Photos: Western DR Congo

Kid in Mbanza Ngungu, Western DRC

Kid in Mbanza Ngungu, Western DRC

An agricultural officer at a pest and disease training

An agricultural officer at a pest and disease training

A young woman observing our activities in the field

A young woman observing our activities in the field

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Photos: Rwandans in Parc National des Volcans

Kids on a wall in Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Kids on a wall in Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Small Kid looking up at me

Small Kid looking up at me

Kid with sugarcane on his head

Kid with sugarcane on his head

bird of prey on a tree

bird of prey on a tree

Photo: my host family in Province Orientale, Northern DRC

My adoptive family in Northern DRC during a training

When I went to Province Orientale in Northern DRC, near the Sudanese border, I stayed in a very remote village that took about 12 hours to get to on a small motorbike. I was a bit apprehensive because I was not sure what I was going to find there once we arrived. My hut was clean and well looked after, and one of the families in the village looked after me. They gave me food and washed my clothes. There were adorable and I hope this picture does them justice. I think about them every now and again, and hope they are doing well. Hopefully I will see them soon! That area of DRC has a lot of problems with Cassava Mosaic virus and Banana bacterial wilt. however they have an amazing quantity of food due to the tropical conditions in the region. It rains 10 months of the year and avocado the size of watermelons grow everywhere, they feed peanuts (usually a cash crop) to the pigs and the chickens are very tasty (which I find unusual in East Africa)

Post: My talk on Afghanistan

Hi all,

If you have 20 minutes, you can view my talk on how to build a successful partnership model in Afghanistan.

Since 2011, I have been working with various partners, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, and the Aga Khan Foundation. We work in various provinces and the nature of the country’s social problems makes it hard to build a sustainable enterprise.

Nevertheless, we are well on the way, with 10 clinics being developed and running regularly in 2 provinces! We have plans for more this year, which means a greater number of farmers will have access to crop pest and disease information! Plantwise is in full swing!

The talks gives you a bit of background on Afghanistan, finding the right partners, training the staff, running clinics, and supporting the trained plant doctors with tools! As a bonus, you also get to see how cringe worthy I appear whilst talking to a (worldwide) audience!

This is the link to my video. Hope you like it! The password for watching the video is CABIJULIEN if watching directly from the vimeo website

If you are interested in learning more about CABI and Plantwise, have a look at the website:

http://www.plantwise.org

Photo: Plant Health rallies in DR Congo

At CABI, we have an initiative called plant health rallies, where we interview farmers on a particular disease in the area. This can be banana bacterial wilt, cocoa black pod, Cassava mosaic virus... The big problems are the ones that not only affect farmer's crops constantly, but also their wallets. Plant health rallies are an organised extension initiative that aims at collecting information on the extent of the disease, as well as giving the farmers interviewed valuable information on  disease control and management. It is a hard day's work, as I would normally interview 200 farmers in 4 or 5 villages, and pass on information, as well as giving speeches to draw the crowd in! It is all worthwhile though, as the information we give them will hopefully aid their crop obtain better yields!

At CABI, we have an initiative called plant health rallies. this involves riding out to rural areas and interviewing farmers on a particular disease in the area, and giving them practical, economic and safe solutions for fighting the disease. This can be banana bacterial wilt, cocoa black pod disease, Cassava mosaic virus… These ┬áproblems affect their crops, but also their wallets. Plant Health Rallies are an organised extension initiative that aims at collecting information on the extent of the disease for future development of control techniques, as well as giving the farmers interviewed valuable information on disease control and management. It is a hard day’s work, as I would normally interview 200 farmers in 4 or 5 villages, and explain how to control the problem, as well as giving speeches on a chair in a random market to draw the crowd in! It is all worthwhile though, as the information we give them will hopefully aid their crop obtain better yields! I do get some people who look at me strangely. Photo: Dr Eric Boa

Post: My new article in “World Agriculture” journal

http://www.world-agriculture.net/article/57/Uganda-Agrochemical-dealers-practises-and-interactions-with-farmers

My article, recently published on “World Agriculture” discusses how agrochemical dealers, the equivalent to pharmacists in the agricultural world, cope with the necessity to run a profitable business in Uganda, whilst being able to give farmers safe efficient and practical advice.

Don’t worry, the link is just a summary. Whoever wants a full copy, let me know.

Julien