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Title: Proposal for technical support to the USAID mission in the Dominican Republic.
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Title: Proposal for technical support to the USAID mission in the Dominican Republic.
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Language: English
Creator: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. University of Florida
Center for Tropical Agriculture. University of Florida
Publisher: IFAS, University of Florida
Publication Date: 1981
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Table of Contents
    Title Page
        Title Page
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents
    I. Introduction and II. Institutional experience in Latin America and the Caribbean
        Page 1
        Page 2
    III. Recent University of Florida sctivities in the Dominican Republic
        Page 3
        Page 4
    IV. Institutional expertise in specialties requested
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
    V. Personnel availability and qualifications
        Page 9
    VI. Use of strenghtening grant resources
        Page 10
        Page 11
    Technical support to mission Dominican Republic
        Page 12
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The publications in this collection do
not reflect current scientific knowledge
or recommendations. These texts
represent the historic publishing
record of the Institute for Food and
Agricultural Sciences and should be
used only to trace the historic work of
the Institute and its staff. Current IFAS
research may be found on the
Electronic Data Information Source

site maintained by the Florida
Cooperative Extension Service.

Copyright 2005, Board of Trustees, University
of Florida

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Submitted to

United States Agency for. International Development

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Center for Tropical Agriculture

University of Florida

March 31, 1981



I Introduction .......................................... ... 1

II Institutional Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean 1

III. Recent University of Florida Activities in the Dominican
Republic ................................................. 3

IV Institutional Expertise in Specialties Requested .......... 5

V Personnel Availability and Qualifications ................. 9

VI Use of Strengthening Grant Resources ..................... 10

VERSITY OF FLORIDA .................................


ANNEX C. PROPOSED FACULTY ....................................


I. Introduction

This Proposal for Technical Support to USAID Missions was prepared by

the Office of International Programs of the University of Florida. Previous

to making the decision to submit a proposal, contacts were made with the

different Departments and Centers that would participate in the implementa-

tion as well as with numerous faculty members whom we anticipate will be

directly involved in the technical work in the various disciplines listed

in the request. There was enthusiastic response both'at the administrative

and individual level to participate in this appropriate and new approach to

linking University capability to the Dominican Republic AID Mission.

We at the University of Florida think that a program of this type can

be mutually beneficial to the parties involved as it makes use of the vast

experience in tropical agriculture available at the University and, at the

same time, provides an opportunity to increase this expertise through faculty

participation; it is also consistent with the University's long-term goals

and policies regarding technical assistance.

II. Institutional Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean

The University of Florida through its Institute of Food and Agricultural

Sciences (IFAS) and other related disciplines has a vast wealth of experience

in international project work, both design and implementation; most of this

experience has been in Latin America and the Caribbean. Being a Land-Grant

Institution, the University combines significant programs in research, teaching

and extension both domestically and abroad. In addition, Florida's subtropical

climate provides the University's agricultural faculty with the opportunity

to be quite familiar with crop and livestock production problems common to

much of the tropical areas of the world. The State's proximity to the tropical

areas of Latin America facilitates effective work with agricultural development


problems in most countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean


IFAS scientists, individually and as a team, have for over two decades

been involved in a number of projects in tropical Latin America. These projects

have dealt with problems of crop and livestock production and marketing,

development of effective agricultural extension, improvement of agricultural

education and strengthening agricultural research institutions. Some of these

projects have been country oriented, other have been commodity oriented, while

still others have cut across country and commodity lines. The University

has implemented successfully long term agricultural development related

projects in Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana and

Jamaica. Through short term assignment, consulting and student thesis super-

vision different IFAS scientists are familiar with most countries in Latin

America and the Caribbean. Annex A provides a summary of the most recent

interna-:ional contracts, both USAID and non USAID, in which the University

through IFAS has been involved.

