Farmers Field Schools (FFS) and RA Certification Scalability                  By      Mbadi. P.K                       11-...
CONTENTS• 1. Introduction   (KTDA Brief History, Mission/Vision and structure)• 2. The sustainable agriculture Project    ...
BRIEF HISTORY• Tea was introduced in Kenya in 1903.• Smallholder cultivation started in 1950’s• Special Crops Development ...
KTDA’S Mission • To provide effective management services to the tea sector  for efficient production, processing and mark...
KTDA Organization Structure                         KTDA Board       12 Elected Farmers representatives from 12 Zones     ...
KTDA and Factory Structure                                       KTDA                                       RM            ...
Sustainable Agriculture Project• In 2006 KTDA and Unilever with funding from DFID initiated a pilot  project on sustainabl...
Project Objectives• Train and certify on the Rainforest Alliance (RA) program• Train extension staff on FFS methodology fo...
How Partners Relate                    IDH/RA (funds)                 DUTCH EMBASSY/ETC                       S. A.       ...
APPROACH TWO STREAMS OF ACTIVITIES – RA Certification of factories according to Market demand We use lead farmer model and...
FFS Scalability Structure                           Factory Unit                     FFS          1                       ...
• FFS Scalability                    Electoral Area                                        •10-Leaf collection Centers    ...
FFS FORMATION AND GRADUATIONREGIONS   NO. OF      No. OF FFS     No. OF FFS         TOTAL       FFS          No. OF FFS IN...
Training of Facilitators (TOT)Training for Facilitators                 Training on FFS Methodology                       ...
Running of Farmer Field SchoolsFarmer- run Trials                     Participatory Exploration by Farmers                ...
Use of Adult Education Methodology in FFSTeam Building                            Problem SolvingGroup Dynamic Activity   ...
Achievements1.   Increase in  yield by up to 15% 2.   Improved health of both  farmers and workers due to use of PPE3.   H...
Summary of challenges 1.   Lack of capacity ( Facilitators) to accelerate the formation and      running of FFS to reach a...
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Presentation by P.K.Mbadi of KTDA , during the Seas of Change Conference in The Hague, april 2012.

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Scaling inclusive agri food markets: Farmer Field Schools and certification.

