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ERIC Number: ED369925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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In Uzbekistan, Is It Farm Management or FARM "Management?"
Long, James S.; Luery, Andrea
A broad spectrum of stakeholders in Uzbekistan were interviewed to identify areas in which Winrock International's Farmer-to-Farmer program volunteers could be targeted to help Uzbeks complete the transition to privatized farms. The interviews revealed that Uzbeks have a much broader conception of the "farm" than do people in Western countries and a qualitatively different view toward the concept of management. Rather than desiring training to help individual farmers enhance on-the-farm productivity, the Uzbeks interviewed wanted training/assistance designed from a perspective of "farm" that includes the farm family and farm community and emphasizes farmers' management of new inputs and outputs. The Uzbeks interviewed clearly distinguished between "directive" and "management" orientations. In view of these findings, the following recommendations were made: (1) teams of farmers who are willing and able to venture into whole-farm management responsibilities should be selected as short-course participants; (2) training curricula should incorporate on-farm demonstrations and experiments as means of "instruction"; (3) Uzbek and U.S. faculty should be selected and trained to work in teams; and (4) a problem approach (case method) should be used to facilitate on-farm integration of the technical, financial, social, and legal constraints governing Uzbekistan's evolving agricultural system. (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Uzbekistan