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Raising farmer’s voice

YenKasa Africa is a regional platform designed to promote knowledge sharing and joint initiatives in communication applied to agriculture and rural development. 

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  • Once again the holiday season is approaching and with it, the end of another year. 2014 has been a year of firsts for the YenKasa team. The platform was launched in March of this year, and it has been an interesting adventure since then.

  • The Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia (OPPAZ) is using ICTs to provide its members internationally recognized quality control processes and, with it, the necessary certifications to make sure they can access the international market for organic crops.Launched in 1999, OPPAZ have since brought Zambian organic vegetables, organic honey and wax, organic essential and indigenous tree oils, organic wild mushrooms and organic fair trade groundnuts to international markets. Organic Cotton is currently in process of expansion in Zambia.

  • The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) officially concluded at a ceremony in Manila, the Philippines, late last week and was attended by representatives from a range of partners in rural development. The event helped to conclude a year in which the importance of family farming to reduce poverty and improve global food security was recognized by the international community. 

  •            Some 2000 women and counting from the Songtaaba Yalgré shea butter association in south central Burkina Faso have been able to achieved financial independence by learning to use the Internet and GPS to access the lucrative international market for organic and fair trade shea butter.

  • The introduction of GPS mapping in cashew farming by the African Cashew Initiative (ACi) is not only priming to dramatically transform cashew farming, but bring a whole new family of ICT applications online that will come in handy to improve efficiency for other cash crop and food crop farming across the region. (image by Terrie Schweitzer)