Actions that boost on-farm productivity through relevant training to enhance capacities

Published: 16 July 2021
Last edited: 29 July 2021

The technical capacities of smallholder farmers need to be strengthened in ways that are suitable to their situation and of relevance to their context. DryDev did this by focusing on skills needed to improve productivity in dryland environments, such as climate-smart agriculture, on-farm water-harvesting, and small-scale irrigation.


Similarly, newly formed groups need capacity development in governance, organization and management skills, problem-solving, and coaching on how to best link with external players and government actors.


Sustainable livelihoods
Technical interventions and infrastructure
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Inception phase

Enabling factors

  • Alignment with government priorities proved to be an strong enabling factor in provision of capacity training.
  • Matching smallholder farmers needs with training was essential.

Lessons learned

Community should be able to select what they would like training in, while options may also be presented. Training needs to be practical and relevant to the local context. Local government counterparts may be unaware of national government policies, and themselves may be in need of refresher training on current legislation and updated sector strategies.

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