“To see change happening at different levels means to see growth in the country, and that means meeting our responsibilities and changing our lives for the better. The poor are changing for good and we should keep the momentum and continue to scale-up this effort.”
Tamene Lemma is a Development Agent in the region of Arsi Ngele, in Central Ethiopia. His role is to support farmers, especially in improving their agriculture techniques.
Since 2012, he’s been working in the Digital Green project. A highly innovative program, where he and his colleagues use locally produced videos, featurin farmers, to show other farmers across the region how to learn new skills and new agricultural technologies.
“In my 8 years working as a Development Agent, I had never used a technology like this. It saves us so much time and work. We now work in groups, building common responsibility. The technology has created a stronger link between the farmers and us.”
But of course, there are still things to be improved, even if they sound mundane: “What I would like to improve is the volume of the speaker that is very low, making it difficult for people sitting in the back to hear. Arsi Ngele is also a very hot place and since we need to show the video in the dark, in a closed room, there is a problem of of ventilation, making it challenging to hold the attention of the farmers for long.”
Photo: Selome Kebede/Oxfam
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