Farm field school implementation guide.

Farmer Field School Implementation Guide

Farm forestry and livelihood development

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Kenya Forest Service
Japan International Cooperation Agency


The positive experience in implementing the Intensified Social Forestry Project in Semi-Arid Areas in Kenya has resulted in the adoption of the Farmer Field School (FFS) platform by Kenya and other countries for their extension programmes as a management tool that can increase the capacity and responsiveness of both the farmers and the institutions that utilize the approach. This FFS guide was developed for project designers and managers, as well as field practitioners who intend to use the FFS platform for extension and management support to farm forestry or forestry-based livelihood development. In addition to a basic conceptual framework, the guide provides the know-how for managing effective FFS extension activities, and integration of the FAO RuralInvest toolkit and a mobile-phone based monitoring system in the FFS platform.

Table of Contents



Part 1: Principles of Farmer Field School


Part 2: FFS Planning and management


Part 3: Field manual for field facilitators


Annex 1: Enterprise catalogue
Annex 2: Study guide
Annex 3: Repository of templates
Annex 4: Example of TOF programme for extension facilitators
Annex 5: Example of TOF programme for farmer facilitators


References and future reading


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