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Impacts of farmer field schools on productivity of vegetable farming in Indonesia

Gregory C. Luther, Joko Mariyono, Raden M. Purnagunawan, Ben Satriatna and Martin Siyaranamual

Natural Resources Forum, 2018, vol. 42, issue 2, 71-82

Abstract: This study assesses the impact of farmer field schools (FFS) on the productivity of vegetable farming in vegetable†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 farmers’ capacity such that they can increase production. This study employs a difference†in†differences (DiD) method to overcome selection bias. A survey of 250 FFS†graduated farmers and 250 non†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 farmers’ 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 farmers’ 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.

Date: 2018
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