Training Through Local Partnerships

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Training Through Local Partnerships

CropLife International has developed a training model for agricultural education and training in rural farming communities.

In 2009, CropLife International, CropLife Asia and CropLife India partnered with two local organisations in the Adoni region of Andhra Pradesh, India, to provide training on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), responsible use and the secure storage of crop protection products.

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The project aims to reach 100,000 farm families over a four year period.

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Adoni

Map which shows the location of Adoni within India.

Located in Southern India, the Adoni region of Andhra Pradesh is home to almost 500,000 people. Many families throughout the region depend heavily on agriculture for their livelihoods, primarily growing cotton, rice and chilli’s in over 140 different villages. With crop protection products being used on most farms in Adoni, training on responsible use helps farmers to realise the benefits of crop protection products, while minimising any risks to themselves, their families or the environment.

Paul Raja Rao (BIRDS)

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The training has brought many benefits to Adoni. Farmers are retaining what they have learned years after training, and sharing information with others. Ultimately, we're seeing a more educated workforce that is farming responsibly and improving their livelihoods.
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Monitoring & Assessment

Shared Responsibility

Farmers
  • Project supporters provide the necessary expertise, experience and resources to develop and implement training programmes.

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  • Evaluators monitor and assess training programmes as an independent third party; looking to verify the effectiveness of training programmes.

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  • Master trainers educate and train farmers and their families. Farm input suppliers also participate in training to share information with their customers.

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  • Local implementers adapt programmes to local conditions and manage training activities.

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Shared Knowledge

  • Training for Farmers
    • Farmer training groups
    • Field demonstrations
    • Farmer to farmer training
    • Farmer clubs
  • Training for Families
    • House to house visits
    • School programmes
  • Training for Communities
    • Village meetings
    • Message support
    • Cultural shows

Shared Results

  • Responsible farming
  • Retained knowledge
  • Improved crop production
  • New opportunities
  • Improved livelihoods
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“The key is finding local partners who can adapt training programmes for local conditions, bring together skilled trainers, and deliver effective training to the community.”

Dr. Keith Jones (CropLife International)

Project Supporters

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Provide the necessary expertise, experience and resources to develop and implement training programmes.

CropLife International, CropLife Asia and CropLife India worked to initiate the project in Adoni by identifying local organisations that could deliver the training and monitor results. CropLife International then provided expertise, experience and resources to implement and manage the training programmes. Additional financial support was provided by USAID (Global Development Alliance).

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Local Implementers

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Adapt programmes to local conditions and manage training activities.

In Adoni, CropLife International partnered with EFFORT, an organisation whose knowledge of agriculture in the region made them an ideal candidate for project implementation. CropLife International and EFFORT collaborated to develop and train a network of master trainers that educate and train farmers, families and communities throughout the region.

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Master Trainers

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Educate and train farmers and their families. Farm input suppliers also participate in training to learn and then share information with their customers.

In Adoni, master trainers deliver education and training to farmers, families and communities through a variety of different training methods.

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Evaluators

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Monitor and assess training programmes as an independent third party; looking to verify the effectiveness of training programmes.

In Adoni, BIRDS is an independent third party organisation responsible for monitoring and assessing the results of training programmes. Through pre and post training surveys, BIRDS is able to measure the effectiveness of different training methods; with the key indicator being a change in farmers' practices towards the safe, responsible and effective use of crop protection products.

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In Adoni, master trainers utilise a variety of different methods to train farmers, families and communities. Training methods must be adapted to the region where they are being delivered.

Training for Farmers
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Training for Families
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Training for Communities
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J. Bhanodaya (Master Trainer)

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Providing training that helps farmers and their families grow good crops, and be responsible on their farms, makes me very proud.

Stories

Case Study

Female Master Trainer

Mallepogu Graceamma

Testimonial

Local Farmer

Rajoli Eranna

Testimonial

Crop Protection Retailer

N. Ashokananda Reddy

Testimonial

Farmer Club Leader

Ediga Rangaswamy

Testimonial

Project Manager

Ramachandra Murthy

Results

Results in Adoni

Preliminary findings in Adoni have demonstrated that the training model is effective, and that local partnerships are vital to its successful implementation. The key measure of success for this model is farmer retention. Farmers have not only gained new knowledge and improved their practices, but are retaining and reinforcing what they have learned years after completing their training.

Retention is achieved by reaching farmers in the field, at home and during their leisure time so that messages resonate through their daily routines. Farmer to farmer training then empowers farmers to gain an even deeper understanding of the subject matter by becoming educators themselves. This continues over time, spreading messages through the community and increasing the numbers reached.

Preliminary Findings in Adoni

  • 93% of farmers are able to identify beneficial insects immediately after training and 94% two years later.
  • 95% of farmers consistently understand pesticide labels immediately after training and 99% two years later.
  • 94% of farmers wear personal protective equipment immediately after training and 100% two years later.
  • 98% consistently store pesticides safely immediately after training (either in a locked box or out of reach from family members) and 99% two years later.

Resources & Takeaways

Print Resources
  • Project Booklet Download PDF

    The project booklet is a printable document that includes all website content.

  • Infographic: The Training Model Download PDF

  • Adoni Fact Sheet Download PDF

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Case Studies + Testimonials

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For more information, including media enquiries and additional resources, please contact Robert Hunter at croplife@croplife.org.