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Panel Discussion
11:00 - 12:30 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

Andhra Pradesh to Africa: Taking agroecology to scale through farmer-to-farmer online exchanges

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11:00 - 12:30 GMT
Thursday, 5 January 2023

Andhra Pradesh to Africa: Taking agroecology to scale through farmer-to-farmer online exchanges

The Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming Programme is a highly successful government-led initiative involving millions of farmers and eight million hectares of land in India. It revolves around nine key agroecological principles, including the use of indigenous seed, cover crops and keeping soil disturbance to a minimum. Probably most importantly it offers a viable alternative to using chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. 

In 2020, members of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) visited India and were able to witness the success of the programme first hand. As a result, they have started an online learning programme between AFSA members in 12 African countries and Indian farmers in Andhra Pradesh, so that the successes and difficulties of such a knowledge-intensive, rather than resource-intensive system of farming, can be shared with other small-scale farmers around the world. Join one of the trainers and participants from Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya as they discuss the importance of these exchanges, and how they have worked for African farmers.