Of particular relevance is the experience that IFAS has developed in

problems of small hillside farmers through the University's long term involve-

ment in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Bolivia and Ecuador. During implementation

of these contracts IFAS scientists on long-term and short-term assignments

have had the opportunity to observe and work with small farmers in areas

ranging from technical production to marketing, resource scarcity, erosion

problems, etc. This accumulated experience can be readily put to use to assist

USAID missions. The base is continually expanding as both State and Title XII

funds are being invested in faculty development experiences in tropical areas

of the world and particularly in Latin Am rica and the Caribbean.

The IFAS reputation in tropical agriculture has attracted students from

most developing countries of the world; at present time about 250 foreign

students are enrolled in different departments in IFAS. Traditionally, the

majority of these students come from Latin America and the Caribbean.
The University and IFAS intentions to strengthen participation in inter-

national work in tropical agriculture are evidenced by the following quote

from a letter from Vice President for Agricultural Affairs K. R. Tefertiller


"The complementarity between Florida and agricultural research
and development of the tropics has always been present due to climatic
similarities. For most disease and pest control work, development of
new and improved cultivars and identification of improved farm manage-
ment practices,. Florida must look to similarities in the tropics for
joint work because such similarities do not prevail in other states
of the U. S. Present and future production, resource use and rural
development problems in the tropics and subtropics readily lend them-
selves to joint program efforts. These needs and opportunities,
accompanied by the long term commitment of IFAS to technical assistance,
are the basis for our present commitment to strengthening international
programs at the University of Florida."

III. Recent University of Florida Activities in the Dominican Republic

Since March 1979 the University of Florida incodllaboration with the State

Secretariat of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic (SEA) and with the Asso-

ciation of Caribbean Universities and Research Institutes (UNICA) has been

carrying out an "Integrated Professional Training Program" aimed at training

mid-career executives and professionals from the Dominican Republic in a wide

range of integrated agro-socioeconomic fields. The long range objectives of

this program is to equip this personnel with new methods of problems analysis

and program implementation that wil allow these individuals to deal more

effectively with rural poverty and resource management in their country.

The above program started with six scholars and, as a result of its

initial success, it has been continuously expanded to the point that at the

present time there are twenty-three Dominicans enrolled in graduate and pro-

fessional degree programs at the University. They are undergoing training in

different fields such as Food and Resource Economics, Public Administration,

Geography, Soils, Forestry, Regional and National Planning, Farming Systems

and Natural Resource Management. Participation by faculty in graduate advisory

committees for these students in the wide array of disciplines is further

expanding and strengthening the University faculty base for backstop to USAID.

The training program is presently being expanded further to become an

Integrated Training/Research Program in Natural Resource Management. It will

initially concentrate in the Las Cuevas watershed; students participating in

the training component will do their theses and dissertations on problems

related to the Las Cuevas watershed covering their areas of particular interest.

This type of applied training program will not only provide a substantial amount

of research material for the watershed, but will also create the environment

for an integrated team approach to solving natural resource problems in the

country as the students return to their agencies.

The research component in which both Dominican personnel and University

of Florida faculty will participate jointly will be very comprehensive and

will encompass activities in Resource Management (soil, water,land use and

tenure, forestry and forest products, and range management), Rural Welfare

and Socio-economics Conditions (population --owth, rural urban migration,

social change, communication, education, transportation and community

organization) and Economic Development (determinants of poverty, product

markets, factor markets, household survival strategies and rural service

centers). It is expected that this research will help provide planners and

decision-makers in the Dominican Republic with information as well as with

an understanding of the origin and scope of agro-socioeconomic factors that

impinge upon natural resource management id; Las Cuevas watershed. Hopefully

this understanding will help in policy determination not only for Las Cuevas

but for other regions of the country as well.

In addition to this long-term involvement, many scientists from the


University of Florida have been involved in short-term activities in the

Dominican Republic in areas such as dairy cattle production and management,

animal health, energy and food systems, review of USAID country missions priorities

and strategies, soil surveys, etc. We expect these activities to continue at

a more intensive level through our collaborative research and training program.

