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  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 6:18pm

    On 27 May 2013, at the Hotel du Lac in Cotonou the 3 year Africa-wide project, called “Videos for Farmers” was explained.  About 40 people from farmers’ organisations, national and international research institutes, agricultural development organisations, universities and the private sector were introduced to Access Agriculture.

    During the launch, the Access Agriculture team shared information with their distinguished guests about the formation, the challenges, and the functioning of Access Agriculture. Special emphasis was put on AA’s partnerships with...

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  • Friday, May 31, 2013 - 2:08pm

    Within the “Videos for Farmers” project managed by Access Agriculture, trainees from development organisations (Songhai, DEDRAS, AMEDD, MOBIOM and Nawaya) from Benin, Mali and Egypt have developed new farmer-to-farmer training videos on:

    Feeding of improved chickens Feeding of grasscutters Feeding of snails Feeding of rabbits

    The first three videos are already available in English, French and Fon. The videos can be watched and downloaded from the Livestock section of the Access...

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  • Monday, May 13, 2013 - 8:10pm

    A new series of videos showing how the use of proven techniques has helped to improve soil quality and boost incomes for farmers is now on the Access Agriculture website.  “Sustainable Land Management” has been produced with funding from VU Amsterdam, IFAD, World Bank Institute and IIED.  AU/NEPAD, CTA, FAO, World Agroforestry Centre, TerrAfrica and Wocat have also supported the production. 

    The 12 videos cover techniques in West Africa such as stone lines and zaï planting pits; techniques in East Africa such as Fanya juu terraces; and successes from...

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  • Monday, April 22, 2013 - 8:14am

    On April 20th a two-week regional workshop on the development of farmer-to-farmer training videos was concluded at the Songhaï Centre in Porto Novo, Benin. Participants represented a diverse range of development agencies, including Nawaya from Egypt; the Songhai Centre and DEDRAS (Organisation pour le Développement Durable, le Renforcement et l’Auto promotion des Structures communautaires) from Benin; the NGO AMEDD (Association Malienne d'Eveil pour un Developpement Durable) and MOBIOM (Mali Organic Movement). During the workshop the participants developed three new...

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  • Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:50pm

    Egerton University and Access Agriculture have signed an agreement that will see the Kenyan university embark on training of agricultural extension faculty staff and students in the development of farmer-to-farmer training videos, eventually becoming a centre of excellence.

    The memorandum was signed on Friday 19th April 2013 by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rose Mwonya and Access Agriculture Executive Secretary, Bob Muchina. It was witnessed by Phil Malone, Communications Advisor at Access Agriculture and Dr Maurice Udoto,...

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 10:29pm

    Access Agriculture has launched its “Videos for Farmers” project in Malawi in Lilongwe on April 5th, 2013, as part of an Africa-wide initiative funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Countries in this initial phase include Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Mali and Benin.

    In each of these countries, development partners are being trained in the production of farmer-to-farmer training videos for wide use in agricultural extension.  Selected students will benefit from Msc and PhD research...

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  • Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 4:54pm

    The Benin Country Office of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has invested in translating farmer-to-farmer training videos into Dendi, Bariba and Nago. It also supports the multiplication and distribution of 2000 multi-language DVDs to improve food security in the region. The international NGO Access Agriculture facilitates the planning and distribution of the multi-language DVDs in...

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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:31am

    The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)  through LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) Southern and Eastern Africa has invested in translating ten farmer-to-farmer training videos. The series on “Fighting striga and improving soil fertility” was developed by ICRISAT and is now available into Chichewa, a national language of Malawi. Agricultural advisory service providers can freely download the video and audio files in Chichewa and other available languages from the Access Agriculture website by...

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  • Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 1:31pm

    The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) embarked on farmer field schools (FFS) in West Africa and came up with practical management practices to deal with the parasitic weed Striga and soil fertility for pearl millet and sorghum. Most technologies equally apply to maize and rice. A scarcity of skilled trainers, however, made it hard to maintain quality while scaling up. FFS graduates and their diverse experiences became the source of ten farmer-to-farmer training videos.

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  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 9:31am

    You can now view or download Arabic versions of a series of farmer-to-farmer training videos on combatting striga and improving soil fertility on www.accessagriculture.org. The videos were developed by ICRISAT and Agro-Insight. The Arabic translation has been supported by the Ministry of Science and Communication in Sudan.