ERIC Number: ED053370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Integrated Approach to Agricultural Extension.
Smith, G. A.
The underlying theme of this paper is the relevance of the "package program" approach for the development of peasant agriculture in Southern Africa, particularly where there are livestock and population pressures with a declining soil fertility situation. In Rhodesia, full-time short literacy courses were held in June and July 1970, as a means of improving the technical efficiency of savings clubs and as a possible starting point for a broad program of adult education, starting with agricultural development (see ED 044 596). The agricultural "package program" was organized as part of the literacy follow-up program, the participants being those who were members of savings clubs, but not necessarily those who had attended the literacy course, and who could grow one or one-half acre of maize. The four major steps of the crop production were: (1) land preparation, (2) planting, (3) post-planting operations, and (4) grain storage. Though still in its early phases, the advantages of a "package" type program are that members of the project receive specific advice, and they have access to the loan financing necessary to purchase recommended agricultural inputs, which are available locally at a cost less than that of other suppliers. The long-term aim is for the savings clubs to develop into full credit unions that can finance agricultural development by loans to members. (DB)
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Identifiers: Africa (South); Rhodesia
Note: Paper presented at the SARCCUS Agricultural Extension Workshop (Swaziland, July 5-6, 1971)