Global Farmer Field School Platform

Sustainable Development Goals and the contribution of Farmer Field Schools

In September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, built around 17 Global Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) guide the actions of governments, international agencies, civil society and other institutions between 2015 and 2030. The SDGs aim to end poverty and hunger, while restoring and sustainably managing natural resources. FFS develop the skills and knowledge of producers, allowing them to create more efficient and sustainable production systems and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

  • FFS improve the livelihoods of poor people through increased productivity and market access. Learn more on FFS and business

  • FFS promote sustainable agriculture and enhance food and nutrition security through increased, better-quality food production.

  • FFS can impact many areas: integrating nutrition education for mothers and children; proposing improved sanitation practices to tackle HIV-AIDS, and vector-borne and water-borne diseases; introducing IPM to reduce pesticide poisoning; and imparting best practices for livestock production.

  • FFS provide hands-on education to adult farmers to improve livelihoods.

  • FFS promote gender equality and equity in all activities and roles. Learn more on FFS impacts on gender and social inclusion

  • FFS reduce reliance on and overuse of external inputs. They facilitate understanding of ecosystems, thus reducing pollution of natural resources, protecting water-related ecosystems and increasing water-use efficiency. 

  • FFS create employment opportunities, promote entrepreneurship for adults and youth, facilitate networking and strengthen associations. Learn more on Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools

  • FFS promotes climate-smart agriculture and supports disaster risk reduction, promoting mitigation and adaptation practices.

  • FFS activities revolve around agro-ecosystem analysis to support the understanding and sustainable management of ecosystems. They promote the conservation of ecosystems, genetic diversity and land restoration practices. Learn more on FFS and Integrated Pest Management