We can easily see the truth of the maxim “necessity is the mother of invention” – or rather “ingenuity” in the case of Osman Majid, a young video dealer, locally known as a Deejay (DJ), who lives in Nathenje, a small town on the outskirts of Malawi.
People use gestures intentionally to convey meaning, while many other hand movements are unconscious. Moving our hands helps us to grasp the right words. But human speech is also much more than words and hand gestures.
Seven youths belonging to four entrepreneur teams from Malawi were recently brought up to speed on the functions, mechanisms and use of a cutting-edge technology – the solar-powered Digisoft smart projector
Members of four entrepreneur teams from Benin recently received hands-on training to familiarise themselves with the functions, mechanisms and use of a cutting-edge technology – the solar-powered Digisoft smart projector (containing all Access Agriculture farmer-training videos) – that they had won through the Access Agriculture Young Entrepreneur Challenge Fund initiative.
"I am very happy to read the details of the work being done by Access Agriculture. I congratulate you and your colleagues on this most valuable work, and wish you continued success."
Prof M S Swaminathan, India
“Access Agriculture has become the world leader in training videos for smallholder farmers.
Access Agriculture was, is and will be an outstanding and remarkable partner of SDC with an unparalleled agility and capacity for innovation.”
Simon Zbinden, Head, Global Programme Food Security, SDC
"I have watched the videos on your Access Agriculture website. These type of videos are recommended for our students, especially at the end of training in agricultural colleges. Other relationships with the United Nations (FAO, UNDP and World Bank) should be developed, especially with regard to the very distinctive way of presenting knowledge in local languages on development."
Gominan Osséni Séïdou, FAO, Benin
“I am a proprietor of Jezza Sustainable Organic Farm located 35 km from Kampala which is a startup farm in its second year of operation and found the resources on your Access Agriculture website valuable for our operation and the community around us.”
Samuel Byamukama, Jezza Sustainable Organic Farm, Uganda
“According to the facilitators, watching the videos on seed has stimulated them to start looking for local solutions to common problems that farmers face. It is by drawing on local knowledge that sustainable solutions can often be found at almost no cost. They did not say they are going to copy all what they saw, but they will apply the most essential.”
Louis Béavogui, IRAG, Guinea
“...this is the best and largest online agriculture training video library that is in many languages, and we have had great impact in our agriculture work using these videos.”
Country Director, Mercy Corps Uganda