Creating a difference through Participatory videos with farmers

cvParticipatory Videos involve communities in shaping and creating their own film. The idea behind this is that making a video is easy and accessible, and is a great way of bringing people together to explore issues, voice concerns or simply to be creative and tell stories. This process can be very empowering, enabling a group or community to take action to solve their own problems and also to communicate their needs and ideas to decision-makers and/or other groups and communities. As such, PV can be a highly effective tool to engage and mobilize people in the context of agriculture and to help them implement sustainable farming.

Participatory Videos are effective in disseminating agricultural content as people prefer them to reading. Among the youth, the concept of videos is not new and many of the youth are excited by videos. Usage of videos in Agriculture promotes engagement of the youth in the sector because they find them attractive. Youths do videos for music, movies and they like them. It is therefore easier for them to use the same videos for agricultural content and engage in agriculture effectively.

In participatory videos, participants share their voices with other groups or communities, including decision-makers, donors and general public. It is this kind of sharing that promotes learning from each other and nurturing new farmers. Living stories from farmers are captured by communities themselves and shared to promote decision making among policy makers and other partners.

videoThrough participatory videos, a range of impressive agricultural initiatives and suggestions have been documented by those directly involved. It is cheap and effective and easy to share across the country and even further through the social media platforms such as YouTube.

Poultry series 1: The Key to a Successful Poultry Farming Venture

Owing to the increasing demand for chicken, eggs and the quest for self employment, many people are turning to poultry farming with mixed results. Some have succeeded while due to poor planning, others have failed. They have failed due to their failure to plan. If you are planning or you are already into poultry farming and you wish to grow it big, there are factors you need to consider.

Type of birds: One of the factors one has to consider is the type of birds one wants to keep. This is vital as other factors are dependent on it. The housing system, feeds, equipment and facilities the farmer may require for this venture are dependent on the type of birds to be kept. Chicken can be kept for their eggs or meat (layers or broilers) and recently, huge interest has grown for indigenous chickens. As such, one has to decide upfront what his/her interests are.

Housing: It is said that by building a good housing system, one solves more than 40% of all poultry rearing problems. Chicken must be shielded from hostile weather conditions such as cold, rain, sun and wind. Safety from predators should also be considered in putting up a house unit. Snakes, rodents, foxes, dogs, mongoose and other animals are chickens’ enemies. It is therefore important to confine them in modern structures. The housing unit should have perches for the chicken to roost on at night.

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