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  • This module has been designed to help facilitators to undertake Farmer Field School (FFS) end-of-cycle evaluations at FFS level. During the end-of-cycle evaluation at FFS-level, facilitators and farmers will reflect on the lessons learned, developments, challenges and problems related to the content of the FFS work and functioning of the FFS group. They will assess […]

  • Este módulo ha sido diseñado para ayudar a los facilitadores de las escuelas de campo para agricultores (ECA) en nutrición y plantas alimenticias locales a llevar a cabo actividades que ayuden a los agricultores a mejorar el manejo de plantas alimenticias locales. Este documento presenta directrices para la siembra de plantas alimenticias locales, la cosecha […]

  • This module has been designed to help facilitators of Farmer Field School (FFS) on nutrition and local food plants to implement activities that help farmers to improve the management of local food plants. This document presents guidelines for sowing local food plants, harvesting wild plants, seed storage and germination, and vegetative propagation. FFS facilitators and […]

  • The recipe book shows the preparation of Neglected and Underutilised Species By Andrew Adem, Programs Manager ESAFF Uganda Despite the efforts of the government and other stakeholders to tackle these issues, hunger and malnutrition remain serious problems in Uganda. With the rising rates of hunger and malnutrition as a result of food insecurity, its effects […]

  • By Nout van der Vaart and Bram de Jonge In the week of September 19-24, an SD=HS delegation participated in the 9th meeting of the Governing Body (GB9) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA – ‘the Treaty’), in New Delhi, India. Delegates and other conference participants, meeting in […]

  • By B Dey , B Visser, HQ Tin, A Mahamadou Laouali, N Baba Toure Mahamadou, C Nkhoma, S Alonzo Recinos, C Opiyo and S Bragdon. In many countries, smallholder farmers play a key role in food crop seed production. So far, the community roles, operational structures, seed production efficiency, aspects of sustainability, and the social […]

  • Aakash Koirala, Niranjan Pudasaini and Sahadev KC from LI-BIRD The Sowing Diversity=Harvesting Security project envisions empowering women and young people as a crucial aspect of effectively managing and using plant genetic resources for food and nutrition security. The project builds farmers’ capacity for participatory agrobiodiversity management and plant breeding through the Farmer’s Field School (FFS) […]

  • By Dzikamai Zingwe, Field Officer at Champion Seeds A team of Seed Production and Marketing Farmer Field School facilitators visited various potential seed buyers as part of market research survey. This took place in the frame of the Training of Trainers for Seed Production and Marketing (SPM), as it helps participants plan for a SPM […]

  • By Bernard Muradya Oxfam Southern Africa MEAL Officer Yield improvement The Seed Production and Marketing component of the SD=HS project in Zimbabwe employed the Farmer Field School model in proving technical capacity to seed growers in the four targeted districts. During the 2021-2022 farming season, a total of 15 Farmer Field Schools (FFSs) adopted seed […]

  • By Patrick Kasasa, SD=HS program manager CTDT Zimbabwe The SDHS project in Zimbabwe has made great strides in improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers through strengthening the role of smallholder farmer in the utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. This was achieved against the backdrop of political and economic turmoil that the […]

  • Participatory variety selection of cleome: integrating nutrition, local food plants and participatory plant breeding in farmer field schools Pardon Sithole, Pillar 3 lead and Manata Jeko, Pillar 1 lead at CTDT Zimbabwe People in Zimbabwe, like in any other country in Africa, are affected by malnutrition. Poor diets, socio-economic conditions and disease are to blame. […]

  • Translated by Obey Mugwira, and Manata Jeko, Field Officer CTDT Zimbabwe My name is Muzamani Lihinga. I am a 63 year old smallholder farmer from Maihwa village ward 6 of Chilonga in Chiredzi district to the South East of Zimbabwe. I am a member and facilitator of Hlubuko Farmer Field School (FFS). Effects of climate […]

  • By Joseph Mwitumwa, Seed Production and Marketing Officer – CTDT Zambia CTDT Zambia supported a total of 88 smallholder farmers drawn from six FFS with trainings in seed production and marketing. This is to strengthen farmers capacities in production, facilitate access to quality seed and provide them with options to improve their livelihoods. Out of the […]

  • By Diana Mapulanga, Communications Officer, and Edwin Abwino, Programme Assistant – CTDT Zambia Through the SD=HS project, CTDT is keenly working to foster collaborations between the breeders and smallholder farmers in the development of new crop varieties through Participatory Plant breeding using the farmer field school (FFS) approach. This is seen as a mechanism that […]

  • By Juliet Nangamba, Programs Manager CTDT-Zambia Farmer Field Schools (FFS) in Shibuyunji and Chikankata district were established as FFS to participate in managing diversity based on participatory plant breeding. In 2021, some FFS were identified as successful and  transitioned to participate in the farmer seed enterprise component of the SD=HS program. The learning and results […]

  • Módulo: Fase de diagnóstico Esta guía es la primera de una serie que profundizará en los diferentes módulos que componen una Escuela de Campo sobre Plantas Alimenticias Locales para la Nutrición. Este documento está destinado a ayudar a los facilitadores a completar los ejercicios de diagnóstico que forman parte de una Escuela de Campo para […]

  • Module: Diagnostic phase This guide is a first of a series that will zoom in on the different modules that make up a Farmer Field School on Local Food Plants for Nutrition. This specific document is meant to help facilitators complete the diagnostic exercises which are part of a Farmer Field School (FFS). It summarizes […]

  • The online course “Farmer Field Schools on Farmer Seed Production and Marketing” is part of the program’s work on seed production for the local market. The objective of this work is(1) to improve farmers’ access to seed of well adapted crops and varieties not offered by the formal seed sector against an affordable price, and(2) […]

  • Sahadev KC, SD=HS program officer, LI-BIRD Background The national seed system of Nepal receives many new varieties of different crops from Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC). However, during the whole process of crop varietal development farmers, who are ultimate users of the new varieties are rarely involved in the research and development. Therefore, many new […]

  • Saroj Pant, Neglected and Underutilized Species Officer, LI-BIRD In Nepal, SD=HS project supports small holder farmers (particularly women) to increase their intake of nutritious food based on the local biodiversity and management of Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS). One of the approaches to achieve this goal is farmer field school (FFS) approach. This blog focuses […]

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