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Title: Annual workplan
Physical Description: v. : ; 29 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Farming Systems Support Project
United States -- Agency for International Development
Publisher: University of Florida.
Place of Publication: Gainesville
Creation Date: 1985
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General Note: Description based on: 1984; title from cover.
General Note: Latest issue consulted: 1986.
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Table of Contents
    Title Page
        Title Page
    Farming systems support project
        Page 1
        Working objective
            Page 1
        Emphasis in West Africa
            Page 2
        Support services
            Page 2
            Purpose of network development
                Page 2
            Training
                Page 3
            Technical assistance
                Page 3
            State-of-the-art synthesis and materials preparation
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        Summary
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1985 ANNUAL WORK PLAN


Farming Systems Support Project












Cooperative Agreement No. DAN-4099-A-00-2083-00

Project No. 936-4099

The United States
Agency for International Development














Prepared by

University of Florida in cooperation with
FSSP Support Entities













1985 ANNUAL WORKPLAN SUMMARY


Farming Systems Support Project


The 1985 FSSP Workplan is based upon a Cooperative Agreement
(DAN-4099- A-00-2083-00) between USAID/Science and Technology and the
University of Florida calling for support to AID Missions and related
entities in the area of farming systems research and extension.

The goal of this FSR/E project is to strengthen LDC agricultural
research and extension programs in order to increase the productivity,
income, and quality of life among small farmers in less-developed
countries. The purpose of this project is to provide technical assistance
to missions and LDC agricultural research and extension programs for the
design, implementation, and evaluation of projects intended for the small
or limited-resource farmer. Concurrently, it will build institutional
capacity within those countries through training and networking.

The plan anticipates evolving changes of the cooperative agreement in
1985 in response to current concerns of USAID. Preparatory discussions and
reviews of the plan have been held in each of the AID Regional Bureaus,
AID/S&T and the FSSP support entity system.

I. Working Objective

The working objective of the FSSP is to develop an interdisciplinary
technology development delivery system (personnel and institutions of
targeted developing countries and U.S.) capable of (1) assessing the
constraints to food production; (2) identifying potentials to overcome such
constraints in farming systems, and (3) generating and testing the
effectiveness of alternatives that will enhance food production.

The Workplan addresses these objectives through the project's primary
support activities of networking, training, technical assistance and state-
of-the-art synthesis. Through these activities, the FSSP supports AID
Missions, bilateral contracts, the Collaborative Research Support Projects
(CRSP) and other agricultural development programs and institutions. The
interdisciplinary nature of farming systems provides opportunities for the
proj ect to work with commodity- and discipline-oriented scientists and
researchers involved with the development and introduction of technologies
contributing to a food production strategy for developing countries. Thus,
each of the project's primary support activities are problem-oriented. An
ultimate purpose is to draw together fundamental research and farm-level
constraints as the basis for development of appropriate technology.






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1985 ANNUAL WORKPLAN SUMMARY


Farming Systems Support Project


The 1985 FSSP Workplan is based upon a Cooperative Agreement
(DAN-4099- A-00-2083-00) between USAID/Science and Technology and the
University of Florida calling for support to AID Missions and related
entities in the area of farming systems research and extension.

The goal of this FSR/E project is to strengthen LDC agricultural
research and extension programs in order to increase the productivity,
income, and quality of life among small farmers in less-developed
countries. The purpose of this project is to provide technical assistance
to missions and LDC agricultural research and extension programs for the
design, implementation, and evaluation of projects intended for the small
or limited-resource farmer. Concurrently, it will build institutional
capacity within those countries through training and networking.

The plan anticipates evolving changes of the cooperative agreement in
1985 in response to current concerns of USAID. Preparatory discussions and
reviews of the plan have been held in each of the AID Regional Bureaus,
AID/S&T and the FSSP support entity system.

I. Working Objective

The working objective of the FSSP is to develop an interdisciplinary
technology development delivery system (personnel and institutions of
targeted developing countries and U.S.) capable of (1) assessing the
constraints to food production; (2) identifying potentials to overcome such
constraints in farming systems, and (3) generating and testing the
effectiveness of alternatives that will enhance food production.

