Global Farmer Field School Platform

Southern Africa Network

Countries in Southern Africa increasingly demand quality FFS programs. Several dedicated projects and resources are in place, but human resources to support FFS programs are still limited and in high demand. During a sub-regional FFS workshop held in Lusaka, Zambia in December 2014, 12 participating countries initiated the first FFS technical network for the Southern African region. The purpose of the network is to provide coordination and technical support on FFSs and exchange of relevant information, lessons-learned and expertise in the sub-region through stock taking of ongoing projects/activities; improved communication and sharing of reading/training materials through an electronic platform; designing and implementing training for facilitators. In 2015 the network supported a regional planning meeting held in Malawi, training of facilitators course in Zimbabwe and a master trainers’ course in Swaziland. In 2016 the network is facilitating a Regional FFS refresher training in April and a master trainers’ course in Malawi starting from May.