzhou increased by 22 percent.

Corn production, on the other hand, increased by 29 percent.

Farmers were able to harvest better while the students were able to apply scientific theory in real life.

In a bold experiment, China sent science students to live with farmers

Sowing the seeds of science. Read more: https://wef.ch/2pi1OYr

Posted by Video – World Economic Forum on Tuesday, 18 September 2018

 

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