The Workplan addresses these objectives through the project's primary
support activities of networking, training, technical assistance and state-
of-the-art synthesis. Through these activities, the FSSP supports AID
Missions, bilateral contracts, the Collaborative Research Support Projects
(CRSP) and other agricultural development programs and institutions. The
interdisciplinary nature of farming systems provides opportunities for the
proj ect to work with commodity- and discipline-oriented scientists and
researchers involved with the development and introduction of technologies
contributing to a food production strategy for developing countries. Thus,
each of the project's primary support activities are problem-oriented. An
ultimate purpose is to draw together fundamental research and farm-level
constraints as the basis for development of appropriate technology.






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II. Emphasis in West Africa

The vorkplan indicates proj ect emphasis in West Africa for delivery of
services. Farming systems technical assistance and training needs in West
Africa are apparent at all levels. In part they arise as a result of the
introduction of a systems approach to research and extension, and from the
integration of several disciplines and skills. At various levels, there is
a lack of personnel with proper training and/or education to research, plan
and manage farming systems projects. Project networking activities are
intended to facilitate technical assistance and training in addressing
these needs.

Plans are to post a member of the project core staff to West Africa as
a Network Coordinator to further strengthen peer linkages among research
and extension people dealing with similar farming systems constraints in
various countries. This will entail budget reallocations and ability to
locate the person within the region before January 1986.

III. Support Services:

This section cites (place and purpose) of the important networking,
training, technical assistance, and state-of-the-art activities planned for
1985. Details of (a) name; (b) location; (c) when; (d) rationale; (e)
participants; (f) objectives; and (g) output (expected results) are
provided in the attachment.

A. Purpose of Network Development

1. To develop collaboration among peer researchers from several
countries facing similar problems in similar ecologies.

2. To stimulate the utilization of relevant farming systems
research and extension methodologies.

3. To assist with organizational and management issues that will
increase the chances of success for the network.


The FSSP quarterly newsletter will continue to support network
communication, and the documentation program will continue to support
practitioners through an annotated bibliography of leading farming systems
publications.


IThis should not be read to construe a disregard for Asia, the Near
East and Latn America. The FSSP remains responsive to AID Mission
requests from these regions and draws heavily on their farming systems
experiences in an ongoing synthesis of the state-of-the-art. The
experiences have much to offer to the evolution of the approach on the
African continent, as well as to field practitioners.




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II. Emphasis in West Africa

The vorkplan indicates proj ect emphasis in West Africa for delivery of
services. Farming systems technical assistance and training needs in West
Africa are apparent at all levels. In part they arise as a result of the
introduction of a systems approach to research and extension, and from the
integration of several disciplines and skills. At various levels, there is
a lack of personnel with proper training and/or education to research, plan
and manage farming systems projects. Project networking activities are
intended to facilitate technical assistance and training in addressing
these needs.

Plans are to post a member of the project core staff to West Africa as
a Network Coordinator to further strengthen peer linkages among research
and extension people dealing with similar farming systems constraints in
various countries. This will entail budget reallocations and ability to
locate the person within the region before January 1986.

III. Support Services:

This section cites (place and purpose) of the important networking,
training, technical assistance, and state-of-the-art activities planned for
1985. Details of (a) name; (b) location; (c) when; (d) rationale; (e)
participants; (f) objectives; and (g) output (expected results) are
provided in the attachment.

A. Purpose of Network Development

1. To develop collaboration among peer researchers from several
countries facing similar problems in similar ecologies.

2. To stimulate the utilization of relevant farming systems
research and extension methodologies.

3. To assist with organizational and management issues that will
increase the chances of success for the network.


The FSSP quarterly newsletter will continue to support network
communication, and the documentation program will continue to support
practitioners through an annotated bibliography of leading farming systems
publications.


IThis should not be read to construe a disregard for Asia, the Near
East and Latn America. The FSSP remains responsive to AID Mission
requests from these regions and draws heavily on their farming systems
experiences in an ongoing synthesis of the state-of-the-art. The
experiences have much to offer to the evolution of the approach on the
African continent, as well as to field practitioners.




