How it works: our Ambassadors —lead farmers, graduates of agri universities, agrovets and outreach officers from NGOs — are out in the field. From our offices, we help these young tech-savvy agripreneurs strengthen their role in their communities and become trainers. The combination of remote learning and the training of small groups has proven to be a breakthrough. Corona is limiting the numbers in these groups but the outreach is nevertheless much bigger than it would be by traditional means. The Ambassadors are paid to become trainers. Armed with tablets and smart phones, they can train farmers and conduct tests and exams. The trainings are ‘owned’ by the NGOs, and Yielder functions as the communication and monitoring platform. The farmers who complete the training are granted certificates by the NGOs and these certificates lead to access to loans, discounts on inputs or more trainings.
The app allows the Ambassadors to do simple “bookkeeping” of their trainees, keeping track of their results and providing a nice overview of the workflow. From our “stations” we can see how the Ambassadors are doing and can support them to track and monitor their successes, just like those of the individual trainees.
We are now in the midst of developing new trainings that are either “open,” (intended for anyone to follow), or “closed,” (if an NGO requires this because of copyrights, certifications or policy). The training database is growing and we are happily welcoming more trainings from other NGOs, more Ambassadors, more NGOs to use these training facilities and of course, more farmers wishing to be trained.
During these confusing times Yielder is actively helping to reach out, create impact and make farmers robust.
Amsterdam/ Nairobi June 10th, 2020
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