Farmer Field Schools on Chili Peppers in Aceh, Indonesia: Activities and Impacts uri icon

abstract

  • An evaluation of a farmer field school (FFS) program for chilipeppers was conducted to measure impacts on farmers? knowledgeof chili pepper integrated crop management (ICM) in AcehProvince, Indonesia. Chili production was selected as the targetintervention topic because of its importance in Aceh?s economy.Quantitative and qualitative methods were used to assess impacts ofFFS; 270 FFS-graduate farmers were interviewed and eight farmergroups were surveyed. By integrating descriptive and simple statisticalanalyses, we measure immediate impacts of FFS, which alsomakes this study?s methods and findings different from others in theliterature. The results show that farmers? knowledge on agriculturalpractices increased significantly due to FFS. In addition, in thefuture, farmers expected that their chili yields would increase andtheir pesticide use would decrease. FFS improved farmer cohesivenessand information sharing. Farmers? knowledge of insect pests,diseases and natural enemies increased considerably, as did theirawareness of pesticide-related hazards. In sum, FFS successfully delivered improved technology and enhanced knowledge to enablefarmers to grow chili with sustainable practices and higherprofits

publication date

  • 2013
  • 2013