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Farmers take the lead in learning – Validated RNRRS Output

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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Capacity Development
Knowledge Management

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID’s 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R8299 and R8454: Accelerated uptake and impact of CPP research outputs in Kenya.

Farmer Field Schools (FFS) are helping to turn research results into improved livelihoods for the poor in Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania. In these open-air schools, farmers participate in evaluating new technologies, methods and knowledge. They also select the crops they wish to focus on, identify the problems they need to solve, and select the technologies they want to use. This approach fosters rapid uptake and has helped to improve the production of maize, beans, sweet potatoes, sorghum and tomatoes. Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools bring together orphaned youths in areas with high HIV/AIDS prevalence. They place a strong focus on health, nutrition and income generation and use drama and theatre to develop self-esteem and confidence among the youths.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (13 pp.) taken from the CD.