1. Issa D. Kamara
  2. Agriculture
  3. Sunday, 16 February 2020
One of the ways we can get rural people to engage in sustainable agriculture is through trainings - and given the level of education of these farmers, providing non formal trainings that are taught in the local languages of these them can be of huge benefits.
I have been trained as a facilitator to conduct trainings to these people. As a curious mind, I would like to network with people with huge experience in this area.
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Hi Issa D. Kamara

I have zero first-hand knowledge of farming.

But I do know a decent amount about education and training.

Following are some thoughts about training for people with lower education levels:

  1. As far as possible, the training should be practical, not theoretical.
  2. The students will learn much more by doing an activity with guidance from the instructor than by being lectured.
  3. When designing lessons, try to include opportunities for them to do learning activities in groups.
  4. When teaching, ask lots of concept-checking questions to gauge whether they truly understand the information.
  5. Any printed (or online) materials should include infographics that can be understood without reading the text.
  6. Regularly emphasise the practical benefits, especially financial, of adopting these new farming techniques.
  7. If possible, bring along a farmer who has already had success with these techniques. They are likely to believe him more than you. He might also be able to offer some practical insights that you are unaware of.
  8. Perhaps have peer support groups where they can meet once a month (or more often) to discuss issues.
  9. Would most of the farmers have smart phones? If so, you could setup a WhatsApp group (or similar) where they can ask questions, discuss issues, and provide moral support to each other. Of course you, and other educators, could be involved in this group (or groups).

Hopefully at least some of the comments above will be helpful :)
Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive
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I agree with what Adam has written above.

I would only add that it is important to understand the working environment and ecosystems surrounding those you are training as if you say something which contradicts what they ‘just know to be so’ too early it can ruin your credibility and make it difficult to regain their respect.

I do not have any experience of working in Africa but Allan Savory, whose training and methods I follow, started his work in Zimbabwe and has now started the Africa Centre for Holistic Management https://www.africacentreforholisticmanagement.org/about-us.php where they have developed teaching methods to work in the environment you describe and although the farming systems may be very different from yours I am sure the decision making framework and teaching tools would be valuable.
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