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Cómo ampliar la agroecología

Cómo ampliar la agroecología

November 1, 2022

Seminario web especial con motivo del 10º aniversario de Access Agriculture

(Organizado por Access Agriculture y la Coalición de Agroecología)

25 de octubre, 11.00 AM UTC

 

Como parte de la celebración de su 10º aniversario este año, Access Agriculture (www.accessagriculture.org) organizado un webinar sobre "Cómo escalar la agroecología" el 25 de octubre del 2022, en colaboración con la Coalición de Agroecología (www.agroecology-coalition.org).

 

Desde que comenzó en el 2012, el enfoque de aprendizaje dirigido por video de Access Agriculture ha llegado a unas 90 millones de personas, principalmente pequeños agricultores, en más de 100 países, permitiéndoles aprender sobre los principios agroecológicos, lo que lleva a mejorar los medios de vida rurales y los sistemas alimentarios sostenibles. La organización está ocupando un nicho único y valioso en el apoyo al aprendizaje horizontal de agricultor a agricultor y la ampliación de la agroecología en todo el Sur Global.

 

La visión de la Coalición de Agroecología contempla un sistema alimentario inclusivo basado en los principios de la agroecología. La Coalición es uno de los principales resultados de la Cumbre de Sistemas Alimentarios de las Naciones Unidas, celebrada en septiembre del 2021, y cuenta ya con más de 113 miembros (39 países y 74 organizaciones), comprometidos con hacer de las transiciones agroecológicas una realidad generalizada.

 

Los objetivos del seminario web fueron celebrar los logros de Access Agriculture en los últimos 10 años y ayudar a dar forma a su estrategia futura como proveedor de servicios globales y agente de escala para ayudar a incorporar la agroecología y la transición hacia sistemas alimentarios más resilientes.

 

El seminario web presentó con un ecléctico elenco de distinguidos oradores y panelistas, entre los que se encuentran representantes de la Agroecology Coalition, la Plataforma de Conocimiento de la Agricultura Familiar de la FAO, ANTHRA, el Programa de Investigación Colaborativa de Cultivos de la Fundación McKnight, PROLINNOVA, el mundo académico, las radios comunitarias y las televisiones, además de Access Agriculture.

How to scale agroecology

How to scale agroecology

October 27, 2022

Special webinar marking the 10th anniversary of Access Agriculture

(Organised by Access Agriculture and the Agroecology Coalition)

 

25 October, 11.00 AM GMT / UTC

 

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration this year, Access Agriculture (www.accessagriculture.org) organised a webinar on “How to scale agroecology” on 25 October 2022, in partnership with the Agroecology Coalition (www.agroecology-coalition.org).

 

Since it started in 2012, Access Agriculture’s video-led learning approach has reached an estimated 90 million people, mainly smallholder farmers, in over 100 countries, enabling them to learn about agroecological principles, leading to improved rural livelihoods and sustainable food systems. The organisation is filling a unique and valuable niche in supporting horizontal farmer-to-farmer learning and the scaling of agroecology across the Global South.

 

The Agroecology Coalition vision envisages an inclusive food system based on the principles of agroecology. The Coalition is a major outcome of the UN Food Systems Summit held in September 2021, and has already over 113 members (39 countries and 74 organisations), committed to making agroecological transitions a widespread reality.

 

The objectives of the webinar were to celebrate the achievements of Access Agriculture in the last 10 years and help shape its future strategy as a global service provider and scaling agent to help mainstream agroecology and transition towards more resilient food systems.

 

The webinar featured an eclectic line-up of distinguished speakers and panelists, including representatives from the Agroecology Coalition, FAO Family Farming Knowledge Platform, ANTHRA, Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) at McKnight Foundation, PROLINNOVA, academia, community radio and TV stations, in addition to Access Agriculture.

 

How to scale agroecology
https://youtu.be/j21LcQkscoA 

Comment transposer l’agroécologie à plus grande échelle

Comment transposer l’agroécologie à plus grande échelle

October 27, 2022

Webinaire spécial marquant le 10e anniversaire d’Access Agriculture

(Organisé par Access Agriculture et Agroecology Coalition)

25 octobre, à 11.00 GMT / UTC

 

Dans le cadre de la célébration de son 10e anniversaire cette année, Access Agriculture (www.accessagriculture.org) a organisé, le 25 octobre 2022, un webinaire intitulé « Comment transposer l’agroécologie à plus grande échelle », en collaboration avec Agroecology Coalition (www.agroecology-coalition.org) .

 

Depuis son lancement en 2012, l’approche d’apprentissage par vidéo d’Access Agriculture a rejoint environ 90 millions de personnes, principalement de petits agriculteurs, dans plus de 100 pays, leur permettant d’en apprendre sur les principes agroécologiques et contribuant à l’amélioration des moyens de subsistances des populations rurales et des systèmes de sécurité alimentaire. L’organisation occupe un créneau unique et important en matière de soutien à l’apprentissage horizontal d’agriculteur-à-agriculteur et dans l’expansion de l’agroécologie dans l’hémisphère sud.

