Impacts of farmer field schools on productivity of vegetable farming in Indonesia
Gregory C. Luther,
Raden M. Purnagunawan,
Ben Satriatna and
Natural Resources Forum, 2018, vol. 42, issue 2, 71-82
This study assesses the impact of farmer field schools (FFS) on the productivity of vegetable farming in vegetableâ€ producing areas of East Java and Bali, Indonesia. The FFS have equipped over 3,000 vegetable farmers with integrated crop management knowledge applicable to chilies and tomatoes. The FFS are expected to enhance farmersâ€™ capacity such that they can increase production. This study employs a differenceâ€ inâ€ differences (DiD) method to overcome selection bias. A survey of 250 FFSâ€ graduated farmers and 250 nonâ€ FFS farmers were purposively randomly selected from the overall community of farmers. Focus group discussion was used to support the survey. The results indicate that FFS were successful for enhancing farmersâ€™ capability in vegetable farming. Farmers who participated in FFS have higher productivity than those who did not. Farmers also could adapt and adopt the knowledge gained from FFS as they underwent a process of learning by doing. The impacts of the increase in farmersâ€™ capacity can be more evident if weaknesses during the FFS preparation and implementation can be overcome, to ensure more participation, flexibility to fit different conditions/needs and continuous learning.
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