Farmers First Program Training on Methodological Framework by ICAR-NAARM Project Team

Farmers First Program Training on Methodological Framework by ICAR-NAARM Project Team :
The Farmer FIRST initiative has been launched by ICAR to move beyond the production and productivity; to privilege the smallholder agriculture; and complex, diverse and risk prone realities of majority of the farmers through enhancing farmers-scientists interface. The acronym “Farmer FIRST” means the farmers’ Farm, Innovations, Resources, Science and Technology (FIRST). The basic concept is that the farmer will be in a centric role for research problem identification, prioritization, conduct of experiments and its management in farmers’ field conditions. It emphasizes resource management, climate resilient agriculture, production management including storage, marketing, supply chains, value chains, innovation systems, information systems etc. With this concept, Agricultural Extension Division of ICAR, New Delhi funded the project Farmer FIRST Programme for ICAR Institutes/ Agricultural Universities.
The Project Management Team ICAR-NAARM along with ICAR- NIAP, ICAR-IASRI and ICAR-DKMA are involved in management, capacity building, impact assessment, content development and showcasing of the technological interventions implemented by 51 FFP institutes all over the country in 23 States.As a part of this, NAARM team of Dr P.Venkatesan, PI, Dr B.S.Sontakki, Co-PI and Dr N Sivaramane, Co-PI, organized and coordinated. The training workshops on “Methodological Framework for Implementation of Farmer FIRST Programme” for the benefit of 236 participants from 51 FFP institutes of 23 states with the support of host institutes as depicted below.

Sl.No. Name of the Centre Duration Number of FFP Institutes Zone / ATARI Number of Participants


ICAR-IISS, Bhopal 18-21st Sep 2017


Zone VIII & Zone IX



ICAR-CISH, Lucknow 3-6th Oct 2017


Zone III & Zone IV



TANUVAS, Chennai 10-13th Oct 2017


Zone X, Zone XI & Zone V



ICAR-IARI, New Delhi 23-26th Oct 2017


Zone II & Zone VII



ICAR-IISWC, Dehradun 6-9th Nov 2017


Zone I & Zone VI


These training workshops covered the following content

  1. Overview of FFP
  2. Participatory Technology Development
  3. Select PRA tools
  4. Impact Assessment and Qualitative and Quantitative analysis
  5. Content Development and Management
  6. Showcasing of intervention outputs and outcomes
  7. Process Documentation

above contents were delivered with lectures, interactions, video modules, field visits, case study and discussions. The programmes were well received by the participants with impressive feedback on the content, relevance, design, delivery and learning.


ICAR-IISS, Bhopal ICAR-CISH, Lucknow
ICAR- IARI, New Delhi ICAR- IISWC, Dehradun
Dr Ch.Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM felicitating the Dr JP Sharma, JD and Nodal officer for FFP-IARI Director, ICAR-NAARM addressing participants in ICAR-IARI
Interaction of the participants with the Director of CISH, Lucknow Field visit

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