Farmer Field School

Against the background of the lack of knowledge dissemination to cocoafarmers on good farming practice to increase productivity, Swisscontact andits partners developed a comprehensive GAP training module that was used bytrainers and agriculture extension workers.

The module encouraged farmers to more frequently harvest, prune, and sanitize cocoa trees as well as to employ better organic and inorganic fertilizing practices. Training syllabi were further complemented by advice on nursery management, top grafting techniques, postharvest processing, fermentation, and quality control. Beyond the GAP module, other modules were added to the training materials, such as Good Environmental Practice (GEP), Good Financial Practice (GFP), Good Social Practice (GSP), and Good Nutrition Practice (GNP).

To convey the above-mentioned skills and techniques, SCPP established the Farmer Field Schools (FFS) training system to pass on knowledge and skills to farmers at the village level. Besides trainings, SCPP supported well-performing farmers in cocoa nursery, clonal garden, and demo plot establishment, providing building material, starter fertilizer package and sometimes the first batch seed and budwood.

 

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