Memorandum 2

Group Title: Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) papers
Title: Memorandum from Ronald Ward to Peter Hildebrand
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00085561/00001
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Title: Memorandum from Ronald Ward to Peter Hildebrand RE: social science programs in IFAS
Series Title: Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) papers
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: Women and Agricultural Development Program
Women and Agricultural Development Program
Publisher: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication Date: April 20, 1995
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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Food and Resource Economics Department McCarty Hall
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences PO Box 110240
Gainesville FL 32611-0240
Fax (904) 392-3646
Fax : 904 392 8634
Phone: 904 392 5830


TO: Ronald Ward, Chair
IFAS Social Science Col ttee

FROM: Peter Hildebrand

DATE: April 20, 1995

SUBJECT: Social science programs in IFAS
A number of IFAS programs concerned with sustainable development
involve the social sciences. Among these are 1) Farming Systems
Research-Extension (FSRE), 2) Women in Agricultural Development
(WIAD), and 3) Agroforestry. Furthermore, many IFAS faculty are
involved in the Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD)
program in the Center for Latin American Studies which also has a
strong social science component.

These multidisciplinary (or interdisciplinary if you prefer)
programs all integrate the biophysical sciences and the social
sciences in education, research and outreach. The increasing
concerns regarding the sustainability of agriculture with all its
ramifications necessarily requires a systems approach. This kind
of an approach, in turn, requires a multidisciplinary
perspective. These four programs, therefore, are all critical to
the future efforts of IFAS as it strives to serve an increasingly
complex set of clients both domestically and internationally.

The farming systems program has been on campus about 15 years.
Emphasis has been on small-scale, limited-resource family farms
in developing countries, but there has been a domestic facet as
well. In the early 1980s there was a USDA and state funded
farming systems project in several counties in north Florida.
One of the results of this effort is the emergence of perennial
peanut as an increasingly important forage and hay crop for
Florida. The USAID funded Farming Systems Support Project (FSSP)
was a massive effort in the mid 80s and was headquartered at the

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University of Florida. Approximately 70 graduate students have
obtained a minor in FSRE and some 20 are currently enrolled in
the minor. A new M.S. degree (with or without thesis) in
Agricultural Education and Communication offers a specialization
in farming systems. Five students have graduated with the degree
and another five are currently enrolled. The program sponsors
the FSRE Seminar Series with an average of two speakers per month
throughout the year, and sponsored the symposium of the North
American chapter of the Association for Farming Systems Research-
Extension (AFSRE) in October, 1994. Faculty from Agronomy,
Anthropology, Animal Science, Environmental Horticulture, Food
and Resource Economics, Forestry, Geography, and Soil and Water
Sciences actively participate. The program maintains a farming
systems research-extension library (in the office of Peter
Hildebrand) with more than 5,000 entries. The University of
Florida is considered a world center of excellence in farming
systems research-extension and attracts many outstanding students
from around the world for both degree and non-degree programs.

The WIAD program at UF was formalized in 1984. The program has
been funded by IFAS International Programs, the Graduate School,
and the College of Agriculture and has active faculty from IFAS
and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. From its
inception, WIAD has sponsored a bi-weekly seminar series
featuring speakers on issues related to women in agriculture and
natural resource management, both domestically and
internationally. The program has sponsored a number of
conferences including the bench mark conference on Gender Issues
in Farming Systems Research and Extension in February, 1986, at
which there were 300 registrants from 20 countries. This
conference resulted in a very popular book by the same title,
edited by Susan Poats (FSSP), Marianne Schmink and Anita Spring
The WIAD program manages the Women in Development (WID)
Certificate for graduate students and publishes a newsletter on a
monthly basis. Faculty and graduate students are active in
technical assistance and in demand internationally. Many courses
on campus now have a gender analysis component because of the
efforts of the WIAD program.

