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Farmer Field Schools, Key practices for DRR Implementers

FAO-COOPI-OCHA-UNHABITAT/SAIO/2014.This booklet provides an overview of the FFS approach and considerations for FFS implementation, and relates FFS experiences in Africa and the southern Africa region. Farmer field schools (FFS) represent a significant step forward in agricultural education and extension by increasing the resilience of small-scale farmers. Traditional top-down technology transfer systems have a role in some aspects of agriculture development, but the human capacity building required for the creation of independent commercial farmers and farmer organizations needs new approaches. Farmer field schools provide specific technical skills. They also provide organizational skills and practice, analytical skills and practice, and basic group assets, such as the trust and confidence required for joint activities. This brief is part of the series, A Field Guide for Disaster Risk Reduction in Southern Africa: Key Practices for DRR Implementers, coordinated by the FAO Sub regional Office for Disaster Risk Reduction/Management for Southern Africa. This series has been produced with contributions from COOPI, FAO, OCHA and UN-Habitat. This booklet has been produced under the project “Regional Multi Regional DRR Assistance Programme for Southern Africa: Information Management and Health” ECHO/-SF/EDF/2012/01004

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