Before leaving to the field, we had the chance to attend both training organized by Frères des Hommes: Family Agriculture in Sahel and Agro-Ecology in Brazil.
These two days have been rich in encounters and learning. This reinforces our belief that video reports are a real awareness tool to the problems faced by these countries.
Agroecology in Brazil !
The first workshop on April 10, 2016 within the Confederation Paysanne has enabled us to discover what agroecology is. This promotes its development and the different obstacles that responsible agriculture model can meet.
Agroecology is indeed more than just a different mode of agricultural production, it is another way of life, environmentally friendly.
There are in Brazil an agricultural reciprocating “the Sans-Land Movement” calling for a new way of acting between farmers and consumers.
In Brazil there are currently two main methods of agriculture: the large agriculture-called “industrial” and “peasant agriculture”.
These two modes are confronted by their ideology and respect for the environment. This interesting day allowed us to have a first approach to this key concept for our project. We want to think about alternatives and options for more responsible water use. We are convinced that agroecology is one of the solutions for a more friendly farming environment.
Family farming in the Sahel !
The training was organized May 28, 2016 in the Youth Hostel eco-responsible “Yves Robert” in partnership with the SIAD “Development Support International Service.”
We discovered the different plantations grown in the Sahel, and understand the strategies of farmers vis-à-vis the climatic, environmental and political conditions.
We learned the water features of some cereals such as wheat, but also vegetables such as cassava and peanuts.
This will be helpful when we had travel Senegal and Burkina Faso, where we are going to report on the topic of water use in agriculture in water-stressed environment.
Thank you again for Frères des Hommes for organizing these training days. It is important to understand the problems we will encounter in the field!