The first phase was a ‘Training of Trainers workshop’, based on the “Modules for Sustainable Agriculture” a tool developed by GIZ. The training was conducted in September 2015 in collaboration with the Inter–American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). 25 agricultural officers were trained on how to use the tool in their advisory work to help farmers adapt to climate change and also develop their ability as trainers.
The second phase which began in June 2016, saw 5 of the 25 trainers from the first training facilitate a workshop in which 20 new agricultural technical officers participated. The training was a combination of classroom sessions at the TAMCC Mirabeau Farm School, field implementation exercises at the Mirabeau Propagation Station and two private farms. The field implementation exercises included soil and water management practices such as composting, mulching, drainage, terracing, intercropping and rainwater harvesting. The implementation of the CSA practices at the Mirabeau Propagation Station is the first step in establishing a CSA demonstration and learning plot for usage by both agriculture officers and farmers.
Another training will be facilitated in Carriacou for the agricultural technical officers and include the implementation of more CSA practices, convene monthly meetings, share experiences and monitor on–farm implementation results.