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The People Doing Palm Right

Palm Done Right doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and it doesn’t happen alone. Agronomists play a key role, bringing technical know-how and new information to the farmers, partnering with them to develop a growing plan, and guiding them to the resources they need.

A Natural Habitats agronomist in Ecuador teaches farmers about beneficial cover crops.

Agronomists are experts in agriculture—plants, soil and the environment. They often develop new methods to increase productivity or soil fertility, and work closely with farmers both to pass on new information and to gain real-time insights on what’s working and what’s not in real life.

Agronomist in Ghana

Training on organic practices with a Natural Habitats agronomist in Ghana.

Different agronomists may have different approaches to seeds, breeding, soil amendments, and weed and pest control. But agronomists committed to growing organically prefer animal power over mechanical; crop rotation and intercropping over mono cropping; natural pest control over chemical pest control; and traditional breeding methods over genetic engineering.

  • Meet Safianu Moro

  • Meet Andrew Kojo Morrison

  • Meet Kenneth Sesay

  • Meet Safianu Moro

    Safianu Moro studied agricultural systems and sustainability, earning a Master’s degree from the University of Ghana and completing his national service at the University of Ghana’s Forest and Horticultural Research Centre. He began working at Serenidipalm in Asuom, Ghana in 2010. Initially training farmers on organic practices as a Field Officer, he now serves as the General Manager of Serendipalm.

    “Organic agriculture is important because the health of farmers in Ghana is being affected by the chemicals used in conventional agriculture—chemicals that are often distributed at low cost by the government. Serendipalm attracts professional staff from major cities throughout Ghana, though it is in a rural part of the country with few amenities. They are interested in what Serendipalm is doing, the social development aspect of the project. They can see that their contribution yields positive results in the livelihoods of farmers, workers and community members.” (photo credit: Rapunzel/Serendipalm)

     

  • Meet Andrew Kojo Morrison

    Andrew came to Natural Habitats from the respected non-profit organization Rainforest Alliance, where he worked hand in hand with small scale palm farmers in Ghana to transition to sustainable methods. Today, as a Ghana-based agronomist for Natural Habitats, he works with small farmers and communities to grow Palm Done Right.

  • Meet Kenneth Sesay

    Kenneth Sesay has been an agronomist with Natural Habitats' Nedoil operation in Sierra Leone since 2015.