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GALA blog

An insight into the development of the GALA project.

Early lessons from GALA on messages and channel selection

Silvia Silvestri reflects on the lessons emerging from the Gender and the Legume Alliance project. The GALA project is designed to support small-scale farming households to improving their capacity to access and use information and knowledge, to achieve sustainable legume intensification. The scale-up work in Ghana and Tanzania will leave a valuable legacy amongst small-scale […]

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10 steps to sustainable business models for smallholder farmer market development programs …

By: Edward Baars, Silvia Silvestri and Duncan Sones An honest assessment of the supply chains for improved legume inputs shows that holistic solutions are needed. The move to sustainable business models, however, will mean that many flaws need to be addressed. In some cases, what looks like the solution is just reframing the problem. But […]

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Family-centric cinema: a Q&A on changing the conversation for women in agriculture

First published in the CABI blog. Women need first-hand information and knowledge about new agricultural technologies to have a say on how family farms are run, according to Dannie Romney, Global Director, Development, Communication and Extension, CABI. Dannie is currently Project Executive for the Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) and Gender and the Legume Alliance(GALA) […]

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Multi-media campaign helps improve food security in Tanzania

First published in the CABI website.  A multi-media campaign has helped CABI and partner agencies in Tanzania improve food security in Tanzania by encouraging thousands of farmers to adopt improved legume technologies including ways to produce healthier and more profitable crops of common bean and soybean. The collaborative project led by FRI, CABI and AFAP, […]

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Linking farmers with providers of inputs for sustainable production

First published on the SAIRLA website on 03 January, 2018 With a large crowd gathered, the screening then switched to the serious business of ‘Growing Soybeans’ and the crowd hushed. This was one of hundreds of screenings by Countrywise-Ghana to inform farming communities of good agricultural practices for soybean production. Countrywise-Ghana produce and distribute videos […]

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ASHC putting three more countries on its map

5 August 2017: The ASHC team is looking ahead to the new campaigns to support partner projects in East and West Africa… Soybean, cassava and bananas are all in the mix.  Overview The ASHC  funding agreement requires that the majority of the work has to be conducted in one or more of  five priority countries Ghana and Nigeria […]

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Movies & SMS inform soy farmers in N Ghana

21 July 2017: Duncan Sones, one of the communications specialists on the ASHC team reflects on the recent soybean campaign in Northern Ghana. This campaign has been delivered by the Africa Soil Health Consortium and its partners with support from the Gender and Legumes Alliance project.  The rains have arrived in Northern Ghana, and our […]

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Film distribution for ‘all the farming family’

12 April 2017: When ASHC delivers training in media production we stress – do not commission anything until you have your distribution process worked out! In Northern Ghana we have taken this very much to heart. We have partnered with Countrywise Ghana to produce and distribute a film on soybean farming. Countrywise is our partner because they too […]

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How do soybean farmers get information?

11 April 2017:At the end of March the GALA team travelled to Tamale in Northern Ghana to help deliver training on data collection to 10 enumerators. As a result, next week the GALA project starts conducting intra-household surveys at 300 farms in five districts in the Northern region of Ghana. The intra-household survey interviews up […]

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Intra-household survey – Tanzania

4 April 2017: Silvia Silvestri, GALA project manager, writes:  Over the past few months the GALA delivery team has been trying to understand how households in Tanzania obtained and share information on farming practices. This will help us to understand the effectiveness of different communication approaches in delivering agricultural information to small-scale farmers.  It will also help us to reflect on which currently change […]

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