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GALA blog

An insight into the development of the GALA project.

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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What agro-dealers think – a survey from Northern Ghana

12 February 2017:GALA partner Green Ef has recently carried out surveys into the range of products being stocked by agro-dealers in Northern Ghana. They also recorded the comments made by the agro-dealers. These comments give us a useful insight into the opportunities and challenges perceived by the agro-dealers. We asked Green Ef to share the comments they collected in the […]

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Soybean and the gender agenda…

7 February 2017: The ASHC team writes: We recently asked our colleagues at N2Africa ‘is soybean a woman’s crop?’ Ken Giller reminded us that we could not make generalizations – and that we had to explore the context and location to know. For the Ghanaian context Samuel Adjei-Nsiah came back with a great answer. He […]

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