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Materials and steps for making tippy-taps for farmer field schools









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    Staying safe from COVID-19 during farmer field school meetings 2022
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    When farmer field schools (FFS) meet routinely there is need to ensure sustainable prevention of transmission of the coronavirus. This poster provides guidance to FFS participants, on how to stay safe during their meetings.
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    Farmer Field School for extension workers
    Manual prepared with contribution from the Agricultural Extension Division of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security of Sierra Leone
    2013
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    With the purpose of helping smallholder farmers in building knowledge and skills and making their farms more profitable, the Farm Field School (FFS) approach have been applied in Sierra Leone for over ten years. FAO and MAFFS have cooperated in the implemented the FFS approach for farmers based on an innovative, participatory and interactive learning approach. As a result, smallholder farmers are learning to investigate and acquiring skills for production technologies and marketing t echniques. This guide is meant for those involved in facilitating the continuation of the learning process for farmers graduated in FFS, grouped in FBOs and managing ABCs. The tools and principles provided here improve planning and analyses of field studies and prepare trainers to facilitate scientific method to farmers. Farmers are and will be a driving force for community development in Sierra Leone. In the FFS, farmers learn about the basic principles and processes in their crop e cosystem. They do simple studies, compare treatments, and learn through their own observations. They learn to ask and answer questions by finding out themselves. However, experience has shown that FFS graduates often require follow-up training to develop their newly acquired knowledge and skills according to the local circumstances. The innovation process associated with the use of modern cultivation techniques (sowing, fertilizers, etc.) need to enter the “confirmation phase stage” where farmers can clearly recognize the benefits of using the innovation. Once the confirmation stage is in place, the farmers will be able to integrate the innovation into the routine farming practices and promote the innovation to other farmers in the village.
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    Good and promising practices. Integrating the methodologies of farmer field schools into universities’ curricula: The case of Kenya’s Pwani University 2021
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    Farmer Field School (FFS) was introduced by FAO and partners more than 30 years ago as an alternative to the prevailing top-down extension approach. FFS promotes farm-based experimentation, group organization, and local decision-making through discovery-based learning methods. FFS involves season-long learning of field-based groups of 25 to 30 farmers, who meet regularly to learn through discovery, experimentation, and share the experience. FFS combines local and scientific knowledge and aims at making farmers better decision-makers. Whereas the conventional technology transfer approach focuses primarily on developing and transforming technologies that work for farmers, the FFS approach, on the other hand, empowers farmers to become better decision-makers towards developing or adapting technologies that work and are acceptable to them. Farmers, agro-pastoralists, and fisherfolk worldwide have benefited from the unique ability of FFS programs to address their technological, social, and economic needs. As a result of this success, the demand for FFS programs continues to increase. In some countries like Kenya, the approach is institutionalized in extension systems and NGO programs. Since then, member countries in the Eastern African subregion have expressed their interest in scaling up existing FFS initiatives and integrating the methodology in national extension policies, strategies, and programs. In response to this need, the FAO Subregional Office for Eastern Africa (SFE) developed a project, titled, “Institutionalization of Field Schools (FS) in Extension Curricula of Institutions of Higher Learning in Eastern Africa”, aimed at developing and putting into practice a contextualized and practical approach to mainstream FFS into the agricultural extension.

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