2











II. Emphasis in West Africa

The vorkplan indicates proj ect emphasis in West Africa for delivery of
services. Farming systems technical assistance and training needs in West
Africa are apparent at all levels. In part they arise as a result of the
introduction of a systems approach to research and extension, and from the
integration of several disciplines and skills. At various levels, there is
a lack of personnel with proper training and/or education to research, plan
and manage farming systems projects. Project networking activities are
intended to facilitate technical assistance and training in addressing
these needs.

Plans are to post a member of the project core staff to West Africa as
a Network Coordinator to further strengthen peer linkages among research
and extension people dealing with similar farming systems constraints in
various countries. This will entail budget reallocations and ability to
locate the person within the region before January 1986.

III. Support Services:

This section cites (place and purpose) of the important networking,
training, technical assistance, and state-of-the-art activities planned for
1985. Details of (a) name; (b) location; (c) when; (d) rationale; (e)
participants; (f) objectives; and (g) output (expected results) are
provided in the attachment.

A. Purpose of Network Development

1. To develop collaboration among peer researchers from several
countries facing similar problems in similar ecologies.

2. To stimulate the utilization of relevant farming systems
research and extension methodologies.

3. To assist with organizational and management issues that will
increase the chances of success for the network.


The FSSP quarterly newsletter will continue to support network
communication, and the documentation program will continue to support
practitioners through an annotated bibliography of leading farming systems
publications.


IThis should not be read to construe a disregard for Asia, the Near
East and Latn America. The FSSP remains responsive to AID Mission
requests from these regions and draws heavily on their farming systems
experiences in an ongoing synthesis of the state-of-the-art. The
experiences have much to offer to the evolution of the approach on the
African continent, as well as to field practitioners.




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B. Training

Training is oriented to short courses, workshops and hands-on
experience for farming systems practitioners in developing countries.
Training is also encouraged for U.S. technical assistance personnel to
augment capability and capacity to address the training assistance needs
called for by AID Missions, bi-lateral contractors and national
governments.

C. Technical Assistance

Technical assistance will be provided through requests from AID
Missions and is expected to consist of requests for help in project design
and project evaluation. Because of the size of the FSSP support network,
the ability to handle this demand will be equal to the funding that
accompanies it. As soon as the Project Handbook revision is completed,
FSSP will inform AID Missions and contractors of services available and in
developing support activities in direct support of their needs. Team
preparation through briefings, workshops, exchange visits and participant
add ons (to ongoing work) is anticipated or requested by AID Missions in
Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia.

D. State-of-the-Art Synthesis and Materials Preparation

At the outset of the Farming Systems Support Project, it became
evident that the substantive base for support services was inadequate.
This led to an emphasis on firming up the substantive base, following three
lines of work.

1) The FSSP makes a concerted effort to synthesize and capture a
rich USAID proj ect experience, both in FSR/E and in general research and
extension. Currently, much of that knowledge and experience is not
captured in written, graphic or other form that would make it teachable.
The third draft of a project guidelines handbook, based on a thorough
review of earlier drafts, will be completed and tested this year. It aims
to synthesize technical assistance experience and to put it in a
systemmatic format, addressing the four stages in the life of a
project--development, design, implementation and evaluation. It is
addressed more to management and institutional issues than to methodology.
This activity feeds into, and is further strengthened by, briefing and
debriefing of technical assistance teams.

2) Case history research is another important activity leading
to better understanding of farming systems (commodity livestock human
interactions and production constraints). Case histories will look at
research and extension organization and the results of varied approaches to
on-farm research.

3) Other research, being done outside of FSSP, especially in
on-farm research methodology, will be captured in the training units. It
is anticipated that after the synthesizing exercise progresses, other needs
and opportunities for research will be identified.


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B. Training

Training is oriented to short courses, workshops and hands-on
experience for farming systems practitioners in developing countries.
Training is also encouraged for U.S. technical assistance personnel to
augment capability and capacity to address the training assistance needs
called for by AID Missions, bi-lateral contractors and national
governments.