 

La vision d’Agroecology Coalition prévoit un système alimentaire inclusif fondé sur les principes agroécologiques. La Coalition est un résultat majeur du Sommet des Nations unies sur les systèmes alimentaires tenu le septembre 2021 et compte déjà plus de 113 membres (39 pays et 74 organisations), engagés à faire des transitions agroécologiques une réalité généralisée.

 

Les objectifs du webinaire étaient de célébrer les accomplissements d’Access Agriculture au cours des 10 dernières années et d’aider à façonner sa future stratégie en tant que fournisseur de services mondial et agent d’expansion afin d’appuyer l’agroécologie et la transition vers des systèmes alimentaires plus résilients.

 

Un groupe éclectique de conférenciers et de panélistes ont pris part au webinaire, y compris des représentants d’Agroecology Coalition, de la Plateforme de connaissances sur l'agriculture familiale de la FAO, d’ANTHRA, du Programme de recherche collaborative sur les cultures de la Fondation McKnight, de PROLINNOVA, du milieu universitaire et des stations de radio communautaire et de télévision, en plus de ceux d’Access Agriculture.

 

Comment transposer l’agroécologie à plus grande échelle
https://youtu.be/3BpVBfPACig

Reaching the unconnected through digital empowerment

Reaching the unconnected through digital empowerment

October 15, 2022

As part of the FAO Science and Innovation Forum 2022 side events, Access Agriculture and IFOAM Asia jointly organised a webinar “Reaching the unconnected through digital empowerment” on Friday 14 October 2022, 08:00 AM GMT (10:00 AM CEST).

Sharing knowledge on agroecology and organic farming between communities across the Global South is vital to cope with changes and crises. Small farmers, in particular rural women and youth, living, in remote areas have limited access to relevant information and knowledge on ecological practices. To help such farmers, a growing network of young rural entrepreneurs across Africa and Asia are using solar-powered smart projectors to show quality farmer-to-farmer training videos in local languages in remote areas where there is no electricity or internet. 

The side event focused on how youth empowerment, combined with the power of digital technology, can be a powerful force to connect people from remote communities and contribute to the creation of more inclusive and sustainable food systems.

Title of the Session and Speakers

Welcome remarks
Speaker: Jane Nalunga, Entrepreneur Coach Coordinator, Access Agriculture

Reaching the unconnected through digital empowerment
Speaker: Josephine Rodgers, Executive Director, Access Agriculture   
 
Youth as future leaders in the organic sector
Speaker: Julia Lernoud, Vice President of IFOAM - Organics International

Value of digital skills and tools for agricultural entrepreneurship – Perspective from a young changemaker from India
Speaker: Kumar Neeraj, Founder of Khetee and Access Agriculture ERA from India

Value of digital skills and tools for agricultural entrepreneurship – Perspective from a young changemaker from Kenya
Speaker: Maureen Njeri Maina, Field Trainer at Schools and Colleges Permaculture (SCOPE) and Access Agriculture ERA from Kenya

Q & A Session
Moderator:  Blessings Flao, Malawi & Southern Africa Co-ordinator, Access Agriculture

Wrap-up and Concluding remarks 
Speaker: Phil Malone, Communications Specialist, Access Agriculture, Global South, 

Website  https://www.accessagriculture.org/ 

Helping share farmers’ best-kept secrets on soil health with other farmers

Helping share farmers’ best-kept secrets on soil health with other farmers

July 16, 2022

An interactive webinar titled, Helping share farmers’ best-kept secrets on soil health with other farmers, was organised by the 4 per1000 Initiative and Access Agriculture on 8 July. The 4 per 1000 initiative aims to boost carbon storage in agricultural soils by 0.4% each year to help mitigate climate change and increase food security

Introductory remarks by Samuel Ottnad, on behalf of 4 per 1000 Initiative and by Blessings Flao on behalf of Access Agriculture, kicked off the webinar, followed by two presentations. The first presentation on the theme of the webinar was delivered by Paul Van Mele, Access Agriculture Director for International Development, and the second one, focusing on Entrepreneurs for Rural Access: Our Changemakers, was presented by Jane Nalunga, Access Agriculture Entrepreneur Coach Co-ordinator.

In addition to questions and answers, the webinar also offered an opportunity to partners, who use the various services and platforms of Access Agriculture, to speak. Mr Hitul Awasthi from Himachal Pradesh, India, who is passionate about food and nutrition security, spoke briefly about his positive experience with EcoAgtube, an initiative of Access Agriculture. Blessings thanked the presenters and the audience for their valuable contributions and appreciated the organisers, especially Marc Bernard and Samuel Ottnad, for their support.

www.tinyurl.com/soil4food

Arrell Award Ceremony: Access Agriculture shines spotlight on farmer empowerment through local language videos

Arrell Award Ceremony: Access Agriculture shines spotlight on farmer empowerment through local language videos

June 11, 2022

On 7 June 2022, the Access Agriculture team received the 2022 Arrell Global Food Innovation Award in the category of Community Engagement Innovation in Toronto, Canada. The team comprised Josephine Rodgers, Executive Director; Paul Van Mele, Director for International Development; and Jane Nalunga, Coordinator of the Rural Entrepreneur Programme, who joined the event remotely.

