This is a Community Based Organization (CBO) registered at Ssembabule district local government in Uganda. They are located in Katwe Village, Lwebitakuli subcounty.
Operating as a Youth empowerment center, this youth-led, non-profit organization targets young people between 15 and 35 yrs both men and women.
Inspired by the life challenges of Mr. Gerald Kasiita, this is verifiable testimony that if life gives you a Lemon, you no other option but to make a lemonade.
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The Farmer Field Schools approach pioneered over three decades ago, has continued to advance in both context and content. A lot of of impact studies have demonstrated FFS ability to empower common interest groups and support technology transfer. It is based on this premise that IFAD funded the Kenya government through the State Department of Fisheries and Blue Economy, the Aquaculture Business Development Project (ABDP). The project is being implemented in 13 counties of Kenya.
Mr. Daniel Baha, a seasoned FS Master trainer has been involved in the training and setting up of Aquaculture Field Schools (AFS). In this presentation, he outlines the project concept, the design and progress made to date in the field.
Agribusiness training focusing purely on production and business planning has not brought about the desired impact on Africa’s agricultural sector. Previous training approaches do not take the realities into account for half of the agricultural workforce: women.
Gender makes Business Sense (GmBS) is a practical capacity development journey for agripreneurs that enhances their understanding of business plus an integrated gender dimension.
GmBSis about Gender Transformative Change, tackling power relations at the root causes systematically, by demanding behavioural change at various levels and stages.
Please catch up with Ms. Jane Tum as she shares more on a practical capacity development journey for agripreneurs that enhances their understanding of business plus an integrated gender dimension to thrive with a new mindset.
The last stage of Field Schools implementation is the scaling out stage. Most Field schools would initiate other Farmer-run Field schools or become an investment entity able to benefit from the private sector or other devolved funding.
The issue of Field Schools networks dates back to to 2006 during the implementation of the IFAD funded project on FFS in East Africa.
On the 24th February 2021, Mr. Daniel Baha gave a presentation ostensibly to re-ignite the debate on the need to have a formal FS network in East Africa. The thrust of this debate is the existing window under the various National investment projects implementing the Field schools approach.
This is a blend of the FFS approach and the Farmer promoter approach that has revolutionized agricultural education and extension in Rwanda. This programme is implemented by the Rwanda Agriculture Board. The department of Crop Research and Technology Transfer is headed by Mr. Jean Claude Izamuhaye.
The Department of Crop Research and Technology Transfer is responsible for all Extension services delivery all over the Country and it operates this through Twigire Muhinzi Extension Model where FFS facilitators and Farmer Promotors are pillars for technology transfer to farmers. It is responsible for compilation of seasonal progress reports from Districts and report to RAB Management through Deputy Director General in charge of Crop Research and Technology Transfer.
The video link will be uploaded on the EA FS-Hub Youtube Channel.
This webinar was presented on the 20th of January 2021. The MEL framework was first discussed in Bangkok, during the Global Farmer Field School conference on Monitoring and Evaluation in 2018 . Later on in 2019, it was further discussed at the Regional Field School Workshop in Addis Ababa, hosted by the FAO Eastern Africa sub-regional office. In 2020, a select team of FFS master trainers attached to the Eastern Africa FS Hub, undertook field testing of the MEL framework. In this webinar, the MTs gave a candid feedback of the MEL framework and proposed a way forward for effective FS implementation in the region. The Monitoring and Evaluation specialist at the FS Hub made attempts at simplifying the framework into a simple to use field guide.