Telephone: (904) 392-1965
Cable: CENTROP FSSP
S INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida
3028 McCarty Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611
On Networking # 33 September 9, 1987
A Final Evaluation of the FSSP is underway through the Office of Agriculture,
Bureau of Science and Technology, USAID. The evaluation team of Albert S.
Brown and James Chapman (CHEMCNICS) is reviewing project accomplishments and
documentation, has visited with the core staff of the FSSP and others at the
University of Florida, and is taking a number of initiatives in contacting
many of you who have worked with the project in one capacity or another. The
team is also soliciting AID missions and projects for an assessment of the
relevance and necessity of support to projects in the field, such as that
which has been provided by FSSP.
Along with the evaluation, the same team of Brown and Chapman is charged with
developing a Concept Paper that will provide guidelines for future AID
involvement in farming systems research and extension. The process includes
both analysis and conceptualization of current and future needs in AID, and
various constructs that might. provide support to those needs. Concepts and
recommendations will be subject to review by both S&T personnel and an outside
panel of experts. -
The FSSP final evaluation and project activities themselves can influence the
concept. paper. The FSSP network of institutions and program associates has
been in the mainstream of the evolution of farming systems research and
extension over the past five years. Both the project's evaluation and the
concept paper will help determine future AID support to farming systems in
international agricultural development.
As a timeframe, the team will be working through mid-November on the various
phases of their charge. A progress report will be presented at the FSSP
Annual Meeting on the morning of October 22, 1987, in Fayetteville Arkansas.
In the last issue of On-Networking (#32) a Network Forum was announced,
scheduled at the completion of the FSSP Annual Meet-ig. Those of you wishing
to help shape the future of the network are encouraged to participate. FSSP
affiliation or program associate status is not a prerequisite for
participation in the Network Forum. This is an open forum.
A Case Study Workshop also will be held following the FSSP Annual Meeting,
conducted by collaborators from the FSSP and the Population Council. This
workshop will be held Thursday afternoon and Friday morning (October 22 and
23). In planning your participation, or representation from your respective
institution, please note that this workshop conflicts with the Network Forum
(both are scheduled for Thursday afternoon). Workshop organizers felt that
there would be little, if any, conflict of interest, in that people wishing to
participate in the Network Forum would not likely be those with an interest in
a case study workshop.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
About the workshop Since 1985, FSSP and the Population Council have
collaborated on developing a set of seven teaching cases designed to enhance
participants' understanding of why explicit attention to intra- or
inter-household and gender issues by the case method is highly participatory.
The cases put data before participants from actual farming systems projects
and provide an analytical framework for organizing information for
intra-household analysis. Using this material, discussion in small and large
groups provides an opportunity for participants to analyze and make
recommendations concerning the next steps of the project.
Recently, the Zambian case was taught very successfully as an introduction to
a CIMMYT Networkshop held in Lusaka, Zambia. Vigorous discussion of a common
set of material and analytic framework set the pattern and carried over into
four more days consideration of specific topics on the application of IHH
analysis and material from participants' own projects. A discussion of this
and other models for using the cases will close the workshop.
A fee of $15 will be charged to cover one lunch and the space and materials
costs of the workshop. The workshop will end no later than 2:00 pm on Friday
so that participants can catch connecting flights home.
For further information please contact:
Hilary Sims Feldstein or Susan Poats, FSSP
RFD 1, Box 821 3028 McCarty Hall
Hancock, NH 03449 Gainesville, FL 32611
(603 525-3772 (904) 392-1965
FSSP has been busy in recent months with activities coordinated out of
Florida and the pace continues through the end of the year. A few of the
project activities, completed or planned, are highlighted here. We hope that
FSSP Support Entities are prepared to highlight some of the activities taking
place at their respective institutions, or to summarize their participation in
those below, at the FSSP Annual Meeting.
In April a National FSR/E Methods Training Course was held in Niger. The
course was conducted in French.
April also involved the FSSP in delivery of training sessions, using the
FSSP/Population Council case studies as part of a CIMMYT/Zambia
In May, the Women In Agricultural Development (WIAD) program at the
University of Florida sponsored a training for trainers activity involving
the Intra-household case studies developed by the Population council/FSSP.
Spanning May into June the University of Florida and the FSSP combined to
deliver an intensive training program for Hondurans from the Ministry of
Agriculture and I.C.A.F.E. Courses included FSR/E methods, Agricultural
Development Administration and topics in Integrated Pest Management.
In July a shortcourse on Design and Analysis of On-Farm Trials was
delivered to 20 participants from the Bean/Cowpea CRSP and INTSORMIL CRSP.
August brought 16 participants from Cameroon, currently studying for
advanced degrees throughout the U.S., to a University of Florida/FSSP
short course on Agricultural Development Administration.
Also in August, FSSP explored the possibilities of institutionalizing a
West African regional farming systems shortcoure program in Cameroon. The
outlook for this program is very promising.
Training Units occupied considerable investment of time and energy in
September, with final revisions on the Economic Analysis Training Unit,
and an expansion of the original Volumes I (Diagnosis) and II (Design and
Analysis) to three volumes: I, Diagnosis; II, Design of On-Farm
Experimentation; and III, Analysis of On-Farm Experimentation.
Plans have been progressing well for the next Integrated Livestock
Workshop in Africa (1988), with proposed support from GTZ and ILCA, and
through the cooperation of Reading University in England.
By the end of the month (September 27 through October 14) another short
course will be underway at the University of Florida. Offered in French
to participants from the Ivory Coast and Mali (approximately 16) the
subject matter is Farming Systems Research and Extension Methods.
October, of course, is the month for the annual symposium, followed by the
FSSP Annual Meeting. It is also the month for culmination of a number of
activities. The fourth and final volume of the Bibliography of Readings
in Farming Systems will be available for distribution at the symposium,
along with the third and final volumes of the French and Spanish versions
of the bibliography. Volumes I, II and III of the Training Units will be
introduced at a pre-symposium workshop (FSR/E Training: Some Practical
Considerations for Delivery). The proceedings from a previous Regional
FSR/E Methods Training Course held in Bamako, Mali will be published in
Following the symposium and Annual Meeting, there is a FSR/E methods short
course tentatively scheduled to be delivered in Spanish, at the University
of Florida, for approximately 16 participants from ICTA and DIGESA,
In November, the fourth and final volume of the Training Units, Management
and Adminnistration, will be ready for distribution and work begins on
selection and translation into Portugese of some 80 pages of materials
from the Training Units. The fourth and final issue of the FSSP
Newsletter, Volume Five, will go to press in Spanish, French and English.
November is also anticipated as the target date for completion of the
Concept Paper discussed earlier in this issue of On-Networking and a 'time
to concentrate on wrap-up of myriad of project activities. This activity
will continue to the end of the year.
On-Networking remains available as a means of communication with the FSSP
Network until the close of the project.