Lead Farmers begin to Lead others: Cases from the first year of CARLEP –IFADInterventions
A case by: Lhap Dorji, Tashi Phunstho, Dorjee and Pema Khandu.
Lead farmer model is implemented by the Agriculture Research and Development Centre Wengkhar as an extension approach with supports from the Commercial Agriculture and Resilient Livelihoods Enhancement Program (CARLEP-IFAD) implemented in six eastern Dzongkhags. A total of 26 lead farmers from the first year of CARLEP implementation have now reached their final session of training program coordinated by the centre. Another implementing partner in lead farmers approach, Samdrupjoingkhar Initiative (SJI) have identified 8 Potential Lead Farmers (PLF) so far. Another 24 potential lead farmers selected from past training programs under JICA TCP supports have been identified, retrained and are sent back to their villages whose services are now made available for the Dzongkhag and geog.