Innovation scaling & Youth Employment
African Innovation Services - AFRIS
Bastatou da Gloria
Cotonou | Benin
Some examples of agricultural production and transformation guides that we have developed
- Soyabean production guide: Master - Guide - Soja - Production.pdf
- Parboiled Rice production guide: Master - Guide - Riz étuvé.pdf
Development of a price information bulletin called "Bulletin Infoprix" that provides wholesale prices for five agricultural products in the main markets of 21 municipalities in Benin
Development of a service called "Information Exchange Services" that aims to link farmers and researchers in a constructive information exchange to overcome production constraints. The specific objectives are to collect farm data for a better understanding of production systems, to document the expertise of national experts and to make solutions to common production constraints accessible.
- Information Exchange Services site: http://runetwork.org/html/fr/index.html
Clients / Target group
AFRIS was born out of the AfricaRice/ProCIVA (Green Innovation Center for the Agri-Food Sector) partnership to capitalize the achievements of the Green Innovation Center for the Agri-Food Sector (CIVA). It guides soybean, rice and other commodities farmers in a process of learning about innovations and promotes youth employment.
Due to the facilitation of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and the establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform with a network of service providers (experts and youth), a total of 350 farmers' groups (8,294 registered farmers) who actively collaborated tried and/or adopted innovative technologies and 440 people found a job as service providers (F 72 / M 368). Young professionals who got jobs as service providers doubled the number of employees in their personal economic activities, creating 210 additional jobs.
In addition, AFRIS provides to the stakeholders a price newsletter (5 agricultural products) in order to help them in taking good decisions in the sale of their products.
The implementation of these projects has allowed AFRIS to establish research partnerships with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the National Institute of Agronomic Research of Benin (INRAB) in order to propose innovations based on the farmers' constraints and to improve the technologies following the feedback from the implementation of these innovations in a real environment on a large scale. Also, the project had exchanges and collaborations with the extension services, farmers' organizations, the national institute of agricultural research, nine agricultural schools, two colleges and a network of more than 40 national experts.
Established collaborations and partnerships
AFRIS is running the collaborative platform of institutions such as 4per1000, Nutrition Network (BLE, Germany) and LEAP4FNSSA. The mean goal is to facilitate the collaborative work, make their actions more visible and offer them a good knowledge management system.
Desired collaborations and partnerships
AFRIS is eager to collaborate with agricultural institutions (in Africa and also in international countries) to share experiences on good practicies especially those on carbon sequestration and soil health.
Time for discussion (Video Chat)
During the indicated periods, one of the team members is available for a chat.
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