Pastoralist Field Schools in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia
FAO has been working with partners to adapt the popular Farmer Field School approach for work with herders. The 2-pager “Pastoralist Field Schools: discovery-based learning in practice” gives a summary of the approach. Groups of pastoralists learn through observation and experimentation within their own context. PFS revolves around pastoral ecosystem analysis as a basis for decision-making by participants and the wider communities about resource use and innovation. Initial experiences with PFSs have been made in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. The 1-page leaflet “Schools without walls” shows how a PFS was conducted in the Borana area of Ethiopia. REGLAP and FAO have also issued a 6-page guideline with “Good practice principles: PFS in the drylands of the Horn of Africa”.