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Strengths, Weaknesses,
Opportunities and Threats
for farmer education and
action research within the context
of SRI LMB pr...
FAO Asia Regional IPM/PRR Member Countries
Bhutan
India
Sri
Lanka
Strengths
Building on existing networks of FAO regional and national IPM programmes
• Access to governments, communities a...
Strengths
Adaption of participatory methods & approaches for farmer training and
research
• Farmers (many women), particul...
Weaknesses
Design and implementation of farmer education and research
• Originally planned to be Farmer Trainers with faci...
Weaknesses
Design and implementation of farmer education and research
• The amount of data that farmers had to collect was...
Opportunities
Environment in favor of SRI-LMB project
• Government policies in favour of sustainable intensification of
ri...
Threats
Environment of the SRI-LMB Project
• Results of experiments affected by delayed planting due to
prolonged drought ...
Way forward
Project Goal: Enhance rainfed smallholder farmers’ capacity
confronting climate change sustainably by applying...
Way forward
Project Goal: Enhance rainfed smallholder farmers’
capacity confronting climate change sustainably by
applying...
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SWOT for farmer’s education and action research work of SRI LMB and way forward - Mr. Johannes W. Ketelaar

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SWOT for farmer’s education and action research work of SRI LMB and way forward - Mr. Johannes W. Ketelaar

  1. 1. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats for farmer education and action research within the context of SRI LMB project and way forward for next year’s work FAO presentation for Regional Review and Planning Workshop Siem Reap, Cambodia 2-3 June 2015
  2. 2. FAO Asia Regional IPM/PRR Member Countries Bhutan India Sri Lanka
  3. 3. Strengths Building on existing networks of FAO regional and national IPM programmes • Access to governments, communities and farmers through the regional and national IPM programmes facilitated the implementation of farmer education and action research • Experienced PMU/LMU Coordinators and National Training Experts facilitated the design and coordinated the implementation of training activitiescurr & and mats; Natl Coords • Trained local Extension Workers and Farmer Trainers contributed to implementation of the project and facilitated farmer education and action research
  4. 4. Strengths Adaption of participatory methods & approaches for farmer training and research • Farmers (many women), particularly those farming in rainfed production systems, have a keen interest in learning about better and more efficient rice production possible engagement in post FFS; Self-help groups • The decision to implement different SRI practices in larger demonstration plots facilitated farmers’ understanding of how various practices come together and influence rice yields at scale. • Creative logistical arrangements, e.g., organization of the CFPAR in one venue, allowed participants to share and learn from experiments carried out by other provinces tradeoffs
  5. 5. Weaknesses Design and implementation of farmer education and research • Originally planned to be Farmer Trainers with facilitation skills, basic technical background on rice production and experimentation – and provide them with more knowledge on SRI. However, given the rainfed production focus of the project, most Farmer Trainers were not FFS alumni. The quality of farmer education and research (FPAR) depended largely on the capabilities of the Farmer Trainers which would have been better if most had been FFS graduates.
  6. 6. Weaknesses Design and implementation of farmer education and research • The amount of data that farmers had to collect was cumbersome, compromising limited available training time for learning about SRI. Idem ditto, for government facilitators who had to provide backstopping and follow up with Farmer Trainers to ensure the quality of data. • A large part of the FPAR sessions were used for data collection and discussions on other – equally important- technical content areaswere dropped out or crammed into the sessions. This is particularly problematic when having to work with farmers who have not previously been engaged in FFS training.
  7. 7. Opportunities Environment in favor of SRI-LMB project • Government policies in favour of sustainable intensification of rice production in the face of climate-related environmental changes support the SRI-LMB project objectives • Trade agreements and opening up of regional markets will require farmers to produce more efficiently as to remain in business; in order for farmers to grow, they will need to learn how to save. The SRI-LMB project can provide lessons for the way forward • Capturing funding opportunities for climate-smart agriculture could help upscale SRI related training and action research work as initiated by this LMB-SRI project 7200
  8. 8. Threats Environment of the SRI-LMB Project • Results of experiments affected by delayed planting due to prolonged drought (and or floods) • Farmer Trainers were trained in a different (dry) season and will conduct FPARs in a different (wet) season with likely different production challenges
  9. 9. Way forward Project Goal: Enhance rainfed smallholder farmers’ capacity confronting climate change sustainably by applying SRI through Participatory Action Research in order to improve food security, income and occupational health status. • Taking a holistic approach to farmer training curriculum development and field researchbeyond - resilience; informed decision making • Evaluating the performance of Farmer Trainers and re- defining roles and responsibilities • Strengthen capacity building through Refresher Training for Farmer Trainers to upgrade their knowledge and skills
  10. 10. Way forward Project Goal: Enhance rainfed smallholder farmers’ capacity confronting climate change sustainably by applying SRI through Participatory Action Research in order to improve food security, income and occupational health status. • Defining what is the “essential” data for farmers to collect as part of FPAR • Strengthen PMU and LMU implementation capacity for more effective and timely delivery of project outputs

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