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ASTO 04 TOGO Kpalimé Agri 01/12/2020 20/12/2020

ASTO04 : Agroecology Learning 01/12 -
20/12/ 2020- Kpalimé
Participation fee : 200 €

VOLS:10

The project "Learning of agroecology" is a
project that has been set up by the NGO
ASTOVOT for a few years. It is in the
context of sustainable agriculture and
land preservation. It involves the
exploitation of a market gardening plot
where a diversity of organic vegetables are grown for local consumption. This project has two
components. The first component is the production of organic vegetables and the second is
awareness and training on the implementation of the ecological garden and eco-gestures. By

setting up this project, the NGO ASTOVOT intends to focus on the initial aspect of agro-
ecology: in the form of agricultural and manual skills respectful of the fauna and flora, (no

chemical inputs, with plant cover, associations of plants or vegetables, ...etc.) so as to enrich
the biodiversity of the site and the fertility of the soil. Thus this project is also intended to be
a crossroads for the exchange of skills, experimentation and promotion of organic crops
between local and international volunteers.
Our agro-ecological garden is located in an environment rich in biodiversity and vegetation,
with a small river next to it which allows the watering of the beds.

Aims of project
- Preserve the biodiversity of the site ;
- Promote the cultivation of various organic products (vegetables and fruits) through
agroecology;
- To encourage educational exchanges on agroecology and other practices of a more
responsible agriculture ;
Work :
- Weeding ;
- Board making, nursery, hoeing;
- Compost making;
- Protection of seedlings (shading), transplanting of seedlings, watering of seedlings of
various cultivated vegetables;
- Reinforce the garden fence;
- Construction of a straw and bamboo straw hut for relaxation and conservation of
tools and products;
- Organization of educational activities in the garden with the children;
Camp language
French and English are the two languages of the project. However, French is the official
language spoken in Togo. It is advisable for English-speaking volunteers wishing to participate
in this project to have a minimum level in French, because a large majority of local volunteers
and communities have a low level in English.
Location
Situated 120 km north of Lomé, the commune of Kpalimé is the ideal place for nature lovers
and hikers who wish to discover beautiful mountainous landscapes and tropical flora.
Numerous natural waterfalls will allow you to refresh yourself at the water's edge. Kpalimé is
also home to the most important craft center of the country where a very large number of
artists and craftsmen have settled.
With about 101 088 inhabitants, Kpalimé is a tourist town in the Plateaux region. Chief-place
of the Kloto prefecture, Kpalimé is home to numerous infrastructures such as : district
hospitals, post office, town hall office, prefecture, police station, gendarmerie, banks, schools,
etc. In short, all public and administrative services are represented. Apart from the public and
administrative services, you will find art shops, shopping centres, bars, restaurants, discos,

etc. The big market of Kpalimé comes alive every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and
abounds in a multiplicity of products, vegetables of all kinds.

Accommodation
Housing conditions are generally basic (especially in rural areas). The group is housed together
in a house in which the volunteers have to share the rooms (usually 2 to 4 rooms). We have
small mattresses and plastic mats that will be used as bedding for the volunteers. Because
housing is often not equipped with beds. However, volunteers can provide small air
mattresses or small floor mats, sleeping bags, mosquito nets ...etc.
Food
Volunteers prepare their own meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on site. The dishes are
varied and diverse with local and imported ingredients provided. However, the diet of each
volunteer is respected and taken into account in the preparation of the meals. During the
international days decreed on the workcamp, each group of volunteers (Europeans or
Togolese) can present a typical dish from their country or continent.
Leisure
As part of the international workcamp, several activities are organized: discovery walks, hikes,
festive outings, cultural meetings. These activities allow volunteers to get in touch with local
populations but also to discover Togolese
culture.
During the weekends, group excursions are
organized to discover the tourist sites of the
region where the construction site is located.
It should be noted that the participation
(transport, visiting fees and other costs) of
these activities are covered by the volunteers
themselves.
NB : Internet access and electricity are
limited depending on the project areas