Farmer Field Schools: from nobodys to role models

The Farmer Field School (FFS) approach was first introduced in Kenya in 1995 through a project of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is a successful methodology of participatory learning in the field. FFS are an effective and comparatively cheap tool to encourage communities to validate and adapt improved technologies to local conditions, improve rural food security and income generation, and empower farmers to find solutions to their problems. Farmers having attended a FFS are regarded as role models, opinion leaders and leaders in their communities. Above all participants of FFS strengthen their capacity to take control of their own lives.
 
Godrick Simiyu Khisa
FFS Specialist and Master trainer
Kakamega, Kenya
khisagodrick(at)yahoo.co.uk