In fact, at the present time a proposal is being developed for possible

collaboration with the Instituto Superior de Agricultura for the design

of a program for training women extension workers.

IV. Institutional Expertise in Specialties Requested

The University of Florida is highly qualified to act as prime contractor

for a broad scope program such as this one. Technical support to the USAID

Mission will be forthcoming mainly through the Institute of Food and Agri-

cultural Sciences, which comprises the following 20 academic units:

Agriculture & Extension Education.
Animal Science
Dairy Science
Entomology and Nematology
Food and Resource Economics
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Fruit Crops
Mechanized Agriculture
Microbiology and Cell Science
Ornamental Horticulture
Plant Pathology
Plant Science
Poultry Science
Soil Science
Vegetable Crops
Veterinary Science

Additional support will come from the School of Forestry, the departments

of agricultural engineering, anthropology and sociology as well as the various

centers including the Center for Tropical Agriculture and the Center for Latin

America Studies. These academic units offer a scientific resource base of

nearly one thousand faculty members, over three hundred of which have experience

in international agricultural work.

*The University is developing a strong multidisciplinary program in Farming

Systems Research and Extension (FSR/E) based heavily on its experience in El

Salvador, Bolivia and Guatemala and building on a long history of multidis-

ciplinary projects and cooperation both on and off campus. Soil Science,

Agronomy, Anthropology, Food and Resource Economics, Animal Science, Food

Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural Engineering, and Vegetable Crops,

among other departments, are involved in the Farming Systems effort which is

aimed both at domestic and international situations. This integrated program

effort involves complete assessment of farm level decision making and thereby

incorporates the role of family and women in the total production process as

well as the varied appropriate disciplines. As part of the FSR/E Program, a

capability for offering courses in Spanish and in various countries, is being

developed. It is anticipated that this will become an important component in

the training program of the University oriented toward the generation and pro-

motion of technology for low resource farmers.

The University is establishing a Center for Tropical Animal Health which

works on important animal diseases around the globe. Its main focus has been

on practical approaches to the control of those diseases that constrain the

production of food producing animals in the tropical regions of the Caribbean,

Latin America and Africa. A secondary emphasis of the Center will be on the

control and prevention of the diseases transmissible from animals to man.

Experience and significant involvement by University veterinary scientists

and animal scientists, specifically relevant to the Dominican Republic and

the Caribbean, is the present problem with African Swine Fever.

The Center for Tropical Agriculture at the University was organized in

1965 and has been an important element in graduate and undergraduate train-

ing programs ever since. Students in the College of Agriculture can earn

a Certificate in Tropical Agriculture as part of their degree program and

those from other Colleges earn a Certificate of Tropical Studies. Technical

assistance contracts are also an integral part of the Center. They provide

a mechanism for carrying out problem solving activities jointly with agri-

*cultural institutions in the tropics. Annex B describes the Center activities

and programs and lists the courses available in different disciplines in the

University that might be of interest to students seeking training in tropical

agriculture and related fields.

The Centers as well as the different Departments lend active and con-

tinuous support to several activities related to agricultural and rural

development in Latin America in which University faculty participate, usually

in leadership roles; examples of such activities are research in nitrogen

fixation, livestock mineral nutrition, integrated pest management, and the

recently initiated program related to the role of women in rural development.

The existence of these Centers and special programs has helped to create

an awareness among our development oriented faculty of the fact that rural

development in the tropics requires an integrated approach in terms of the

disciplines involved. Most of these scientists have participated in multi-

disciplinary efforts and many of them have often crossed the boundaries of

their own disciplines in terms of their interest and applied work.

Institutional and faculty experience with backstop or technical support to

international contracts is particularly well developed at the University and

relevant to this request. The backstop committee system is an important

aspect of the country contract program. Each major technical assistance and

research effort is backstopped by campus faculty and department chairmen.

