Farmer evaluation of conservation farming training

At the end of the two day conservation farming training with RAEBIA, farmers were divided into 3 groups and asked to firstly write down their individual answers to the following questions. Then each person read out their responses to be recorded by the facilitator and discussed in the whole group.

1) What were the most useful things you learnt that will help your farming?

2) What were the least useful things?

3) What additional information do you need to improve your farming practices?


  1. Most useful things learnt

“Conservation agriculture (CA) is a good thing because it can increase yield”

“CA provides capacity building to shift to modern agriculture”

“CA does not involve any burning and ploughing of soil because ploughing is a very difficult labor”

“Good for us to compare CA results because traditional farming system tends to be more vulnerable in terms of post-harvest losses and susceptible to pests such as rats”

“Seed Bank: it can reduce travel to other places to collect seeds”

“Seed bank can enrich our farms with various species especially local ones”

“Seed Bank: it can conserve seeds that are native to Timor-Leste, have well preserved seeds ready for planting.”

2. Least useful things learnt

“CA: A lot of work at the initial stage especially in new sites not planted previously”

“Seed Bank: Limited space for seed banks when done in house, we sometimes don’t even have space to sleep in our house. It is manageable if it is done in small scale”

“We will require extra resources to do community seed banks; without heavy assistance from NGO it will remain just a dream for us”

“When planting beans and cassava in conservation agriculture is not a good thing because they compete for food and mutually exclude each other”

3. Additional information or assistance needed

“CA: More technical assistance and learning and demplot field days.”

“More comparative study to other places with CA”

“Seed Bank: more information, training and initial supply of seeds”





Author: redpandabhutan

I am Project Leader for Darwin Initiative funded project on "Sustainable rangeland management to protect red pandas and herder livelihoods in Bhutan"

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