Project super-farmers and extension officers work together

One of the RIPAT strategies for conveying knowledge and spreading agricultural technologies is to arrange farmers in groups and to train "super-farmers" who can function as paraprofessional advisers. The story of Halima Kiroro and Regina Wilfred Mbise is just one example of the success of this strategy. Halima is a government agricultural extension officer covering one ward of five villages with a total of perhaps 2,000 farming families. Regina is one of the progressive "super-farmers" in this ward who was trained through a RIPAT project. Together they have teamed up to spread the RIPAT agricultural development concept to additional villages. Halima explains, "I don't have any means of transport and going around to individual farmers is very difficult. RIPAT helped me very much to reach many farmers in the easiest possible way, by establishing Famers Field Schools where I can meet about 30 farmers at one time".

Let us work hard!

The remote village of Valeska is a part of Halima's ward, but it was not included in the RIPAT project. However, Halima has facilitated the formation of three RIPAT-like groups in Valeska with the help of the RIPAT "super-farmer" Regina, who comes from a neighbouring village. One of the new groups calls itself "Matonyok tukazane", which means "Let us work hard". Halima trained the groups in good leadership and how to form group constitutions. The group members have indeed worked hard, and so far they have established a group field with more than 500 banana stools of the new variety.

A RIPAT-like group established through close

collaboration between project trained

super-farmers and extension officers

Halima Kiroro is a government agricultural extension officer

Regina Wilfred Mbise - a progressive "super-farmer" who teamed up with Halima to spread the RIPAT agricultural development concept to additional villages

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