An alliance of independent organisations dedicated to the empowerment of Asian farmers.

Indonesia

Organization: FIELD Indonesia
Partner since: 1990
Website: http://field-indonesia.or.id/

FIELD Indonesia is staffed by a team of experts who worked for 12 years with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Since 1990 this team has provided technical assistance to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs managed by the Government, NGOs, farmer associations and local communities.

The FIELD team has played a key role in the creation and application of approaches such as the Farmer Field School (FFS), Farmer-to-Farmer training, and Farmer Action Research Facilities. Approximately one million farmers graduated from FFS in Indonesia.

The current activities of FIELD include contracts with FAO, UNDP, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) and the Government of Victoria, Australia. This work covers a number of areas including:

  • capacity-building for rural livelihoods planning and action research;
  • farmer training in the management of genetic resources and healthy vegetable production;
  • advocacy activities relating to local governance and farmer’s roles in the global food systems.

These contracts are being carried out in close cooperation with a number of groups, especially:

Farmer Trainers- experienced in facilitating other farmers in a variety of activities such as FFS, participatory planning, field studies, farmer’s media development, action research, and advocacy

Field Leaders- work with the Ministry of Agriculture and have experience in providing consulting services to many international organizations (incl. CARE, DFID, DANIDA, and FAO) in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Indonesian IPM Farmer Association- a grass- roots organization that works in 10 provinces in Indonesia. Since 1998 this association has organized farmer-to-farmer movement, strengthen farmer-led research, and conduct advocacy on such issues as farmers rights.