Access Agriculture
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.

Read more ,,,,,  English | বাংলা | Français | हिंदी | Español  Português 

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 

 

Podbean App

Play this podcast on Podbean App