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Beyond Higher Yields: The Impact of Sweetpotato Intergrated Crop Management and Farmer Field Schools in Indonesia

A pilot program of sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam) integrated crop management (ICM)-farmer field schools (FFSs) was implemented in six communities in Indonesia, using protocols developed jointly by a team of farmers, researchers, and development workers. Monitoring and evaluation studies showed that participation in the FFS enhanced farmers’ crop management knowledge and skills. Several of their changed cultivation practices led to increased net income as a result of reduced cultivation costs and/or increased yields. Farmer participation in research was shown to have contributed to the relevancy, appropriateness, and impact of the sweetpotato ICM-FFS protocols.

Authors: E. van de Fliert, N. Johnson, R. Asmunati, Wiyanto, E. van de Fliert, N. Johnson, R. Asmunati, Wiyanto

Contributors: Administrator, Administrator

Subjects: Integrated crop management

Pages: 12

Publisher: International Potato Center

Publication Date: 2001

Keywords: Farmer Field Schools, FFS, Indonesia, Integrated crop management


van de Fliert, E., Johnson, N., Asmunati, R., Wiyanto. 2001. Beyond higher yields: the impact of sweetpotato integrated crop management and farmer field schools in Indonesia. Scientist and farmer: partners in research for the 21st Century. Program Report 1999-2000, pp.331-342.