We work with rural communities with low agricultural training. This affects significantly the efficacy of their production and the input of new kinds and methods of cultivation. We consider agricultural training to farmers a key factor for an upgraded agricultural sector, as well as a mainly practical formation so as to back the introduction of new crops and the technological improvement of the agricultural production. Most part of the training is directly connected to the agricultural practice (management of the new crops, crop rotation and companion planting). Another part is related to the agricultural resource management (seed conservation, investment and funding). Senegalese trainers – agricultural engineers and agriculture schools students mainly – take part whenever it is possible.
Furthermore, the awareness about the importance of a balanced diet and the enormous impact it has on our daily life (especially in children and teenagers) is one of the key factors in our training program. We will only reach our target when the population understands the need of adding new nutrients to their diet.
To that end, we work with the whole population about this topics, including informative and outreach workshops (food conservation and processing, gastronomic workshops)
Training is carried out in the field, basing ourselves in documents, and graphic and audiovisual material, as well as performing every activity while they are explained. This is a two-way learning. Trainers also recover the farmers’ empiric knowledge and combine it to the training program. Moreover, we set up networks between farmers and trainers, so they could solve doubts or problems while they are not training.