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Impact of a school based program as an intervention activity for managing forage production


Ives, SW and Lane, P and Nguyen, HQ and Phan, DT and Le, THN and Pham, KC, Impact of a school based program as an intervention activity for managing forage production, Proceedings of the 16th Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies Conference, 10-14 November 2014, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, pp. 1118-1122. ISBN 978-602-8475-87-7 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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A farmer survey conducted in two regional districts of both Son La and Dien Bien, Viet Nam in 2011 revealed that a major limitation to cattle production for small holder farmers was the establishment and management of suitable forages. Although children play a significant role in managing cattle on small holder farms across Asia, parents and land managers have traditionally been the focus of research intervention activities. A school based program was conducted in Quai Nua District Primary School, Dien Bien, Viet Nam in October 2013 in recognition of the importance of children as ‘next users’ of innovation strategies to improve livestock management. The two hour bi-lingual program involved interactive learning through play, ‘learning by doing’ activities and reflection. 63 children ages eight to eleven, six farmers, fourteen Teachers, six researchers, three agricultural extension officers (DARD), two observers, a translator and the district Director of Education were in attendance. Qualitative feedback revealed that within eight weeks of delivering the program DARD conducted forage management training with over thirty farmers who had heard about the school program, and Teachers requested a follow up program to ‘train the trainer’ for undertaking future agricultural knowledge transfer activities. The method used in this project offers a useful template for age-specific, culturally appropriate training in animal production (systems), and strongly supports the recognition of children as legitimate recipients of agricultural extension activity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:learning by doing, intervention, forage production, innovation, knowledge transfer
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture production not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ives, SW (Dr Stephen Ives)
UTAS Author:Lane, P (Associate Professor Peter Lane)
ID Code:90817
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2014-04-24
Last Modified:2016-04-26

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