Multidisciplinary projects are backstopped by a committee of faculty with

one or more members for each discipline represented by an in-country tech-

nical advisor. Each backstop faculty person serves as a connecting link to

ongoing campus and professional programs while providing.a support base for

various technical needs within the contract. The contract team member and

the backstop person can join together in directing international graduate

student research projects for either foreign or U. S. students. Joint

publication of research results by the contract team member and the back-

stop person is encouraged to facilitate expanded communication, feedback

and evaluation of research results.

The University of Florida has all the expertise and administrative

structure necessary to provide technical assistance to the USAID Mission

in the Dominican Republic in the areas specified on the Scope of Work and

in many other related areas which might later be needed in addition to or

in support of those presently requested. Furthermore, the University has

the capability and the will to respond quickly to any requests for technical

assistance originating through this program. Within a short time, the

University can place in the field an individual or a team of specialists

required to fill a work order. This has been done on many previous ocassions

in the past, in Latin America as well as in places farther away like Malawi

and Cameroon.

All the administrative details of this program and its backstopping will

be handled by IFAS's office of International Programs; this office created in

1966, consists of a Director, an Associate Director, an Administrative Assistant,

a Training Coordinator and four secretaries. Over the pasc fifteen years,

International Programs has provided backstopping for many contracts (see

Annex A) and its personnel are experienced in expediting contract matters and

handling and channelling promptly all requests for technical assistance and

logistic support.

V. Personnel Availability and Qualifications

Fourty-four faculty members with both a desire to participate in the

program and expertise in the specific areas listed in the Scope of Work have

been identified. In the area of animal health six members of the faculty

of Veterinary Medicine are included; their experience covers Latin America,

the Caribbean and tropical Africa. Eleven agricultural economists have been

included in the proposal and they cover the areas of project preparation and

evaluation, production, marketing, trade, credit, farming systems, farm

management and resource economics. For assistance in Rural Sociology

we have included three sociologists with wide experience in Latin America

and the Caribbean as well as four anthropologists with similar expertise.

For assistance in aquaculture three specialists are included from the

School of Forestry and one biologist assigned to the Agricultural Engineering

Department; their expertise covers fisheries and aquatic plants. For assistance

in the area of natural resource management we have included seven soil scientists

as well as two soil and water engineers, two forestry specialists and one

natural resource economist. There are four agricultural engineers included

in the total to cover the agricultural engineering area. For assistance in

human nutrition two specialists from the Department of Food Science and Human

Nutrition, two nutrition extension specialists and one agricultural economist

with interest and experience in this area are included.

Annex C shows a list of the proposed faculty with the specific areas

of expertise in which they fit and a profile of their Spanish language

proficiency. Also included in Annex C are the biodata requested in the

RFP and USAID forms 1420-17. As some faculty members were out of the

country at the time that this proposal was being prepared, their biodata

information is missing. This will be corrected as soon as they return

to the Campus. As can be seen from the language proficiency profile one

half of the proposed technicians have sufficient language capacity to do an

effective job in the Dominican Republic.

It is possible that at some stage during the duration of this contract

technical assistance may be required by USAID/Dominican Republic in fields

related to those listed in the Scope of Work, but not specifically listed

there. Annex D shows a list of faculty in IFAS and related fields with Spanish

speaking capability, which would be available for assistance in their area of

expertise should this assistance be requested.

VI. Use of Strengthening Grant Resources

The University of Florida will commit Strengthening Grant resources to the

technical support to mission program in the Dominican Republic following the

same policy framework with which the Strengthening Grant has been developed.

Strengthening Grant funding is used to provide for program and faculty develop-

ment through involvement with international activities in various humid tropical

low income countries of the world. Funds are also used to provide language and

cultural training to those individuals who will become involved in Strengthening

Grant programs and other international activities particularly related to the

Title XII Mandate. It is not the University of Florida policy to use Strengthen-

ing Grant funds to directly support contract oriented activities whether they be

for research, teaching or technical assistance. Contractual arrangements are

usually made for longer term endeavors of this nature. However these funds will

be used to strengthen our capability and response in the Dominican Republic.

