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Supporting the sustainable and ecological management of the FAW by smallholder farmers is critical to protect their livelihoods and environment. With support from over 25 projects across Africa, recommended management practices are tried and adapted in the field via Farmers’ Field Schools (FFS) with farmers and their organizations, in collaboration with research and advisory services. Experiences and successes are being monitored and documented to refine management options.

Farmer education and community action are critical elements in the strategy to sustainably manage FAW populations. That is why Farmer Field Schools (FFS) will be used to support implementation of an integrated ecological and sustainable FAW management strategy. FFS is an intensive farmer education approach promoted by FAO and many organizations worldwide, establishing platforms for farmers to learn, experiment and exchange, currently used in over 90 countries for a wide range of topics after nearly three decades since they first started.

As part of the FAW management strategy to reach rural communities affected by FAW, FFS will be combined with mass information campaigns, rural radio, participatory videos, community action plans for FAW management and short field courses for farmers and rural advisors based on experiential learning.