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Our Learning Territories offer an in-depth training to improve practical skills in rural development. The Learning Territories are defined as hotspots for innovations that have proved to be relevant for development. Within a period of 7 to 15 days, farmers, leaders of rural associations and microenterprises, technical teams of development projects, policy-makers, government authorities and other practitioners come together and bring on innovative solutions to real-life problems. Rooted in years of local experience, this hands-on training is pedagogically facilitated by men, women, youth, communities and organizations that have implemented novel and successful solutions in diverse areas of rural development.

  • Practical field training program
  • Learning from local talents’ practices
  • Learning from local talents’ knowledge
  • Adapt and apply innovations

Learning Territory in Kenya

The Learning Territory (LT) approach was implemented and scaled up in several countries of Latin America and beyond. And it is identified to be an area with a density of assets (social, cultural, economic, and productive) and accumulated knowledge from the experience developed by the operations and projects in that region. This methodological tool seeks to encourage Local Champions in the associative management of their local knowledge. It integrates diverse experiences – with technical and pedagogical relevance – with the development of a range of practical and territorially specialized training, promoting new alternatives of training for community Project Management Committees (PMCs), women and men, youth, technical teams of development projects and others stakeholders; at the same time, it capitalizes on local knowledge as an alternative of income generation for Local Champions. The Learning Territory is developed around the concepts of Local Champions and Local Knowledge.

Building upon the successful results and lessons acquired under the Learning Territory Programme in Latin America, it was proposed under the IFAD-PROCASUR Knowledge Sharing Programme Strengthening Capacities and Tools to Scale Up and Disseminate Innovations to start a collaboration to set up and implement one Learning Territory to document and package those experiences into an innovative peer to peer in the field training. The LT will address climate change, natural resource management, community development and other practices of rural development and aims at capitalizing on the experiences and knowledge built during the past years of the implementation of the Upper Tana Natural Resources Management Project in Kenya (UTaNRMP).

The Upper Tana Learning Territory will focus on Climate Change Adaptation solutions with scaling up potential. It will integrate different experiences – with technical and pedagogical relevance – with the development of a practical and territory specific specialized training, promoting new alternatives for the access to extension services. The UTaNRMP Learning Territory project aims at reaching the following main objectives:

  • to capitalize on the local knowledge built around the management of natural resources by key community organizations (Water Resource Users Associations WRUAs) that can be found in the Upper Tana catchment area; 
  • to organize this local knowledge around a pedagogical curriculum; 
  • to strengthen the role of key ‘local champions/rural talents’ in the access to alternative extension services; and
  • to favour the scaling up of these best practices through national and international trainings. 

This initiative will expose participants from different IFAD projects and partner institutions with a range of innovative mechanisms and learning activities organized directly in the field through the pooling and sharing of knowledge. Innovative local initiatives will give participants of the Learning Territory the opportunity to analyze and to learn about innovative tools and practices developed by different actors on natural resources management directly from the local champions in the host experiences and with the support of thematic experts. 

For further information, please contact by phone or email:

Ms. Valentina Sauvevsauve@procasur.org Phone: + 254 706 046 742

Ms. Vivienne Likhangavlikhanga@procasur.org Phone: +254 20 2716036

Concept Note

Local Training Workshop for the validation of the Learning Territory (6-7 December 2017): 

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Participants

Presentation by PROCASUR

UTaNRMP LT Presentation

Workshop Final Report


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