Integrated pest management is a combination of management strategies that farmers use to minimize the impact of pests and diseases on their crop. Through World Education’s field school education approach, conducted over a full crop cycle using the “field as the book,” students put this learning into practice.
Eight girls on the ConnectEd Australia program spent a day volunteering at a community garden. They worked hard in the hot sun to weed and replant a number of plots and to dig an aggregate pit. The girls enjoyed doing something for the community and seeing the difference they had made in the garden after just a few hours. The majority of girls even put their name down to volunteer in the future, and two arranged to go back the following week and volunteer in the garden in their free time!
The US Agency for International Development recently awarded a grant to the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) to launch the CocoaLink+ program in Cote d’Ivoire with World Education and its partners. World Education’s existing CocoaLink program, funded by WCF and the Hershey Foundation, uses mobile technology to communicate important agricultural and social information to thousands of cocoa farmers in Ghana.
CocoaLink+ will pilot the Ghana program model in Cote d’Ivoire, Africa’s largest cocoa producer. World Education has partnered with Cote d’Ivoire’s Le Conseil du Café-Cacao, the Grameen Foundation , and Orange Telecommunications Company to roll out CocoaLink+. The program will eventually be handed over to the Cote d’Ivoire government.
This baby will grow up with a better standard of living, and will stay in school longer, because of our CocoaLink program in Ghana, which uses text messages to education cocoa farmers on the business side of farming, and to prevent child labor.