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Newsletter #4

November 2021

Farmer Schools Starter Kit

How to get started with Farmer Field Schools? This document gives a short introduction to Farmer Field Schools (FFS) in the SD=HS programme. It brings together common elements on approach and methodologies in our three Field Guides:
– Field Guides on Participatory Plant Breeding
– Field Guides on Nutrition and Local Food Plants
– Field Guides on Farmer Seed Production and Marketing
The Starter Kit answers questions new trainers and facilitators might have on what is specific for the FFS approach. Find the FFS Starter Kit on our website.

Gender Journey Module

SD=HS seeks to understand the implications of gender in all our work and to promote equitable relationships between men and women. This gender journey module can be applied within the framework of the Farmer Field Schools on all three topics; Participatory Plant Breeding, Nutrition and Local Food Plants, or Farmer Seed Enterprises. This is part of SD=HS’ efforts to advance women’s leadership in agrobiodiversity management. 
For more information and to read the module, have a look at our website post

Other news

Blog: NUS and nutrition – From bitter taste to a sauce craved by many
SD=HS aims to improve local food plants management to ensure food and nutrition security. This story by Joshua Enyetu shows how members of a Farmer Field School in Uganda promote a neglected and underutilized species. Read the blog.
Group of worshop participants discussing end of year evaluation
Blog: End of season reflections from Zambia
Juliet Nangamba relates the highlights of two end of season evaluation workshops of Farmer Field Schools in Zambia. FFS facilitators, master trainers and project staff look at the season’s results and the challenges or difficulties they all faced. Click here to read more.
News: Seed markets online workshop
SD=HS organised an online trainings on seed value chains and seed markets for partners supporting Farmer Seed Enterprises. National partners from China, Nepal, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru and Guatemala participated. Read some insights here.

For further reading

Research: Review of Research Approaches and Prospects for Participatory Action Methods
A group of researchers focus on participatory action research, where communities are research actors rather than objects, and how it can be applied to agroecology. Here is the article.
Research: Advances in the registration of farmer’ varieties 
SD=HS, in a joint effort with Biodiversity International and partners organisations, describe the experiences of four countries – Bolivia, Laos, Nepal and Zimbabwe. Find out more.
Research: How regulatory issues on breeding techniques can impact smallholder farmers 
In this article, SD=HS team members use a case study in the Philippines to asses the impacts of breeding technologies regulations on smallholder farmers. Here is the article.

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