In 2019, the Better Cotton GIF launched an online skill development tool for Field Facilitators (FF) in India. The learning platform enables FFs to undertake personalised and self-directed learning with a view to ensure a consistent skill set across Implementing Partners (IPs). The pilot was conducted in Maharashtra and Gujarat with six IPs. As many as 504 FFs participated in the initial roll-out, followed by an additional 134 FFs.
All the FFs (634) used the learning modules, including a standardised assessment tool that enables users to identify skills gaps and then suggests a personalised learning path. Sixty-three per cent of FFs (398) also completed a user survey to provide feedback on the tool. Seventy-six per cent of the respondents said that they found the tool useful, while 57% said they found the training relevant to their work and will regularly use the learning. However, 82% of the survey participants indicated that they would prefer a combination of online and classroom learning.
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is world’s largest cotton sustainability program supporting 2.1 million small farmers across 22 countries.