BvAT conducts research on SA to generate technologies and create new knowledge that is key for the smallholder farmers practicing sustainable agriculture. BvAT focus on value chain development and thus looks at research issues touching on entire value chains as a means of raising rural household incomes. We also undertake extensive research on policies that are agriculturally sound and promote practices that favor such policies.
With a lot of reseach generated by BvAT and many other research institutions, the challenge is how to reach it to farmers. BvAT therefore packages this information in different formats (magazines, online database, videos, radio audios, trainers manuals etc) and disseminates it to different users. The information is categorised into human, animal, plant and environmental health.
We educate smallholder farmers on sustainable farming practices to help them improve their livelihoods while conserving the environment. Most of these families rely solely on farming for their income but struggle to make a decent living due to low yields caused by inappropriate farming methods and inaccessibility to information on appropriate farming methods. BvAT trains them through demos, farm visits, onfarm group trainings and farmer trainings at our resource centers .