The Agroforestry Program, initiated in 1987, is administered
through the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Faculty
from several IFAS units (such as Agronomy, Animal Science, Food
and Resource Economics, SFRC, Soil & Water Sciences, and Wildlife
Ecology and Conservation) and other units across the campus
(e.g., Anthropology, Botany, and Geography) actively participate.
The Program offers facilities for earning a Specialization or
Minor in Agroforestry at the graduate level (PhD and Masters--
with or without thesis); more than a dozen students (including
two PhDs) have obtained such Specialization/Minor, and another 15
are currently enrolled. The program has sponsored six exchange
scholars on sabbatical and/or other exchange visits for durations
of 3 to 12 months; and has conducted a series of short training
courses in which nearly 70 professionals have been trained. A

major conference (held at UF in 1988) and three collaborative
international workshops and conferences have been organized under
the auspices of the Program. Currently, discussions are under
way to start a cooperative PhD program in agroforestry between
CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Training Center),
Turrialba, Costa Rica and UF. The Agroforestry Program is an
internationally recognized center for academic excellence in
Agroforestry, and it attracts many outstanding students,
scholars, and other visitors from around the world.

The Tropical Conservation and Development Program (TCD) was
established in 1987 in the Center for Latin American Studies.
The overall focus of the Program is on the combined challenges
of biodiversity conservation and concerns for the quality of life
for the rural poor in Latin America. TCD accomplishes its
objectives of research, training and institution building through
a wide variety of activities including graduate student
fellowships, small grants, curriculum development, post-doctoral
and visiting scholar support, faculty enhancement, and program
development at universities in Latin America. TCD links teaching
and research among 19 academic departments and units on the UF
campus. Additionally, an extensive network of linkages with
international institutions in 10 Latin American nations continues
to result in a wide variety of collaborations among students and
faculty at UF and overseas. US institutional links are also
prominent and include The Nature Conservancy, the New York
Botanical Garden, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and
Conservation International. The TCD Program developed and
coordinates the Tropical Conservation and Development graduate
curriculum concentration within the Master of Arts in Latin
American Studies (MALAS) degree. The TCD curriculum includes 37
regularly- offered graduate courses taught by faculty in 13
departments. Since its creation in 1987, approximately 50
students have earned or are in the process of completing their
MALAS degrees with a TCD concentration. This concentration is
required for MALAS candidates, but is also used to structure an
interdisciplinary course of study for M.Sc., M.A., and Ph.D.
candidates in other departments. The overall success of the TCD
program is reflected in the number, geographical spread, and
academic diversity of the students associated with the TCD
Program. Since 1980, over 200 graduate students have enrolled
as Ph.D., Masters, or non- degree students in TCD and its
counterpart programs. About 40% of this group are Latin American
nationals,10% are from Asia and Africa, and the remaining are US
citizens. This diverse group from over 20 nations are enrolled
in degree programs in 14 departments. To date, approximately 100
of these students have earned or are actively pursuing doctorates
and approximately 150 have earned or are actively pursuing
Masters degrees at UF. The TCD Program has provided direct
fellowship or assistantship support for 70 of these students.
Additionally, through Field Research Grants, the program has
enabled almost 60 students to conduct research during the
Summers. bwhprO.O

March 31, 1995
TO: All UF/IFAS Faculty
FROM: J. M. Davidson

A few months ago I asked several IFAS faculty to serve on a
committee to review the social science programs in IFAS. The
objectives for this committee included: (1) identify and document
IFAS resources and programs dedicated to social science issues;
(2) identify major social society issues relevant to the IFAS
long range mission; and (3) make an assessment of our current
programs and what may be needed as we move into the next decade.
Your input into this process is important. If you have
identified particular social issues of major concern to your
programs I encourage you to send your comments to the committee.
We have set up a special EMAIL address for this committee or you
can send your comments directly to the committee chair listed

Our primary purpose with this effort is to provide a
thorough review of existing programs and to assess needed
improvements and/or changes. There is no preset agenda other
than trying to assure that IFAS meets its responsibilities to
address the ever changing social issues tied to Florida's
agricultural and related sectors. The committee welcomes your
input as they deal with IFAS major social science programs. A
full report should be completed sometime this summer.

Send your comments to: Dr. Ronald W. Ward, Chair
IFAS Social Science Committee
1125 McCarty Hall
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611


Committee Members:

Tracy Hoover, Richard Rudd and JoAnn Pierce Ag. Ed. &
Communication Jeff Burkhardt, Roy Carriker and Ron Ward Food &
Resource Economics Bo Beaulieu, Joy Cantrell and John Rutledge -
4H & Other Youth Programs Linda Bobroff, Barbara Taylor and
Glenda Warren Home Economics

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