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Support to the Skills Center in agroecology – Cacheu and Bafata regions

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SWISSAID supports family farms and professional organizations in Guinea-Bissau to implement their agricultural activities. In order to develop these activities, SWISSAID wishes to set up a local skills center in agroecology.

Agrisud supports SWISSAID in this initiative carrying out training and follow-up activities with about 20 members from this hub.

 

The expected benefits of this collaboration are at two levels:

 

  • producers: by providing concrete answers to the problems they encounter in the implementation of their market-gardening activities, and especially issues concerning the protection of soil fertility, water resources and pest pressure;
  • SWISSAID and its partners: by supporting them to establish a skills development center in agroecology for efficient crop and livestock systems, also well adapted to the region context.

 

Learning cycle « Management advice for sustainable agriculture »

This cycle was designed especially for the project's needs based on both guides « Agroecology in Practice » (Agrisud, 2010) and « Managing Advice for family farms (VSB) » (Agrisud, 2015). It is addressed to the teams / partners who support farmers and professional agricultural organizations.

It is based on the transfer of methodologies and tools:

 

  • understand the farming operation and how it works;
  • understand agroecology and its economic, social and environmental dimensions;
  • understand the principles of sustainable management of an agrosystem;
  • analyze an intervention situation, identify appropriate agro-ecological practices;
  • knowledge of basic agro-economic concepts;
  • identify outcome indicators;
  • collect and process data related to company results and environmental changes;
  • be able to advise a company (observations, follow-up of recommendations and analysis of the results taking into account the environment).

 

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