Farmer Field School
Establishment of Farmer Field School «Conservation Agriculture Technologies» is an integral component of the project “Integrated Natural Resources Management in Degraded Landscapes in the Forest-Steppe and Steppe Zones of Ukraine”, implemented by the team of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with the financial support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). https://healthy-soils.org.ua/
The Farmer Field School (FFS) is a Training Programme that consists of theoretical and practical lessons that will be organized based on the operational farms and will run through the entire agricultural production season. This approach enables farmers to participate fully in discussing the most relevant issues and problems related to crops production from planting to harvesting.
The Programme structure of the FFS was shaped by the results received from the survey of more than 200 farmers, that showed common problem areas in the application of cultivation technologies, such as tillage, crop rotation compliance, application of plant protection and nutrition systems, land degradation and possible solutions. The survey demonstrated an urgent need for the development of a common communication platform for farmers for them to be able to share their experiences and disseminate the most successful methods and technologies applied, in a particular region.
Objective of Farmer Field Schools is to disseminate practical and theoretical knowledge on the application of conservation agriculture and climate-smart agriculture practices in steppe and forest-steppe zones of Ukraine.
Target audience of FFS is decision-makers responsible for introducing crop-rotation technologies in the cultivation process in steppe and forest-steppe zones of Ukraine, namely farm managers, farmers and agronomists, as well as academic experts, executives and others. Each training is designed to train up to 30 people.
Schedule. 10 practical one-day field training devoted to all seasonal field work, from planting to harvesting, will be conducted in 2019. The theoretical part is designed to strengthen farmers capacities in economic efficiency of the conservation agriculture technologies application and basic approaches of sustainable natural resource management.
Content. One-day training will take place in certain farms and envisage to demonstrate the application of conservation agriculture technologies in production conditions, shelterbelt reconstruction projects, overview of the main contributing factors to land degradation and possible ways for it overcoming. Participation through discussion from agronomists and farmers and presentation from leading Ukrainian and international experts will contribute to the objective of the FFS.
Venue. Training will be held in farms situated across steppe and forest-steppe zones of Ukraine in Kherson, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, and Kyiv pilot oblasts.
Farmer Field School «Conservation Agriculture Technologies» Schedule
|Spring sowing season. Measures for winter moisture preservation. Types of land degradation and its distribution. Mitigation measures for wind erosion.||March||Kherson/ Mykolaiv|
|Biodiversity. Practices of crop rotation, plant maintenance, and crop protection.||May||Kherson/ Mykolaiv|
|Irrigation. Modern irrigation systems. Application of conservation agriculture technologies on irrigated agricultural lands.||July||Kherson|
|Soil cultivation. Variety of technologies of conservation tillage and its efficiency on different climatic soil conditions (no-till, strip-till, deep tillage, plowing, surface cultivation, precision agriculture).||August||Kharkiv|
|Organic fertilizers. Green manures and cover crops, composted organic residues, mineral, and organic fertilizers, and vermiculture.||September||Kyiv, Bila Tserkva|
|Shelterbelts. Effect and importance of shelterbelts. State of shelterbelts in Ukraine. Legal regulation of the shelterbelt ownership, protection, development of technical documentation. Shelterbelts as a source of additional income. Shelterbelt management. Rehabilitation and establishment of shelterbelts.||October|
|Economic aspects of the conservation agriculture technologies.||December||Kyiv|
Registration form та contact details for registration:
+38 068 898 38 45, +38 066 568 03 18
Oleksandr Zhuravel – FAO Field Officer