C. Technical Assistance

Technical assistance will be provided through requests from AID
Missions and is expected to consist of requests for help in project design
and project evaluation. Because of the size of the FSSP support network,
the ability to handle this demand will be equal to the funding that
accompanies it. As soon as the Project Handbook revision is completed,
FSSP will inform AID Missions and contractors of services available and in
developing support activities in direct support of their needs. Team
preparation through briefings, workshops, exchange visits and participant
add ons (to ongoing work) is anticipated or requested by AID Missions in
Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia.

D. State-of-the-Art Synthesis and Materials Preparation

At the outset of the Farming Systems Support Project, it became
evident that the substantive base for support services was inadequate.
This led to an emphasis on firming up the substantive base, following three
lines of work.

1) The FSSP makes a concerted effort to synthesize and capture a
rich USAID proj ect experience, both in FSR/E and in general research and
extension. Currently, much of that knowledge and experience is not
captured in written, graphic or other form that would make it teachable.
The third draft of a project guidelines handbook, based on a thorough
review of earlier drafts, will be completed and tested this year. It aims
to synthesize technical assistance experience and to put it in a
systemmatic format, addressing the four stages in the life of a
project--development, design, implementation and evaluation. It is
addressed more to management and institutional issues than to methodology.
This activity feeds into, and is further strengthened by, briefing and
debriefing of technical assistance teams.

2) Case history research is another important activity leading
to better understanding of farming systems (commodity livestock human
interactions and production constraints). Case histories will look at
research and extension organization and the results of varied approaches to
on-farm research.

3) Other research, being done outside of FSSP, especially in
on-farm research methodology, will be captured in the training units. It
is anticipated that after the synthesizing exercise progresses, other needs
and opportunities for research will be identified.


3











B. Training

Training is oriented to short courses, workshops and hands-on
experience for farming systems practitioners in developing countries.
Training is also encouraged for U.S. technical assistance personnel to
augment capability and capacity to address the training assistance needs
called for by AID Missions, bi-lateral contractors and national
governments.

C. Technical Assistance

Technical assistance will be provided through requests from AID
Missions and is expected to consist of requests for help in project design
and project evaluation. Because of the size of the FSSP support network,
the ability to handle this demand will be equal to the funding that
accompanies it. As soon as the Project Handbook revision is completed,
FSSP will inform AID Missions and contractors of services available and in
developing support activities in direct support of their needs. Team
preparation through briefings, workshops, exchange visits and participant
add ons (to ongoing work) is anticipated or requested by AID Missions in
Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia.

D. State-of-the-Art Synthesis and Materials Preparation

At the outset of the Farming Systems Support Project, it became
evident that the substantive base for support services was inadequate.
This led to an emphasis on firming up the substantive base, following three
lines of work.

1) The FSSP makes a concerted effort to synthesize and capture a
rich USAID proj ect experience, both in FSR/E and in general research and
extension. Currently, much of that knowledge and experience is not
captured in written, graphic or other form that would make it teachable.
The third draft of a project guidelines handbook, based on a thorough
review of earlier drafts, will be completed and tested this year. It aims
to synthesize technical assistance experience and to put it in a
systemmatic format, addressing the four stages in the life of a
project--development, design, implementation and evaluation. It is
addressed more to management and institutional issues than to methodology.
This activity feeds into, and is further strengthened by, briefing and
debriefing of technical assistance teams.

2) Case history research is another important activity leading
to better understanding of farming systems (commodity livestock human
interactions and production constraints). Case histories will look at
research and extension organization and the results of varied approaches to
on-farm research.

3) Other research, being done outside of FSSP, especially in
on-farm research methodology, will be captured in the training units. It
is anticipated that after the synthesizing exercise progresses, other needs
and opportunities for research will be identified.


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IV. Summary

Several points of emphasis have given direction to the planned program
of work:

FSSP provides needed elements for long-term institution building at
low cost.

FSSP is not a "bricks and mortar" activity but is a low-cost approach
to badly needed training in research and extension.

FSSP is attempting to improve research and extension communications
among country programs.

FSSP is oriented to networking and network development to maximize the
opportunity for limited human resources in sharing expertise and experience
between countries.

FSSP is providing access to the best people wherever they are (Asia,
Latin America, Africa, U.S. and Europe) to address training needs.

