Who we are

Access Agriculture is a group of passionate people devoted to promoting effective agricultural training videos for the benefit of farmers and rural businesses.

To develop local language versions, mass multiply and disseminate agricultural training videos, Access Agriculture collaborates with more than 200 communication professionals across the globe.

Interim Executive Secretary
Programme Leader 4 - Learning and Advocacy

Florent Okry studied agricultural sciences at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin and obtained a PhD in Social Sciences at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He has worked for more than 12 years with national and international organisations in agricultural R&D throughout West Africa during which he steered rural learning interventions, evaluated interventions dealing with farmer-to-farmer training videos and supported multi-stakeholder projects. Florent has a keen interest in local knowledge and development dynamics.

Programme Leader 1 - Farmers’ Knowledge Platform

Evana Rahman received her MBA from the University of Dhaka and has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She has worked for 6 years with national and international organisations in Bangladesh on business development and communications. Prior to joining Access Agriculture, she worked in the British Council, a software firm and the NGO BRAC on market research, brand management, media campaigns, knowledge management and client communications. Evana has strong experiences in programming languages and graphics software. She believes communication is an art, and is eager to invest her skills for the betterment of rural livelihoods.

Programme Leader 2 - Inspiring Content
"Videos for Farmers" Project Manager

Jonas Wanvoeke is rural development specialist. He studied agricultural sciences at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin and completed a PhD in Social sciences at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He has worked in extension and agricultural R&D for 15 years with government agencies, NGOs and international organisations. He was involved in development projects supporting rural innovations and actively promoted the dissemination of farmer-to-farmer videos in Africa for the past decade.

Programme Leader 3 - Last Mile Delivery
Regional Co-ordinator for South Asia

Ahmad Salahuddin graduated in 1984 as a sociologist from Rajshahi University, Bangladesh. He obtained his MA in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands and his PhD from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He has thirty years of experience in agricultural R&D and extension projects. Salahuddin has a strong background in partnership development, facilitation, and capacity building. Since 2000 he has worked for IRRI in Bangladesh, the Philippines and India.

Country Focus - Bangladesh

Harun-Ar-Rashid received his MSc in Agronomy from the Bangladesh Agricultural University and his MSc in Crop Physiology from Reading University, UK. He has worked in agricultural R&D and extension for 35 years for government agencies, NGOs, national and international organizations and for the private sector. Harun-Ar-Rashid is the founding director of the Agricultural Advisory Society (AAS), a leading national agricultural NGO. Since 2005 Harun has disseminated and used farmer-to-farmer training videos across Bangladesh.

Country Focus - Egypt

Laura Tabet has a Masters in Marine Management from Dalhousie University in Canada. She is passionate about extension for small scale fisherfolk and farmers. Laura is co-founder of the NGO Nawaya in Egypt with programmes that focus on ecological agriculture and heritage food preservation. Laura has worked on farmer-to-farmer video production since 2013, and has now become Access Agriculture’s Egypt Focal Point. She is keen to promote the platform to Arabic, French and English-speaking viewers in North Africa and the Middle East.

Country Focus - Malawi

Ronald Kondwani Udedi read journalism at the Malawi Institute of Journalism, desktop publishing at The Polytechnic, library and information science at MALA, and computer studies at the National College of Information Technology. Ronald believes that audiovisual media has the most powerful influence on attitudes and opinions in contemporary life. So with both audiovisual qualifications and fifteen years experience in media, he is firmly committed to bringing practical agricultural information to farmers. He believes that sharing farmer-to-farmer videos from different regions around the world helps rural communities to gain new insights and ideas.

Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation Officer

Nafissath Fousseni Barres holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Administration from the University of Ghana, Legon, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science with major in Rural & Agricultural Ventures Management from the Catholic University of West Africa: Benin University Unit, Cotonou. She is a proactive bilingual agricultural graduate who has worked throughout West Africa, for the past 5 years, with national and international organisations in areas of Teaching, Market Information System, and Monitoring & Evaluation.

Global Translation Co-ordinator

Kevin Mutonga studied for a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management Science at Egerton University, Kenya and CISCO Networking Modules in Tracom College Kenya. He has worked with Addis Ababa University Faculty of Architecture. Kevin supports and coordinates translations into local language versions of technical training programmes for farmers as well as assisting on various training courses which Access Agriculture run. Kevin has a keen interest in visual and design process in the creative world.  

Regional Translation Co-ordinator (West and Central Africa)

Olivier Gbetin is a media technician with a post graduate diploma from the Institute of Media and Development, Benin. He worked for 3 years at Songhai Center in Benin as video editor. Olivier backstops and coordinates video translation in local languages in West and Central Africa and helps Access Agriculture video production partners in finalising the farmer to farmer training videos. He has a particular interest for the dissemination of good agricultural practices through videos.

Social Media Co-ordinator

Helene Uzayisenga has an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University Ouaga II in Burkina Faso and a BSc in Agricultural Science from the University of Rwanda. Helene has over 2 years’ experience in online marketing and communication, and believes strongly that social media is an effective tool for agricultural transformation. Before joining Access Agriculture, she worked as an intern for the African Development Bank in Chad, focusing on monitoring & evaluation and rural development, and had various assignments and training on social media reporting and management, including with FARA, GFAR and CTA.

Office Manager (Nairobi)

Judy Muturi is in charge of the financial oversight of Access Agriculture. Having qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option) from University of Nairobi, Judy has worked with many aspects of one of Kenya’s leading banks. Now she is enjoying the challenge of being part of a small team, but is determined that the efforts of Access Agriculture should help farmers. Judy is also keeping the office function of the Head Office in Nairobi under control.

Office Assistant (Nairobi)

Richard Ndibaru assists Judy on all matters to do with finance and administration. He has a Bachelor of Economics and Mathematics from the University of Nairobi and has studied for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) professional course. Before coming to Access Agriculture, he worked in several private organisations in both accounts and administration departments.

Office Manager (Cotonou)

Enagnon Djodji qualified with a bachelor degree in management from University of Abomey Calavi (Benin). She has worked for many years in the private and public sectors. Interested in agriculture, she has participated in many conferences on organic and ecological agriculture, human nutrition and family agriculture. Enagnon is responsible for the accounting and administrative management at the regional office for West and Central Africa, based in Cotonou, Benin.