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Mr. O’Loughlin retired Regional Manager for Advisory and Education services in Teagasc has joined the board of Misean Cara.

Mr Larry O’Loughlin, Regional Manager for Advisory and Education Services in Teagasc for 40 years, and recently retired, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Misean Cara, an Irish faith-based NGO that supports the development work of missionaries worldwide.

“Irish missionaries in developing countries continue to make a significant contribution to community development, rural development, health, education and human rights,” said Mr. O’Loughlin.

Larry O'Loughlin visited Adraa Agriculture College in Offaka in Northern Uganda that has been leading a Sustainable Agriculture Pilot Programme for the last 3 years. Misean Cara member the Franciscan Brothers set up Adraa Agriculture College to promote sustainable agriculture and to train local people in its techniques. Photo: Misean Cara.

Larry O’Loughlin visited Adraa Agriculture College in Offaka in Northern Uganda that has been leading a Sustainable Agriculture Pilot Programme for the last 3 years. Misean Cara member the Franciscan Brothers set up Adraa Agriculture College to promote sustainable agriculture and to train local people in its techniques. Photo: Misean Cara.

“Climate change is now the greatest challenge facing the international community. This is even more pronounced in developing countries. Sustainable small farm development should be a key priority in these countries,” said Mr. O’Loughlin, “as an agriculturalist, I am delighted to see Misean Cara, through its 91 members, working in developing countries, continue to strengthen its commitment to sustainable small farm development and food security. They are doing this by funding members who lead agricultural education and knowledge transfer programmes in conjunction with Ministries of Agriculture, especially at local and regional level.”

Last year, Misean Cara assisted a total of 263 projects in 51 countries worldwide, helping to transform the lives of 1.4 million people – equivalent to more than the population of Munster.

Franciscan Br Tony Dolan discusses agriculture education and knowledge transfer in Sub-Saharan Africa with Larry O'Loughlin and Misean Cara Project Officer Don Lucey. Photo: Misean Cara.

Franciscan Br Tony Dolan discusses agriculture education and knowledge transfer in Sub-Saharan Africa with Larry O’Loughlin and Misean Cara Project Officer Don Lucey. Photo: Misean Cara.

Misean Cara is funded by Irish Aid and funds its 91 missionary member organisations to work with vulnerable and marginalised communities in over 50 countries around the world. Misean Cara members deliver services and advocate for change in the areas of education, health, livelihoods, human rights and capacity development. These projects are working to eradicate poverty and challenge inequality.

“The way that missionaries work is what impresses me most. They are in it for the long haul. Living in solidarity with communities over many years,” said Mr. O’Loughlin, “they have a keen understanding of the challenges that people face, and can work with them to find lasting solutions.”

Misean Cara provides emergency funding to members. When disaster strikes, Missionaries are able to respond and mobilise resources to provide quick, targeted and effective relief. In 2017, Misean Cara funded 26 emergency and humanitarian response projects, reaching over 60,000 people.

Speaking on the appointment, Chairperson Ms Lucy Franks said that Misean Cara is delighted to welcome Mr O’Loughlin to the board and looks forward to availing of his long experience in agriculture to further enhance and progress Misean Cara’s work in that area.

Misean Cara CEO, Ms Heydi Foster said that Misean Cara is determined to increase their support for agriculture, food production and climate management. “Mr O’Loughlin with his knowledge and expertise of agriculture in general and small farm development in sub-Saharan Africa, especially Ethiopia, will be a very important addition to the Misean Cara board,” said Ms. Foster.

Photo caption: the Sustainable Agriculture Pilot Programme has been going from strength to strength, and Misean Cara member the Franciscan Brothers hope to transition into a full programme in 2019. Larry O’Loughlin was impressed with the results of the pilot that has been a beacon of hope to local communities who have struggled with food production as a result of decreasing rainfall. Photo: Misean Cara.