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Lights, camera, action: Learning to make Access Agriculture-style videos in the Philippines

Lights, camera, action

Fifteen participants from four development agencies in the Philippines took part recently in a two-week training course to learn the essential skills required to develop high-quality farmer-to-farmer training videos that adhere to Access Agriculture’s strict standards for quality, content and format.


The workshop was organised by Access Agriculture in partnership with local partners as part of a project funded by the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation (KGJF). It was held at EcoPark, University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, the Philippines, from 27 November to 8 December 2023.


During the workshop, the participants successfully developed three new videos on: Preparing organic feed; Bedding of rice husks with indigenous microorganisms; and Budgeting for integrated farms.


The videos were produced in English and are being translated into French and local languages, after which they will be hosted on the Access Agriculture video platform.


The training included theory and practical work.  Participants began the production process by writing factsheets on the selected video topics, which they pre-tested with farmers. The feedback from farmers helped them to outline the video scripts. They learnt to write scripts using simple language, interview farmers, handle the camera and edit video programmes targeting farmers. A peer review session by farmers of the rough edits helped to fine-tune and finalise the videos.


Participants came from four development agencies: the NGO PAFERN (Philippine Agroforestry Education and Research Network), PPA (Philippine Permaculture Association), NISARD (Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Foundation Inc.) and Ficco Community Outreach Foundation (FCOF).


The Access Agriculture resource persons for the workshop were Josephine Rodgers, Paul Van Mele, Danessa Lopega and John Samuels.

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