Field Schools facilitators and trainers equipped with more skills to manage the Fall Army Worm
Facilitators and trainers of Farmer Field Schools have undergone a refresher training to impact them with more skills to enable them reinforce the fight against the Fall Army Worm (FAW).
The training was held in in Kenya in Nyeri County between April 23rd to 27th attracting participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, The Gambia, Somalia and Ethiopia.
This training was supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) which is working through the Field Schools approach to encourage the effective implementation of the Integrated Pest Management method for FAW management within the East African Region.
According the regional Support Hub officer, Edwin Adenya, the Farmer Field School (FFS) approach provides a platform at community level for putting in practice farmer-driven and participatory advisory services linking technology innovation with indigenous knowledge to enhance food security of vulnerable communities.
“Farmer education and community action are very critical elements in managing the Fall Army worm (FAW) within the East Africa region. That is why it is important that the people who reach out to them are constantly equipped with new knowledge and skills to help them tackle the FAW which is a big threat to their livelihood,” he said.
Core to the training was fine-tuning the Farmer Field Schools Curricula to integrate management of the FAW and development a plan for implementation in the participants’ various countries of operation.
Participants also learnt about the role of extension workers and Farmer Field Schools in the management of the Fall Army Worm, how to integrate FAW management within the maize calendar, identifying the FAW and its natural enemies, how to use the FAMEWS mobile App to collect data critical for the management of the FAW and alternative FAW management options.
Each of the participants were given a guide titled, Integrated Management of the Fall AmyWorm on Maize, developed by FAO to aid Farmer Field Schools facilitators in Africa in the control of the FAW.