Global Farmer Field School Platform

The impact of FFS globally: how good is it and how can you measure it? – Outcomes of FAO’s collaboration with the University of Wageningen -


What has been the impact of FFS over the past 15 years?

What are the core domains of FFS impact: productivity, input use, adaptation to climate change, people’s empowerment, gender…?

How is impact measured – and what could be improved?


Farmer Field Schools (FFS) are implemented by an increasing number of projects and organizations worldwide. As such, in 2018, FAO collaborated with Wageningen University to review the status and impact of FFS programmes since 2005. Building on a review of impact studies, a survey on the status of implementation at global level, and two case studies in Indonesia and Malawi, the review provides an overview of achievements and avenues for improvement of FFS programmes today.


Building on the review, a guidance document for monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), and impact assessment of FFS has also been developed. The document builds on the discussions held by FFS experts in Bangkok last September as well as contributions received from FAO’s divisions, regional and national offices and external partners such as CARE and CIP. The guidance aim at strengthening MEL and impact assessment of FFS to further improve its quality across projects.


Dr van den Berg will present the work done by Wageningen University (the Netherlands) in collaboration with the global FFS team on reviewing FFS impact evaluations and developing guidance for MEL in FFS programmes.


The event is organized as part of the FFS global knowledge product (GKP).

The event will be web-streamed.



Preliminary agenda






Opening remarks

Mona Chaya, SP2L

Matthias, SP2 FFS focal point



Marjon Fredrix, FFS GKP


Global review of FFS impact: key results

Henk van den Berg, Wageningen University


Comments from national and regional offices

FAO Malawi (TBC)

FAO Indonesia (TBC)


Discussions in plenary



Introducing the Guidance on MEL

Henk van den Berg, Wageningen University


Why guidelines on MEL?

Panel: IFAD, FAO Regional Offices, CARE (TBC)


Question and answers



Wrap up and conclusion

Rémi NonoWomdim, deputy director, AGP