In response to requests from AID Missions and through networking
initiatives of the project, the Workplan offers a strategy for implementa-
tion for 1985. Each of the interventions scheduled represents considerable
foresight and planning during the past year. They represent initiatives
that have been taken on the part of AID Missions, national programs,
International Agricultural Research Centers, field practitioners, FSSP core
staff and others who have identified a problem and have been working toward
the resolution of that problem.

The following activity summary includes major events planned and under
study for 1985:










A. AFRICA


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Togo Networkshop: Animal Traction in 3/4-8/85
West Africa

OBJECTIVE: Establish a regional sub-network on livestock and FSR/E.

SPONSOR: FSSP, USAID/Togo in collaboration with IDRC.

CLIENTELE: Practitioners (research and extension personnel) from
Togo, Burkina, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Sierra
Leone.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Determine livestock systems technical assistance and
training needs for 1985.

Schedule exchange visits to research sites for 1985.

Schedule meeting for one year hence around research
plans.

Identify representatives to attend ILCA June 1985
workshop on livestock and farming systems.


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Burkina Faso SAFGRAD/FSU Review of Research Results 4/2-5/85


OBJECTIVE: Review FSR/E results (FSR: sorgum, millet, maize, tied
ridges etc.) and consider applicability for
semi-arid West Africa.

SPONSOR: Purdue University/SAFGRAD and FSSP

CLIENTELE: Senegal, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Gambia (and others yet
to be determined).

EXPECTED RESULTS: Establish peer interaction around research problems and
results from FSU activities.

Determine potential and needs for continued annual
research reporting and review networkshop.

Provide workshop summary results to participants and
others in comparable ecological zones.

Publication of papers presented (English and French).



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LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Kenya "Regional Farming Systems Research August 19-22
Workshop" 1985

OBJECTIVE: Dialogue and advance understanding of the role of FSR in
agricultural production and rural development of
participating countries.

SPONSOR: CIMMYT, Egerton College, FSSP.

CLIENTELE: Country participants from East and Southern Africa
(CIMMYT sponsorship) and West and Central Africa (10
sponsored by FSSP).

EXPECTED RESULTS: Identify pertinent common research and training needs.
Discuss common production constraints for purpose of
research planning.

Discuss training constraints to discipline and farming
systems research.

Feasibility of pursuing network activities around
selected constraints.


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Cameroon USAID Technical Assistance Seminar 4/22-26/85
On Agricultural Research in Cameroon

OBJECTIVE: Provide one-day emphasis on FSR/E approach to
identification of research priorities.

Focus on research extension linkages for improved
results for FSR/E.

Discuss and evaluate francophone anglophone FSR
approaches/experiences in West Africa.

SPONSOR: USAID/Cameroon supported by FSSP.

CLIENTELE: Cameroon research staff identified by the Ministry of
Science and Education.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Strengthen research planning in context of Cameroon
movement to integrating research extension and
education.

Identify potential Cameroon research linkages to West
Africa.

Identify potential role for Cameroon in FSSP network
development.

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LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Gambia Training in Design of On-Farm Trials 5/20-24/85

OBJECTIVE: Assist USAID and bilateral contractor in (Univ. of
Wisconsin/CRED) strengthening on-farm research
capability. (Specific workshop, agenda and objective
to emerge from 4/17-4/19 planning visit.)

SPONSOR: USAID/Gambia and FSSP.

CLIENTELE: Gambian research, extension and planning personnel.

EXPECTED RESULTS: An increased planning capability and skills to conduct
on-farm research.

First field use of new FSSP training unit on design and
analysis of on-farm trials.


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Senegal Training in design of On-Farm Trials 5/6-11/85

OBJECTIVE: Increase practitioner competency in on-farm research.
Provide participants an opportunity to share experience
in design and implementation of on farm research.

SPONSOR: USAID/Michigan State University/ISRA, Senegal (FSSP to
identify one FSR agronomist).

CLIENTELE: Research personnel on the three farming systems research
teams in Senegal.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Intensified sharing of methodological and cropping
systems research results within country that would
contribute to increased commodity research
effectiveness.

Stronger team interaction in design of trials on crop
production constraints within the context of the total
farm unit.














