This project, started in October 2009, aims at delivering and enabling best farming practices to farmers, farmer groups, extension workers and trainers. The appropriate training materials developed by FiBL will help extension workers to better address and communicate with small-holder farmers and as a result encourage the application of new technologies for sustainable agriculture. This training manual is a key tool in the dissemination of sustainable agriculture best practices.
Organic agriculture is knowledge-intensive. Therefore, education is key to developing this form of sustainable agriculture. Farmers need to know, be able to analyse, be able to plan and to implement site-appropriate, sustainable farming systems. For example, they need to know:
In agricultural education, a good extension worker or a lead farmer can make a great difference for a farmer group. Today, however, many advisors and trainers work without any educational material. FiBL has joined forces with education experts in Africa to address the gap in agricultural education by providing solid training and learning tools.
The project aims at delivering and enabling best farming practices to farmers, farmer groups, extension workers, and trainers. This project produces materials for indoor and outdoor training including technical and didactical information, overhead transparencies for trainers, posters, booklets, videos, and radio programs. The appropriate training materials will help extension workers to better address and communicate with small-holder farmers and, as a result, encourage application of new technologies on sustainable agriculture. The overall goal of the project is to increase the options for farmers through knowledge and empowerment.
Improve the capability of African farmers to be better farmers and to express their needs, by providing education and knowledge on sustainable agricultural techniques;
Secure resilient agricultural production by managing local resources efficiently and sustainably, focusing on organic techniques;
Increase incomes and profitability of African farmers, and contribute to food security in Africa by promoting improved technologies for organic production and market-driven organic production systems.
Key Project Activities
Coordination, development of content, editorial, dissemination