Global Soil Partnership

Implementation steps

The implementation of the Global Soil Doctors Programme at the country level consists of several actions and follows the structure of the ROADMAP.

For registered Promoters and independent stakeholders, the implementation steps can be used as a reference to plan the programme’s activities according to their objectives. Before planning the activities, it might be worthy to consider the possibility to involve other stakeholders and/or include programmes already ongoing at the regional or national level.

The information collected at the country level, will be shared via this website to provide an up-to-date overview of the Programme implementation activities and share material, know-how and experiences with other Promoters at the global level.

Let's go step by step together!

1 - Development of the Implementation Plan

You can download the Word version to keep track of the advances of the Implementation Plan's design. When all the steps are completed, and the Plan is finalized, fill-in this ONLINE FORM.

1.1 Identify the Implementation Sites

➡️ Identify the target farmer community and define the pilot sites where the plan should be carried on. Information regarding the location (municipality, locality), and crops grown. If possible the GPS coordinates andand main soil threat should be provided.

1.2 Compile the trainers list

➡️ We recommend to involve from 10 to 20 trainers that are willing to actively implement the Programme. The GSP encourages gender parity and youth engagement. Suggested criteria for trainers’ selection are given in the Terms of Reference (ToR).

1.3 Select the Module

➡️ Choose the MODULE you would like to implement in your country.

➡️ If you envisage another content, please contact us at [email protected].

1.4 Plan the translation of the Educational Posters and Field Exercises (if needed)

➡️ Identify possible support for the translation, validation (FAO country office or GSP) and publication (FAO country office or GSP).

➡️ Define a timeline for the translation as well as the budget needed.

➡️ Contact the GSP at [email protected] to receive the text versions and editable pdf of the educational material.

1.5 Plan the printing of Posters and the Field Exercises

➡️ The budget needed for printing the posters and field exercises is defined according to THESE SPECIFICATIONS and in relation to the number of trainers and Soil Doctors. We recommend: to print one set of Posters and Field Exercises for each training organized according to the number of trainers and Soil Doctors.

➡️ Get information on the timeline for the printing.

➡️ Get a cost estimate for the printing.

1.6 Plan the shipment or the procurement of the Educational Soil Kits and branded material

➡️ please be aware that the materials should be available before the training. Ask to GSP for more information and in case you have specific requirements.

1.7 Plan the logistics related to the on-line training activities (in case on-line trainings, they will be provided by the GSP)

➡️ Venue: identify the locations (single or multiple, private or public) where the trainers will receive the training.

➡️ Facilities: make sure that each trainer will be able to actively attend the online training (good connectivity, personal computer/room projector).

1.8 Plan the expenses related to the training activities

➡️ Transport for trainers to reach the implementation sites.

➡️ Food/refreshment for trainers to support their activities with farmers.

➡️ Other incentives for trainers and Soil Doctors (i.e. printing of the certificates, transportation for the Soil Doctors, etc..).  

➡️ Provide a cost estimate for the trainings.

1.9 Propose the selection of the Soil Doctors

➡️ Identify the number of farmers to invite to the first meeting. Include the information related to the number of farmers per site.

➡️ Identify the number of Soil Doctors to be selected and trained in total and per study site;

➡️ Identify the number of expected farmers each soil doctor can train.

➡️ Provide information on the selection process for the Soil Doctors. Suggested criteria are listed HERE, however, different criteria can be chosen according to local needs and priorities.

1.10 Complete the training agenda

Provide a tentative agenda to the GSP including dates and duration of:

➡️ Training of the trainers.

➡️ Selection, training and certification of the Soil Doctors.

➡️ Certification of trainers.

Consider the time needed for the translation (1.5) and printing of the Educational Material (1.4) as well as for the procurement (1.6-1.7) before proposing the dates. For the duration and logistic, you can refer to the standard agenda reported below and adapt it according to your Implementation Plan and national/regional/local context. Check out the PROVISIONAL AGENDA

2 - Training of the soil doctors' trainers

This step defines the activities related to the training of the promoter’s trainers by the GSP.

➡️ Once the agenda has been defined, a first introductory session is proposed in order to present the GSP trainers, the participants, the institutions involved as well as the objectives, potentialities and tools of the programme. The ROADMAP and the certification process are also explained.

➡️ In the following 1 or 2 sessions to explain the technical content of the module will be explained. Active interactions with the trainers are expected at this stage to adapt the educational material and subsequent activities with farmers to the local context. 

➡️ The last sessions of the training will be held after the training of farmers (step 3) to revise the material received and share observation on the field activities.

➡️ The training ends with the certification of the trainers after complying with the criteria specified below.

Trainers will be certified by the GSP provided they comply with these criteria:
  • ATTENDANCE: The presence at the on-line training sessions is mandatory.
  • ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AND FEEDBACK: The methods presented by the GSP will be validated in the local context through the active participation of the trainers that will provide local examples and case studies.
  • LIST OF TRAINED FARMERS: Each trainer will provide the list of trained farmers (general meeting) and/or soil doctors (technical training).
  • PICTURE AND VIDEOS OF THE SOIL DOCTORS' TRAINING: Each trainer will provide a short video (see these GUIDELINES) and pictures of the training activities (both theoretical and practical) in the field with the soil doctors.


Each trainer will receive a certificate signed by the GSP Secretary and the FAO Land and Water department director to acknowledge its acquired competences.

3 - Selection of the soil doctors

An informative meeting (optional) can be organized to present the programme to the farmers and identify the Soil Doctors according to pre-defined criteria (1.5).

➡️ Provide the list of selected Soil Doctors to the GSP. The list of farmers will be included in the implementation report so to be uploaded in the GSP database. Pictures and details about this meeting can be sent following the instructions included in the report.

4 - Training of the Soil Doctors

After being selected, the Soil Doctors will be trained on the chosen module (1.3).

➡️ Instructions are included in the implementation REPORT The material provided can be shared with other promoters and actors through the FAO/GSP website.

➡️ Provide the certificate to the Soil Doctors (you can ask the GSP at [email protected] to share the editable template)

For trainers interested to receive the certification as soil doctors’ trainer, the activities should be reported through a short video (see instruction here) that will show the acquired capabilities to train soil doctors and other farmers using the GSP educational material.

5 - Follow-up of the programme

The activities related to the scaling-up of the programme can include:

➡️ The development of a module 2 to target specific challenges related to soil management in the local context. It should include a series of 4 posters, at least 4 field exercises addressing physical, chemical and biological conditions to choose among those available (or specifically developed) and the final evaluation/recommendation table (OPTIONAL).

➡️ The development of educational material (posters, exercises, guidelines, tutorials) addressing specific needs identified during the training. All the implemented tools will be included in this website and credits will be provided (OPTIONAL).  

➡️ The report on the number of farmers trained and the implementation sites included.

Reporting the progress of the trainers and Soil Doctors activities across countries is crucial for monitoring the scaling-up of the programme at the global level. The implementation activities will be regularly updated and reported through the MAP present in this website.

Follow-up activities can be reported by promoters and independent actors who already implemented the programme by filling-in this ONLINE REPORT.

Online report (EN – SP – FR)