Research on scaling up and institutionalizing cocoa farmer field schools (FFS)

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Includes issues such as training themes and methods,developing cocoa training activities,institutional requirements,cooperative model for scaling up and community model for scaling up.

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Research on scaling up and institutionalizing cocoa farmer field schools (FFS)

  1. 1. Research on scaling up andinstitutionalizing cocoa farmer field schools (FFS)Horticulture and Tree Crops Program planning meeting November 24, 2009
  2. 2. Training themes and methodsCocoa integrated crop and pest management FFS Video viewing clubs Planting, replanting and diversification Farmer learning groups
  3. 3. Developing cocoa training activitiesActivity TimingIdentification of lack of suitable 2002training/dissemination methodsResearch and extension specialists 2003from 4 countries develop ICPMcurriculumPilot FFS to test method and 2003-2006curriculumFFS scaling up started 2006Video viewing clubs piloted 2006-2007Farmer learning groups piloted 2009-
  4. 4. Targets• 92,000 farmers trained in 5 countries (2003-2014)• 30,505 farmers trained to date (2003-2008)
  5. 5. Institutional requirements for FFSLevel Role/functionNational Innovations, technical resource personsNational Training material developmentRegion/local FFS implementer– ToTs, quality control, training team (MTs, supervisors)Region/national Funding for financial sustainability: funding for ToTs, training materials etcCommunity Farmer facilitators, honorarium for farmer facilitators, FFS materials (in kind)
  6. 6. Cooperative model for scaling up FFS Technical support Cooperative State extension Training costs Quality control ToT costs ToT Facilitator Master trainer costsFarmer facilitator Extension facilitator FFS
  7. 7. Community model for scaling up FFS Contributors Technical (public/private sector, donors) support Training State extension costs FFS fund ToT costs Master trainerCommunity Facilitator costs Farmer facilitator FFS
  8. 8. Research topics related to scaling up/institutionalization• Documentation of scaling up/institutionalization process• Cost and effectiveness of different models (LBC, certification, private sector etc)• Policy and organizational changes needed for institutionalization• Establishing community-based institutions e.g. FFS networks

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