Thus, the Strengthening Grant policy will be applied in a similar fashion to

the technical support to mission program in the Dominican Republic as in other

countries except that emphasis will be given to further developing and maintaining

a strong faculty base for backstop support to the Dominican Republic.

The University of Florida has in the past committed Strengthening Grant

funds to activities in the Dominican Republic. Some of these activities

might parallel work that would be within the TSM responsibility of the

University of Florida. For example, one Strengthening Grant program has

involved a professor in the Geography Department working with soil and

geography related problems in the Dominican Republic through research by

a student as-istant. This program recently has received AID funding for

training purposes and the Strengthening Grant served as a basis for the

development of part of the activity. Thus, a technical support to mission

type involvement is evident. Another activity that is presently being con-

sidered is with the "role of women in development" area and the technical

advisory committee to the Strengthening Grant program which is responsible

for it. This group will be doing program planning work in,the Dominican

Republic this coming summer, oriented toward developing curriculum for train-

ing programs primarily of a short term nature, related to the areas of nutri-

tion and women and family in the agricultural production process. Again,

this particular planning activity has been stimulated by Strengthening Grant

funds and is another example of the type of activity that parallels the TSM


There are a number of mutual responsibilities, opportunities and interests

that could emerge between a TSM commitment and the Strengthening program. The

University of Florida stands prepared to consider various alternatives and

commit Strengthening Grant resources to these efforts keeping in mind the

above specified policy criteria. In this way, the mission of the local AID

program in the Dominican Republic as well as the overall program of the

University of Florida in tropical agricultural development work, particularly

with reference to the Caribbean, will be Strengthened.



Proposed Staff Discipline and Spanish Capability


Kenneth L. Campbell

Edward P. Lincoln
J. Mostella Myers
Gerald L. Zachariah
Paul L. Doughty
Maxine L. Margolis
Terry L. McCoy

Helen M. Safa
Marianne Schmink
Hernan Vera
Jose Alvarez
Chris 0. Andrew
Carlton G. Davis
J. Kamal Dow

Christina Gladwin

Peter Hildebrand

Clyde Kiker
William K. Mathis
John E. Reynolds
James Wershow
John P. Van Blokland
Katherine C. Ewel
Richard F. Fisher
Jerome V. Shireman
Harold L. Schramm
David L. Sutton
William G. Blue
David H. Hubbell
Hugh L. Popenoe
'William L. Pritchett
Jerry B. Sartain
Jimmy L. Street
Robert G. Volk
Robert P. Bates
James S. Dinning
Linda E. Moody
Patricia E. Wagner
Michael J. Burridge
German Berchoff
Wyland S. Cripe
Robert F. Kahrs
E. P. Gibbs
Paul Nicoletti


Spanish Proficiency

Agr. Engineering watershed hydrology,
water management
Biology Algae production
Agr. Engineering soil and water
Agr. Engineering processing-water use
Anthropology Rural sociology
Sociology rural-urban migration -
Social anthropology
Agr. Economics Farm management-extension
Agr. Economics Credit Marketing Trade
Agr. Economics Nutrition Development
Agr. Economics Development Project
preparation and evaluation
Agr. Economics Rural development small
farmer decision process
Agr. Economics Farming systems research
and extension
Agr. Economics Natural resources energy
Agr. Economics Marketing
Agr. Economics land use natural resources
Law Agr. economics land use land tenure
Agr. Economics Farm management credit
Forestry ecosystems
Forestry soils ecosystems
Tropical Soils
Soils nitrogen fixation
Tropical Soils
Forest Soils
Soils soil nutrients
Food Science & Human Nutrition
Human Nutrition
Extension Education human nutrition
Human Nutrition extension
Veterinary medicine
Veterinary medicine
Veterinary medicine
Veterinary medicine
Veterinary medicine
Veterinary medicine


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