RIPAT Manual

Publication of Farmers’ Choice and RIPAT manual
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The RIPAT manual provides authorities and NGOs with an easy to follow step-by-step manual to facilitate implementation of RIPAT like interventions. The manual is especially relevant for staff of NGOs and development organizations at programming and field levels – particularly the group facilitators – but also for local government officials involved in agricultural extension and rural development.
Content of the RIPAL Manual
Part 1: Guidance primarily targeted at the implementing organization
  • Describes how a RIPAT project should be organized, including the roles of the main actors. It also sets out the steps to be taken during the preparation of a RIPAT project, which involves researching the targeted communities and preparing a relevant ‘basket of options’ for the targeted farmers. Finally, it explains the processes of sensitizing communities to the need for change and of mobilizing farmers to form groups.

Part 2: Guidance primarily targeted at group facilitators
  • Provides guidance on how to function as a group facilitator in general when working with groups of farmers. It sets out the steps for organizing the groups, for ensuring that they have good leadership, and for developing a solid group constitution.

    It describes how group activities and the learning process can be facilitated over the project period. This part of the manual also includes guidance on how the learning can be anchored in the communities by training resource persons, called super-farmers, as well as on how exchange of information between groups and spreading of technologies can be promoted.

Part 3: Guidance on monitoring and quality control
  • Provides tools for monitoring key parameters and guidance for how to include quality control measures throughout project implementation. The monitoring information is provided by the groups and is collected by the staff of the implementing organization, whereas the information used for quality control is collected by third-party quality controllers to ensure impartiality