The ROOTS project recently handed over two pickup vehicles and ten motorcycles to the Department of Agriculture (DOA) in support of their Farmer Field School Program. The program aims to improve the productivity of rice and vegetable crops in the ROOTS intervention communities. In this blog post, we will discuss the details of the program and the impact of the mobility support provided by ROOTS.
The Farmer Field School Program
The Farmer Field School Program is a participatory approach to agricultural extension that focuses on enhancing farmers’ knowledge, skills, and decision-making abilities. The program provides a platform for farmers to learn from each other and from experts in the field. DOA officials will work closely with farmers to identify their needs and provide technical assistance on best practices for crop production, including training on improved seed varieties, pest and disease management, and post-harvest handling.
The Mobility Support Provided by ROOTS
Lack of mobility is a major challenge faced by many agricultural extension workers in The Gambia, which limits their ability to provide necessary technical support to farmers. The vehicles and motorcycles provided by ROOTS will help to address this challenge and improve the DOA’s outreach services. DOA officials will now be able to move freely within the intervention communities and provide technical support to farmers.
Impact of the Mobility Support
The mobility support provided by ROOTS will have a significant impact on the effectiveness and quality of the DOA’s extension services. With the ability to reach farmers more easily, DOA officials will be able to provide more timely technical assistance and support to farmers. This will lead to improved crop yields, increased income for farmers, and ultimately stimulate economic growth in the area. The increased availability of food will also help to address food insecurity in the area.
In conclusion, the provision of mobility support by ROOTS to the Department of Agriculture is a significant step towards improving the productivity of rice and vegetable crops in the ROOTS intervention communities in The Gambia. The support will enable DOA officials to provide technical assistance to farmers and enhance their knowledge and skills. The increased productivity will have a positive impact on the local economy and address food insecurity in the area. ROOTS’ commitment to supporting rural communities in The Gambia is commendable, and their efforts are a testament to the fact that investors can play a significant role in improving the lives of people in rural areas.