Humana People to People trains small-scale farmers in sustainable agriculture practices among them as conservation farming, and equips the farmers with knowledge that they can use to adjust to the changing conditions. As an integrated part of the training, the farmers get organized around exploring and sharing water resources, securing inputs and marketing of the produce. General knowledge and skills within nutrition, health and community development are also included. This training is called Farmers’ Clubs.
Farmers’ Clubs aim at organizing small-scale farmers to join forces, resources and further the agricultural production of each farmer. Farmers are introduced to low-cost farming solutions, environment conservation farming methods and financial support systems to trigger the process of farmer economic development.
In the Farmers’ Clubs program, farmers work to increase yields, improve crop variation, raise product quality, develop simple and sustainable farming methods. They organize around securing inputs, sales and collectively bargain for better seeds and transport prices and to market their crops more effectively.
In the Farmers’ Clubs, modern knowledge is acquired and used, results from year to year are recorded and analyzed and new methods are put into practice.
In many Farmers’ Clubs areas, the majority of the farmers are women. Thus the Farmers’ Clubs can also be regarded as a gender program, and it includes many club activities, which also focus on the wellbeing of the whole family with regard to water and sanitation, nutrition, health issues, HIV/AIDS and education of the children.
The agriculture training of the farmers depends on the local conditions: some concentrate on crop
husbandry, others on animal husbandry, some with irrigation as a precondition, others pure dry-land farming.
The farmers are organized in groups of 50 farmers. 5 such groups are under one Project Leader, who provides the agriculture training in practice and theory. The Project Leader also facilitates the organization of the farmers and trains them in self-organizing, so that lasting structures are built among them in the project period.
The initial program is of the duration of three years. After that, the program can be extended, so that the farmers advance further towards sustainable farming.