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July 6-24, 1998
International Institute of Rural Reconstruction Silang, Cavite, Philippines.
Training of Trainers Sustainable Agriculture
Main purpose The course will focus on how sustainable agriculture practitioners can be made more effective in training trainers of farmers on the knowledge, skills and attitudes in sustainable agriculture training.
The course will emphasize the importance of helping trainers maximize farmers' potentials to solve problems. This will be based on the premise that solutions to farmers' problems should be within their means and within the resources available to him.
Course objectives By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
assess training needs of extension and field workers in training farmers on sustainable agriculture; develop a training design to address priority needs:
develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for a sustainable agriculture training course;
present a 1 5-minute session on a selected topic on sustainable agriculture using methods and presentation techniques introduced during the course;
prepare a training management plan for the training course designed; and
access training resources available to sustainable agriculture trainers.
A group of have already been funded by the
Dutch Government through Directorate for International 1
Cooperation (DGIS),, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Course content Areas for consideration during the training will include:
- training strategies for sustainable agriculture (farmer to farmer training; exposure visits, etc.,)
- building on indigenous knowledge and processes to explain scientific bases of sustainable agriculture;
- gender perspective In sustainable agriculture training:
- media applications in training;
- participatory methods and techniques of needs assessment, learning and evaluation:
- practical applications of [earnings.
Methodologies Methods necessary for sustainable agriculture training sessions will be used. Special attention will be given on how to use the methods to facilitate adult learning and exchange of ideas and experiences. Specific methods will be: review of participants' experiences in the areas covered by the course; short inputs by key facilitators and resource persons; field visits and exercises with farmers; small group discussions to relate; presentations to the actual work situations; plenary discussions of materials presented; one-on-one discussion with course mentors; and, use of videos, slides and printed cases as discussion starts
Who can attend? The course is specially designed for sustainable agriculture practitioners and specialists who are training extension workers, direct field trainers and community development workers. Participants may be development agency staff involved in the promotion, advocacy and training in sustainable agriculture.
Course fees The course fee of US$2,000 covers training costs, course-related local travel, materials, meals, lodging and accident Insurance. It does not Include international airfare or auto pocket allowance. (A pocket allowance of $300 is suggested for Incidental and personal expenses.)
Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies.
How to apply? Application forms are available from:
Education and Training Division
IIRR, Y.C. James Yen Center
Silang 4118, Cavite. Philippines
Tel/Fax: 63-46-4142425 Tel.: 63-46-414-2417
Fax: 63-46-414 2420 Emall: firstname.lastname@example.org
IIRR, Rm. 38, Elena Apts., 512 R. Salas St.
Ermita , Manila , Phillppines
Tel: (63-2) 525-1284/524-1585 Fax: (63-2) 522-2494
Cable IIRRINC MANILA
IIRR 475 Riverside Drive. Room 1035
New York. NY 10015, U.S.A.
Tel: (1-212) 870-2992 Fax: (1-212) 870-2981
Training of trainers on sustainable agriculture
A three-week course designed for development practitioners who organize or conduct training on sustainable agriculture and related topics.
You are a sustainable agriculture practitioner, a specialist on the subject matter and you want others to learn from you.
. . .Your Challenges
0 how do I create the best learning environment for both of US? how do I develop courses that would be responsive to needs? how do I build in the course the challenges I encounter in the field while practicing sustainable agriculture?
0 what attitudes, Skills and knowledge should I develop in creating learning processes for sustainable agriculture? Find out the answers at the Training of Trainers on Sustainable Agriculture
The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)
The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is the outgrowth of a grass-roots development movement which began in 1920s in China. Dr. Y. C. James Yen and his colleagues evolved an integrated, sustainable, peoplecentered development approach that came to be known as rural reconstruction.
IIRR is based in the Philippines and has 30 years of experience working directly with the rural poor in the developing nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America and with government and nongovernment organizations serving the poor.
The Institute's programs focus on working with the rural poor as they transform their lives. The Institute works with the people, rather than for them. It follows a bottom-up, participatory approach to designing and implementing development programs.
IlRR's mission is to share its rural development experiences and wisdom with rural development Organizations and practitioners.
More than 4.000 trainees from over 80 nations and nearly 1300 organizations have attended training programs at IIRR. The Institute has fielded over a hundred technical assistance missions.
Courses are conducted in its modest facilities held at IIRR's scenic 50-hectare campus, an hour's drive south of Manila. It maintains a manageable class-size of 10-30 participants for all its courses. Participants are housed in a comfortable newlybuilt hostel and are free to enjoy the Institute's swimming pool and jungle hiking trails. Money changing, phone, fax and e mail services are available 011 campus. It is an ideal environment for learning and reflection.