Edward preaches sustainable agriculture

Hundreds of people in Sierra Leone have already benefited from our agriculture program, but one of our students Eduard has proved just how successful the program can be, and how fast the program can grow. The program is sustainable in the sense that it uses ecologically sound methods that produce higher yields and avoid the evironmentally disasterous slash and burn methods used traditionally.

In 2011 he was one of 16 students trained to be instructors in an organic farming method. Each student then returned to their village where they had committed to train others in their local area. The program is sustainable in the sense that it uses ecologically sound methods that produce higher yields and avoid the environmentally disastrous slash and burn methods traditionally used.

When Edward returned to his home in Makondu, 80 families wanted to be trained. Wisely he decided it would be better to concentrate his efforts on teaching ten agriculture leaders from the village who could then in turn teach the others. This way the whole village of around 600 people would benefit from what he had learned in a shorter period of time.

But the news travelled fast through the whole area. Soon village chiefs from six neighbouring villages had come to ask if their farming groups could also receive the training.

Now Edward has plans to train one instructor from each village and have them train new instructors their own communities. If they keep going at this rate in just a few years the whole country could be trained!