Farmer Field Schools Case Study

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Farmer Field Schools (FFSs) are a great tool in sustainable agricultural development programs because it is a participatory extension approach that includes a significant focus on group and individual capacity building of farmers. The longer-term empowerment goals of the farmer field school seek to enable extensionists to continue to expand their knowledge and to help others learn and to organize activities on their own within their farms to institutionalize practices of sustainable agricultural development (Witt et al., 2008). Farmer field schools are a popular education and extension approach worldwide to achieve sustainable agricultural development. Such schools use experimental learning and a group approach to let farmers participate in …show more content…
Resources including funds, would be assigned to the grassroots level based on specific responsibilities, interested in and willing to shift the authority for providing extension services to farmers’ associations and local rural community committees, and moving towards shifting fiscal responsibility to districts and sub-counties while transferring the rights to farmer associations to contract-out to private entities for extension services, which means more participation of private sector and less centralization (Rivera et al., 2001). The adoption of this organizational model in Sustainable Agricultural Development programs usually requires adaptations to be made in order to meet the specific local circumstances and institutional structures between farmers organizations and agricultural extension managements in different levels, but its relevance is closely related to the importance attached to participative Sustainable agricultural …show more content…
Apart from politics, globalization has both opportunities and risks for farmers and producers in developing countries, but how to get the best out of it? The answer is by investing in developing the rural human resources to be able to cope with the requirements of globalization (Qamar, 2000). Globalization support competition, innovation and requires creative techniques in all fields if service providers and producers want to keep their clients and to make them increase day after day (Okerly,

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