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Note 7: Farmer-to-farmer extension. Lindau, Switzerland

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Following the decline of investments in government extension services in the 1980s and 1990s community-based extension approaches have become increasingly important. One such approach is farmer-to-farmer extension (F2FE) which is defined here as the provision of training by farmers to farmers often through the creation of a structure of farmer-trainers. We use'farmer-trainer' as a generic term even though we recognize that different names (e.g. lead farmer farmer-promoter community knowledge worker) may imply different roles. This paper provides information about farmer-to-farmer extension approaches and methods in easy-to-understand formats. Topics covered include philosophy and principles implementation capacities required costs strengths and weaknesses best-fit considerations governance impact and scalability and sustainability.

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