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Farming as a Business (FaaB) Course

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The goal of farming as a business is to incease the incomes of the rural poor, or to put more money in the farmers' pockets and into the rural economy.This will enable them to improve their standards of living in terms of housing, food security and basic household needs, while contributing to the larger goal of making the transition from subsistence to a cash economy, or the creation of wealth.

   Overview:

The goal of approaching farming as a business is to increase the incomes of the rural poor, or to put more money in the farmers' pockets and into the rural economy. This will enable them to improve their standards of living in terms of housing, food security and basic household needs, while contributing to the larger goal of making the transition from subsistence to a cash economy, or the creation of wealth. Agriculture in the Kenyan context is the only logical engine for rural economy growth. It generates income, provides productive employment, and enhances food security.

Objectives:
The ultimate objective of this training programme is to furnish farmers with appropriate analytical skills and business management tools. The skills and tools will in turn guide them towards making decisions based on business principles, thereby decreasing costs and risk and turning losses into profits.
Using a progressive methodology, this training programme helps to assess capacity, identify shortcoming and propose strategies affecting the household's business success. The trainer and the farmer participate in a training process and are guided through the following steps:

  • Understanding business terms and concepts as they relate to farming.
  • Comparison of the costs and benefits of differing approaches to farming and business management. 
  • The value of saving compared to credit and costs as input.
  • Investigating various value-adding strategies. 
  • Risk management strategies. 
  • Reviewing market access and market alternatives. 
  • Understanding the potential benefits of collective actions through associations with other farmers. 
  • Understanding simple and informative farm records. 
  • Understanding farm accounts for good decision making and business performance monitoring. 
  • Developing indicators to measure progress of the farm as an enterprise


The FaaB training programme is completed by a farmer's game which is played during the last two days of the course. The game is based on real-life situations, giving participants an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the training, and experience how businesses operates in real life.

The game is played competitively in a simulated business environment similar to that which the participants are exposed to in their day-to-day businesses. It has definite outcomes in terms of decreased costs and risks, increased incomes, profits and savings. The learning comes from the real life content of the game and the interactions amongst the participants and the facilitator, both during and after the play.

The FaaB training programme has been modified towards the specific training needs of maize, potato, poultry and dairy farmers. Soon, FaaB will also be available for bee keepers and farmers who want to run farming as a family business.

Participants:
Small-scale farmers and their groups, extension officers, community mobilizers

Standard Duration:
6 days

 

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