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Farmer Field Schools (FFS) were initiated through a FAO programme in Indonesia in the late 1980s to introduce new Integrated Pest Management approaches among groups of farmers cultivating rice. From these origins and for the next 25 years, the FFS approach has been introduced in almost all developing countries and extended to different aspects of agriculture, pastoralism and livestock rearing, climate change, agricultural marketing and life skills.
The FFS approach can be easily modified and adapted to many different topics, provided that it blends the technical focus with the development of farmers’ capacities to learn through their own observations, exchange with peers and develop soft skills that help them in becoming more empowered.
Considering the need for technical as well as methodological expertise in adult education, FFS are developed through internal cooperation among different divisions and offices.
The FFS gives poor farmers the skills to create cooperative working groups and start their collective business.
This has allowed FAO to be recognized as a source of know-how on rural research and extension. FFS are one of the longest-running and most widely adopted approaches to promoting learning among farmers, primarily due to the participatory, farmer-led adult learning method.

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Strengthening the Centre of Excellence for Farmer Field Schools
Strengthening the Centre of Excellence for Farmer Field Schools
This project aims to contribute to the improvement of rural livelihoods and to the increase of food and nutrition security in Egypt, by expanding and integrating the Farmer Field School approach in the overall rural development strategy. ... More details
Improvement of Green Bean Productivity through Farmer Field School in Egypt
Improvement of Green Bean Productivity through Farmer Field School in Egypt
Snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is widely used as protein source with highly nutritive value in human nutrition in Egypt. It is cultivated for its green pods as well as dry seeds. Green bean is considered one of the most important vegetable crops grown in Egypt, which ... More details
Tomato Farmer Field Schools  in Egypt
Tomato Farmer Field Schools in Egypt
Tomato is one of the most popular vegetables in the world. It is the second crop after potato in production among vegetable crops. The popularity of tomato is rising among consumers, not only because of its good taste, but also because it contains high levels of vitamin ... More details
Cotton Farmer Field School in Egypt
Cotton Farmer Field School in Egypt
The “Egyptian Cotton” is a peculiar type of cotton that is characterized by high quality, and gained a world-wide reputation for more than a century and half as being of the highest lint quality among world cottons. Nowadays, Egyptian cotton is grown in various parts of ... More details
Improvement of Faba bean Productivity by Farmers Field Schools
Improvement of Faba bean Productivity by Farmers Field Schools
In Egypt, faba beans is the most common fast food item in the Egyptian diet, eaten by rich and poor alike. Egyptians eat faba beans in various ways, the most popular way of preparing faba beans is taking cooked beans, mashing them and adding oil, lemon, salt and cumin. ... More details
Mango Farmer Field Schools
Mango Farmer Field Schools
Mango is a very popular and traditional fruit in Egypt. It is grown commercially in 23 of the 27 governorates. Some of the mango orchards are about 150 years old. Cultivated area, yield, and total production have increased steadily in the last few years (Tables 1 and 2) ... More details
Improvement of Wheat Productivity in Egypt through Farmer Field School
Improvement of Wheat Productivity in Egypt through Farmer Field School
Wheat production is a very politically sensitive issue around the world but particularly in Egypt where bread is the staple diet. Average consumption of wheat and wheat products is about 200 kilograms (kg) per capita per year in Egypt, one of the highest levels in the w ... More details
On-farm practices for the safe use of wastewater in urban and peri-urban horticulture 'A training handbook for farmer field schools'
On-farm practices for the safe use of wastewater in urban and peri-urban horticulture 'A training handbook for farmer field schools'
This training handbook is a field guide for training urban and peri-urban vegetable farmers in safe practices when using wastewater in vegetable production. It is designed to provide complete information, knowledge and skills for safer and successful production of veget ... More details
Farmer field schools on land and water management in Africa
Farmer field schools on land and water management in Africa
Throughout Africa, degrading land resources and poor water management are serious impediments to the development of agriculture. Inappropriate farming practices result in soil erosion, a loss of soil organic matter and declining fertility and capacity to retain water. O ... More details
 
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