The Foundation’s program focused on providing agricultural education for women farmers by way of a travelling training scheme, which stopped in villages to deliver training on sustainable farming practices, and provide technical support and equipment. Illustrated and targeted training modules on nursery management, rational and safe use of pesticides and sprayers, equipment maintenance, storage of commodities, and pest and disease control, were delivered during the sessions. The training aimed to help women – and by extension their families – become self-reliant, increase field productivity, generate additional sources of income and improve environmental sustainability.
As a result of the training, women improved their crop yields, food security and family income, and halved the quantity of seeds used to sow the same area of land. The women’s ability to carry out repairs by themselves also contributed to significant cost savings and revenue increases. They were also encouraged to create 'demonstration' plots of land to test and share their new skills, thus disseminating acquired knowledge more widely, especially in relation to more sustainable agricultural practices, and more limited and efficient use of pesticides on crops.
2013 to 2015
The project gave us better access to water for farming and daily use. We now get a lot of shade on our plots thanks to tree planting and this will contribute to water preservation and the prevention of soil erosion. Previously, we only used to plant maize, which we used to feed our family. Thanks to the project, we started planting vegetables that we will sell, and afford our children’s education.
Marie-Thérèse Agridyma Women’s Group, Mougouri