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East-West​ ​Seed Knowledge Transfer​ ​promotes​ ​a​ ​farmer-to-farmer​ ​learning​ ​approach.​ ​Our​ ​strategy​ ​builds​ ​on​ ​the relationships between​ ​farmers​ ​on​ ​the​ ​basis​ ​that​ ​mutual​ ​trust​ ​encourages​ ​learning.​ ​By​ ​helping them​ ​develop​ ​their​ ​relationships​ ​and​ ​sharing​ ​knowledge​ ​with​ ​other​ ​farmers​ ​in​ ​the​ ​area,​ ​we increase​ ​our​ ​outreach.​

​We​ ​support​ ​key​ ​farmers​ ​to​ ​showcase​ ​profitable​ ​and​ ​sustainable cultivation​ ​techniques​ ​to​ ​their​ ​peers.​ ​Neighboring​ ​farmers​ ​are​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​observe​ ​the​ ​results throughout​ ​the​ ​crop​ ​cycle​ ​on​ ​their demonstration​ ​farms.​ ​This​ ​inspires​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​new​ ​skills​ ​which build​s ​on​ ​farmers’​ ​traditional​ ​practices.​ Our knowledge transfer teams provide regular support throughout the crop cycle; on all aspects of production, from land preparation to harvest.
 
Our​ ​local​ ​technical​ ​advisors​ ​regularly​ ​invite​ ​farmers​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​technical​ ​field​ ​days​ ​towards the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​cropping​ ​cycle.​ ​Here,​ ​we​ ​encourage​ ​review​ ​and​ ​discussion​ ​on​ ​the​ ​improved techniques​ ​being​ ​applied​ ​in​ ​the​ ​demonstration.​ ​Detailed​ ​farm​ ​records​ ​are​ ​used​ ​to​ ​share​ ​technical, financial​ ​and​ ​marketing​ ​information​ ​during​ ​these​ ​events.​ ​Analysis​ ​of​ ​cost​ ​and​ ​return​ ​improve farmers’ understanding​ ​of​ ​the​ ​benefits​ ​to​ ​be​ ​gained​ ​from​ ​adopting​ ​new​ ​varieties​ ​and​ ​technologies. In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​showcasing​ ​good​ ​cultivation techniques,​ ​field​ ​days​ ​also​ ​promote​ ​market​ ​linkages between​ ​value​ ​chain​ ​actors. 
 
Our​ ​focus​ ​at​ ​East-West​ ​Seed​ ​Knowledge​ ​Transfer​ ​is​ ​on​ ​sustainability.​ ​We​ ​assure​ ​this​ ​by​ ​regular and​ ​long-term​ ​support​ ​in​ ​the​ ​areas we​ ​work​ ​in.