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Julie commented on The Mama Ada Foundation

Dear Bahenda Joseph, Yes, the emphasis is on training and monitoring, to be sure.  The PFCD is a tool in development that will enable communities to discover a holistic range of issues that constrain their community's agriculture productivity and health, most basically; in addition, it is a bundle of programs (that will be specific to different locales, depending on their particular needs) that then address these constraints.   Do you see common elements to our work with your work; if so, we would love to hear more!  Thank you for reaching out to us!  Julie 

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Julie commented on The Mama Ada Foundation

Hello!  Your work sounds very interesting and we would love to speak with someone from your organization!  A phone call might be best and we could be reached at 952.856.5746.  We wish you all the best in the contest, as well!   Julie Keller

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Julie commented on The Mama Ada Foundation

Hi Paul, It is great to hear from you, as you work in western Kenya too!  Quite basically, the issues that  have been and will be explored with the farmers are many, being holistic in nature - moving all the way from planting seeds in a field to connecting to a market to replanting a field the next year.  Some of the issues explored are and will be soil testing/health; best practices for key crops such as maize, possibly grain legumes and selected veggies, as well as weed management.  There will be information shared with the farmers regarding maize harvest and post handling/storage.   I am the president of our organization, but I could connect you with the two team leads of our ag group that visited the farmers in Kenya last August.  Please let me know if you would like to speak with these ag experts, and they could give you much more complete information about the issues!  I know they would be happy to speak with you, to learn from you as well.  Julie