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For all the tea in Kenya : impact assessment and baseline situation of farmer field schools
Waarts, Y.R. ; Ge, L. ; Puister-Jansen, L.F. - \ 2014
Den Haag : LEI Wageningen UR (LEI 2014-007) - 36
thee - thee-industrie - kleine landbouwbedrijven - farmer field schools - kennismanagement - good practices - duurzame landbouw - kenya - afrika - tea - tea industry - small farms - knowledge management - sustainable agriculture - africa
From training to practice Mid-term evaluation of the UTZ-Solidaridad smallholder tea programme in Kenya
Waarts, Y.R. ; Ge, L. ; Ton, G. - \ 2013
The Hague : LEI, part of Wageningen UR (LEI-report : Market & chains 2013-052) - ISBN 9789086156450 - 171
thee - thee-industrie - kleine landbouwbedrijven - farmer field schools - landarbeiders - good practices - kennismanagement - kenya - afrika - tea - tea industry - small farms - farm workers - knowledge management - africa
From training to practice; Mid-term evaluation of the UTZ-Solidaridad smallholder tea programme in Malawi
Waarts, Y.R. ; Ge, L. ; Ton, G. - \ 2013
The Hague : LEI, part of Wageningen UR (LEI-report : Market & chains 2013-051) - ISBN 9789086156450 - 185
thee-industrie - thee - landarbeiders - farmer field schools - kennismanagement - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - malawi - afrika - tea industry - tea - farm workers - knowledge management - sustainability - africa
Sustainable tea production in Kenya; Impact assessment of Rainforest Alliance and Farmer Field School training
Waarts, Y.R. ; Ge, L. ; Ton, G. ; Jansen, D.M. - \ 2012
The Hague : LEI, part of Wageningen UR (LEI report : Research area Markets & Chains ) - ISBN 9789086155897 - 143
thee-industrie - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - duurzame landbouw - kenya - kennismanagement - farmer field schools - good practices - afrika - tea industry - sustainability - sustainable agriculture - knowledge management - africa
How do Agricultural Programmes Alter Crop Production? Evidence from Ecuador
Cavatassi, R. ; Salazar, L. ; Gonzalez-Flores, M. ; Winters, P.C. - \ 2011
Journal of Agricultural Economics 62 (2011)2. - ISSN 0021-857X - p. 403 - 428.
farmer field schools - pesticide productivity - bt cotton - econometrics
Evaluating agricultural programmes requires considering not only the programmes’ influence on input and output indicators, but also considering the relationship between these indicators as embodied in the production technology. This article examines the impact on production of an intervention in the Ecuadorian Sierra designed to improve returns to potato production through training and through linking smallholders to high-value markets. Critical to identifying the impact of the programme is the careful construction of a counterfactual and meticulous data collection. To assess the impact of the programme on production, a weighted estimation, where weights are constructed through propensity score matching, is employed to estimate a production function within a damage abatement framework. The function incorporates a series of interaction terms to assess the impact of the programme on the production technology. The findings provide evidence that the programme enhances yields both through a general shift in technology as well as increased input use. The results suggest that the use of effective farming techniques that are learned through the programme induce this technological shift
Impact of farmer field schools on sustainable tea production in Kenya
Hiller, S.R.C.H. ; Jager, A. de - \ 2010
Wageningen : Wageningen UR (Market, chains and sustainable development strategy & policy paper 20) - ISBN 9789461734730 - 8
agrarisch onderwijs - onderwijs - thee - theeoogstmachines - thee-industrie - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - kenya - afrika - oost-afrika - ontwikkelingslanden - farmer field schools - agricultural education - education - tea - tea harvesters - tea industry - sustainability - africa - East Africa - developing countries
Livelihoods of cassava farmers in the context of HIV/AIDS in northern Malawi
Yajima, M. - \ 2010
Wageningen University. Promotor(en): Arnold van Huis; J.L.S. Jiggins. - [S.l. : S.n. - ISBN 9789085855446 - 202
cassave - boeren - acquired immune deficiency syndrome - sociale gevolgen - plantenziekten - insectenplagen - houding van boeren - malawi - middelen van bestaan - farmer field schools - cassava - farmers - social impact - plant diseases - insect pests - farmers' attitudes - livelihoods
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa with a high population density and HIV prevalence. Most smallholder farmers grow maize as a staple, which is highly dependent on the uni-modal rainfall and off-farm inputs. The ‘New Variant Famine’ hypothesis argues that AIDS has aggravated food insecurity and stimulated cassava production because of lower labour demand in cultivation. The Farmer Field School (FFS) was introduced to support small-scale farmers, but its relevance to the Malawian context has been challenged. This study examined the ‘New Variant Famine’ hypothesis and the FFSs on cassava in northern Malawi. Participants and non-participants of cassava FFSs were interviewed on their crop management. The survey showed that although farmers recognised visible pest and diseases, they did not take action. Cultural controls are hardly used. Their participation in FFSs did not have a major impact. Curriculum design was found crucial in gaining farmers’ interest. Individual life history data and analysis of genealogical information indicated that AIDS is perceived as only one in the continuum of risks facing subsistence cassava growers. Perception of AIDS is changing, under the influence of social organisations that have emerged to offer community-level support. This suggests that increased programming effort would help small-scale farmers develop stronger ‘social immunity’ in coping with threats to their food security.