  1. 1. Farmers Field Schools (FFS) and RA Certification Scalability By Mbadi. P.K 11- 13th April 2012
  2. 2. CONTENTS• 1. Introduction (KTDA Brief History, Mission/Vision and structure)• 2. The sustainable agriculture Project (RA certification and FFS Scalability)• 3. Achievements• 4. Challenges
  3. 3. BRIEF HISTORY• Tea was introduced in Kenya in 1903.• Smallholder cultivation started in 1950’s• Special Crops Development Authority established in 1960.• Kenya Tea Development Authority Established in 1964 with 2 factories• Kenya Tea Development Agency incorporated on 15th June, 2000 with 45 factories.• The Agency currently manages all the 65 tea factories 600,000 small-scale tea farmers
  4. 4. KTDA’S Mission • To provide effective management services to the tea sector for efficient production, processing and marketing of high quality teas and investing in related profitable ventures for the benefit of the shareholders and other stakeholders.KTDA’S Vision• To be the leading management and marketing company of high quality tea products in the world.
  5. 5. KTDA Organization Structure KTDA Board 12 Elected Farmers representatives from 12 Zones The Factories Boards Six Farmers representatives Leaf collection centres Five Farmers representatives 600,000 farmers from the 65 factories catchments
  6. 6. KTDA and Factory Structure KTDA RM Factory Unit Manager 54 Field Services Coordinator PM FA TESAs F A R M E R S 600,000
  7. 7. Sustainable Agriculture Project• In 2006 KTDA and Unilever with funding from DFID initiated a pilot project on sustainable agriculture practices using Farmers field school extension methodology among small scale tea growers, in 4 Pilot factories.• Due to the success of the pilot project, KTDA with Funding from IDH and Dutch Embassy (Nairobi) is rolling out the FFS methodology to all its factories as a program to promote sustainable agriculture, empower farmers and improve extension services.• KTDA, in collaboration with Rainforest Alliance, Unilever and other tea packers, has trained and certified 36 factories in 2010 and 2011 on sustainable agriculture practices
  8. 8. Project Objectives• Train and certify on the Rainforest Alliance (RA) program• Train extension staff on FFS methodology for all KTDA factories• Support FFS up-scaling program for two years• Study wood fuel consumption reduction best practice, in partnership with other actors in the tea sector• Study FFS and certification programs to determine and share best practice system design for scaling up for training activities
  9. 9. How Partners Relate IDH/RA (funds) DUTCH EMBASSY/ETC S. A. PROJECT Unilever KTDA  Contribution SA-STC Contribution In Kind  In Kind  (Personnel ) Technical Committee (Personnel ) Vehicles Implementation team
  10. 10. APPROACH TWO STREAMS OF ACTIVITIES – RA Certification of factories according to Market demand We use lead farmer model and sensitization methods to drive this – Farmer Field Schools (FFS)- Extension methodology • Training of TESAs an FSCs as Facilitators--Complete • Rolling out of FFS in all factories- On going • Up scaling FFS by 2015 • Backstopping • Study and Design Up scaling process
  11. 11. FFS Scalability Structure Factory Unit FFS 1 FFS  6 -Electoral Areas 2  1. 6- Directors FFS 6  2.  6- TESAs Factory Catchment Avg. 15,000 Farmers  3.   6- FFS 3 5 FFS FFS 4 FFS TESA- Tea Extension Services Assistant FFS - Farmers Field School
  12. 12. • FFS Scalability Electoral Area •10-Leaf collection Centers •1. 1- TESA Electoral Area 1,800 Farmers •2. 180 Farmers/LCC FFS Roll out is aimed at all 3,900 LCC
  13. 13. FFS FORMATION AND GRADUATIONREGIONS NO. OF No. OF FFS No. OF FFS TOTAL FFS No. OF FFS IN FACTOR STARTED STARTED FFSs GRAD OPERATION Y 2010/2011 2011/2012 TO UATE DATE DR1 11 46 37 83 34 49R2 9 47 20 67 41 26R3 8 45 31 76 41 35R4 7 45 39 84 39 45R5 8 34 44 78 6 72R6 9 58 41 97 18 79R 7 3 22 9 31 7 24 516 (15,400Total 55 297 221 186 330
  14. 14. Training of Facilitators (TOT)Training for Facilitators Training on FFS Methodology Training of Pruners
  15. 15. Running of Farmer Field SchoolsFarmer- run Trials Participatory Exploration by Farmers Group Synthesis & Decision Making Collective AESA
  16. 16. Use of Adult Education Methodology in FFSTeam Building Problem SolvingGroup Dynamic Activity Group DiscussionFacilitation in Special Topics Demonstrations on certain Technologies
  17. 17. Achievements1. Increase in  yield by up to 15% 2. Improved health of both  farmers and workers due to use of PPE3. Healthy Environment.4. Increased income due to diversification of farming 5. Continued production of high quality teas6. Adoption of New technology is very high7. Farmers feel empowered and can teach other farmers8. Use the FFS graduates as lead farmers to train and inspect others farmers farms  during RA certification9. Improved market demand on RA certified teas
  18. 18. Summary of challenges 1. Lack of capacity ( Facilitators) to accelerate the formation and  running of FFS to reach all the buying centers2. Low education level of the farmers3. Competition with other initiatives4. Absenteeism from classes due to other family matters 5. Gender balancing.6. Cultural and beliefs among different cultures7. Lack of enough fund to support the up scaling8. Decreasing smallholder farm sizes.9. High cost of compliance –eg Audit Fee and PPE costs 18
  19. 19. THANK YOU! 19 19

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