Sahel InfoHubs

The Sahel InfoHubs project aims to provide tools and training components so that small farmers, herders and fishermen be better able to sell their products. By creating this portal and a series of training courses for field connectors (youth, women, community radio journalists), the E-TIC program aims to provide knowledge relevant for efficient and effective farm management.

More specifically, the E-TIC tool box has been developed and applied to the needs of farmers, herders and fishermen in West Africa. It helps them get access to knowledge related to organic farming and ultimately better sell their products on local and international markets.

The issues of farming, rearing livestock and fishing are at the heart of this project. ICVolunteers aims to provide the means to improve the information available to those directly involved in the agricultural sector, a pillar of the local economy for pastoral regions in Mali and Senegal.
The isolated nature of rural zones means a large majority of farmers, herders and fishermen do not have access to information and communication technologies and to information that would be very useful for their work and existence.

We accompany the implementation of practices, such as the exchange of information, whether on the market or in homes (prices, practices, plant information, etc.). We use various means of communication adapted to the specific context. Among these tools are mobile phones (SMS, voice), community radio, Internet and computers, video, audio messages, drawings and simple stories shared in interactive and participatory community meetings.

Some of the project’s beneficiaries: Young farmers, herders and fishermen, community radio journalists, women, information and communication specialists.

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