DEAR NEW FARM:
Thank for your hard work and help you are giving to farmers
in Senegal. My question is how can I be trained in farming?
My goal is to start an agribusiness enterprise in Senegal.
Comments, thoughts on this enterprise are appreciated. Thank
Unfortunately, our program in Senegal has been terminated.
The Institute is finalizing its strategic initiatives, and
training farmers is one area of focus. Our international program
depends heavily on grants we receive from donors. Proposals
have been submitted in partnership with other institutions
in countries where we are invited.
Here is some general information about organics that may
help you: Right here on The New Farm website you’ll
find international applicable resources on our International
page, in our Resource
Directory, our archives
and in the New
Farm Forums. You can also find international certifying
agencies in our Organic
Certifiers Database. We have an online course for farmers
transitioning from conventional to organic agriculture that
is currently available as a beta version (www.tritrainingcenter.org/course),
and much of the information will be useful to beginning farmers
as well (while it’s geared toward U.S. farmers and USDA
guidelines, the course contains valuable information for anyone
interested in organic farming). Another excellent source for
specific topics related to organic and sustainable farming
is ATTRA - the National Sustainable Agriculture Information
Your best resource is always other farmers in your region,
so seek them out wherever and whenever possible. Finally,
we invite you to sign up and receive our free
e-newsletter for monthly updates on the latest news and
features in organic and sustainable agriculture.
International Program Director
The Rodale Institute
us with comments, suggestions and questions.