Based on several years of Farmer Field School seasons in Zimbabwe, Peru, Vietnam, Lao PDR and Myanmar, the SD=HS program developed an improved manual to guide the Training of Trainer courses. These courses prepare trainers to facilitate a season of Farmer Field School activities on Participatory Plant Breeding. Topics include the organisation of a Farmer Field School, the setting of breeding objectives, basic background in plant breeding, instructions to design the FFS site and plots, description of weekly activities and a special chapter on disaster risk reduction. The key crops discussed are pearl millet, sorghum and groundnut, but a large part of the manual is relevant when working on other crops as well.

The manual is still under revision and we welcome your evaluation, suggestions and questions. Please send those to sdhsprogram@oxfamnovib.nl.