Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
``Revitalizing Agricultural Clusters and Ulimi wa Mdandanda through Farmer Field Schools in Malawi``
Farmer Field Schools (FFS) are increasingly recognised as a way to address specific skills development needs of highly diverse smallholder farmers and rural communities to increase their food, nutrition and income security in a rapidly changing context. As such, this intervention aims to mutually reinforce pillars of institutionalisation, quality assurance and strengthening capacity development of FFS. Activities pertaining to this intervention are expected to contribute towards four outputs:
Putting in place an institutional framework to anchor the FFS programme
Consolidating ongoing efforts towards quality assurance
Output Three & Four
Building the requisite capacity to implement FFS programmes
Overall, the approach is to have a critical mass of FFS facilitators within the existing extension service providing institutions. At least 600 FFS Master Trainers and 8,000 Community Based Facilitators will be trained who in turn will support at least 13,400 community outreach groups under the Non State Actors with over 400,000 productive farming families to improve their productivity, diversification and income generation.
Interventions will be implemented in the 10 districts of Chitipa, Karonga, Mzimba, Nkhata Bay, Kasungu, Salima, Nkhotakota, Chiradzulu, Thyolo and Mulanje.
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