The Biovision Africa Trust was privileged today to receive a donation of farmers’ training material on sustainable farming practices. Dr. Barrack Okoba of FAO Kenya handed over 60 training manuals on climate smart agriculture to BvAT’s Executive Director, Dr. David Amudavi, to support the organisation’s Outreach programme to use with the smallholder farmers benefiting from BvAT’s projects in Kenya.
While handing over the books to Dr. Amudavi, Dr. Okoba said, “Besides the training manual, Climate Smart Agriculture posters too have an elaborate and simplified diagram easily understood by the farmers. I brought them along.”
The Climate Smart Agriculture Training Manual for Agricultural Extension Agents in Kenya is authored by Dr. Barrack Okoba. The manual has rich information on sustainable agriculture with well-illustrated diagrams of sustainable farming methods. The materials will be very helpful to BvAT’s Farmer Communication Programme (FCP). The FCP disseminates information on sustainable agriculture with a mission to improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life through the application of better farming practice.
“My colleague came across the Climate-Smart Agriculture Training Manual for Extension Agents in Kenya while at a conference. She found the book resourceful and she advised me to write to FAO in Rome to request for the manual”, revealed Mr Hudson Wereh, Projects Assistant at BvAT and added, “I’m grateful that my request was responded to and today we are in receipt of the informative manuals.”
Through continued research, sharing of knowledge, farmers improve their farming practices and mitigate the ravages of climate change. “Timely intervention on farming methods leads to improved soil fertility, better yields and a balanced ecosystem. Thank you for supporting us with these training materials’, Dr. Amudavi thankfully expressed. “With this donation, BvAT has received a boost to its collection of information repositories and looks forward to closely working with FAO in future to enhance its outreach”, added BvAT’s Executive Director.
The training manual has an integrated farm approach and was prepared for the extension officers, community leaders and champion farmers who disseminate information on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices and technologies. These technologies when implemented within the local social and physical ecology ensures increased production and profitability, enhanced resilience and adaptation to climate change effects.
Dr. Amudavi also discussed with Dr. Okoba on possibilities of collaborating in sharing and dissemination of information on climate smart agriculture & conservation agriculture within the context of FAO’s project in Tharaka Nithi, Machakos, Kitui, Makueni and Taita Taveta aimed at training farmers to increase agricultural productivity and profitability, and developing their capabilities for climate change adaptation and mitigation.