Cable: CENTROP FSSP
Farming Systems Support Project
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida
3028 McCarty Hall
April 27, 1984 Gainesville, Florida 32611
On Networking # 3
1. FSSP Workshop for FSR/E Trainers in Africa. The FSSP will sponsor a
workshop for trainers in farming systems research in West and? Central
Africa, to be hosted by Iowa State University (ISU), Ames, Iowa, June
11-22, 1984. We have,already -invited several individuals-who'ill be
training fQo the FSSP and we-elre now. :s-reening applications for the '
remaining workshop positions. The FSSP will cover all participant
travel and pay USAID per diems.
The objective of the workshop is to sharpen the training skills of
individuals who train in the area of farming systems research and
extension (FSR/E) in West and Central Africa. As you know, the FSR/E
approach differs from the more traditional approaches to agricultural
research and extension. How to communicate the concepts and processes
of the new approach, then, is an issue of great importance given the
current emphasis on FSR/E round the world.
The workshop will focus broadly on pedagogy in the context of FSR/E
and will include topics such as: (1) some differences between
Anglophone and Francophone Africa and their implications for training;
(2) communicating the need for interdisciplinarity and teamwork; (3)
the logistical planning and management of training; and (4) the
planning and conducting of field exercises as an important part of
We plan to have approximately 20 participants in the workshop, so
there should be ample opportunity for fruitful interaction. Some of
the participants will have had considerable training experience in
FSR/E, which the workshop will seek to capture and make available to
those with less experience. In this way we hope to widen the training
expertise base of the FSSP and thus better enable the project to -_.-
fulfill its training mandate. in Africa. We are interested in -___
individuals with a firm knowledge of the farming systems approach to
researchand extension and who have some African experience.
Experience with short-term training is desirable. And, of -course, we.
want individuals who would be more or less available to the FSSP to
help conduct short-term training exercises in West and Central Africa.
If you qualify and are interested, please make application through
your Program Leader. Through him or her, make available to us (if you
have not done so already as a Program Associate) your curriculum vita
and any other pertinent information, which you can put in a cover
letter. You might also have your Program Leader call Jim Jones, FSSP
Associate Director in charge of training at (904) 392-2309.
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2. Domestic Orientation to FSR/E Workshops (update). Southern Illinois
University has agreed to host the first FSR/E Orientation Workshop.
It will occur July 16-20 in Carbondale. All FSSP Support Entity
Program Leaders should notify their Program Associates of this
workshop. If you plan to attend this first workshop, or need
additional information specific to this workshop, contact Howard
Olson, at SIU: (618) 536-7727.
If you plan to attend the second FSR/E Orientation Workshop, hosted
by the University of Minnesota (UMN), or need additional information
specific to the Minnesota Workshop, contact Mimi Gaudreau at UMN:
Finally, if you have any general questions about the FSR/E
Orientation Workshops, or if you would like your name added to a list
of individuals interested in but unable to attend one of these two
workshops, contact either Jim Dean or Dan Galt at (904) 392-2309.
3. In response to the great amount of interest expressed regarding
Domestic Farming Systems Programs, a four-day conference to bring
together interested parties to identify, develop and discuss the
issues relating to conducting Farming Systems Programs in the United
States will be held at the University of Florida, September 13-16,
1984. A preliminary letter soliciting expressions of interest will be
sent to all Land Grant Institutions and other interested parties in
late April. For additional information, call Dwight Schmidt (904)
392-1854, or Jim Dean (904) 392-2309 -
4. Beginning with this issue, On Networking;will include brief'
announcements of employment opportunities in international agriculture
and/or FSR/E. As the FSSP is not a clearing house for employment, we
request that announcements be confined to these two areas and,1most
importantly, that each announcement include all of the following
information: (a) job title; (b) job location; (c) qualifications;.(d)
responsible institution; (e) name of the official contact; (f)
telephone number of the official contact, and (g) application deadline.
Send job announcements to Dan Galt, IFAS/International Programs,-
University of Florida, 3028 McCarty Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611.
For further information on any particular job, please call the
official contact listed. Please do not call the FSSP, or the Gambia
desk in the Africa Bureau, AID/Washington.
Title: Assoc. Dean and Director Title: Senior Agricultural Research
Location: Corvallis, Oregon (South Africa Region)
Qualifications: Location: Gaborone, Botswana
Institution: Oregon State Univ. Qualifications: U.S. Citizen,
Contact: Dr. William C. Krueger Ph.D, any agricultural field,
Phone: (503) 754-3341 proven researcher/administrator
Deadline: May 15, 1984 Institution: BIFAD
Contact: Jiryis S. Oweis
Phone: (202) 632-9048
Deadline: Starting date
between March and June,'1984