Over 750,000 families make a living off of growing corn and beans in Guatemala. How can we reach so many people? Farmer to farmer development is a strategy and a philosophy. It means that farmers can find the best solutions to their problems, and that farmers are the best educators and organizers in their community. Farmer to farmer depends on teaching three skills that help rural communities move from dependence to thriving.
Farmer to Farmer is not simply about effectively getting new ideas into the hands of farmers, it is also about community empowerment. Experimentation, analysis and sharing are activities that help anyone become a leader and a change-maker in their community. And as farmers hone these skills, they begin to come up with their own new farming innovations, which they can now share with their community and others. Farmer to farmer is a key tool to unlock the innovative and transformative potential farmers already have, and help them become the true protagonists in rural development.
See Farmer to Farmer Development in action in this video: