Who we are

Access Agriculture is a group of passionate people devoted to promoting effective agricultural training videos for the benefit of farmers and rural businesses.

To develop local language versions, mass multiply and disseminate agricultural training videos, Access Agriculture collaborates with more than 200 communication professionals across the globe.

New Executive Secretary

Nelson Ojijo studied agricultural science (food technology) at the University of Nairobi and obtained a PhD from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.  He has over 20 years’ experience in agricultural research in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He has been responsible for setting up the performance contracting and appraisal directorate at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, and was technical lead for Capacity Development at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) based in Accra, Ghana, before joining Access Agriculture in 2017. He looks forward to building on relationships with partners including agricultural universities.

Retiring Executive Secretary

Bob Muchina read Government and Economics at the University of Nairobi, proceeded to the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and obtained an MA in Communication from the University of Pittsburg. Following years of work at the global charity, World Vision, Bob was Executive Secretary of Access Agriculture from 2012-2016. He is the current Chairman of the Kenyan Forum of Agricultural Advisory Services (KeFAAS).

Regional Co-ordinator for West and Central Africa

Florent Okry studied agricultural sciences at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin and obtained a PhD in Social Sciences at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He has worked for more than 12 years with national and international organisations in agricultural R&D throughout West Africa during which he steered rural learning interventions, evaluated interventions dealing with farmer-to-farmer training videos and supported multi-stakeholder projects. Florent has a keen interest in local knowledge and development dynamics.

Regional Co-ordinator for South Asia

Ahmad Salahuddin graduated in 1984 as a sociologist from Rajshahi University, Bangladesh. He obtained his MA in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands and his PhD from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He has thirty years of experience in agricultural R&D and extension projects. Salahuddin has a strong background in partnership development, facilitation, and capacity building. Since 2000 he has worked for IRRI in Bangladesh, the Philippines and India.

"Videos for Farmers" Project Manager

Jonas Wanvoeke is rural development specialist. He studied agricultural sciences at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin and completed a PhD in Social sciences at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He has worked in extension and agricultural R&D for 15 years with government agencies, NGOs and international organisations. He was involved in development projects supporting rural innovations and actively promoted the dissemination of farmer-to-farmer videos in Africa for the past decade.

Florent Okry

Country Representative for Bangladesh

Harun-Ar-Rashid received his MSc in Agronomy from the Bangladesh Agricultural University and his MSc in Crop Physiology from Reading University, UK. He has worked in agricultural R&D and extension for 35 years for government agencies, NGOs, national and international organizations and for the private sector. Harun-Ar-Rashid is the founding director of the Agricultural Advisory Society (AAS), a leading national agricultural NGO. Since 2005 Harun has disseminated and used farmer-to-farmer training videos across Bangladesh.

Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation Officer

Nafissath Fousseni Barres holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Administration from the University of Ghana, Legon, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science with major in Rural & Agricultural Ventures Management from the Catholic University of West Africa: Benin University Unit, Cotonou. She is a proactive bilingual agricultural graduate who has worked throughout West Africa, for the past 5 years, with national and international organisations in areas of Teaching, Market Information System, and Monitoring & Evaluation.

Translation Co-ordinator

Kevin Mutonga studied for a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management Science at Egerton University, Kenya and CISCO Networking Modules in Tracom College Kenya. He has worked with Addis Ababa University Faculty of Architecture. Kevin supports and coordinates translations into local language versions of technical training programmes for farmers as well as assisting on various training courses which Access Agriculture run. Kevin has a keen interest in visual and design process in the creative world.  

Regional Translation Co-ordinator (West and Central Africa)

Olivier Gbetin is a media technician with a post graduate diploma from the Institute of Media and Development, Benin. He worked for 3 years at Songhai Center in Benin as video editor. Olivier backstops and coordinates video translation in local languages in West and Central Africa and helps Access Agriculture video production partners in finalising the farmer to farmer training videos. He has a particular interest for the dissemination of good agricultural practices through videos.

Social Media Co-ordinator

Ruth Muchaba studied for a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and statistics at Egerton University. She has a passion for social media and has done courses on Social Media essentials and Online Strategies. Ruth is the voice of Access Agriculture on our social and digital media - Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and Agtube. She is continuously generating content (both news and information), creating online campaigns and measuring their effect.

Office Manager (Nairobi)

Judy Muturi is in charge of the financial oversight of Access Agriculture. Having qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Option) from University of Nairobi, Judy has worked with many aspects of one of Kenya’s leading banks. Now she is enjoying the challenge of being part of a small team, but is determined that the efforts of Access Agriculture should help farmers. Judy is also keeping the office function of the Head Office in Nairobi under control.

Office Assistant (Nairobi)

Richard Ndibaru assists Judy on all matters to do with finance and administration. He has a Bachelor of Economics and Mathematics from the University of Nairobi and has studied for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) professional course. Before coming to Access Agriculture, he worked in several private organisations in both accounts and administration departments.

Office Manager (Cotonou)

Enagnon Djodji qualified with a bachelor degree in management from University of Abomey Calavi (Benin). She has worked for many years in the private and public sectors. Interested in agriculture, she has participated in many conferences on organic and ecological agriculture, human nutrition and family agriculture. Enagnon is responsible for the accounting and administrative management at the regional office for West and Central Africa, based in Cotonou, Benin.