Farmer Field School Model – Demo farm
AIS has set up a 7-acre demonstration farm in Kajiado County that is used to showcase best agronomic practices through practical training and consequently spur adoption among smallholder farmers. The program is supported by Safaricom Foundation and GIZ EndDev program. The farm hosts demonstration plots, cultivated in collaboration with private sector partners and the Ministry of Agriculture. The smallholder farmers are linked to value chain actors in organized training and field days, who provide them with agricultural products and services.
The model has successfully established sustainable smallholder farmer integration and fostered adoption of improved practices. AIS aims to replicate this model for different crops and in various locations in its smallholder farmer engagement activities.