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Teenagers in Brazil put new MFS skills into practice

Model Farm Schools

Teaching skills & safe practices

ARISE operates Model Farm Schools to provide high-quality, hands-on vocational education in general farming for adolescents.

The Model Farm Schools (MFS) aim to improve the appeal to youth of agricultural businesses in rural communities and to promote youth’s long-term income-generation. They also help youth of legal working age to learn safe practices and to earn income to help improve their families’ livelihoods.

The training courses are provided to offer youth mentoring and access to technical and vocational skills. The courses are tailored to conditions in each country. For example in Malawi and Zambia they are aimed primarily at out-of-school youth, specifically those of legal working age. In Brazil however, most of the children also attend school. 

The MFS counter the negative image that youth often have about agriculture by teaching improved farming techniques and entrepreneurship skills. This allows young people to see how agriculture can be a profitable and rewarding activity that builds on their rural heritage. This is particularly relevant because many youth seek to leave the countryside when they grow up to pursue careers in towns and cities. Participants learn new agricultural technologies and life skills, and the training ensures that children gain the knowledge and skills needed to achieve food security and a decent livelihood within the rural economy.

Landcare training

Through the MFS training course teenagers learn technical agricultural skills and have the opportunity to create their own demonstration plots.


Brazil, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia

We reach thousands of children and their families.

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Sharing knowledge

Raising awareness is one the three key pillars of what we do and is crucial to the ARISE program’s success.

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Economic empowerment

Creating opportunities

We provide opportunities for vulnerable individuals in local communities to gain access to vocational training and income-generating activities.

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ARISE aims to end child labor in communities where JTI sources tobacco leaf. We work with those directly affected and with others who have the power to change things. Our initiatives are developed and delivered in collaboration with tobacco-growing communities, social partners and governments.