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Water

Wasser

A dam and numerous wells help relieve the shortage of sufficient and clean water.

Agriculture

Landwirtschaft

Farm cooperatives are supported in many ways on their path to economic independence.

Education

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Building of schools, free school meals and assistance to gifted pupils are an investment in young people's development.

Research

Forschung

All projects are accompanied by research, the results of which are incorporated in practical work in the field.

Renewable Energies

Erneuerbare Energien

This new economic sector will create new sources of income, permit electrification and support environmental protection.

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Field Schools in Dano

Agricultural teaching method for training and development of farmers

The agricultural field school is an instrument to distribute knowledge of modern agriculture and is particularly suitable for small farmers. The cooperatives meet once a week (during the entire growing season, that is 25 times a year) at their field.Under the guidance of a coach for agriculture (a farmer, who is fully proficient in handling the techniques of the agricultural field school) and the supervision of a process tutor (agricultural technician or agricultural consultant) they are being taught in modern agricultural practices.

According to this teaching method, the field is the most important learning medium. Farmers learn to use their own observations and studies as a starting point for innovations. Furthermore they learn to deal with problems regarding various plant diseases or vermin and are taught a careful handling of chemical pesticides. The principals of biological cultivation are a main topic. Through this integrated approach the harvest increases and long term soil fertility can be preserved at the same time (holistic approach). Within those training measures, farmers are being qualified not only in agricultural engineering but also in the organization of associations, administrative and financial management and controlling for agricultural enterprises.

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Those qualification measures for farmers include among other things these following topics:

  Preparation of fields
 

Sowing and cultivation

 

Adapted innovative agro-techniques with new plant varieties

 

Adapted usage of fertilizers and pesticides

  Implementation of biological cultivation
  Adapted harvesting methods
  Innovate post-harvesting methods, storage, preservation, processing
  Organization of cooperatives, rights and obligations of members
  General administration, financial management, controlling, profitability calculations

 

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