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LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Cameroon On-Farm research workshop 5/13-24/85

OBJECTIVE: Support IITA in on-farm research training for Technical
Liaison Unit teams working with the IITA bilateral
contract and NCRE (Specific objectives to be set by
IITA).

SPONSOR: IITA with support from FSSP.

CLIENTELE: Research personnel with the Cameroon Technical Liaison
Unit teams.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Improved technical assistance and team interaction in
problem solving for cropping systems research.
Improved adaptive linkages between stations/center and
on-farm research.


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Liberia Overview Farming Systems Research
Workshop

OBJECTIVE: Provide overview of FSR principles and methodology with
brief in-service experience.

SPONSOR: USAID/Liberia, (Oregon State University tentative),
FSSP providing two trainers.

CLIENTELE: Counterparts from Liberian research program and Oregon
State University/USAID bilateral contract team.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Team building with clientele group to accelerate and
focus activity under the technical assistance project.

Some constraint identification within target area
(farming systems) to accelerate joint (national and
technical assistance team) on-farm production research.















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B. LATIN AMERICA

LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Costa Rica FSR Case Study Seminar: Farming Systems 4/22-26/85
(Turrialba) Research and its contribution to Rural
Development in Latin America.

OBJECTIVE: Analyze advantages and disadvantages of FSR from both
operations and management standpoints in a diversity of
proj ect circumstances.

Strengthen the collaboration in proj ect execution
between CATIE and other national and international
institutions.

SPONSOR: CATIE, FSSP, ROCAP

CLIENTELE: Directors of National Research and Extension from
Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,
Nicaragua, Dominican Republic; and representation of
several international research centers and donor
institutions.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Provide case study experiences that will improve FSR
methodology and management within national
institutions.

Illustrate alternative methodologies and institutional
structures associated with the FSR approach.

Published proceedings.

LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Jamaica Workshop: Institution of Farming 6/18-27/85
Systems Research

OBJECTIVE: Orient personnel of the Jamaican Farming Systems
Research Project (JFSRP) to the FSRD approach and to
develop in them a basic understanding of its concepts
and procedures.

SPONSOR: IDRC, IICA, FSSP, USAID/Jamaica, Ministry of Agric.

CLIENTELE: Personnel working directly with the JFSRP; personnel
from institutitons linked to the JRSRP, and associated
counterparts.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Development of a research strategy for the JFSRP.

Field use of FSSP training units.



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LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Honduras FSR/E Short Course 2/4-15/85

OBJECTIVE: Introduce the FSR/E approach to personnel of the Rural
Technology Project (RTP).

SPONSOR: FSSP/USAID/Honduras

CLIENTELE: Project personnel (practitioners) from the six regions
where the RTP is active.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Using the FSR approach, participants (RTP field
personnel) will be able to develop work plans from
their region.

Identify modes for cooperative efforts and collaborative
financing for delivery of FSSP support.


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Honduras FSR workshop for institutional 4/3-5/85
decision-makers.

OBJECTIVE: Promote the FSR/E concept to institutions related to the
Rural Technology Project (RTP).

Presentation and discussion of the work plans from the
six RTP regions.

The FSR methodology evaluation team (in the country at
the same time, finishing its work) presents its
recommendations.

SPONSOR: FSSP/USAID, Honduras

CLIENTELE: RTP regional directors and decision-makers from
institutions related to the RTP.

EXPECTED RESULTS: RTP director and personnel will be well versed in the
preparation of action plans using FSR.














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LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Dominican FSR/E Seminar for decision-makers Summer or Fall
Republic 1985 (3 days)

OBJECTIVE: To orient key decision-makers, from regional directors
up, to the FSR/E approach.

SPONSOR: USAID/Dominican Republic/FSSP/Secretariat of Agriculture

CLIENTELE: Regional heads of research and extension; under
secretaries for natural resources, production and
marketing, and research, extension and training; and
other key administration.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Working paper on how best to introduce FSR/E to the
Dominican setting, beginning with either the Ocoa or
the Las Cuevas watershed.


