Project partners implementing activities under the Africa RISING West Africa recently held Farmers Field Day (FFD) activities at project sites in northern Ghana and Southern Mali. The field events drew a line under what has been a difficult year for activity implementation in light of COVID-19 restrictions for project partners in both countries. During the FFD activities, farmers got an opportunity to share experiences with various technologies promoted by the project and more importantly engage in peer to peer learning for which the opportunities this year have been limited due to restrictions on gatherings. Farmers and partners were upbeat about being able to convene during a field day activity before the year's end.
The Africa RISING project is offering a range of agricultural technology options that open up opportunities for smallholder farm households to move out of hunger and poverty through sustainably intensified farming systems that improve food, nutrition, and income security, for women and children, and conserve or enhance the natural resource base.
The FFDs were held in strict adherence to government prescribed safety measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. In addition to proper sanitary practices like use of face masks and hand washing, the project team also made sure that the FFDs were repeated on different days to ensure that the number of farmers gathered in one place doesn't exceed the prescribed limit for physical gatherings. This photo report presents highlights of the different improved agricultural technologies showcased during the FFD activities in the two countries.
I am grateful to Africa RISING for its enormous contribution to my farming.Joining the Africa RISING beneficiary group, my concept about farming totally changed. A new door opened to me to understand farming as a business.
Ali Ezekiel, beneficiary maize farmer in Zanko community, Upper West region, Ghana
Farmers and partners asking questions about vegetable sack gardens at the Africa RISING technology park in Madina, Bougouni District.
The protruding tubes help to save water, less space is used and the gardens are easily accessible by women. It allows for several vegetable harvests per year for extra income and diversifies household diets.