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Resource Farmers Field School Methodology - Training of Trainers Manual
Type Manual or guideline
Last update: 24/12/2010
Type: Manual or guideline
Language English
Year of publication: 2004
Citation: Khisa, G., 2004. Farmers Field School Methodology - Training of Trainers Manual. FAO-Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya. 101 p.
Authors: Godrick Khisa
Target countries: Kenya
Download: 780kb
Summary In any programme, company or activity to be undertaken, there is a need for all key players to gain a common vision and have relevant technical tools in place for the tasks at hand. In the private sector, studies show that up to one year of close apprentice like training is used when establishing new offices or factories. The case of agricultural
programmes is not significantly different.

Farmer Field Schools represent a significant step forward in agricultural education and extension. Traditional top-down technology transfer systems have a role in some aspects of agriculture development but human capacity building required for creation of independent commercialized farmers and farmer organizations needs new approaches.
Farmer field schools still provide specific technical skills but also organizational skills and practice, analytical skills and practice, and basic group assets such as trust and confidence required for joint enterprises.

Training of trainers is a cost-effective way to introduce new approaches that require new skills to trainers, facilitators and institution but leads to a common vision and common methodology for moving into new areas of extension and education. The vision inherent in farmer field schools is that trainers work along side farmers as advisors and
facilitators, encouraging independence, analysis and organization. The farmer field school methods promote exploration, discovery and adaptation under local conditions. The “right way” means not only building on good science and technological methods, but also fitting into local ecological, social, economic and historical contexts. Finding the “right way” means that all stakeholders need to participate and gain ownership of the process.

This Farmer Field School Methodology: Training of Trainers Manual provides guidance for running training of trainers and bring agricultural extension staff, NGO staff and able farmers up to the point of being good farmer field school facilitators. It continues the tradition of teaching, as the facilitators will teach – focusing on methods that are practical and readily replicable.
Role Organisation
Network Organisation organisation details Kenya FFS Network
Network Organisation organisation details Farmer Field School Network and Resource Centre
Organisation Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture  
FFS Topics Agriculture
Empowerment