Agromisa

About Agromisa

Agromisa is a non-profit organisation founded in 1934 in the Netherlands that supports small-scale farmers and organisations by providing them with practical information on sustainable agriculture. The core activities are publishing (Agrodoks, AgroSpecials etc.) and the provision of expert advice through its Question & Answer Service.

Agromisa produces practical oriented and easy to read publications for small scale farmers, staff of agricultural service providers and development workers. Most publications are in the field of plant and animal production but also on related topics such as soil and water conservation, food storage, processing and marketing and other socio-economic subjects that are important for the development of the small-scale farming sector.

Agromisa: an independent organisation

Agromisa finances its work partially through donations, but mainly through its own services. These include the sale of its publications, as well as paid advisory services for partner organisations.

Our perspective on development cooperation

Agromisa believes that structural improvement of living conditions in the South can only take place through the initiatives and ideas of the local population. Agromisa wants to contribute to this indigenous development potential by making agricultural knowledge readily available. We understand that, to be effective, technological advice must be appropriate to the local context and must not lead to the depletion of locally available natural resources. It must also take gender aspects into account by considering the potentially different effects that the introduction of new technologies may have on men and women.

Knowledge sharing

As part of a large network of partners in the North and South, Agromisa is ideally placed to stimulate an active exchange of agricultural knowledge. We regularly add to our own ongoing series of publications, but also receive frequent requests from partners for support of local publications, many of which lead to formal co-publishing agreements. Our work includes the development of new publications, adaptation of information for specific target groups and support for translations in local/regional languages. We are also actively involved in the development of other information carriers like CD-ROMs, DVDs, "spoken books", posters and more integrated multimedia kits, which facilitate an increasingly interactive and dynamic exchange of information within our network.

Aims

By providing access to practical and sustainable agricultural knowledge, Agromisa aims to contribute to improving the livelihoods of those who are depending on small-scale agriculture in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Agromisa contributes to knowledge development, knowledge production and knowledge sharing for counterparts in small scale and sustainable agriculture, poverty alleviation and small scale entrepreneurial activities in developing countries by:

  • The development, publication and dissemination of Agrodoks
  • Contributing to curriculum development for counterparts in developing countries 
  • Developing new means to disseminate knowledge and develop a form of a knowledge sharing platform in development cooperation
  • Strengthen the organisational capacity through stronger ties with our organisational network and deploying more (wo-)manpower in the core activities (volunteers, and part time employees)

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