Newsletter no 36 – July 2023


Access Agriculture Panorama
No. 36 - July 2023

Analysing soil pH and organic matter

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EcoAgtube highlighted by Agroecology Coalition
EcoAgtube highlighted by Agroecology Coalition
In the first edition of its newsletter, the Coalition for food systems transformation through agroecology (Agroecology Coalition) has cited EcoAgtube among the important resources from its members. See here ..

The Agroecology Coalition brings together countries and stakeholders to accelerate the transformation of food systems through agroecology. It has a membership of more than 40 countries and 90 organisations, including the European Union, the African Union and the FAO.

If you are interested in sustainable agriculture and sustaining the environment, EcoAgtube ( is your video platform! You can upload and share your own video clips in any language to inspire and empower others in your country and across the world.

Give wings to women entrepreneurs in rural India
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New videos added in June

75 new videos - 02 Aymara, 10 Bariba, 03 Bisaya / Cebuano, 02 English, 02 French, 10 Ghomala, 03 Hiligaynon, 04 isiXhosa, 01 Luganda, 10 Malagasy, 01 Marathi, 02 Quechua, 19 Sepedi, 02 Spanish, and 04 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 June

Staking tomato plants
Staking tomato plants
Staking allows more light and better air circulation to plants. Staked tomato plants are less attacked by pests and diseases and the fruits do not easily spoil. By staking your plants, they do not fall over due to the weight of the tomato fruits. Your plants will grow healthy and produce more and better fruits.


Entrepreneurs for Rural Access (ERAs) at work across African countries
  • Access Agriculture Entrepreneur Coach for Southern Africa, Vinjeru Mlenga, was invited by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) to take part in the stakeholder networking event called Partners for Change (P4C) which was held as part of the conference ‘From Innovation to Transformation’ (FIT) under the Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE) initiative in June 2023 in Berlin, Germany. Vinjeru spoke on the power of Access Agriculture’s digital learning approach in the context of Covid-19 impacts on agricultural development and coping strategies.

    Access Agriculture International Director, Paul Van Mele, also participated in this event, which had gathered about 200 partners from around the world for a comprehensive consultation process on the transformation of agricultural and food systems.

  • As part of joint programme with the GIZ Empowering Youth in Agribusiness (EYA) project, Vinjeru Mlenga, organised a training session in June for 20 ERAs in Malawi under a project called Supporting Start-ups in Solar Projector Business. The training programme covered Digital Marketing, Business Development and Marketing and Sales. During the training on Digital Marketing, the ERAs created a Facebook page called ‘Projector Hire-MW’ which is intended to raise their profile across Malawi. (See some photos in Access Agriculture Facebook).


  • Mamadou Diarra, ERA associated with Access Agriculture-GIZ KCOA project, who is passionate about farming and livestock, and is the co-founder of Expert Élevage Consulting in Mali, conducted eight training sessions in May and June for 117 beneficiaries on cattle feeding, poultry farming, pisciculture, food processing and fodder production. The sessions were mostly held at the Centre Guy Bert in Bamako and Titibougou, the NGO AJA Mali Centre in Baguineda and the School of Yasso in San, Ségou region of Mali. These sessions include one training conducted with the World Food Programme (WFP) project ‘Improving the resilience of ecosystems and communities in areas of extreme ecological and socioeconomic vulnerability’ (REC-V) in San et Tominian communes in Mali. The videos shown included Hydroponic fodder, Converting chicken waste into fertilizer, Feeding improved chickens, Making mango crisps and Reviving soils with mucuna. (See some photos in Access Agriculture 1. Facebook; 2. Facebook.
  • The National Meeting for Mali ERAs was organised in Bamako by Abdul-Baaki Bankole, Access Agriculture Entrepreneur Coach for West Africa. The ERAs associated with Access Agriculture-GIZ KCOA project – Aboubacar Dembélé, Fainke Ladji, Mamadou Diarra, and Mamadou Sylla – attended the meeting to share experiences and identify market opportunities. (See some photos in Access Agriculture Facebook).
  • Aboubacar Dembélé, co-founder of Jeunes Startups Maliens, an association that promote youth entrepreneurship in Mali, facilitated a video screening session for nine participants on Making mango crisps and Preparing cashew apple juice. (See some photos in Access Agriculture Flickr)




  • ERAs associated with Access Agriculture-GIZ KCOA project – Lilian Sambu, Peter Heri, Gabriel Masala, Salma Makungu Haji, James Nyaonge and Stephano Msuya – as well as Asheri Stephen, who is one of the first set of ERAs, joined Jane Nalunga, Access Agriculture Entrepreneur coach co-ordinator and Ezra Masolaki, Entrepreneur Coach for East Africa for the National ERA Meeting.
    The main objectives of the National ERA meeting, which was held in Dar es Salaam, were to help identify market opportunities, improve networking and share experiences. Representatives from partner organisation, such as the Foundation for Organic Agriculture Tanzania (FOATZ), SWISSAID, FAO Tanzania, MBASILA Foundation and the Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM), who were invited to the meeting, appreciated the work of the ERAs and were keen to strengthen collaboration with Access Agriculture.
    The meeting recommended that more videos should be made available on marketing issues and underlined that ERAs in Tanzania could form an association for mutual support. (See photos in Access Agriculture Facebook)
  • Ezra Masolaki, Access Agriculture Entrepreneur Coach for East Africa, visited some of the ERAs in Tanzania and the communities they serve by screening farmer training videos. Along with Stephano Msuya, ERA from the Kilimanjaro region and a member of Slow Food International, Ezra interacted with farmers in Kindi village, Moshi district, who are improving their farming practices thanks to the videos. (See photos in Access Agriculture Facebook). Ezra also visited Kiabakari village, Butiama district in Mara region to meet with farmers who were benefitting from the videos on Quality cassava planting material, Cassava mosaic virus and Managing mealybugs in cassava that were shown by James Nyaonge, ERA from the Lake region, who is a youth representative in the Tanzania Teachers Union (TTU). (See photos in Access Agriculture Facebook).
  • James Nyaonge facilitated a training session in June and showed the videos Quality cassava planting material and Good microbes for plants and soil to 13 participants, including four women, in Kiabakari village, Butiama district. (See photos in Access Agriculture Flickr)




The market mafia
Smallholder, organic farmers in Bolivia struggle to sell their healthy, natural produce to an urban and peri-urban audience that is only slowly awakening to the health risks of food produced with agrochemicals.
While the weekly home delivery service is a new way to sell fresh produce directly to consumers, the age-proven, open-air markets offer a more obvious way to sell ecological food. As in much of the developing world, weekly neighbourhood markets are widespread in Bolivia, but they come with their own challenges when newcomers want to enter the scene.


Septime Moussou-Goe
Septime Moussou-Goe
Septime Moussou-Goe holds a degree in agricultural engineering from the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. He has 12 years professional experience in advising and supporting rural development. Between 2012 and 2015, Septime coordinated the "Agriculture and Food Security" programme of the international NGO “The Hunger Project” in Benin. Since then he has been contributing, into the ECOWAS Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food, to setting up a regional food security reserve to complement the efforts of countries in the management of food and nutritional crises. Septime is passionate about initiatives to promote and develop agriculture and wants to contribute to the popularisation of the good practices shown on the Access Agriculture platform for a more attractive, productive and sustainable African agriculture.


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