Newsletter no 35 – June 2023


Access Agriculture Panorama
No. 35 - June 2023
Seeing the life in the soil
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GIZ SNRD Africa newsletter highlights Access Agriculture’s innovative delivery model
An article titled ‘Innovating digital extension delivery services in rural Egypt,’ featured in the latest issue of the GIZ Sector Network Rural Development (SNRD) Africa newsletter, showcases a partnership project that successfully supports the co-construction of knowledge and inclusive growth for marginalised farmers through farmer-to-farmer videos and last-mile delivery in rural Egypt.

The project ‘Innovative Agriculture for Smallholder Resilience’ (iNASHR), which seeks to facilitate technology dissemination in rural Egypt, is jointly implemented by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Access Agriculture and local partners. It is funded by BMZ and administered by GIZ-FIA, the Fund for International Agricultural Research.

The article on this project is co-authored by Bezaiet Dessalegn, iNASHR Project Manager, ICARDA, and Laura Tabet, iNASHR Project Coordinator, Access Agriculture.

The authors conclude that digital extension delivery services can be a powerful way to accelerate agricultural transformation and that the international development cooperation should support such innovation to drive positive change in agricultural communities worldwide.

Access Agriculture participates in the 6th Organic Asia Congress
Access Agriculture participated in the 6th Organic Asia Congress, which was held in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, Philippines, 6-9 June 2023, under the theme ‘Building World Peace through Organic Agriculture: Food Security Vital to Peace Building.’
The Organic Asia Congress (OAC) is one of the biggest organic events in the world, where representatives of local governments and the organic sector in different countries in Asia as well as like-minded organisations from around the world gather to discuss major trends in organic agriculture and find ways to move the sector forward.
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Three new Filipino languages added to farmer video website
Following a series of training workshops, Access Agriculture has been able to add three new Filipino languages to its award-winning website. After holding the Tagalog training at the campus of South East Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in Los Banos near Manila, three new translations have been uploaded to the Access Agriculture website. The organisations taking part included the Agro-Forestry Department of the University of the Philippines Los Banos, the Philippines Permaculture Association and the Catholic Media Network.
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Access Agriculture provides insights to help shape the future of Farmer Field Schools
At the Global Forum on the Future of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) for Sustainable Agrifood Systems organised by FAO, 14-16 June 2023, in Blantyre, Malawi, Access Agriculture shared valuable insights from its innovative digital learning approach that combines adult education principles with quality audio-visuals, multiple digital technologies, and a network of digital service providers.
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View the TheWaterChannel videos on EcoAgtube
View the TheWaterChannel videos on EcoAgtube
We are pleased to announce that TheWaterChannel, which hosts videos, blogs, and webinars on key themes related to water, agriculture, and landscape management, has launched its project video page TheWaterChannel on EcoAgtube.
EcoAgtube fills a much-needed gap for increasingly environment-conscious individuals and communities to share their experience through a dedicated video-sharing platform that can reach a worldwide audience and build awareness.
If your project relates to ecology and you want to create a dedicated space for your video clips on EcoAgtube, please send your request with details (Project name, description) to
Give wings to women entrepreneurs in rural India
Your support needed to empower the changemakers
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our donors, as two of the six young women entrepreneurs whom our campaign targets, have successfully embarked on their journey to bring knowledge to other women of their farming communities.
Please be one of the wonderful people to make a donation at GlobalGiving and share this opportunity with your friends.
New videos added in May
78 new videos - 01 Aymara, 02 Bangla, 05 English, 05 French, 10 Fulfulde (Cameroon), 10 Ghomala, 02 Hindi, 10 Malagasy, 02 Marathi, 02 Oriya, 10 Peulh / Fulfuldé / Pulaar, 01 Quechua, 13 Sepedi, 01 Spanish, 03 Tagalog, and 01 Vietnamese - have been posted on our platform 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 video in May
Crop rotation with legumes
Crop rotation with legumes
Legumes are important in crop rotations, because they reduce weeds and enrich the soil by partnering with nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the soil. To be sure your soil has the right bacteria, you can buy an inoculant of Rhizobium bacteria. Rhizobium bacteria can survive several years in your soil, so you do not need to inoculate your legume crop every time.
ERAs@Work in India
The following ERAs are part of the Access Agriculture project in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states in India, supported by the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation (KGJF):
A burning hunger
Towards the end of the dry season, many families across the African savannas have exhausted their reserves of stored cereal crops. Vegetables are hard to come by in local markets. Bush meat is one way for rural people to supplement their meagre diet with protein during the well-named lean or hunger season. This is why development organisations have struggled for decades to curb the destructive practice of setting the bush on fire to hunt small wildlife.
One option to ensure some food and income during the lean season is to grow cashew and mango trees. But with increased labour costs and insecure markets, it is difficult for farmers to properly maintain their planted trees. Slashing the weedy and bushy undergrowth is often only done late during the flowering and fruiting season, by which time bush fires set by others may have spread into and destroyed entire plantations in no time.
Rêve Destin Bikouta Loumouamou
Rêve Destin Bikouta Loumouamou
Rêve Destin Bikouta Loumouamou is from Brazzaville and a journalist by training. He is currently attached to the communication service of the Archdiocese of Brazzaville, working as a presenter and reporter in charge of programmes at Radio Magnificat. Bikouta is also in charge of the animation (filming, editing, voice-over) of the YouTube channel for the diocese. For almost 10 years, he has been interested in organic farming and livestock breeding, which he practices outside of his journalistic activities. Bikouta sees being an Access Agriculture Ambassador gives him the opportunity to encourage young people and women in his community to use the Access Agriculture and EcoAgtube platforms to benefit from the experience of other countries in agro-ecology, agri-food processing and much more.


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