A total of forty-four participants attended the Regional Workshop on Institutionalization of Farmer Field School at the Local and National Level held from 24-27 May in Bangkok, Thailand. The participants represented governments, academia, private sector and CSO partners from 12 countries in the Asia Region. Representatives from FAO-RAP, Near East and North Africa Region, FAO-HQ and the regional CSO partner Thai Education Foundation (TEF) also participated in this workshop.
The purpose of the regional workshop was to share and learn from country experiences and lessons learnt on institutionalization of FFS at the local and national level, develop action points for operationalizing FAO’s Guidance Document on the institutionalization of FFS at national and regional level, and assess needs and interest for a regional FFS network in Asia. Workshop participants formulated a resolution urging FAO to take the lead in institutionalization of FFS learning system at local, national, regional and global levels and setting up the FFS support centers at appropriate levels. The participants also urged their respective governments to approach FAO for its continuous support in the institutionalization process. Likewise, the participants urged all other stakeholders at local, national, regional and global levels including private sector, NGOs, INGOs, farmer’s networks and development partners to join hands in the institutionalization of FFS.
On the last day of the workshop, selected country FFS case studies were presented in a knowledge sharing session at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The seminar focused on “Snapshots from National Farmer Field School Programmes in the Region: Helping FAO Deliver Results Aligned with its New Strategic Framework and Regional Initiatives” and launched the FAO Farmers Field School Guidance Document. The workshop resolution was presented to ADG of FAO-RAP, Ms. Kundhavi Kadiresan.