Training

Training is one of the main activities for EBDA to help agronomists and farmers raise and improve skills and capabilities in the field of biodynamic agriculture. 

2008 - 2010

 

Courses and workshops
Grapes bio-control; Human resource development; Water requirements; Fertilizers requirements for crops and their comparison with compost; Cotton organic production & bio-control; Applications of bio-control; Effect of planting dates on production; Harmonizing business relation between company and its clients; Pre and post harvest for fruits and vegetables; Persistence between farmers and extension engineers; Principles of biodynamic agriculture; Medicinal and aromatic plants post harvest; Pepper varieties and breeding; Vegetables grafting; Cucumber varieties and breeding; Squash varieties and breeding; Orange bio-control; Cotton workshops at different governorates; Herbs quality control; Tractor's maintenance; Applications of bio-control; Bio-control for herbs & spices from microorganisms; Biodynamic agriculture advanced; Farm management; Commendation skills; Applications of bio-control; Weather forecasting; Coaching; Soil analysis; Potatoes bio-control; Horticulture crops handling 

Local Trainees
2008: Participation of 377 engineers from SEKEM companies (Lotus, Libra, NatureTex, El-Mizan, Hator)
2009: Participation of about 512 engineers and farmers from SEKEM companies (Lotus, Libra, Isis, Naturetex) and EBDA Farm members

2010: Participation of about 234 trainees/ 479 training days

International Trainees
EBDA held training courses and field days to international organizations from numerous countries on the following:

  • Composting and biodynamic preparations (Poland, Slovenia)

  • Biodynamic calendar and preparations (Mali, India)

  • Advanced Biodynamic agriculture  (India)

  • Irrigation systems  (Morocco)

  • Composting (Sudan)

  • Cotton, rice and herbs production (France)


2006 - 2007

Training sessions
26 training sessions were held during this period, with participation of about 35 engineers covering medicinal & aromatic plants from seed bed preparation to marketing; Soil fertility management; Biological pest management; Vegetable production specially green beans and peppers; Biodynamic farming .

 New employees (agronomists) in the SEKEM Group of companies
EBDA organized 9 intensive training courses with 24 participants covering the following topics:

  • Biodynamic agriculture .

  • International guidelines (Demeter, IFOAM…..etc) .

  • HACCP & Hygiene .

  • Drying systems .

  • Communication skills & time management .

Farmer workshop programs
In order to meet farmers needs EBDA organized many workshops in various governorates:

  • Seed production 4 times in Fayoum  and Minia .

  • Animal husbandry 2 times in Fayoum 2 locations .

  • Green beans and peppers 4 times in Ismailia .

  • Cotton production 1 time in Fayoum .

  • Biodynamic concept 5 times El-Sharkia in 4 locations ,3 times in Ismailia .

  • Work safety 3 times in El-Sharkia in 3 locations .

  • Medicinal plant seed production        Fayoum  and Minia .

 

Preventing Child Labor Abuse in the Agriculture Sector (2007-2008)

Organized 13 training courses and workshops in biodynamic agriculture concept, first aid, work safety and problems & obstruction which face the children in agriculture fields in El-Sharkia (Bilbes – Abou Hamad – Zagazeg) and Ismailia (El-Salhia – El-Kasaseen) Governorates

 

Training during projects

  • Solar dryer (2006-2007): Use of solar dryers as alternative sustainable drying system for small growers: 4 technical training courses were held on improving the quality of dried medicinal plants produced in Upper Egypt
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  • Organic seeds (2006-2007): Production of improved seeds for medicinal crops and herbs organically certified: 6 training courses and workshops were held for farmers and agronomists on organic seeds of herbs and medicinal crops production

  • Animal husbandry (2006-2007): Evaluating new feed technology based on crop residues for Upper Egypt small farmers: 4 training workshops were held for farmers on application of new techniques for feeding diary husbandry and silage production 

  • SMAP (2003): Project on promoting sustainable use of agricultural land through the introduction of organic farming methods:
    1. Trained 35 agriculture engineers in organic agricultural practices
    2. Trained 200 local farmers in organic agriculture practices

Prior to 2003
EBDA organized :
  • The first international IFOAM Conference on Organic Cotton in Cairo in 1993, with the participation of more than 250 representatives from over 20 countries.

  • An international workshop addressing agro-biodiversity and organic farming with official representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environment and more than two hundred farmers and twenty experts from twelve countries.

  • A three days training program was delivered to CEOSS farmers on the role of farmers association in organic farming.

  • Cooperation with HEIA (Horticultural Export Improvement Association) and the US-AID funded program IIE/DT2 (Institute of international Education, Development training II) started which led to several cooperation activities as:

  • One day training program with external expert on organic production with the participation of forty HEIA members.

  • EBDA organized another training program which was delivered on organic fertilizers. The trainers were one external expert from Bonn University and one local consultant of EBDA. Fifteen HEIA members participated and their overall evaluation of these two workshops was very good.