Impacts of farmer-based training in seed production in Vietnam
Tin Huynh Quang, - \ 2009
Wageningen University. Promotor(en): Paul Struik, co-promotor(en): Lisa Price; T.BE. Tran. - [S.l.] : S.n. - ISBN 9789085854999 - 175
oryza sativa - rijst - zaden - zaadbehandeling - boeren - kleine landbouwbedrijven - vietnam - farmer field schools - rice - seeds - seed treatment - farmers - small farms
Sustainable tea production : an assessment of farmer field schools in Kenya
Hiller, S.R.C.H. ; Onduru, D.D. ; Jager, A. de - \ 2009
Den Haag : LEI Wageningen UR (Report / LEI : Development issues ) - ISBN 9789086152902 - 56
thee-industrie - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - kenya - kennis - farmer field schools - good practices - kennismanagement - tea industry - sustainability - knowledge - knowledge management
This report presents the results of the KTDA/Lipton Sustainable Agriculture Project. The aim of the KTDA/Lipton Sustainable Agriculture Project is to increase the sustainability of tea production by increasing the rate of adoption of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and thereby directly improve profitability. In 2006 the Kenya Tea Development Agency and Lipton started four pilot Farmer Field Schools (FFS). The results of the four pilot FFS are encouraging. Although no quantitative increase in tea production per acre due to the FFS could be observed, overwhelming evidence has been gathered about the increase of knowledge on and implementation of GAPs. This will have short and long-term benefits for smallholders engaged in FFS. Indirect effects of the FFS were better group cohesion and strengthened learning capacities. The pilot suggests that FFS are a more efficient way of extending production management techniques than the traditional extension methodology
Exploring options for integrated nutrient management in semi-arid tropics using farmer field schools: a case study in Mbeere District, eastern Kenya
Onduru, D.D. ; Preez, C.C. Du; Muchena, F.N. ; Gachimbi, L.N. ; Jager, A. de - \ 2008
International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 6 (2008)3. - ISSN 1473-5903 - p. 208 - 228.
kenya - farmer field schools - nutrientenbeheer - nutrient management - africa - systems - flows
The farmer field school (FFS) approach was used in semi-arid eastern Kenya in the period 2002–2003 to explore technology options for addressing declining soil fertility and to institute learning processes on integrated nutrient management (INM).
The farmer field school (FFS) approach was used in semi-arid eastern Kenya in the period 2002-2003 to explore technology options for addressing declining soil fertility and to institute learning processes on integrated nutrient management (INM). Participatory diagnosis of soil fertility constraints and experimental design workshops led to the formulation of the INM-FFS learning curriculum and choice of INM technologies for testing in the central learning plot. INM technologies jointly chosen for testing included farmyard manure (FYM = T-1), diammonium phosphate (DAP = T-2), combined application of FYM and DAP (T-3); and T-3 combined with Tithonia diversifolia applied as green manure (T-4). Maize was used as a test crop. The treatments were replicated twice using a pair-wise design and data collected, bi-weekly, using the agroecosystem analysis (AESA) framework to aid learning and data analysis with farmers. Farmers' evaluation of the trials was conducted at the end of the study period using matrix scoring and ranking. Treatments with combined application of organic and inorganic materials had better agro-economic performance than sole application of either FYM or DAP (T-4 > T-3 > T-2 and T-1) and they had a high value cost ratio (VCR > 2). The technologies of T, to T-3 did not have a positive impact on either nitrogen or phosphorus balances. However, T-4 resulted in a positive partial N balance. Farmers' evaluation corresponded well with the majority of the quantitative agro-economic analysis. The study showed that there is a potential to use FFS for INM technology development and testing by stimulating interactions, farmer learning and closer working relationships between farmers, research scientists, extension and the institutions that they represent.
