Guide and handbook for FFLG facilitators
Successful organic farming is based on deep understanding of the functioning of the farming system including the unseen interactions which take place in the soil and between the big crops and animals on the farm; and the interactions among the people and between people, their farms and the society. Given this complexity, farmer “advisors” ought to be very knowledgeable not only in the subject of living soils but also in the functioning of markets, processing of plants and animal products etc.
Therefore, to successfully advise farmers on the complex subject of organic farming, the FFLG facilitator needs a good understanding of different streams of knowledge (both natural and social sciences) but also key is the ability to learn and synthesize experiences of the practicing organic farmers.
Practical guide for FFLG facilitators
The team behind the Organic FFLG Academy have developed a guide for those that are involved with organic small scale farming to promote organic resilient farming methods, offer practical advice for sustainability of small scale family farms, meaningful marketing of organic products from small scale family farms, advocating for supportive conditions to implement organic farming and; strengthening farmer institutions enabling a dignified livelihood for farmer families. The guide contains details on farmer institutions for implementing the FFLG approach. It also guides on the course on FFLG approach for those that guide the facilitators’ course and then guidance to the Facilitators of organic Farmer Family learning Groups (FFLG) during the practical participatory process of developing organic family farms in the FFLG.
Handbook for FFLG facilitators
In addition to the practical guide, we have developed a handbook for FFLG facilitators with relevant tools to be used in the FFLG facilitation, from nutrient cycling to bulking.