Newsletter no 25 – August 2022

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Access Agriculture Panorama
No. 25 - August 2022

Teaching agroecology in schools

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EcoAgtube

Shumei International
Shumei International now on EcoAgtube
Shumei International (www.shumei-international.org) has started uploading several of its videos on natural farming on EcoAgtube. Shumei International is a non-governmental organisation headquartered in Japan, whose goal is to promote a deeper understanding of our interconnectedness with the natural world and one another. It works towards achieving sustainable development and creating a more peaceful and prosperous world.

If your Project relates to ecology and you want to create a Project video page on EcoAgtube, please send your request with details (Project name, description) to:
support@ecoagtube.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Celebrating 10 years of Access Agriculture
2022 is a momentous year for Access Agriculture as the organisation celebrates its 10th anniversary. Our heartfelt thanks to all our donors and partners across the Global South for their strong support for the past 10 years. Several events are being planned throughout the year to mark this occasion. Watch this space!

Access Agriculture makes its mark at Malawi Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services
Access Agriculture makes its mark at Malawi Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services
The Malawi Forum for Agriculture Advisory Services (MaFAAS) held its Farming and Extension Conference in Lilongwe, Malawi, from 19 to 22 July 2022. The conference brought together various stakeholders, who are working in the agriculture space in Malawi, from farmer groups to extension service providers (both state and non-state) and organisations that provide finance solutions to farmers and farmer groups.

MaFAAS is a platform for strengthening agricultural extension and advisory services through information sharing and action to achieve professionalisation, standardisation and quality assurance.

Access Agriculture showcased its work during the conference by setting up a booth, and also used various sessions to network. Some of the Access Agriculture young Entrepreneurs for Rural Access (ERAs) from Malawi managed the booth and shared information on the organisation and its work.

The conference had different themes for the sessions on each day, including ‘Agriculture extension for supporting youth empowerment in agripreneurship,’ and ‘Climate-smart agriculture.’ There was also a session on ‘Training in video extension’ that took place on the side-lines of the conference, where extension workers were trained in how to produce videos for extension.

Give wings to women entrepreneurs in rural India
Two wings ready to take off
Your support needed to empower the remaining four
The aim of the campaign is to equip six young women from rural India with smart projectors and skills to run sustainable enterprises showing training videos on natural farming practices to other women of their communities so that they can grow healthy food without chemicals. With generous support, we have recently recruited two young women who are leading teams of young Entrepreneurs for Rural Access (ERAs) from two Indian states (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana). We seek your continued support and assistance to achieve our goal.

New videos added in July

25 new videos - 01 Bambara, 02 English, 02 French, 05 Fulfulde (Cameroon), 08 Karamojong , 05 Serer, 01 Spanish , and 01 Quechua - have been posted on our platform www.accessagriculture.org. They are freely downloadable as video (mp4), audio (mp3), mobile (video format 3gp) along with a one-page fact sheet with contact details for more information.

Most viewed videos in July

Making groundnut oil and snacks
Making groundnut oil and snacks
Women in Benin show us that there are three important things: select good groundnut varieties, follow good harvest and postharvest practices, and use good processing methods.
Arabic | Ateso | Bambara | Bemba | Burmese | Chichewa / Nyanja | Chitonga / Tonga | English | Ewe | Fon | French | Fulfulde (Cameroon) | Hausa | Kabyé | Kannada | Kiswahili | Moba | Telugu | Tumbuka | Yoruba

