Small farmers emerged as ‘champions’ of food production in the 1990s, when the Soviet Union and its allies in eastern Europe cut their supply of agrochemicals and fossil fuels for the state farms in Cuba. They started applying agro-ecological principles and learning to produce more with less energy. There was an increased focus on taking good care of their land, property and environment. As one of the guajiros, small holder farmers, told us: "if there is something wrong on the farm - it hurts the heart and the pocket”.
Desde la década de los 90, década en que los antiguos países socialistas de la Europa del Este cortaron el abastecimiento de agroquímicos y combustibles fósiles destinada a la producción estatal en Cuba, los pequeños agricultores/as se convirtieron en los campeones de la producción de alimentos, aplicando principios agroecológicos y aprendiendo a producir más con menos gastos energéticos y sobre todo cuidando su tierra, finca y entorno: “si pasaba algo malo en la finca - a los guajiros y guajiras les dolía el corazón y su bolsillo”.
If, like me, you have had the chance to be in the beautiful city of Segou, Mali, during one of the Sahel region’s dust storms, you will know that they are educational!
Lorsque, comme moi, on a la chance de se trouver dans cette belle ville de Ségou, Mali, au beau milieu d’une tempête de sable dont seul le Sahel a le secret, on peut comprendre en quoi ce phénomène est formateur.
If we do not manage to attract young people to farming, we will not be able to feed a growing, and increasingly urbanized, world population.
The Zambezi Valley comprises four provinces in the Central Region of Mozambique: Tete, Manica, Sofala and Zambézia. The region is home to 43% of the Mozambican population, and despite its extremely rich natural resources poverty is widespread. Most rural people make a living in agriculture and the majority are (women) smallholder farmers who depend on the crops they manage to grow (millet, sorghum, maize, cassava, sweet potato, etc.).These farmers are facing several constraints that limit their productivity and agricultural production. Good quality, certified seed, at the right time and in sufficient quantity is often lacking, and that is a major constraint to acquire a proper income and achieve food security. More than 90% of the smallholder farmers depend on their own harvest for seed for the next crop, or on seed from the informal market.
The ICRA handouts include short downloadable documents on key concepts, methodological approaches and guidelines to particular tools and techniques.
The 2SCALE learning modules have been developed by ICRA for coaches from Business Support Services who are to support agribusiness clusters within the 2SCALE project. Each module is a package containing: 1) Facilitators’ Guide on how to conduct a training session/workshop 2) Reference sheets, commonly referred to as hand-outs, and excerpts from educational films 3) Exercises. Each part has a cover so that, when printing the module, the parts can be easily separated for use.
This report provides a synthesis of the main learning experiences emanating from a South African-Dutch project that supported the transformation of Agricultural Colleges into Agricultural Training Institutes. The project was implemented from 2011 to 2015 and involved twelve Agricultural Training Institutes, the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, and four partners based in The Netherlands (CDI, MDF, ICRA and AERES). Funding was provided by the South African Government and EP-Nuffic. The partners created action learning structures addressing Competence Based Learning, Quality Assurance, Policies, Rural Wealth Creation, Gender, and ICT and Information Systems.
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