On day 2 (3 September, 2014) of the SATNET intraregional Visit for Smallholder Value Chain Actors in South Asia which is currently ongoing in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India, the participants took part in a hands-on Farmers Field School session on paddy cultivation. The objective of the session was to demonstrate participatory research aimed at finding community-driven solutions for sustainable agriculture. During the session, the participants divided into groups and conducted Agro Ecosystem Analysis in a paddy field along with local farmers.
SATNET intraregional visit participants learn about participatory approaches and organic farming practices in India
Fourth SATNET intraregional visit for smallholder value chain actors commences in India
The fourth SATNET intraregional visit for Smallholder Value Chain Actors is underway in India (1-7 September 2014). This visit focuses on the South Asia region and includes participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal representing farmer associations, village community groups, and extension workers from NGOs and government agencies. It aims to promote learning and knowledge exchange on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), climate resilient agriculture and post-harvest management. The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) is collaborating with the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) and three NGO partners - Kudumbam, Concern Universal and RGVN – to organize this event.
SATNET intraregional visit wraps up in Nepal with participants expressing satisfaction with new knowledge gained
On the fourth day (22 Aug 2014) of the SATNET Intraregional Visit for Smallholder Value Chain Actors, the participants first visited an organic vegetable collection centre run by a local Marketing and Planning Committee (MPC) near Tansen in Palpa district. The centre is supported by iDE in partnership with local NGOs and the private sector, and follows a market-led approach with a crop calendar prepared keeping in view market demand and prices in order to enable good returns for the farmers.
South Asian farmers and community leaders exchange knowledge on sustainable agriculture during Nepal visit
The third day of the SATNET Intraregional Visit for Smallholder Value Chain Actors in South Asia, currently underway in Nepal, commenced with a visit to Majgaun village in Rupandehi district. A revolving fund established for the village community by an iDE project has enabled many households to set up low-cost bio-gas generation units which utilize cow dung and human excreta.
SATNET intraregional visit participants learn about innovative production, marketing and community mobilization practices in Nepal
On the second day of the SATNET Intraregional Visit for Smallholder Value Chain Actors in South Asia, taking place in Nepal, the participants were exposed to an interesting marketing model for agricultural inputs that is being promoted by iDE Nepal through financial and technical support under its ‘Challenge Fund’ initiative. ‘Agrovets’ or private agricultural input suppliers who usually market their products only from their shops, have engaged ‘Community Business Facilitators’ (CBFs) who are members of the local community.
Third SATNET intraregional visit for smallholder value chain actors commences in Nepal
The third in the series of SATNET Intraregional Visits for Smallholder Value Chain Actors is being organized in Nepal in partnership with International Development Enterprises (iDE) Nepal from 18-23 August, 2014. This visit is focused on South Asia with a thematic emphasis on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), climate resilient agriculture, and post-harvest issues which are of strong relevance to the region. Eighteen participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan are taking part in the visit, representing progressive farmers, village community leaders and NGO extension workers.
Second SATNET intraregional visit concludes in Cambodia
On the fourth and final day of the SATNET intraregional visit for smallholder value chain actors in Cambodia, participants gathered in Phnom Penh for a half-day wrap up session to review the outcomes of the visit. Representatives from two other projects supported by the European Union as part of its ‘Technology Transfer for Food Security in Asia’ programme also utilized this opportunity to present about their work as well as share the results and learning. The first was the ‘Annadya’ project being implemented by Université Libre de Bruxelles, CEDAC, and other partners to promote appropriate technologies for smallholders to increase food security among ethnic minorities in Cambodia and Lao PDR.
SATNET intraregional visit participants visit progressive farmers and marketing facilities
On the third day of the SATNET intraregional visit for smallholder value chain actors in Cambodia, the participants visited a progressive lady farmer in Kampong Chnang province who started organic farming in 2007 due to ill health resulting from exposure to chemical pesticides and fertilizers. During an in-depth interaction with the visitors, she shared what kind of practices she applies on her farm, and how she has successfully established an organic vegetable producers group (comprising mostly of women).
Participants of the intraregional visit in Cambodia gain knowledge from organic farmers and farmer cooperative members
The second day of the SATNET Intraregional Visit for Smallholder Value Chain Actors in Cambodia comprised of visits from Phnom Penh to various farmer locations in the neighbouring Takeo province. At the first site visited, a progressive farmer is implementing organic farming and sustainable practices with support from CEDAC. The group saw integrated and multipurpose farming techniques including System of Rice Intensification (SRI), fruit and vegetable cultivation, aquaculture (which also enriches nutrients in water for irrigation) and poultry rearing. A number of innovative ways to cope with irrigation water scarcity in times of climate change and practising safe pest control were demonstrated.
Successful kick-off to SATNET field visit in Cambodia
The second SATNET Intraregional Visit for Smallholder Value Chain Actors got underway in Cambodia on Tuesday, 5th August 2014 in collaboration with the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC). There are 19 participants representing farmer organizations, extension workers, grassroots NGOs and government departments from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia and Myanmar taking part in the visit which focuses on crop production technologies, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and post-harvest and marketing.