• Project to improve the agroecology training courses for the Tcharm Fora Agroecological Farm of the Rural Organization for Sustainable Agriculture (ORAD)

    Project to improve the agroecology training courses for the Tcharm Fora Agroecological Farm of the Rural Organization for Sustainable Agriculture (ORAD)

    • DuréeThe proposed project has a duration of eighteen (18) months
    • Pays MembresBenin
    • Liens externes du projet
    • Partenaires Financiers
    • Partenaire TechniquesGerman NGO "MISEREOR", Agroecology Federation of Benin, agroecological farms, NGOs promoting agroecology, other training centers, Universities of Parakou and Abomey Calavi
    • Budget€ 117,500 including € 17,500 own contribution, i.e. 15% of total project cost
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The Tcharm Fora agroecological farm was created in April 1997 and became a training center in 2011. It can accommodate twenty-five (25) learners simultaneously. It was born of the fact that agroecology has been a hot topic in Benin for some years now.

Indeed, farmers are increasingly encouraged to use agricultural methods that enable them to produce sustainably, make a sustainable living from their work, and develop their resilience in the face of economic, social and environmental hazards. Although agroecology has not been integrated into Benin's agricultural policies, it is becoming increasingly popular. However, apart from a few projects, there are no extension services for agroecological methods. Individuals are left to their own devices and forced to experiment in order to identify good practices. There is a strong need for a training and reference institute on agroecology. Demand for training in agroecology is growing. The project therefore comes at an opportune moment.

The project will consolidate the knowledge and skills of the teaching teams, and the management team's management, management and training engineering skills. In addition, the project will improve the center's infrastructure and equipment, and increase the number of trainees, many of whom are young rural people from the surrounding communities; this will enhance their employability and/or their impact on the sustainability of local agriculture. Finally, the project will develop a post-training follow-up system for all trainees.

General objective : To contribute, through training, to the development of agroecology in Benin

Specific objectives

To build human resources capacity
To improve the quality of training and the annual number of agroecology trainees
To improve the center's infrastructure
To reinforce the center's teaching equipment and materials

The project's strategy is based on strengthening the center's human resources by training trainers in agroecological techniques, pedagogical engineering and training engineering, and by training managers in administrative and accounting management and fund-raising. It will also strengthen the center's infrastructure (classrooms, electricity, teaching materials, agricultural equipment), enhance learners' technical skills in agroecology and increase the number of learners per year. Finally, the center will set up a post-training follow-up system for learners and other beneficiaries of the center's training courses.

Outcome 1

  • The center's human resources capacity is improved and an accountant recruited

Outcome 2

  • Agroecology training repository shared with other centers and agroecology curricula revised

Outcome 3

  • To train one thousand (1000) learners (including 300 women) in agroecology for self-employment or easy integration into the job market

Outcome 4

  • Construction of one (01) training room and the center benefits from electrical power.

Outcome 5

  • To equip the center with teaching equipment (computers, printer, video projectors, projection screen, TV set), and other small agricultural equipment (watering cans, shovels, picks, machetes, spades, wheelbarrows, incubator, grain mill, motor tiller)..

Résultat 6

  • Production of a training video on agroecology