Cover Image
close this bookAppropriate Community Technology - A Training Manual (Peace Corps, 1982, 685 p.)
close this folderPhase V: Solar agricultural dryers
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentPhase V Calendar
View the documentSession 1. Introduction to agricultural dryers
View the documentSession 2. Tour of solar dryers
View the documentSession 3. Solar agricultural dryer design procedures and rules of thumb
View the documentSession 4. Two-hour dryer construction
View the documentSession 5. Review of existing solar dryer plans
View the documentSession 6. Smoke testing solar dryers
View the documentSession 7. Introducing new technologies: solar dryers
View the documentSession 8. Design of solar agricultural dryers
View the documentSession 9. Site selection and preparation
View the documentSession 10. Construction of solar agricultural dryers
View the documentSession 11. Issues and methods in development and diffusion of appropriate technology
View the documentSession 12. Natural cooling
View the documentSession 13. Approaches to health systems
View the documentSession 14. Nutritional gardening
View the documentSession 15. Practical drying tips
View the documentSession 16. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
View the documentSession 17. Dryer assessment and modification
View the documentSession 18. Introduction to cost benefit analysis (cba)
View the documentSession 19. Presentation of solar dryers
View the documentSession 20. Introduction to the final phase of the training program

Session 19. Presentation of solar dryers

Total time:

2 hours


* To give a presentation explaining the design, construction and application of a solar dryer

* To use effective facilitation skills and non-formal education techniques

* To evaluate the solar agricultural dryer phase


Pett, Audiovisual Communications Handbook presentations


As determined by the construction groups

Trainer Notes

Two hours of preparation time was allotted for these presentations in Phase V: Session 10.


Step 1. (5 minutes)
Review the session objectives and procedures.

Step 2. (10 minutes)
Explain the basic format for each presentation and give participants a few minutes to decide among themselves how they will give the presentations.

Trainer Notes

Prior to the beginning of the presentations, establish an order in which the presentations will occur, set time limits, name a timekeeper and allot time at the end of each presentation for questions and feedback.

Explain that the basic format for each presentation should be:

* To set up any necessary materials, devices, visual aids, etc.

* To explain to the audience the role that they should be assuming, e.g., villagers, university professors, host country agency representatives, Peace Corps trainees, etc.

* To give the presentation

* To ask for questions or further clarification

* To ask for feedback regarding NFE techniques and facilitation skills

Step 3.(1 hour)
Have each group give their presentation.

Trainer Notes

The feedback activity at the end of each presentation is important because it will help participants improve skills in facilitating presentations. Provide focus for this portion of each presentation by asking the following questions:

* What did you think was the most effective part of the presentation? The least?
* What NFE techniques were used?
* Was the audience invited to participate?
* Do you think the presentation was clear?
* Could it be used in a village setting in the Third World?
* What are some examples of effective facilitation skills that were demonstrated?
* What could have been done to make the presentation bet ter ?

Step 4. (30 minutes)
Have the participants regroup and give feedback regarding the overall solar dryer phase.

Trainer Notes

Center this discussion around some of the following questions:

* Were all or most of the phase's objectives met?
* What was the most important thing each participant learned during the phase?
* What did you like the least about the phase?
* How did the group dynamics work during the phase?
* How were problems solved during the design and construction sessions?
* Did the problem-solving change during the phase?
* What do people think of solar dryers as an appropriate technology?

Step 5. (15 minutes)
Have the participants clean up the work area.