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Sugar beet farmer field schools for women

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    Russian Federation Sugar sector review
    FAO Investment Centre. Country Highlights.
    2014
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    The Russian Federation’s sugar industry has expanded output dramatically over the past ten years. As a result, the country has steadily reduced its reliance on imports. The stimulus for this expansion can be traced back to privatization of farms and factories in the early 1990s. However, sector development started only after the government has implemented the current system of variable import duties to protect local producers from volatile world market prices starting 2004. High domestic sugar prices accelerated investment and the expansion of the sector in the Russian Federation, as local beet prices increased by more than those of alternative arable crops. With these foundations in place, the industry has been willing to invest heavily to develop the sector further, with these investments having been focussed in two areas in particular: (i) consolidation and modernization of the beet processing sector and (ii) intensify beet production and secure greater raw material supplies for their factories.
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    Farmer Field School curriculum on Climate Smart Agriculture in central dry zone, Myanmar 2019
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    The FAO is implementing a project entitled “Sustainable Cropland and forest management in priority agro-ecosystems of Myanmar (SLM-GEF)” in coordination with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project promotes climate smart agriculture (CSA) policies and practices at different levels in Myanmar. In the field, the project is active in five pilot Townships from three different agro-ecological zones implementing various relevant CSA initiatives mainly using Farmer Field Schools (FFS) models. In order to implement FFS effectively in a proper way, the project has made efforts to develop FFS Curricula for each of the above mentioned three agro-ecological zones with support from AVSI Foundation as a Service Provider. Accordingly, the FFS Curriculum has been developed for central dry zone agro-ecological zone to be used by FFS Facilitators, Extension Workers and FFS Committee/farmers to implement FFS on CSA techniques and practices in systematic ways. As per the initial need assessment and value chain analysis, seasonal crops of groundnut, green gram, chickpea and pigeon pea have been identified as the priority crops in central dry zone of Mandalay Region based on technical feasibility, the crops already being grown in the area and have high market demand and contribute to improved nutrition of men and women and their households, especially children, the elderly and the disabled. Therefore, the FFS module and FFS activities will cover those three prioritized crops. Similarly, the project focus in the central dry zone areas is also to promote agro-forestry practices and hence, the prioritised crops will be grown with some perennial crops such as mango, shaw-phyu (Sterculia versicolor) etc under agro-forestry concept. Saplings of multipurpose Gliricidia sepium will also be planted as windbreaks. Based on the needs and crops prioritized, prevailing cropping systems and discussion with the respective DoA Offices in Townships, there are seven major cropping systems  identified for both the Townships. Therefore, the FFS implementation will cover all the seven cropping systems. The curriculum has identified several modules of FFS meetings/trainings to be held at the FFS sites for the FFS Committee members, usually in every month, in addition to a Pre-FFS Introductory Meeting held before starting the formal FFS programme. There are some technical topics identified in the curriculum to be covered in every FFS meeting/training. It is expected that the FFS curriculum will help the FFS Facilitators, Extension Workers and FFS Committee/farmers to implement FFS on CSA techniques and practices in systematic and proper ways
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    Evaluation of the project "Integrating climate resilience into agricultural and pastoral production for food security in vulnerable rural areas through the farmers field school approach
    Project code: GCP/BKF/054/LDF GEF ID: 5014
    2020
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    Burkina Faso's socio-economic characteristics and geographical location make it vulnerable to disasters in general and climate change in particular. According to the country's projections, climate change will lead to: a decrease in groundwater recharge; the disappearance of certain surface watercourses and forest tributaries; disruptions in the plant growth cycle as well as in crop, livestock and natural resource management systems. The project, implemented by FAO from May 2015 to August 2020, aimed to “enhance the capacity of Burkina Faso’s agricultural and pastoral sectors to cope with climate change, by mainstreaming climate change adaptation (CCA) practices and strategies into on-going agricultural development initiatives and agricultural policies and programming and upscaling of farmers adoption of CCA technologies and practices through a network of already established farmer field schools (FFS)”. The project has satisfactorily contributed to building the capacity to adapt to climate change in the agricultural and pastoral sectors and in the populations of vulnerable areas of Burkina Faso. More specifically, the project has contributed highly to the sustainable management of 20 432.75 ha of land, including 15 632.75 ha of cultivated land and 4 800 ha of pasture. The project built the capacities of 29 201 beneficiaries, including 10 528 (57 percent women) in farmer field schools/agro-pastoral field schools. However, this result is weakened by the lack of anticipation in formalising collaboration with co-financing partners involved in these activities.

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