Training and Capacity Building Division
NAF believes that the success of any developmental initiative depends on the active participation of the target community to which those initiatives are intended. The active participation comes from the community only when they are aware of such initiatives and have necessary knowledge and skill sets about those initiatives. Thus, training and capacity building activities become integral part of all initiatives and projects of NAF.
Our Training & Capacity Building division serves to bring behavioural transformation and to ensure human resource development across rural India through demand-driven education and training model. The prime objective is not only to increases the ability of farming community to innovate and adopt new technologies in agriculture but also to ensure continuous improvement in economic, environmental and social performance of the rural community. Training is imparted on “technology-oriented” and “participant-oriented” modes to various stakeholders of agriculture and rural development including farmers, youth, agripreneurs, women, socially excluded, functionaries of NGOs, water users, producer groups, input suppliers, bankers and students among others.
NAF - Center for Rural Development is dedicated to train and build the capacity of the farmers on technology-based agriculture to transform the Indian agriculture from “production-oriented” mode to a holistic system which is also “market-oriented”. The training center complex is located in a serene atmosphere in the hinterlands to give a perfect learning environment for the participants. The training center complex consists of classroom, residential complex, farm machinery workshop, model farm and other training models which gives hands on training to various sections of stakeholders of agriculture and rural development.
Some of the key considerations of this division includes the fact that our beneficiaries’ access to formal education is limited, so, we factor-in this limitation while designing the training modules. Livelihoods oriented trainings are focused upon to increase human capabilities. Rural Livelihoods are diversified and hence, special training on non- farm activities are given. To educate financial ethics among the people, financial literacy trainings are included. Specific difficulties like gender-related issues are considered and special focus for women farmers and other women beneficiaries are given. Training for the farmer’s organizations focuses on governance of these institutions, achieving financial stability and environmental sustainability. Additionally, marketing skills, business strategy, scale-up strategy, and business plan are also imparted to the farmers / agri entrepreneurs.
Climate change related problems threaten agriculture sector profoundly. Special training on climate-smart agriculture, lean farming, sustainable agriculture, and adaptive management techniques etc., are provided to increase the resilience of the farmers to climate change related impacts. Water being scarce commodity, training on water saving technologies are also imparted.
Mixed methodology of classroom-based (30%) and field training (70%) is adopted. Innovative teaching methods are adopted to overcome learning difficulties of the beneficiaries. We promote and facilitate lateral learning (Farmers-Farmers learning).