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ql l* INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida
3028 McCarty Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611
August 8, 1985
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* The FSSP is pleased to announce that Virginia State University (VSU) in
Petersburg, VA, has agreed to became the permanent host for the
"Introduction to Farming Systems Research and Extension Workshop" and will
offer this workshop on a recurring basis.
* The next "Introduction to Farming Systems Research and Extension
Workshop" will be held October 23-25, 1985 at Virginia State University.
Details on this course, as well as specifics regarding costs, logistics,
etc., are available frame Dr. Michael Joshua at (804) 520-5621.
* Domestic Training Activities The first offering of the "Research and
Extension Management" workshop was held on May 20-24, 1985 in Gainesville.
Well-attended by participants from various support entities, the workshop
represented the product of the training unit development (TUD) activities
held in March of 1985. Input from the participants is being incorporated
into the training materials in order to further refine and expand the scope
of this workshop.
* FSSP's first domestic offering of the "Agronomic Experimental Design
and Analysis" workshop was in Gainesville on July 15-19, 1985. This
workshop included participants from support entities as well as several
international students. Enthusiastic participation and input made the
workshop a especially successful. The materials used, including TUD
materials, are being further expanded and refined to include participant
* International Training Activities On May 20-25, 1985 the "Agronomic
Experimerntal Design and Aiidlysis" workshop was held in The Gambia.
Attended by personnel frcm the Gambian Agricultural Research and
Development (GARD) Project, this workshop proved to be a worthwhile and
valuable experience for the trainers as well as the participants. This
workshop represented the first practical application of TUD activities. A
report on this workshop is in the final stages of editing and will be
available for distribution in November.
* An "Introduction to Farming Systems Research" workshop was held at the
farmer's training center in Twickenham Park, Jamaica on June 18-27, 1985.
The participants included persons from the Jamaican Farming Systems
Research Programme (JFSRP), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on
Agriculture (IICA), as well as persons from the Jamaican Ministry of
Agriculture. Participant input and evaluations are being incorporated into
the TUD "Diagnostic" Unit.
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Through a collaborative effort of the Farming Systems Support Project
and the International Livestock Center for Africa (ILCA) a workshop on
"Livestock in Mixed Farming Systems: Research Methodologies and Priorities"
was held in Addis Ababa June 24-27, 1985. After ten papers were presented
/ and discussed, the workshop divided into two groups, one to consider
research methodologies and priorities in on-farm research and the other to
consider research methodologies and priorities in station-based research.
The papers, discussion and group recommendations are included in
proceedings of the workshop, which should be available for distribution by
the fourth quarter of this year.
Workshop Reports Reports from the Gambia and FSSP/ILCA workshops have
been mentioned above. Other workshop reports are also in production and
f will be available later this year: "An Orientation to Production Systems
Research in Senegal" fram a workshop held in Ziguinchor, Senegal, October
8-13, 1984 and "Animal Traction in a Farming Systems Perspective" from the
March 3-8, 1985 workshop held in Kara, Togo.
FSSP Evaluation Special thanks to the Program Leaders and
Administrative Coordinators who were called upon to complete questionnaires
for the external evaluation of the FSSP, which took place in Gainesville
June 26-28, 1985. Evaluation Team members included Raymond Kitchell
(leader), Chuck Francis, Ed Price, Pat Fleuret and Don Winklemann. The core
staff is looking forward to receiving their report in September and will
present an overview of the evaluation at the FSSP Annual Meetings in
Farming Systems Research Project Inventory The FSSP Newsletter,
Volume Two, Number Four, Fourth Quarter 1984 contained a preliminary
listing of 96 farming systems research projects. Team members and home
institutions of other projects were invited at that time to submit a
profile of their projects) to add to the list. FSSP now holds information
on 250 projects and production is underway on a more comprehensive
directory, scheduled for initial distribution at the Farming System
Symposium at Kansas State University in October.
Bibliography of Readings in Farming Systems Volume Two of this
series is scheduled for release by the first of October and a participants
at the Farming Systems Symposium at Kansas State University can expect to
find an ample supply available there. Efforts are well underway on the
third volume in this series, thanks to the continued efforts of the
Technical Committee and the tireless efforts of Martha Tamacek at Kansas.
S A report is being prepared on requests for documents included in the
bibliography through the Document Information Handling Facility (DIHF). A
summary of this information will be published in the FSSP Newsletter,
outlining where the requests are coming from and the type of materials