11. Training

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11.0 Background

Training is important for maintaining standards and making improvements in many areas of sustainable agriculture.

Since Human Capital relates to the physical capabilities and skills of people involved in the business, the Social and Human Capital Implementation Guide contains general guidance on forming and using farmer groups and other aspects of training provision.

Where farmer training is needed, it is often beneficial to arrange for group training in seminars or farmer field schools. Extension staff or academics/NGOs with little time to spare may also be more willing to talk to groups of farmers rather than individuals. Group training, and participatory methodologies have been shown to be effective in improving soil fertility, reducing soil loss and improving pest, disease, weed, safety, financial and other aspects of farm management.

Training includes on-the-job training, as well as informal courses and seminars and formal training courses. The most appropriate method will vary with the type of farming operations involved and the resources available locally. Formal training courses are legal requirements in many parts of the world for workers who use Crop Protection Products (CPPs).