Teaching in the heart of production
Training in good production techniques and farming practices can help farmers to be more resilient to the effects of climate change and more profitable. One of the best tools we’ve come across to share this knowledge is farmer field schools.
Farmer Field Schools are ‘classrooms without walls’ that provide training for farmers in all manner of skills, from adopting good agricultural practices for increased production and reducing soil erosion, to improving leaf quality.
Farmers are also encouraged to diversify their crops so that they can earn an income from other produce. These crops can provide farmers with food for their families and for sale.
Through the Farmer Field Schools, farmers also take lessons in business skills and record keeping too, so they’ll have the tools they need to turn their land into profitable businesses.
Since 2014 we’ve worked with the Ethical Tea Partnership to train almost 2,500 farmers through 75 Farmer Field Schools at the cooperatives associated with three factories.