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Ramirez-Guerrero, Hugo; Perez, Martha Cecilia; and Nishi-Patrick, Minoru. 2015. Farmer field school in tropical vegetable production. Outcomes report addressed to Interim Skills Development Facility (ISDF, Australian Government). Utulau, The Kingdom of Tonga. 18p.

The main purpose of this outcomes report is to analyse and to document in a facilitator perspective the results and the lessons learned from using the Farmer Field School (FFS) approach in the vegetables production sector in Tongatapu, The kingdom of Tonga. This FFS in tropical vegetables production is a skills training program for village-based horticulture training using and adapting the principles and practices developed originally by FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organisation) in 1989 in Indonesia.

This agricultural research, extension and farmer education program based on the FFS could become the key to increasing the productivity and incomes of small vegetable farms while protecting the marvellous tropical environment. There is no doubt that farmer trainers and FFS facilitators become model farmers who are appreciated as being easily accessible in the local areas where they are recruited and live. All these practical demonstration skills, which were reasonably well developed among Trainers/Facilitators, could ensures continued access for the farmers to training and knowledge on sustainable vegetable production and allies entrepreneurs in the tropics. The program itself already represents an important milestone in the support of village-based training for tropical horticulture in the South Pacific.