“Local indigenous languages and indigenous knowledge really are at the core of what Access Agriculture does,” said Josephine Rodgers, accepting the Award. She emphasised that sharing knowledge between communities across countries is vital to cope with changes and crises. “We are partway through the UN Decade of Family Farming and in the first year of the UN Decade of Indigenous Languages, and we aim to make both count.”

The Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards recognise global excellence in food innovation and community impact. The Awards are adjudicated by a group of internationally respected scientists and community activists. 

Handing over the Award, Adrianne Xavier, Acting Director, Indigenous Studies Programme at McMaster University, who served as an adjudicator of the 2022 Awards, remarked, “The Access Agriculture video resources provide information and relevant content to farmers in small communities, which is critical to local food systems in the Global South.” 

The Award ceremony was held during the 5th Annual Arrell Food Summit, which bought together food leaders and experts to co-create solutions and discuss how to work together to ensure a healthy and resilient future of food.

In keeping with the Summit’s focus and Access Agriculture’s vision, Paul Van Mele said, “We try to strengthen farmers’ knowledge, but also society at large to produce, process and consume food with greater respect for nature and local culture. This award is a recognition of the contribution of our staff and the hundreds of partners, who make use of our videos to train farmers in their own communities to promote agroecology and regenerative farming.”
The Award panel highlighted that Access Agriculture was selected for its model, outreach, and delivery of training videos in local languages, along with the engagement created at the community level, all of which contributes to healthier and more resilient food systems. 

Thanking the panel for its support and encouragement, Jane Nalunga said, “This is a great recognition of the young people, who are providing services to remote rural communities across Africa and now in South Asia too, using solar powered smart projectors to show videos of farmers inspiring other farmers in local languages. We are delighted to be recognised and aim to expand our activities with these wonderful rural people.”

 

Related links:
Video podcast : Access Agriculture receives 2022 Arrell Award

Empower rural women to help achieve the ”zero hunger” goal!

Empower rural women to help achieve the ”zero hunger” goal!

November 17, 2021

Young women in rural India are constrained by limited access to knowledge and economic opportunities. At the same time, women food producers, who have been hit hard by climate change and COVID-19, need information on resilient natural farming practices. Unless strong efforts are urgently made to empower aspiring young women and marginalised women food producers to fully participate in rural transformation, it will be difficult to lift them out of poverty and achieve the "zero hunger" goal.

How can we empower these women? Phil Malone, Communications Specialist at Access Agriculture, explains to Savitri Mohapatra a new campaign launched to help rural women  and requests listeners to generously contribute to this noble cause. 

Lift them out of poverty and help achieve the "zero hunger" goal!!!

Spreading organic agricultural practices through training videos

Spreading organic agricultural practices through training videos

October 7, 2021

On 9 September 2021, Access Agriculture Director for International Development,  Paul Van Mele, gave a presentation at the 20th Organic World Congress, which took place digitally and on-site in Rennes, France, 6-10 September. His talk “Spreading organic agricultural practices through training videos” illustrated how digital learning tools and strategic partnerships are crucial to help reach more farmers to transition towards agroecology and organic farming across the global South. The presentation elicited great interest and led to several new exciting partnerships currently being developed, such as with the Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers' Organisations (INOFO), the Global Alliance for Organic Districts (GAOD) and Regeneration International.  In addition to Paul, Access Agriculture was represented at the Congress by Executive Director, Josephine Rodgers and Communications Specialist, Phil Malone.

Further reading :  THE BAKER FARMERS | LA TABLÉE

Access Agriculture wins International Innovation Award

Access Agriculture wins International Innovation Award

October 4, 2021

Access Agriculture wins International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Access Agriculture has won the prestigious International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture in the category “Award for innovations that empower youth in sustainable food systems” based on its model of young entrepreneurs.

The jury panel, chaired by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Government of Switzerland, announced the winners at the World Food Forum event on October 1st, 2021. In total, there were 400 entries from 83 countries.

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Audio source : FAO

Digital Extension Systems: Presentation by Dr Paul Van Mele

Digital Extension Systems: Presentation by Dr Paul Van Mele

June 4, 2021

Dr Paul Van Mele, Access Agriculture Director for International Development, speaking on "Digital Extension Systems" at the MANAGE International Conference on “Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services: Innovations to Impact”, 25-27 February 2021. The National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) is an autonomous organisation of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, Hyderabad, India.

Watch the presentation on EcoAgtube: https://tinyurl.com/PaulVanMele 

 

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