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 information on FFS diagnostic and review phase present in the Field Guide (chapter 5). The FFS diagnostic phase has also been summarized in the Online Course on nutrition and local food plants.
Please note that these guidelines are not written in stone. They must therefore be seen as ingredients that can be used or adapted, rather than as a recipe that needs to be followed in a fixed order.
The diagnostic and review phase is the first step to ensure that the FFS addresses the needs and objectives identified by the farmers in a community. In short, it encompasses a set of participatory exercises that are conducted in a small number of FFS meetings.