The 3rd edition of AgroBootCamp took place from April 11 to 17 in Tori-Bossito, Benin. During 7 days, practical training workshops, experience sharing, exchanges and debates took place in an extremely friendly atmosphere.
AgroBootCamp is a training camp in agro-ecology and green entrepreneurship that aims to empower African youth. The camp takes place on an agro-ecological educational farm and brings together entrepreneurs, project leaders, students and experts. AgroBootCamp is supported by a collective of associations and companies headed by DJOUMAN and the Gardens of Hope. AgroBootamp has a pan-African dimension and the camps can be organized in any region or country in Africa.
2 editions have already been successfully organized in 2018: in March and in October, in Benin. In total more than 80 participants had access to training on agro-ecology practices, entrepreneurial project development, and collaborative activities. They were able to exchange and debate on issues related to sustainable and inclusive development and climate change.
The 3rd edition of the camp welcomed a total of 25 participants from 8 countries: Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, Belgium, France and of course Benin.
The program was, as usual, very rich and dense.
As in previous editions, participants were introduced to sustainable agriculture practices: making compost from agricultural waste, natural fertilization techniques and pest control… There were also several practical workshops: making soap, dry toilets, beehives…
There was no shortage of collaborative activities, experience sharing and debates. The camp was visited by several local entrepreneurs, all of them very active in the agri-sector. René Ahouanse shared his experience on organic pineapple cultivation. Dr. Michel Babadjidé presented his work on permaculture breeding. Marlène Gnintoungbe shared her experience in agricultural entrepreneurship, and the entrepreneur Caludia Togbé spoke about her journey in natural cosmetics.
A very interesting workshop on blockchain and low-tech in the agricultural sector was led by Julien Capgras.
For the novelties, a day out was organized: the participants had the opportunity to discover the laboratory farm of the Gardens of Hope located in Togoudo. This site is a real place of experimentation: more than 150 varieties of vegetables and fruits are cultivated there by applying the principles of agro-ecology… They were able to visit the bakery of Ouidah Pain, official supplier during the camp. The campers were received at the town hall of Tori-Bossito where they exchanged with the local authorities.
In this very busy program, they even had the opportunity to make some tourist and cultural visits. This edition was marked by planned and surprise visits of institutions and personalities on the camp.
AgroBootCamp 3rd edition is over! But don’t worry, the next camp is coming soon. And surprise, it will be in another region. Throughout this year, AgroBootCamp will be held in other countries to give young people an unforgettable experience. Follow AgroBootCamp on Facebook to get the latest news or to relive the fabulous moments of this edition.