Telephone: (904) 392-1965
Cable: CENTROP FSSP
Farming Systems Support Project
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Univenity of Florida
May 22, 1984 3028 McCarty Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611
On Networking # 5
* The 20th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society will be
held Oct. 21-26, 1984, on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, West
Indies. The society brings together scientists, officials,
producers, industry representatives, and others interested in
research and education concerning food production, processing and
distribution from at least 25 nations or island groups in the
Caribbean region and elsewhere. The program's theme is "Small
Farming Systems in the Caribbean," and will comprise technical
papers sessions (no more than two concurrently), with invited and
submitted papers; poster display sessions; symposium and/or panel
discussion sessions; a plenary session; informal conferences of
special interest groups; an organized field trip; a diverse assembly
of exhibits; and a participants' guest program. All papers
presented will be considered for publication in the Proceedings.
Abstracts are to follow specific guidelines. Papers are to follow
style prescribed in Tropical Agriculture. Authors are asked to make
a limited number of prepublication copies available at the meeting.
Deadlines: June 30, 1984 Receipts of Abstracts of papers and
posters. All titles and abstracts
will be considered until this date.
Send for guidelines.
September 21 Receipt of final manuscripts (three
copies) if to be printed in CFCS
October 21 Registration.
For further information, contact: Walter I. Knausenberger,
Chairman, CFCS, c/o V.I. Cooperative Ext. Service, College of the
Virgin Islands, P.O. Box 'L', Kingshill, St. Croix, U.S.V.I. 00850,
Phone: (809) 778-0246.
Susan Poats and Louise Fresco are putting together a volume of FSR
readings in French for use in FSR training courses in West Africa.
We would welcome any suggestions for additions. This volume will be
similar to the looseleaf binder of FSR readings currently use4din
FSSP training courses. ':^;:
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* UPDATE ON INDEPENDENT'S STATUS IN THE FSSP NETWORK. The deadline
for independents responding to our request for providing the FSSP
Core with updated biodata has passed. We continue to receive FSSP
BIODATA SUMMARY FORMS from interested independents at a rate of
several per week. Since many of these individuals have been
included in several recent biodata searches requested either by SEs
or AID, we will not stop updating our files until there appears to
be no further need. You can expect an updated listing of
* FSSP BIODATA SEARCH REQUESTS. Since late December 1983, the FSSP
has performed 22 biodata searches at the request of MOA SEs, non-MOA
*SEs, AID/W and various USAID Missions. Broken down by source of
request, we find that 11 (or 50 percent) of the requests have come
from within the MOA network, while 50 percent have come from outside
the network. Within the MOA networks, four biodata searches were
requested by universities while none of the non-universities have
requested searches. The remaining seven requests have come from
either AID/W of from USAID Missions through AID/W. Outside the FSSP
network, five requests have come from universities and six have come
from non-universities. In all 11 of these searches, only
independent biodata files were accessed. The FSSP biodata
collection is yours. We suggest you take more advantage of using
it. For further information, contact Dan Gait (904) 392-2309.
* UPDATE ON MSTAT. Russ Freed, MSU, is working on an MSTAT
newsletter. This newsletter, which will be issued in the near
future, will contain such items as: (1) how to make better use of
your computer; (2) how to add programs to the MSTAT menu; (3) tips
on how to get more out of MSTAT, and (4) dates of future domestic
MSTAT workshops. The first in-country follow-up workshops on MSTAT
will take place as planned in Malawi, May 28-June 9. Tom Stillwell
and Russ Freed will be the technical backstops for this workshop.
Tentatively, follow-up workshops will take place in Ecuador in
September or October, 1984, and in Senegal, in January or February,.
1985. Watch the FSSP Newsletter for an article on the
accomplishments and results of the first MSTAT domestic workshop in
* Requests for expressions of interest in attending a conference on
Domestic Farming Systems being held in Gainesville, Sept. 10-13,
have been sent to all interested parties, that we know of so far.
If you have not received this letter and are interested in
participating, call Dwight Schmidt at (904) 392-1811 or Jim Dean
at (904) 392-2309.
* Development of the FSSP Electronic Mail Network continues. Although
specifics differ according to the micro-computer and software used,
it is possible to send and receive text files and messages.
Software should emulate a digital VT-100 terminal for optimum
efficiency. For particulars, contact Jim Dean at (904) 392-2309.