Farmer-to-farmer extension: opportunities for enhancing performance of volunteer farmer trainers in Kenya
World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya; World Agroforestry Centre and leads the Centre’s research on Rural Advisory Services, Kenya
Farmer-to-farmer extension (FFE) is playing a complementary role to formal extension services in facilitating the spread of agricultural technologies and improving farmers’ capacities. The effectiveness and sustainability of such programmes depend on volunteer farmer trainers (VFTs) having technical skills and overcoming process-related challenges that hinder them from achieving the desired outcomes. This article uses quantitative and qualitative data collected from seven sites to explore the challenges experienced by VFTs as they share their knowledge on livestock feed innovations in a dairy development project in Kenya. Sustainable opportunities for enhancing VFTs’ performance are discussed. © 2015, © 2015 Taylor & Francis.
agricultural extension; agricultural technology; farmers knowledge; sustainability; training; voluntary approach; Kenya