Agricultural Development Denmark Asia (ADDA)
ADDA has since 1994 worked in developing countries to provide poor farmers in Asia and Africa the exact knowledge they need to improve their agricultural practices and in this way to increase their crop yields and profits. A core value in ADDA’s vision is the local cooperation.
The method that ADDA uses in its projects is the so-called Farmer Field Schools where local instructors receive a training education in an agricultural school in the area. They then implement a field school course for local farmers in each village, which usually lasts 3-4 months, corresponding to a growing season of for example maize. The participatory teaching provides a valuable basis for comparison amongst the farmers that can constitute in a longer perspective the basis for the formation of cooperatives or self-help groups which would benefit the entire local community development.
An important part of ADDA's policy on development projects is the collaboration with local partner organizations. ADDA always works in close contact with one or several relevant organizations in the countries, where the projects are carried out in order to promote the work of local communities. It means that ADDA’s aid remains in place when the project ends. That’s what we call real self-help.
ADDA – Agricultural Development Denmark Asia – is a Danish NGO (non-governmental organization), engaged in agricultural development in Asia and Africa. ADDA was founded in 1994 on the basis of personal relationships and contacts in Cambodia and Vietnam. A small group of ADDA’s founders – Niels Dumas Johansen, Bodil Pallesen and Evelyne Dumas-Johansen – went to Cambodia in February 1994 and began a fruitful collaboration with the architect Outey Mea. This led to ADDA’s first project, which covered, among other, capacity building of an agricultural school in Phnom Penh with the support from Danida.
On a founding meeting in March 1994, more than 30 people met and set up a board. The purpose of the association was from the beginning to meet the development needs of agriculture in Southeast Asia and the Association has since completed many development projects to promote sustainable agriculture in the region.
The involvement in Vietnam started in 1999 with the first project “Integrated Pest Management”, which was also supported by Danida. Since then, ADDA has had many Danida-funded projects in both Cambodia, Vietnam and from 2009 in Tanzania in Africa, and other contributors have joined supporting ADDAs work.See more