ICT for Farmers: Women Learning Women (WLW):

FLD is a learning and capacity-building process documentation, especially when done with others, helps farmersto analyze what they know, to capture that information, and to recount it to other people.

Farmers’ ability to record their own messages using text, pictures, audio or video can increase the effectiveness of existing media such as radio, and open up new means of grassroots communication. “I have an innovation of which I am proud, and I planned to show it to you and to get itdocumented. This [rodent control] was inventedjointly with my husband to protect my fruits.” It is a mixtureof chopped plant locally called Botiom-Botiom andanimal urine.

Traveling Seminar to principal on-farm research Sites

Introduction

The project Women Learning Women (WLW): Women-led Documentation and Community Information Centres in Tigray Region, northern Ethiopia, has been awarded a GenARDIS grant last December. To be implemented throughout 2009, the aim was to experiment with new documentation methods that are led by women farmers in order to see whether and how this form of documentation can complement that done by researchers, adding value by giving the women’s perspectives. The project is also initiated to motivate women to use telecenters when looking for information and build the capacity of young women through Training-of-Trainers (ToT) workshops on use and application of ICTs, information-retrieval techniques and business management training.

Objectives of the project

  • To train secondary drop outs in using ICT
  • To provide training in photography and recording skills of innovations for community photographer selected by the farmers and household daughters/son
  • To motivate women to use telecenters when looking for information and build the capacity of young women through Training-of-Trainers (ToT) workshops on use and application of ICTs, information-retrieval techniques and business management training.
  • To upgrade the capacity and confidence of village level ICT expert
  • To provide recognition of young female ICT experts at university level and involved as a supervisors
  • Provide documentation booklets and training manuals in Tigrigna to the farmers

“Whether someone is a male or a female does not matter and, if they work hard, they can make a difference regardless of their sex.” - Medhin (as one of the trainees put it)

Project Contact Person:
Dr Fetien Abay
Coordinator SSD
0344410974 (o) , 0914703197 (m)