Farmers’ field schools are very effective in reaching out to extension agents, farmers and rural families. Even illiterate farmers can benefit from these schools that focus on an active participatory approach. Through these field schools, farmers and extension staff become active partners as they are involved throughout the duration of ongoing trials from the identification of productive cultivars to application of appropriate crop management practices to the evaluation of production constraints. Along this process all involved are engaged in a direct and detailed knowledge exchange accompanied by targeted skills building activities.
ICBA has successfully initiated such schools in a number of countries and through them developed local capacity in various agricultural production techniques ranging from on-farm forage processing, full utilization and value addition to the farm products, best practices in seed production and crop management.