Workshop on The Multiplier Mapping for Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Dissemination Within KCOA Project
Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria in collaboration with National Federation For Organic Agriculture (FENAB) ,organizes a workshop on the Multiplier Mapping for Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Dissemination Within KCOA Project. The workshop was sponsored by KCOA (Knowledge Centre For Organic Agriculture in Africa) and had in attendance participants which included delegates from FENAB (National Federation For Organic Agriculture) viz: Mr. El Hadji Mandiaye Ndiaye, Mr. Abdourahmane Leye, Mr. Mouhamed Seck, the President of the Association, Pro. V.I.O. Olowe, the Country Cordinator, KCOA, Dr. Jude C. Obi, The Association’s PRO, Mr. Taiwo Oduola, trainees of the IFOAM-OI ToToT held on February 1-5, 2021. It was a day training and was bilingual (English and French Language). FENAB.
The purpose of the workshop was to develop a knowledge hub for Africa and to ensure that those trained between February 1 and 5, 2021 and other multipliers are built up to successfully disseminate relevant knowledge on organic agriculture to famers, famer associations, processors, marketers and consumers ,the multipliers were grouped into three viz: Primary Multipliers (M1): people with recognized diplomas, qualifications or training in the agricultural sector to build the capacity of other trainers and facilitators to support the dissemination and application of knowledge products for AB development. Secondary Multipliers (M2): are field practitioners trained by M1s from the KCOA project at their country level or by individuals with at least the same qualifications, NGO agents, partners or model leaders or producers and others who can appropriately support the dissemination and application of ABE knowledge products. Tertiary Multipliers: policy actors or opinion leaders who can support and sustain the project in advocacy, legislation and quality control for the dissemination and application of knowledge products along value chains in AB.
According to Mr. Mouhamed Seck, the program is also targeting youths and women as they play very important roles in the implementation of KCOA project. There were however, activities carried out in the course of the workshop which include deliberation on the Platform Profile Template where there was a discussion on the slogan, main features, the structure which bothers on the criteria for the content dissemination, the thematic focus on the KCOA website, which content do they disseminate and along which channel. The KCOA content database will be structured along FiBl categories. How the website will target users (multiplier). How the website will target users (multiplier). How the platform will build on existing knowledge (Reuse and improve) and collaborate with existing platforms? (Be collaborative ) The platform will also bridge the gap created by other platforms. KCOA will work with existing platforms, survey has been done and KCOA will fill the gap and compliment the work.
Thematic area will focus on the following viz: certification, soil health, funding and marketing. Participants were asked to filling out a form indicating the agrecological location they propose to train and how to achieve these aims, according to Mr. Mouhamed Seck, they are to enumerate the number of grassroots if and farming number of individual members (male and female), number of trainers on organic( male and female), needs for capacity build on organic agriculture. Mr. El Hadiji stated that the main objective of the project is the dissemination of indigenous and scientific knowledge and also train the trainers on indigenous and scientific knowledge. Different actors in organic agriculture, those already in it and others in transition. After analyzing the two, we will categorize, they will then be classified into the three multipliers. These set of people (those trained in February 1-5) are the first set of people trained, they will go to train others.
Every trainer is going to train others, there is a relationship between the ToToT trainees and the workshop, in order to have a manual for the trainers, IFOAM will give the manual as they are one of the sponsors of the project, FENAB is also saddled with the responsibility of harmonizing these trainers. Mr. Abdourahmane Lere stated that before the platform, there is a process of collection, validation before putting on the platform, there is respect for intellectual properties. The information will be made accessible and will be in different languages, will be in media platforms. There will be a database for this information, afterwards there will be a KCOA interface. Though the platform belongs to FENAB, the application will be user friendly. There will be room for marketing of organic produce.
Mr. Lere thanked everyone including the President of the Association, members of the Association, the Country Coordinator and promised to continue to work with the Association.