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Honduras Evaluation of Methodology of Rural 3/18-4/5/85
Technology Project (RTP)

OBJECrIVE: Evaluate current methodology in order to make
recommendations for implementing FSR.

SPONSOR: FSSP, USAID Honduras

CLIENTELE: RTP institutional decision-makers.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Recommendations to the RTP for implementing FSP
approach.





















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C. ASIA


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Philippines FSR/E Training Needs Assessment 1/6-19/85

OBJECTIVE: Assess training needs for the FSDP-EV project, for the
Philippines, and for Southeast Asia in general.
Provide recommendations as to type of training required
in FSR/E. Assess locations to host training and
agencies to carry out training.

SPONSOR: FSSP, USAID/Philippines, Cornell University

CLIENTELE: Field-level FSR/E practitioners in Southeast Asia, FSDP-
EV practitioners.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Training plans can be solidified for the FSDP-EV.
Interactions with other organizations involved in
training (UPLB/FSRI, PCAARD, IRRI, VISCA, etc.) can be
solidified and linkages proposed. Suggestions for ways
to undertake Southeast Asian training in upland,
secondary crops in FSR/E can be put forward. A draft
trip report is on file with FSSP.


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

AVRDC Exploratory visit to discuss household 1/20-22/85
gardens, FSR/E and the FSSP

OBJECTIVE: Assess areas of need in FSR/E training with AVRDC
management.

SPONSOR: FSSP

CLIENTELE: AVRDC, and AVRDC-sponsored projects in Indonesia (Bogor:
IPB) and Thailand (Kasetsart University).

EXPECTED RESULTS: Offer training expertise if AVRDC willing to pay for it.














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LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Philippines FSSP attend 2nd Annual SUAN meetings. 3/18-22/85

OBJECTIVE: Present a "supplementary" paper on joining the
diagnostic and design phases of FSR/E together.
Interact with SUAN representatives about common
difficulties in implementing agroecosystems research
projects. Propose a joint SUAN-West African university
workshop for 1986.

SPONSOR: SUAN/PESAM (UPLB)

CLIENTELE: SUAN members (6 Southeast Asian Universities interested
in conducting agroecosystems research).

EXPECTED RESULTS: A workshop (in August tentatively) at East-West Center,
Hawaii, to discuss joint FSR/E agroecosystems research
issues.

A workshop in 1986 held in West Africa to involve SUAN
representatives to discuss common problems in
institutionalizing farm-level research and curricula at
the university level.



LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Thailand Follow-up USAID Visit 3/26-28/85

OBJECTIVE: Interact with USAID, NERAD and KKU on FSR/E training
needs.

Visit with CIMMYT outreach staff on FSR/E approach and
their interactions with IRRI and ICRISAT.

SPONSOR: FSSP

CLIENTELE: CIMMYT outreach staff, USAID/Thailand, KKU Cropping
Systems staff and NERAD staff.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Consensus on types of training, or materials, needed in
Northeast Thailand.

Reinforcement of intra-Asia IARC "network" on FSR/E.








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LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Philippines Attend Asian ADO/RDO meeting 4/22-25/85

OBJECTIVE: Explain what FSSP is and what it can and cannot do in
Asia.

SPONSOR: AID/W Asia Bureau

CLIENTELE: ADOs and RDOs, Asian USAID Missions

EXPECTED RESULTS: Better understanding of FSSP and what the program
offers.

Better understanding of budgetary restraints on FSSP,
especially in the Asian region.

Better feeling for "pending Asian Activities" for rest
of 1985 and for 1986.


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Nepal Exploratory USAID/Nepal visit 4/29-5/2/85
Exploratory visit to IADS FSR/E (tentative)
proj ects

OBJECTIVE: Visit USAID/Nepal to discuss a possible workshop.

Interact with IADS staff on economic problems
encountered in their Nepal Cropping pattern projects.

SPONSOR: FSSP/USAID-Nepal

CLIENTELE: USAID/Nepal staff; Hinkle and Sayre, IADS

EXPECTED RESULTS: Firm up tentative plans for a FSR/E workshop in Nepal.

Suggest economic input for IADS into cropping pattern
trials.














