Farmer Field Schools for the agroecological transition


12 May 2022


Online, Zoom


Lilian Goredema, FAO

It is essential to rethink the way farmers are supported in their changes in practices for agroecological transitions. How can Farmer Field Schools be an effective mechanism in this respect?

Let us explore that during this event co-organised by FAO, CIRAD and the NGO AVSF on the role of FFS in the agroecological transition.

The characteristics of the agro-ecological transition require transforming the way we accompany farmers in their changes of practices and production systems. Field schools are relevant participatory mechanisms for this, as they increase farmers' capacity to experiment, produce knowledge and build innovations themselves. However, there is a need to ensure the quality of implementation of these schemes, which has implications for research and development actors.
This webinar shares the findings of joint work by FAO, CIRAD (Centre International de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) and the NGO AVSF (Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières), illustrated with three examples of field school programmes from Togo, Mali and India.

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Welcoming participants to the meeting and opening remarks

Moderation: Mr. Rémi Cluset, Senior Agricultural Advisor for Agroecology, FAO


Presentation 1: Field schools for the support of Agroecological Transition, Teatske Bakker, researcher in sistemic agronomy at the UMR Innovation at CIRAD

  • presentation of the field schools in Togo
  • effects observed for farmers (trajectories of change in practices)
  • recommendations for the conduct of field schools to support the Agroecological Transition



Presentation 2: Evidence of the implementation of field schools in Mali and first results of the plots, Marc Chapon, National Coordinator for AVSF in Mali

  • presentation of the field schools system
  • first results of the plots and perspectives.



Presentation 3: Field schools for Agroecological Discovery Learning in the Natural Farming Program in Andhra Pradesh, Anne-Sophie Poisot, Coordinator of the Global Farmer Field School Platform, FAO and Dharmendar Gogu RySS, Thematic Training Coordinator - RySS, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India

Presentation of the video: Empowering rural communities through farmer field schools and agroecology



Presentation of the Agroeocology and Farmer Field Schools stocktaking, Zoé Despretz, Co-facilitator of the Global Farmer Field Schools Platform, FAO


Conclusion and closing remarks

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