Mixed-participant training promotes joint action by farmers and development agents


Practical training on apple tree management and scion selection at Holeta ARC (Photo:ILRILIVES) Farmers and development agents getting a practical training on apple tree management and scion selection in Holeta (photo credit: ILRILIVES).

The Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project is testing different training approaches and methods such as couples training, mixed-participant training, coaching and mentoring, direct training and training of trainers (ToT). This blog story shares preliminary observations on potential advantages and disadvantages of a mixed-participant training approach used in LIVES.

Traditionally, specific-participant training offers targeted information to specialists such as development agents and farmers separately on the ground that they have different training needs and levels of knowledge and skills. In such contexts, mixing participants who have different training needs and levels of knowledge and skills is not the best way of providing effective task-oriented training. However, specific-participant training programs limit interaction, cross-learning and joint action among farmers, subject matter specialists and development agents.

To address this limitation, the LIVES project is experimenting with mixed-participant training where farmers…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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