| Programming and Training for Small Farm Grain Storage |
|Part I. Grain storage project programming|
Access to tic-to-date, practical technical information and assistance is vital to the success of Volunteer efforts. Often there are excellent resources available locally with which the Volunteer should become familiar before seeking outside assistance.
Local sources of Information and Technical Expertise include:
• Extension agents
• Extension training centers
• Agricultural research centers
• Voluntary organizations involved in agriculture or nutrition
• Missionaries involved in agriculture
• Agricultural departments of a university or college
• Postharvest or plant protection bureaus
• Local offices of international development organizations such as:
- Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
- United Nations Development Program
- Bi-lateral aid organizations such as USAID, CIDA, FAC, SIDA, etc.
• The Peace Corps library and files
International sources of Information and Technical Expertise generally require more waiting time and possible communications delays if there is not a local office, but the potential benefits make it well worth the effort. The Volunteer should make requests as specific as possible, giving accurate details of the local conditions and the problem being addressed. International sources include:
1. The Tropical Stored Products Centre
Tropical Products Institute
Slough SL3 7HL
TSPC is one of the oldest and most respected sources or technical expertise and information on post-harvest issues In the international development community. Technical experts from TSPC are stationed throughout much of the British Commonwealth. Requests for response to technical questions can be made to the above address. In addition, two very useful development-oriented publications a-e available from TSPC with should be subscribed to:
- Tropical Stored Products Information, a bulletin which includes reviews or recent storage developments worldwide and reports of related research and extension work. The cost is 31.25 including mailing . (N.B. There is no charge to official bodies in developing countries.)
- Tropical Storage Abstracts, with selection of recent abstracts relevant to the storage of durable agricultural produce in the tropics. The cost is with £30 including mailing. (Again the e no charge to official bodies in developing countries.) Actual copies of the abstracted articles are not available through. TSPC although names and addresses of the authors are furnished.
Both publications are available on request to:
The Editor, Tropical Stored Products Information
Slough SL3 7HL
You may also be put on the permanent mailing list upon request.
2. International agricultural research institutes have a variety of resources available, some more involved in postharvest concerns than others. They include:
• IRRI (International Rice Research Institute)
P. O. Box 933
• CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center)
Mexico 6, D. F.
• ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics)
Hyderabad 500 016 Andra Pradesh, India
• African Rural Storage Centre
(IITA) International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
PMB 5320 Ibadan, Nigeria
The African Rural Storage Centre has undertaken research and training in small farm grain storage since 1973. Extensive research has been conducted on traditional and modified open storage cribs, and there are ongoing performance trials or various common insecticides. Short two- to ten-day training sessions are regularly conducted for regional agricultural personnel. Several Peace Corps storage training/orientation sessions have been held a. ARSC. Arrangements for housing are available. Technical assistance is available to any African country, with an emphasis on West Africa to the Sahel. A regular newsletter and technical reprints are soon to be available. Information on all research and training is available on request.
3. VITA Volunteers In Technical Assistance) 3706 Rhode Island Avenue Mt. Rainier, Maryland 20822 U.S.A.
VITA has a large number of technical Volunteer experts who respond to requests for technical information by mail. Peace Corps Volunteer requests for assistance should be sent to I.C.E. at the Peace Corps address below.
4. Peace Corps Office of Programming and Training
806 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D. C. 20525 U.S.A.
This office has available to it specialists in agricultural programming and training who can, if the need warrants, travel on in-country programming missions.
5. L.I.F.E. (League for International Food Education)
1126 - 16th Street, N.W.
Washinston, C. C. 20036
L.I.F.E. specializes in postharvest grain loss assessment and assessment training. It is also involved in supplying Technical expertise in general nutrition-related areas of development.
6. Asian Productivity Organization
Aoyama Dai-ichi Mansions
4-14, Akassaka 8-chome
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
7. Dr. N. S. Agrawal
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Irrigration
New Delhi I, India
Both 6 and 7 above have extensive contact with long-standing, regional improved grain storage research training, and extension programs.