| Solar and energy conserving food technologies: a training manual |
NOTE: This letter should be sent via OPD/Peace Corps/Washington to incountry Peace Corps staff for distribution so it will arrive at least four weeks before the course is to begin.
TO: Participants in the Solar and Energy Conserving Food Technologies Workshop
FROM: The training staff (your names)
We are looking forward to being in (country) and leading what we anticipate will be an exciting and informative inservice training.
The training will provide you with technical information and skills in the design, construction and use of various food preservation, preparation and storage technologies. Although the focus is on solar food dryers and fireless cookers, there will be an opportunity to include other technologies, if there is interest and time available. In addition, the program will include information on various communication techniques and non-formal education teaching tools which have been used successfully in community development work. How to teach others what you learn at the workshop and how to motivate them to take action is a major theme of the program.
The course will include:
- Information on design and health considerations for food technologies, with a main focus on solar dryers and fireless cookers
- Design, construction, testing and adaptation of the different devices
- Information on drying, storage and use of different food
- Theory and practice of effective learning techniques
- Community needs and resources assessment
- End-of-training event to share new information with local communities
Please bring to the workshop as much information as possible on the following topics:
- Current and past food preservation and storage practices in your area
- Specific problems and needs that food preservation and storage know-how could address in your community
- Successes and/or failures of previous food preservation and storage problems in your area
- Foods and cash crops grown in your area; price variations during the year; times of excess and shortage; methods of preservation and storage for each; information on family gardens and meat production
- The potential for marketing preserved foods in your area
- Leather patterns (rainfall, temperatures, humidity) on an annual basis
- Locally-available tools and construction materials, their cost and durability
- Other information you think may be relevant to the workshop
We'd also like you to contribute ideas and suggestions to make the workshop as practical as possible. Try to bring teaching aids and ideas you've used or that you want to improve, slides or photos of your community and project (including food preservation and storage techniques) and samples of preserved foods.
Should you know of resource people who would be available to share their skills and knowledge pertaining to the workshop with us, please contact .
By the way, don't forget to bring your workclothes. Remember that a good part of the workshop will be dedicated to construction.
We hope to see you soon.
SOLAR AND ENERGY CONSERVING FOOD TECHNOLOGIES: An