Topic outline

Farmer Field School (FFS) is a participatory education approach that brings together a group of small-scale food producers to solve production problems through sustainable agriculture. The FFS approach offers space for hands-on group learning, enhancing skills for observation and critical analysis and improved decision making by local communities. Building on the foundation course “Introduction to the FFS approach”, this second course provides an overview of the process to design, implement, scale up, evaluate and manage FFS programmes.


This e-learning course is intended for project managers, project formulators and evaluators, government staff, FFS practitioners, and researchers who wish to learn about formulating, implementing and evaluating FFS programmes.

  • The process to plan and initiate an FFS programme
  • The roles in an FFS programme, and different responsibilities and training needs
  • The strategies available to develop human capacities needed
  • The process to define FFS curricula – as a co-creation with communities
  • The activities required to deliver effective FFS throughout the season
  • All programme management activities, including budgeting, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), impact assessment, reporting

The course consists of 5 lessons, ranging from approximately 35 to 60 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 - Planning and initiating an FFS programme
  • Lesson 2 - Development of human capacity
  • Lesson 3 - Curriculum development
  • Lesson 4 - Organizing and running an FFS
  • Lesson 5 - FFS programme management

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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    • Partners

      African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services  International Fund for Agricultural Development  Resilient food system