Monday, August 31, 2009

The first day is now drawing to a close and how do I explain all that I saw.  I am probably most amazed at how the wealthy is right beside the slums.
But I have to say they are all so very kind.  In the last photo, I received my official welcome from the ASA-IM office staff.

Probably one of the most amazing things is the traffic.  Bikes, motorcycles, cars and buses all trying to be first to go.  I can't believe there are not more accidents.  I was told that 99% of all the cars have scratches.

What is probably the most interesting is to hear of the work that the ASA-IM staff are doing to improve the health and well--being of the Indian population.  It is truly remarkable what they have accomplished in the last 5 years.
We are all exhausted after the 14 hour flight and now a 14 hour day--and not sure what time zone our bodies are on.
What an amazing experience.

Friday, August 28, 2009

My trip to India

Farmer Leaders’ Women-in-Soy Visit to India

1. To attend Soy Food Seminar
2. To visit soy food plants
3. To meet with soy food entrepreneurs
4. To attend feeding demonstrations

Sunday, Aug 30
Late evening Arrive in Delhi (hotel pick-up)
Hotel Information:
The Taj Mahal Hotel

Monday, Aug 31
9:00 am Leaving for G D Goenka Public School (Sector B, Pocket 8 & 9, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070) – Suresh to join
10:00 am Leaving for ASA-IM
10:30 am Briefing at ASA-IM office
12:30 noon Lunch at ASA-IM office
2:30 pm Meeting with representatives of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
3:45 pm Leaving for Whole Foods to Meet with Ishi Khosla, Director
5:00 pm Return to hotel
5:45 pm Leaving for seminar venue
6:00 pm Soy and Health Lecture at Inner Wheel Society and Launch of US soy nuts by Bansal Nuts at Hotel Taj Ambassador (five minutes drive from Taj Mahal)
21:00 pm Return to hotel

Tuesday, Sept 01
9:30 am Leaving for Ghaziabad – Suresh and Kavitha to join (check out hotel)
10:30 am Attending presentation on Soy and Health and recipe demonstration at L.R. postgraduate College
12:30 pm Leaving for VSMD Enterprises
2:00 pm Visit to VSMD Enterprises plant to interact with Ms. Shilpa Gupta, Director
3:00 pm Leaving for Airport
5:05 pm Travel to Hyderabad – via 9W825
7:15 pm Arrival in Hyderabad
8:30 pm Check in hotel
Hotel Information:
Taj Banjara
Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034
Tel: (91-40) 66669999
Fax: (91-40) 66661070

Wednesday, Sept 02
09:30 am Briefing at Hotel – Dr. Krishna and Padmaja to join
10:00 am Leaving for Biosmart Soy Training Center to attend an on-going training program
11:30 am Visit to local market
12:00 noon Back to hotel for Lunch
1:30 pm Leaving for A.P. Foods
4:30 pm Return to hotel
7:00 pm Dinner meeting with the office bearers of Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs; Women entrepreneurs to join

Thursday, Sept 03
5:30 am Leaving hotel to visit Nandi Foundation kitchen and meeting with Ms. Leena Joseph, Country Head, Midday Meals Programme
9:30 am Leave from hotel for ALEAP facility to visit a soy food unit
1.00 pm Lunch followed by Soy bakery Demonstration at IHM
5:30 pm Return to hotel

Friday, Sept 04
8:00 am Attending Soy Recipe Demonstration to Feeding program implementing personnel
11:00 am Meeting with principle secretary, Women and Child Welfare, Government of Andhra Pradesh
4:00 pm Leaving hotel for airport for Delhi
6:00 pm Travel to Delhi via IT-803
8:00 pm Arrive in Delhi

Saturday, Sept 05
Morning Free Day
Evening Leaving for Chicago

Sunday, Sept 06
Morning Arrive in Chicago