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Starts capacity building cycle for climate-smart livestock Farmer Field School promoters
- The promoters of BioPaSOS project, in Campeche, Mexico, learned about participatory methods and tools to facilitate learning activities with small livestock producers.
March 4, 2019. CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) through its project Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes known as BioPaSOS, carried out two workshops at the facilities of the Centre for Research and Forestry technology transfer (CITTFOR, its Spanish acronym), of the National Forest Commission (CONAFOR), in Escárcega, Campeche, Mexico, to strengthen the capacities of the promoters of its climate-smart livestock Farmer Field Schools (ECA, its Spanish acronym).
Through both workshops, the promoters learned participatory methods and tools to facilitate learning activities in small livestock producers, as well as techniques for fodder conservation and the use of sugar cane in animal feed. Both workshops were attended by 14 promoters from the municipalities of Escárcega, Calakmul and Champotón.
Edwin Perez, local coordinator of BioPaSOS project in Campeche, commented that with these workshops the training cycle for promoters of 22 Farmer Field Schools in the state began, which is part of a curriculum of 30 topics that will be addressed over 18 months and will develop skills and abilities in small producers to implement a climate-smart livestock in the state of Campeche.
The promoters stated that with the workshops they learned the meaning of a FFS, its purposes and main activities, as well as their role within the school.
"The techniques of fodder conservation and the use of sugarcane in animal feed learned are very important, especially for the dry season when there are problems feeding livestock," said Perez, who also thanked Pronatura Yucatan Peninsula and Marco Gamboa for the support and collaboration provided during the development of the field practice.
The workshops culminated in agreements and schedules to carry out replicas of what was learned in the FFS of each of their communities.
Edwin Pérez Sánchez
Local Coordinator, Campeche
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro- Silvopastoral Landscapes (BioPaSOS)
Karla Salazar Leiva
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