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    Module 7: Threats and loss. Junior Farmer Field and Life School: Facilitator’s Guide. 2011
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    A farmer has to learn to deal with many different types of threats and he or she has to take many forms of preventive action in order to avoid losses in farming. Plants and animals are often affected by pests and diseases and it is the young plants or animals that are affected harder by such threats. Income levels might also be compromised or reduced due to poor planning. If such losses are prevented farming has the potential to provide much higher returns and benefits to households. Just like l osses occur in agriculture loss is also part of life and occurs in the lives of both children and adults. Family members or friends might pass away or land or household assets might be lost due to for example thieves or natural disasters. Grief (or how we cope after a loss) can be more traumatic and severe for an adolescent than an adult. The outcome of grief is less predictable and may be more emotionally crippling because the young person is in the process of building a foundation for emotiona l growth and developing coping strategies. Therefore, learning strategies to help people cope with losses both in agriculture and in their every day human life is an important aspect of the JFFLS. This module contains sample exercises for each of the learning activities, plus a number of sample energizers and cultural activities that can be used to keep the participants engaged and reinforce their learning. The activities should serve as samples to be modifie and applied as appropriate. The impo rtant thing is that all main building blocks of a typical JFFLS session are included in each learning session.
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    Module 3: Growing up healthy. Junior Farmer Field and Life School: Facilitator’s Guide. 2011
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    Growing healthy crops and animals and understand how people should grow healthy is one of the most important learning activity for the JFFLS participants. A healthy crop is stronger and has fewer problems with pests and diseases; it will also produce better fruits and vegetables. The same is the case for animals and participants will, in this section, learn different ways to take care of both their crops and their animals. Good plant and animal nutrition is key to healthy growth. In the same way , aspects such as hygiene, sanitation and good agricultural practices play an important role in health and nutrition. Therefore, in this module the participants will understand how to take care of themselves – through healthy nutrition and good hygiene. This module contains sample exercises for each of the learning activities, plus a number of sample energizers and cultural activities that can be used to keep the participants engaged and reinforce their learning. The provided activities should s erve as samples to be modifies and applied as appropriate. The important thing is that all main building blocks of a typical JFFLS session are included in each learning session.
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    Module 5: Protection. Junior Farmer Field and Life School: Facilitator’s Guide. 2011
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    Protecting soils, crops and animals from threats such as erosions, pests, diseases etc is a constant concern in agriculture, but the idea of “protection” goes much further than that. For example in agriculture ones fields must be protected, the soil must be protected, and sources of water must be protected as well. Similarly biodiversity and natural resources must also be protected. Beyond the learning field and environment, the animals that a farmer raise must be protected and, perhaps most imp ortant, one must protect oneself. The “3 Hs” − Health of humans, Health of animals and Health of plants – are all vital to the well-being of the participants and their communities. While participants learn how to protect their crops from pests and disease the link to life will enable them to also learn how to protect themselves from threats such as HIV. This module can be complemented with some exercises from the “Threats and loss” module. This module contains sample exercises for each of the le arning activities, plus a number of sample energizers and cultural activities that can be used to keep the participants engaged and reinforce their learning. The provided activities should serve as samples to be modifies and applied as appropriate. The important thing is that all main building blocks of a typical JFFLS session are included in each learning session.

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