Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control

Farmer education and community action are critical in FAW management. Farmer field schools (FFS) are a holistic, informal education approach promoted by FAO and many organizations worldwide as a platform for farmers to learn, experiment and exchange knowledge and experiences on a vast range of topics.

In the field, FFS bring together groups of farmers, pastoralists or fishers to engage in hands-on learning, drawing on field experimentation and management approaches. Understanding complex agro-ecosystems and the interaction of different elements creates a basis for informed decision-making.

FFS support implementation of an integrated ecological and sustainable FAW management approach. To maximize outreach, FFS are being used in tandem with mass information campaigns, rural radio, participatory videos and short courses for farmers and rural advisors. These are combined with regional, sub-regional and national training of trainers events on FAW involving FFS trainers, extensionists and National Plant Protection officers.

Field schools operate in over 90 countries and have covered a wide range of topics after 30 years of existence. Thus, FFS have enabled millions of producers to increase the social, environmental and financial sustainability of their agricultural and food systems