Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Social Media and Sustainable Agriculture Online courses

Two wonderful self-paced online and free courses for young farmers are available: Social media for development on the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) platform as well as Sustainable Agricultural Land Management on Coursera.

The Social media for development course covers topics on web 2.0, social networking sites and Communities,  Blogging and Microblogging, Online Video and Image Sharing and more. These are very crucial skills today if one is to reach and communicate effectively with the buyers of their products. Above all, these courses are also an opportunity to network and share experiences with people from different parts of the world.

Click here to visit the Social media for development course and register for the course. Visit and register for the Sustainable Agricultural land management course here.

The courses are delivered in English with the material available in text and video formats. Register and take the courses whenever you can - don't worry about missing the deadline to register. The material will still be available even after the course is concluded.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Turning agricultural surplus into high Quality processing Jobs

An article from Infodev that details their efforts in turning produce especially during seasons of plenty into high quality processing jobs. I hope you find something you can take into your agribusiness. Text to the article

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Youth in farming: 11 Ways to Turn Holiday Seasons into your Most Profitable Times

bananas (matooke), chicken, rice, peas, vegetables - Christmas food
Many people save up to buy lots of food, gifts and clothes during the holiday seasons. The holiday seasons are such as: Christmas holidays, Easter season, Muslim holy days (Idd Mubarak, Idd Aduha), Uganda Martyrs day. These are some of the most celebrated days in Uganda.

These should be the days, for a youth in farming, that should be the most profitable seasons. Why? Because, people are happy and they are in super high gear of buying lots of food or agricultural produce. They have saved the money to buy the best food for themselves and their families. Often people are looking for the biggest turkey, duck, chicken or biggest bunch of bananas that they can find.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

15 Major Reasons Youth in Africa Do not Like a Career in Agriculture

As this video shows, agriculture is not mentioned at all by any of these young people. 

So we ask ourselves, why do youth in Uganda or Africa, in general, do not like agriculture as a business or career? Why do youth hate agriculture so much? Here below are the reasons we came up with, join in and leave your comment below.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

20 Ways to Make $25,000 per month running an Agricultural Business

fish on a stall in Uganda
Josephine Kiiza, director of St Jude Family Projects at Busense, Kabonera subcounty in Masaka, is of the most successful farmers in Uganda.

At St. Jude family agricultural projects, they practice and train farmers in modern Integrated Organic Farming, a technology where various items on the farm - plants, animals, water and soils, are in such a way contributes directly or indirectly to the other.

A newvision article published in october 2005, mentions that Josephine Kiiza earns Uganda shillings 50 million ($25,000) per month from her 3.7 acre farm. She farm has She probably earns more money now.

Friday, December 9, 2011

5 Must-have Skills Sets For Youth in Farming or Agriculture

Five skill sets youth in farming must have
This from an extensive research study conducted by Catholic Relief Services and Ciat which involved interviewing 40 farmer groups with over 1000 members on 3 different continents.

The 5 skill sets which are important for running a successful agricultural business are discussed in their  video below.

The 5 important skills sets are:
  1. Group management, 
  2. Savings and financial management, 
  3. Basic business and marketing, 
  4. Technology and Innovation
  5. Natural resource management for sustainable production 

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