Training of farmers
EDUCATION IS THE FUTURE OF SOCIETY
The rural communities we work with have a low level of agricultural training. This has an impact on production and makes it difficult to introduce new types and methods of cultivation. Practical training is key to the inclusion of food and to the technological improvement we seek. The training covers:
- Agricultural and livestock practices: management of new crops, rotation, irrigation, processing of agricultural products, poultry farming. . .
- Management of agricultural resources: seed conservation, investment and financing, etc.
- Nutrition: the importance of a balanced diet, especially for children, the elderly and pregnant women. If we can make people understand the need to incorporate new nutrients into their diet, the modernization and diversification of crops will be much easier. The learning is always reciprocal, because although we try to make the trainers Senegalese —not only for the comfort at the time of giving the trainings, but also because they are more aware of the reality in which the farmers live (usual way of doing things, available materials, difficulties. . . )—, the trainers always try to collect the knowledge of the farmers and integrate it in the training plan to make the trainings as complete as possible. In addition, the contact networks created between farmers and trainers allow doubts or problems to be resolved during periods when no training is being given. All the trainings we have done can be consulted here.