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Farming is the most lucrative job

With the stress and money invested in farming and the several reported challenges associated with post-harvest losses, one would say agric is a risky endeavor. It is also known that the reasons most people or young folks shun away from farming to a large extent is due to the perception of farming being laborious, archaic and unprofitable. But the CEO of Okata farms and food processing, Mrs. Mabel-Ann Okata Kwudzo is of the

A resource handbook on running field schools in times of COVID-19

This handbook provides guidance and suggestions to farmer field school (FFS) facilitators, master trainers, project coordinators and rural advisors on running FFS and other agricultural training activities in times of COVID-19. It includes basic protective measures, important considerations, proposed FFS activities, links to the World Health Organization (WHO) resources and videos and more. http://www.fao.org/3/ca9064en/CA9064EN.pdf  

Cabbage small scale farmer resigned from a high paying job to pursue farming

“As far as I can remember, my dad never had a job, he always worked for himself. He was a builder and a farmer, producing maize, potatoes, cabbage and spinach. He also had a few goats” Mr Mthuthuzeli Gqiza is a small scale cabbage farmer from Goso location in Mt Ayliff, Eastern Cape, South Africa. “I come from a very poor background and I was raised by uneducated parents. There

Webinar: Challenges and Opportunities for Smallholder/ Family Farmers in Africa during and post COVID-19

This webinar will share knowledge, in-depth analysis and best practices of smallholder/ family farmers, fisher folks, pastoralists, youth and women in Africa in the light of COVID-19 pandemic as well as past experiences such as EVD in West Africa, 2008 International Food Crisis When: 16 June 2020 at 9.00-10.30 am GMT/West Africa, 10.00-11.30am Central Africa, 11.00am-12.30pm Southern Africa and 12.00noon-1.30pm East Africa Where: Zoom with simultaneous interpretation in English and

Radio Soleil of Pala in Chad wins the prize for the best report at the World Biodiversity Day

The World Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated on May 22. Biodiversity is the basis of current and future human well-being, and its rapid decline is a threat to both nature and people. The 2019 global biodiversity assessment report by UNESCO demonstrated the role of human activities in the degradation of biodiversity, which amounts to 75% for terrestrial ecosystems. The assessment also indicated that solutions exist and that it is

Poetry to help save lives during COVID-19

“Let’s not assume That we are not going to be infected Let’s prepare as though We will be affected Call 1025 And you can save lives.”   Through their poem, Jainaba and Awa are making an effort to change the way youth look at the threats from COVID-19 as they embrace the realities in The Gambia. They are among the 83 applicants who have submitted their entries in the poetry challenge initiated

Meet the 22-year-old graduate farmer

He pursued Agricultural Technology and majored in Agronomy at the University of Development Studies, Nyankpala Campus from 2015 to 2019. Obed Sackey has always loved to go into farming even before he went to the university. His interest in farming was so high; perhaps that was why he pursued Agricultural Technology. “I made up my mind to go into farming way back in 2011 when I was very young. But

Welcome to ‘Kamkata,’ an emerging farming village

The village Kamkata is found in the Center region of Cameroon. This farming community is located 160 km west of Yaoundé, the country’s capital. This village, which today has about 3,000 inhabitants, all engaged in agriculture, welcomed the pioneers at the end of the 1990s, attracted by the fertility of the soil. This locality presents an agro-ecological variety made up of forest and shrubby savannahs which favor the cultivation of

How one journalists’ association is responding to COVID-19

Sita Traoré Diallo is a journalist for Le Quotidien, a newspaper based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The 40-year-old is also part of Coordination of Communicators of Koudougou (CCK), an association of journalists that responds to the needs of local media and, in the face of COVID-19, is adapting to the needs of the population. The associated was created in 2010 and came out of an event based on the needs

Sharing & Learning : What we grow together counts (webinar)

What we grow together counts: Using a tree inventory in planted forest for business planning and development. The case of Tree Growers Association of Nyandarua (TGAN), Kenya Wednesday, 20 May 2020 (13hrs -14:30 hrs. CEST/GMT+2) Background The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), together with FAO partners, supports Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs) in the development of their businesses. In so doing, it enables smallholders to engage in the business