Organic Production - Working Steps
To achieve the above, this initiative includes the following working steps, as:
- Collection of information. Since 2008, ICVolunteers (ICV) and its partners in Senegal and Mali have collected existing knowledge on farming practices through field visits, questionnaires, surveys and other lessons. This wide collection lays the foundation for the development of new informative material. Run by ICV, the E-TIC program aims to provide tools and training components so that small farmers, herders and fishermen are better able to reach local and national market and sell their products. Through the creation of a portal and a series of training courses for field connectors (youth, women, community radio journalists), the E-TIC project aims to provide knowledge, relevant for efficient and effective farm management. Relevant collected material is available online at www.agriguide.org. Production of the BPOP. In 2011 and 2012, ICV and its partners in Senegal and Mali developed this interim manual.
- Validation. From 2012 onwards, the drafted BPOP will be validated by stakeholders in Senegal and Mali through dissemination trials and improved stepwise in the months to come. The process will be based on a defined procedure and resulting feedback.The validation refers to the quality of collected information, illustrations, recommendations, suitable local languages and layout. This participatory development process contributes to highly practice-oriented materials in terms of content and methodology.The ultimate goal is to support farmers in Senegal and Mali in promoting and implementing organic and sustainable farming practices.
- Wider dissemination. Following the development and validation of the BPOP materials for Senegal and Mali, ICV and its partners intend to facilitate dissemination and sharing of experiences. Additionally, the market potential for organic products from Senegal and Mali will be explored and gaps for developing the organic markets analyzed.