ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Farmer to Farmer Learning

Women farmers presenting farmer case studies to their village Our evaluations have shown that the most effective approach to scaling out livestock technologies is to create opportunities for farmers to learn from each other. Farmers value the experience of other farmers. They can see for themselves what other farmers are doing and talk about the benefits, pitfalls and technical details.

Farmer demonstrating fodder drying techniques to visiting farmersMethods for encouraging farmer to farmer learning include producing Farmer Case Studies – on paper or as digital stories – which can be shown to groups or individuals. Farmer Cross Visits allow groups of farmers to see new techniques or enterprises at selected host farmers' sites.

  • Example Farmer Case Studies (pdf)
  • How to Make Farmer Case Studies – EASLP Guideline (pdf)
  • How to run Farmer Cross Visits – EASLP Guideline (pdf)
  • Farmer to Farmer Learning and Adoption of Livestock Production – EASLP Report (pdf)
  • Farmer Cross Visits 2007-2008 - Report and Evaluation (pdf)
  • How to make Farmer Case Studies (Lao)
  • How to run Farmer Cross Visits (Lao)
  • How to work with Akha farmers (Lao)
  • How to work with Hmong farmers (Lao)
  • How to work with Khamu farmers (Lao)
Farmer demonstrating fodder drying techniques to visiting farmersFarmer showing visiting farmers cattle housing and feeding equipmentHmong farmers discuss fodder management with extension staff in the field