FROM OUR CHANGEMAKERS

ERAs@work
  • Entrepreneurs for Rural Access (ERAs) from Malawi, Osman Majid (one of the six original ERAs); Sydney Jassi and Mike Muwawa from the Access Agriculture project under the BMZ-funded Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa (KCOA); and Grace Harrison and Dickson Bwanali from the Access Agriculture project under the USAID-funded Strengthening Agriculture & Nutrition Extension (SANE), assisted in managing the Access Agriculture booth at the Farming and Extension Conference in Lilongwe, Malawi. (See photos in Access Agriculture Flickr)
The following ERAs are part of the Access Agriculture project under the KCOA project:
  • ERA from Mali, Aboubacar Sidiki Dembélé, Co-founder of Jeunes Startups Maliens (JSM) association that aims to promote youth entrepreneurship in Mali, organised a training session on animal health for 13 youths in Saré-Ma, located in Mopti region of Mali. He screened two videos: (1) Herbal medicine against fever in livestock (2) Keeping sheep healthy
  • ERA from Uganda, Martha Kyokuhaire, Farm Manager at Kinano Organic Farm located in Luweero district, conducted a training session using the video “Using sack mounds to grow vegetables” for six women at Seeta-Nantabulirwa, in Mukono District of Uganda.
  • ERA from Tanzania, James Gamba Nyaonge, district youth representative in the Tanzania Teachers Union (TTU), who is actively involved in empowering farmers in cassava production and animal husbandry, conducted a video show on “Quality cassava planting material” for 74 farmers, including 20 women in Mwanza, northern Tanzania. (See photos in Access Agriculture Flickr)
  • ERA from Mali, Mamadou Diarra, who is passionate about agriculture, mostly livestock, and is the co-founder of an enterprise called Expert Élevage Consulting (EEC SARL), announced two training sessions that he is organising on poultry and fish farming in August. He plans to screen videos on aquaculture and poultry.
The following ERA is part of the Access Agriculture project under the Green Innovation Centres (GIC), funded by BMZ, implemented by GIZ:
  • ERA from Mali, Alpha Mahamoud Traoré, whose ambition is to contribute to food security in Mali by building farmers’ capacity, attended the “Global symposium on soils for nutrition” organised by FAO, 26-29 July. (See Global Symposium on Soils for Nutrition)
The following ERA team is part of the Access Agriculture project under the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation (KGJF)-funded project in India:
  • The ERA team from India, Susag Millets Farmer Producer Company (FPC)-Sarada Valley Development Samithi (SVDS), led by Indira Karri, took part in Andhra Pradesh Farmers’ Day in Pedabayalu Mandal, Alluri Sitarama Raju district. The other members of the team are Tuburu Santhi Kumari and Dasari Dali Naidu. Susag Millets FPC, commonly known as ‘Millet Sisters,’ works in Paderu Division of the Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It seeks to revive millet cultivation and strengthen the traditional mixed cropping system through natural farming. (See photos in Access Agriculture Flickr)

Ambassadors in Action
  • Ambassador from India, Hitul Awasthi, who is passionate about food and nutrition security and runs an online platform called "Krishi-Updates" (Farmer Updates) to provide news related to farming and new opportunities in rural India posted a short video titled “EcoAgtube - A new video-sharing platform for promoting sustainable agricultural practices” on Krishi Updates. (See Krishi Updates channel)

LIVE DIALOGUE

Importance de la Langue Locale dans la Vulgarisation Agricole
Importance de la langue locale dans la vulgarisation agricole (Importance of local languages in agricultural extension)
The eigth episode of Access Agriculture Facebook Live Dialogue for the Francophone audience was held on 14 June on the theme ‘Importance de la langue locale dans la vulgarisation agricole’ Regardez la vidéo.
The Live Dialogue series has been launched to further engage with Access Agriculture Ambassadors, Entrepreneurs for Rural Access (ERAs) and other local partners and stimulate discussion on issues relating to Access Agriculture activities.

Helping share farmers’ best-kept secrets
Helping share farmers’ best-kept secrets
on soil health with other farmer
An interactive webinar titled, "Helping share farmers’ best-kept secrets on soil health with other farmers", was organised by the 4 per1000 Initiative and Access Agriculture on 8 July. The 4 per 1000 initiative aims to boost carbon storage in agricultural soils by 0.4% each year to help mitigate climate change and increase food security.

BLOG POSTS

Good microbes from South Asia to South America
Good microbes from South Asia to South America
Lifeless soil, worn out by years of tillage and chemical fertilizer, can be brought back to good health with the help of beneficial micro-organisms. A video on that topic, “Good microbes for plants and soil”, tells how to make a liquid, which is rich in beneficial microbes, that you can apply to your soil and crops. It was filmed in India and is now available in 23 languages, including Spanish.

Read more .... বাংলা | Français | हिंदी | Português | Español

MEET OUR AMBASSADOR

Ibrahima Camara
Ibrahima Camara
Ibrahima Camara is an agroecologist, coach and trainer in the management of agricultural systems. He is in charge of a project for the promotion of modern beekeeping and agroecology. Ibrahima has good experience in popularising good farming practices, support and coaching of youth in agroecology-related careers and integrating them into production systems. He is involved in agroecological transitions, the development of participatory guarantee systems and family farming. He has many contacts among both young and older producers and looks forward to disseminating Access Agriculture's videos and innovations.

  
WINNER OF THE MONTHLY QUIZ
 

Halile Fidèle Paraiso - Winner of Access Agriculture July 2022 Quiz contest
Halile Fidèle Paraiso
Winner of Access Agriculture July 2022 Quiz contest
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The August 2022 Quiz will be open from 1-15 August 2022.
Check out the contest here: www.accessagriculture.org

 

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