Empowering Rural Livelihoods through Farmers' Field School on Vegetable Production in Aceh Province-Indonesia
Keywords:Farmersâ€™ Field School (FFS), Ex-Post Impact Evaluation, Vegetable Cultivation, Participatory Approach, Livelihood Capitals, Indonesia.
AbstractThis paper evaluates immediate impacts of farmers' field school (FFS) in Indonesian farmers' communities on five livelihoods assets: physical, financial, human, social, and natural capitals. The impacts of FFS were documented at least a year after completion of FFS. A before and after method of impact assessment framework was applied to this study. The results indicate that FFS has very favourably increased vegetable farming capability and knowledge base of the FFS participants. Farmers reported very positive impacts of FFS on all of the five categories of livelihood assets. In summary, FFS has successfully delivered improved knowledge and skill on vegetable production in general. Besides, the FFS has strengthened the group formation and social capitals related to vegetable farming.
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