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LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Indonesia, Crop livestock monitoring tour August/1985
Sri Lanka, ARFSN (tentative)
Nepal (Someone from FSSP sponsored Togo
Animal Traction Workshop)

OBJECTIVE: Visit and comment on ARFSN crop livestock trials in the
three referenced countries.

SPONSOR: IRRI/ARFSN

CLIENTELE: Practitioners, managers and administrators of the
referenced crop-livestock proj ects.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Build a linkage between ARFSN crop-livestock research
and the West African livestock research.



LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Bangladesh 16th Annual Meeting, ARFSN November/1985
(tentative)

OBJECTIVE: Establish linkages between the FSSP and the ARFSN, and
begin to stress importance of Asian contribution to
African FSR/E.

SPONSOR: IRRI/ARFSN

CLIENTELE: Host country ARFSN members and key IRRI decision-makers.

EXPECTED RESULTS: A better understanding on the part of the FSSP as to the
functioning of the ARFSN.

Direct feedback to FSSP on Asian needs in FSR/E for
technical assistance, training or both.

Develop sub-group of Asians interested in participating
in African FSR/E workshops or TA activities.














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LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Bangladesh Farming Systems Monitoring Tour November/1985
Philippines focus on economics (tentatively
Nepal to procede 16th
(tentatively) Annual ARFSN
meetings).

OBJECTIVE: Visit referenced projects and view economic accomplish-
ments/problems.

SPONSOR: IRRI/ARFSN


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Pakistan FSSP training TDY for new contract (tentatively
team (Dan Galt requested) Fall, 1985).

OBJECTIVE: Participate in new USAID/P team orientation/briefing/
training in FSR/E.

SPONSOR: USAID/P

CLIENTELE: Project team and Pakistan counterparts.


LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Indonesia or FSR/E training needs assessment no dates yet
Thailand
(tentative)

OBJECTIVE: Respond to USAID/I or USAID/T request for training needs
assessment and/or training materials and/or persons for
field-level practitioners.

SPONSOR: USAID/I or USAID/T and FSSP.

CLIENTELE: Host country FSR/E practitioners.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Similar to Activity #1 ASIA (Philippines page 12).













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D. GENERAL SUPPORT

LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Gainesville, FL Training Unit Development Workshop 2/17-23/85

OBJECTIVE: Develop training units to serve as components for short
course and workshop activities to strengthen research
and extension in:

1. diagnosis, 2. agronomic experimental design and
analysis, 3. socio-economic analysis, 4. management
and administration.

SPONSOR: FSSP

RESOURCE PEOPLE: Individuals from: Colorado State University, Michigan
State Univ., Univ. of Florida, Kansas State Univ., VPI,
Washington State Univ., Univ. of Maryland, USAID-S&T,
OICD-USDA, CIMMYT, IRRI, CARDI, Development
Alternatives Inc., AGRIDEC, Synergy International.

EXPECTED RESULTS: Four units each containing numerous items such as goals,
definitions, references, trainee activities, trainer
guidelines all addressing a format and outline to which
experience and materials can be added and withdrawn in
a flexible manner as concepts evolve from field
experience. .Courses formed from the units can address
a wide range of issues not exclusive to FSR/E.

Two workshops are planned for technical assistance
personnel, one in on-farm research methodology and the
other in extension and research management as tests of
the training units.

Field use of the OFR methodology unit will be initiated
in Gambia and follow in other training efforts.

Field use of the management unit is not yet scheduled,
but a potential workshop in Zambia may be its first
use.















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LOCATION ACTIVITY DATE

Gainesville, FL Project Guideline Development Workshop 1/29-2/1/85

OBJECTIVE: Develop base for guidelines for technical assistance
team use in design, implementation and evaluation of
USAID agricultural research and extension projects
inclusive of the farming systems approach.

SPONSOR: FSSP

RESOURCE PEOPLE: Individuals from: CIMMYT, Winrock Int'l., IADS, Univ. of
Arkansas, Colorado State Univ., Michigan State Univ.,
Univ. of Illinois, Univ. of Florida.

EXPECTED RESULTS: A handbook to be used by teams and revised according to
new experience gained. A mode for capturing AID
experience, while designing implementing and evaluating
proj ects.





































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