In situ Training
‘In situ’ means ‘situated in a natural place or position’. Therefore, In Situ Trainings are practical hands on trainings provided to farmers and agricultural extension agents at farm level. As REALISE interventions are designed to validate, demonstrate and pre scale farming technologies, there is a need to familiarize DAs and farmers on how to practically implement those technologies to identify the appropriate best fit practices for a certain commodity (crop) in a given agro ecology. REALISE cluster experts will collaborate with the staff from Agricultural Research Centers in their respective regions. Male and female target farmers are the primary focus of the in situ trainings as they are the ones who will be validating and demonstrating the technologies.
Often, the duration of these trainings is one day. In some cases, however, woreda experts may be trained on a selection of core topics for which there is limited existing capacity. Cluster experts are expected to follow up with DAs and target farmers and check whether farmers are implementing the technologies and practices as per the recommendation given during the training. This is, because, since the trainings are of very short duration, DAs and farmers might miss some important details which would lead to undesirable results.
Thematic Training of Trainers (ToTs)
Thematic Trainings of Trainers (ToTs) are priority capacity gaps identified by government stakeholder offices during stakeholder mapping. Woreda Bureau of Agriculture (BoA), PSNP, Regional Agricultural Research Institutes (RARIs), collaborating NGOs were included in the assessment and key training needs identified. Moreover, a rapid training needs assessment was conducted with REALISE cluster experts to identify the priority gaps for immediate action. The ToT trainings will be cascaded down to community level. For 2019, 3 thematic ToTs will be organized at national level. Clusters can organize a training based on a topic identified only by their cluster. The selection of topics for training should consider not only the existing capacity gaps but also the potential contribution towards achieving the objectives of the program.
Furthermore, a Training Needs Assessment (TNA) will be conducted to learn about existing capacities and identify capacity gaps from major stakeholders and cluster experts so as to design appropriate strategies to address the gaps. The findings of the TNA will be used to plan Capacity Building activities for the coming years.