Farmer Field School

Farmer Field School

The Farmer Field School is implemented by SIRDI’s highly trained extension team in 6 geographical zones in the northern sugar belt. The team selects 6 accessible and visible field plots belonging to participating farmers in the areas. The team recruits and registers 25 farmers per site and evaluates their current practices to establish a base line. The FFS program commences in December of each year and runs for a period of 24 months following the crop cycle. The farmer students attend 11 hands-on field sessions that cover best practices in Sugar Cane Cultivation. Throughout the program the participating farmers are monitored for the practices they conduct in their own fields to determine the adoption rate along with the cost benefit analysis.

Hershey’s Partnership with SIRDI’s Farmer Field School

This program arrives at a critical juncture in the Belize sugar industry and Hershey’s is providing generous assistance to increase farmer resilience by providing the appropriate stepping stones to secure their livelihood. Hershey’s is doing its part to ensure that it sources its raw material from sustainable produced industries where the entire community benefits from the business.

Project Specification

  • Project Lead: SIRDI
  • Launched: May 2016