Faced with climate change and the context of health emergency that the country is experiencing, the platform www.chileagricola.cl seeks to provide Peasant Family Farming and those who advise and work closely with small farmers knowledge of the latest technologies, practices and measures to make faced with these challenges, in order for them to have greater productive opportunities, increasing their social and economic well-being.
Nearly 200 instructional contents including videos, manuals and files on agricultural topics, developed jointly with services of the Ministry of Agriculture, external institutions related to agriculture and collaborating entities, offers in its initial stage the new Chile Agrícola Training School, a web platform available at www.chileagricola.cl that was developed by Minagri through the Foundation for Communications, Training and Culture of Agriculture (FUCOA).
The initiative, framed in the Ministry's "Rural Action for a Fairer Chile" Plan, promoted since November 2019, has as its main objective that small farmers, agricultural entrepreneurs and advisers of Peasant Family Agriculture can have more and better access to training and information on relevant agricultural issues, in order to provide them with greater productive opportunities to increase their social and economic well-being, as well as face the challenges of climate change and the health emergency with knowledge of the latest technologies, practices and measures.
The contents of Chile Agrícola are classified according to the main topics of interest in agriculture collected through the management of Minagri and its services: water, sustainable agriculture, good practices, control of pests and diseases, entrepreneurship and commercial management, support instruments and financing, technology and information, productive management and COVID-19.
The Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, highlighted that the Chile Agrícola Training School “gathers in one place the information available to Minagri so that Peasant Family Agriculture can train, undertake and improve its entrepreneurship. Due to climate change, agriculture and especially small farmers and those who maintain permanent contact with them on the ground and advising them, must stay trained and informed about the latest practices, measures and technologies to face this scenario ”.