Front Cover
 Title Page
 Regional priorities
 Access to the FSSP
 FSSP response mechanism
 Back Cover

Group Title: FSSP information series - Farming Systems Support Project - IS 100
Title: Farming Systems Support Project
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00066207/00001
 Material Information
Title: Farming Systems Support Project
Physical Description: 8 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: The Project
Place of Publication: Gainesville Fla
Publication Date: 1983
Subject: Agriculture -- Research   ( lcsh )
Agricultural systems   ( lcsh )
Farm management   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
General Note: "The Farming Systems Support Project (FSSP) is funded by USAID Contrct No. DAN-4099-A-00-2083-00 and administered by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611."
General Note: "FSSP information series IS 100, October 1983."
Funding: Electronic resources created as part of a prototype UF Institutional Repository and Faculty Papers project by the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00066207
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida
Resource Identifier: oclc - 70960804

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Title Page
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Regional priorities
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Access to the FSSP
        Page 6
        Page 7
    FSSP response mechanism
        Page 8
    Back Cover
        Back Cover
Full Text

Farming Systems Support Project

-- II


The Farming Systems Support Project (FSSP)
is funded by USAID Contract No. DAN-4099-
A-00-2083-00 and administered by the Insti-
tute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (I FAS),
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
32611. I FAS is an Equal Employment Oppor-
tunity Affirmative Action Employer.

IS 100

This public document was promulgated
at a cost of $274.74, or 13.7 cents per
copy, to inform the public of the farming
systems support project.

Farming Systems Support Project

The Farming Systems Support Project
(FSSP) is a cooperative agreement between
the Science and Technology (S&T) Bureau of
the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) and the University of
Florida. The project is intended as field sup-
port for USAID Missions to strengthen and
expand Farming Systems Research and Devel-
opment (FSR&D) as a complement to nation-
al research and extension programs. Its pri-
mary purpose is to provide technical assist-
ance, training and networking support to
practitioners and administrators of farming
systems research and extension programs. In
more general terms, the project serves as a
catalyst for coordination, communication and
effective use of the farming systems approach
by institutions whose objectives are the reso-
lution of farm-level production problems.
FSSP efforts are ultimately directed toward
the welfare of family farmers through sup-
porting institutions and infrastructure, policy
and management systems.
In developing countries, the FSSP focuses
on individuals and institutions responsible for
research, and extension for limited-resource
farmers and their families Strengthening
FSR&D capabilities in developing countries
involves both technical assistance to resolve

specific on-farm problems, and institution
building to create the basis for self-sustaining
and coordinated national FSR/E programs.
The project also directs its resources toward
linking individuals and institutions through
networks to strengthen the transfer of infor-
mation and experience between research and
extension practitioners and their respective
national institutions. In this way, channels of
communication are established for farming
systems experiences in country-specific

Regional Priorities

Because of the intensity of agricultural
development needs in Africa, the FSSP man-
date includes early and concerted emphasis in
this region of the world. Initial project activi-
ties, therefore, are concentrated in Africa,
with specific initiatives in West Africa. A link
has been established between the FSSP and
the International Institute for Tropical Agri-
culture (IITA), in Nigeria, for farming systems
work in West Africa. The FSSP is also support-
ive of the West African Farming Systems
Research Network (WAFSRN) and encour-
ages interaction of member countries within
that organization.
Cooperation, collaboration and linkages are
anticipated with African regional and interna-
tional institutions, as well as international
donor organizations in France, Germany and
Canada, among others. Activities in eastern
and southern Africa are closely linked to AID-
funded farming systems programs operated in
these areas by CIMMYT (The International

FSR activities in Upper Volta are highlighted during an FSSP
workshop/training program there. Above: Ron Cantrell, Pur-
due University, discusses SAFGRAD/FSU on-farm trials with
Voltaic participant. Below: participating farmer explains the
trials being conducted on his farm, Right: workshop dis-
cussion centers on the adaptability of animal traction tech-
nology to different soil types.

Maize and Wheat Improvement Center). The
FSSP is also concerned with developing sup-
portive links to private voluntary organiza-
tions (PVO's), which often provide the most
direct contact with the farm families of least
The FSSP also responds to support requests
from Asia and Latin America. Linkage of

experiences in each of the three major re-
quests will benefit and strengthen the evolu-
tion of farming systems methodologies.
The FSSP provides the capacity for coordi-
nation and leadership in the organization,
management and orientation of farming sys-
tems projects, along with related policy, insti-
tutional and other infrastructural concerns.

Initiation/Response Process






Access to the FSSP

With its ample support base for agricultural
development, the FSSP is prepared to provide
for leadership capability, coordination and
technical assistance in broad program areas of
both production and socioeconomic sciences.
This translates into a technical assistance
capability in crop and livestock systems, family
farming systems, farming systems interrela-
tionships and methodologies.

Information about the role and scope of
the FSSP has been provided to USAID Mis-
sions in regions of the world where farming
systems project activities are directed. The
request mechanism for FSSP response is
through USAID Missions to the Regional
Bureaus and the Bureau of Science and Tech-
nology (S&T) in USAID-Washington. The
FSSP Project Manager in S&T coordinates
requests for FSSP assistance and channels
these to the FSSP Director. Mission requests
are then aligned with the FSSP capability to
supply assistance.
The FSSP draws upon the expertise of sup-
port entities such as U.S. land grant institu-
tions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
and private firms as well as regional and inter-
national agricultural research centers for pro-
gram associate teams to provide support to
national agricultural research and extension
programs. FSSP support activities include the
following objectives:

*To build an awareness of the FSR&D
philosophy and approach to improving the
productivity and welfare of resource-poor
farm families
*To support FSR&D projects with short-
term technical assistance and in-service
*To train trainers ih the practical applica-
tion of FSR&D methodology
*To support the exchange of information
relating to FSR&D activities
eTo advance the state-of-the-art of FSR&D
through short-term task groups that focus on
specific problems in FSR&D methodology.

FSSP Response Mechanism

The core staff of the FSSP studies requests
and determines the project response needs,
identifies program associates from FSSP sup-
port entities to form teams appropriate to
respond to the USAID Mission request, and
mobilizes support for an implementation
effort designed to meet USAID Mission needs.
The FSSP will assist USAID Missions in
defining their needs and in establishing a time
frame for Project assistance. For more infor-
mation about the FSSP, its current activities
and work plans, contact:

Wendell Morse
Project Manager
Room 406E
Washington, D.C. 20523

Phone: 703/235/8946

Chris O. Andrew
FSSP Director
International Programs
University of Florida
3028 McCarty Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611

Phone: 904/392-1965
Telex: 808579 FSSP

Farming Systems Support Project
International Programs
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida
3028 McCarty Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611

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