FFSs in translation: Scaling up in name, but not in meaning.
Schut, M. ; Sherwood, S.G. - \ 2007
LEISA : ILEIA newsletter for low-external-input and sustainable agriculture 23 (2007)4. - ISSN 1569-8424 - p. 28 - 29.
ecuador - voorlichtingskunde - onderwijsmethoden - farmer field schools - landbouwvoorlichting - extension education - teaching methods - agricultural extension
After discovering the seriousness of pesticide problems in Carchi, Ecuador, farmers and their communities began to search for ways to decrease reliance on agrochemicals. In 1999 the Farmer Field School (FFS) methodology was introduced, of which early results were promising. Through participation in FFSs, hundreds of potato farmers discovered alternatives to pesticides and fertilizers, while maintaining high production levels. The associated decreases in costs meant better productivity – commonly a return on investment of 40 percent or more. As a result, FFSs became increasingly popular, and it was encouraging to see numerous farmer groups, NGOs, government organisations, and even private industry adopt the methodology. Nonetheless, the optimism proved short-lived. In this article the authors do not question the utility of people-centred, problem-based, self-discovery approaches to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), such as FFS. Nevertheless, the authors have concerns over how and why professionals and their organisations diversely apply such approaches, in particular when they emerge in forms that contradict original purposes
Enhancing Farmers' Role in Crop Development: Framework Information for Participatory Plant Breeding in Farmer Field Schools
Smolders, H. - \ 2006
Wageningen : Centre for Genetic Resources(CGN) (PEDIGREA publication ) - 76
plantenveredeling - boeren - bedrijfssystemenonderzoek - indonesië - cambodja - filippijnen - farmer field schools - plant breeding - farmers - farming systems research - indonesia - cambodia - philippines
This publication is based on the experiences gained in farmer field schools held in Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and on the collective inputs of many contributors, including from the CBDC programme and BUCAP project. In particular, staff and farmer-breeders of PEDIGREA partners Srer Khmer, Field Indonesia, PPRDI, and Wageningen UR (CGN and LEI) provided major inputs.
Field guide for participatory plant breeding in farmer field schools : with emphasis on rice and vegetables
Hakim, A.L. ; Widyastama, C. ; Kuswara, E. ; Sours, S. ; Polo, Y. - \ 2006
Wageningen : Centre for genetic resources (CGN) - 136 p.
plantenveredeling - oryza sativa - rijst - groenten - bedrijfssystemenonderzoek - handleidingen - farmer field schools - plant breeding - rice - vegetables - farming systems research - guide books
IPM Farmer Field Schools: A synthesis of 25 impact evaluations
Berg, H. van den - \ 2004
Rome : FAO (FAO corporate document repository )
farmer field schools - geïntegreerde plagenbestrijding - agrarisch onderwijs - boeren - evaluatie - ontwikkelingslanden - integrated pest management - agricultural education - farmers - evaluation - developing countries
Integrated pest management : farmer field schools generate sustainable practices : a case study in Central Java evaluating IPM training
Fliert, E. van de - \ 1993
Agricultural University. Promotor(en): N.G. Röling, co-promotor(en): J.C. Zadoks. - Wageningen : University of Agriculture - ISBN 9789054851240 - 304
bestrijdingsmethoden - plantenplagen - plantenziekten - geïntegreerde plagenbestrijding - geïntegreerde bestrijding - onderwijs - opleiding - farmer field schools - java - control methods - plant pests - plant diseases - integrated pest management - integrated control - education - training
<p>An evaluation study of the National Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programme in Indonesia was conducted in one Central-Javanese district looking into processes and effects occurring at the village level when sustainable practices in rice cultivation, which contrast in many respects with the prevailing high-external- input technology, are introduced through nonformal farmer training in conditions created by policy measures. The IPM training contents consisted of a set of principles, instead of preset recommendation, providing the farmers with a tool for decision making. Training processes were field-oriented and based on experiential learning. Main objective was that farmers become independent decision makers and managers of their farms. Trainers performed as facilitators of the learning process. As a result of training, farmers took better-informed pest management decisions, pesticide use and expenditures on pest control decreased, yields increased, and yield variability became smaller. Horizontal communication on IPM was hampered by the non-representativeness of trained farmers in the farming communities.<p>The nonformal training approach appeared to be consistent with the ecological approach of IPM. The experience of the Indonesian IPM Programme showed interesting perspectives for extension supporting sustainable agriculture.
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