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Lead Farmer Training - Facilitator's Guidebook - 2020-04-20

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This guidebook is designed to help facilitate a Lead Farmers’ (LF) training in preparation and orientation for their work. It focuses on preparing individual LFs with strategies and methods when faced with socio-cultural challenges and obstacles that may come from their families, neighbors, community leaders, extension agents, NGOs, or even between themselves. It is very important to make sure that LFs believe in and support the ground rules/norms/ethics that will guide their work and decision making. For this reason, the training outlined in this guidebook is very participatory and flexible.

Initial training should take place after LFs have been selected by the community. Refresher trainings should follow each year. The facilitator should not give solutions for their challenges, but rather guide the LFs to come up with their own solutions. This is done by using skirts, stories, proverbs, and testimonies to spark discussion till they come to a consensus that suits their context. The aim is for them come up with their own solutions on what should be done when faced with challenges.

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How to experiment on your farm - Facilitator's Guide - 2020-04-20

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Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

1. Understand the importance of experimentation in their own farms
2. Appreciate the value of experiments they and their neighbours have done in the past
3. Know how to set up controlled experiments in their own farms

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Integrated Soil Fertility Management - Facilitators Guide - 2020-04-20

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Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

1. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of available fertility sources
2. Realize the importance of combining fertility practices with other sustainable management practices
3. Identify which fertility sources are most appropriate to their context

Pre-Requisites:

1. Situation Analysis: Why Conservation Agriculture?
2. Green Manure-Cover Crops
3. This lesson should be followed up by individual lessons on Manure Management, Compost Making, Green Manure-Cover Crops and/or Fertilizer Use depending on the priorities identified by the farmers.

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Soil Conservation and CA - Facilitators Guide - 2020-04-20

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Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

1. Appreciate the importance of conserving soils
2. Realize the effectiveness of soil cover in reducing erosion
3. Know how to mark contours on sloping land
4. Know how to plant slow-forming, contour vegetative barriers

Pre-Requisites:

1. Situation Analysis: Why Conservation Agriculture?
2. Importance of Soil Cover
3. NB: This lesson might be followed up by additional lessons on constructing rock walls, or other Soil and Water Conservation Techniques

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Preparing CA Fields with Ox-Drawn Rippers - Facilitators Guide - 2020-04-20

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Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

1. Appreciate the advantages of ripping
2. Understand the how to detect hard pans
3. Acquire skills necessary for ripping fields using an ox-drawn ripper
4. Know the proper timing and method of ripping for different conditions

Pre-Requisites: For participants to benefit fully from this class they should have covered the following lessons:

1. “Situation Assessment: Why CA?”
2. This module may be used to replace the module on “Minimizing Tillage with Planting Basins,” or it may be used in Year 2 of a training curriculum after participants have used hoe-based methods in Year 1.

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CA & Livestock Integration - Facilitator's Guide - 2020-04-20

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Learning Outcomes At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

1. Analyze the current crop-livestock situation and identify factors that affect crop-livestock systems/conflicts
2. Identify the constraints and opportunities for sustainable crop-livestock integration into conservation agriculture systems
3. Identify potential solutions to Crop-Livestock conflict
4. Set priorities for what strategy to promote in the community

Pre-Requisites: In order to benefit fully from this class, participants should have already attended the following classes:

1. Situation Analysis: Why CA?
2. Importance of Soil Cover
3. Cover crops

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CA with Root Crops - Facilitators Guide - 2020-04-20

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Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

1. Realize that CA is also possible for Root crops
2. Understand the challenges and limitations of using CA in root crops
3. Practice CA with root crops

Pre-Requisites:

1. Situation Analysis: (Why CA? What is CA?)
2. Participants should already have experience using CA with grain crops

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Safe and Effective Grain Storage - Facilitators Guide - 2020-04-20

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Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

1. Analyze the current grain storage practices in their community and the economic impact of grain storage losses
2. Understand the causes of grain storage losses
3. Learn methods to minimize grain storage losses
4. Decide which grain storage technologies are relevant in their environment
5. Practice some of the grain storage technologies

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Insect Identification and Monitoring - Facilitators Guide - 2020-04-20

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Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

1. Identify common pests and beneficial insects in their crops
2. Understand the basic life cycles of pests and beneficial insects
3. Learn procedures for monitoring insects in their crops

Pre-Requisites: None required, but helpful to have completed an agro-ecosystem analysis before this lesson.

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Natural Pesticides - Facilitator's Guide - 2020-04-20

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Intended Learning Outcomes – Participants will be able to:

1. Understand the advantages and limitations of natural insecticides for pest control
2. Know how to prepare natural pesticides using best practice guidelines
3. Decide which natural pesticides are appropriate for different kinds of pests
4. Experiment with different natural insecticides

Pre-Requisites - Participants should have already studied the following modules:

1. Integrated Pest Management
2. Insect Identification and Monitoring