Agriculture, food and nutrition for Africa: A resource book for teachers of agriculture

Agriculture, food and nutrition for Africa: A resource book for teachers of agriculture

Resource book for use in sub-Saharan Africa by teachers of agriculture who wish to introduce into their training programmes aspects of the food chain that are related to food consumption and to nutrition. Designed for use by trainers in preparing their teaching material, it is not intended for direct use by students. It contains both resource material, in the form of tables, figures and boxes, and text linking the resource material under a number of topics. It is not expected that this text will be transcribed directly as teaching handouts; its purpose is to provide the trainer with information relevant to sub-Saharan Africa, based on which specific, locally based examples can be identified and developed to illustrate the concepts. The resource material has been selected from the widest possible range of different African countries (mainly English-speaking) and ecological regions. However, it is inevitable that some countries are better represented than others because of the inequitable distribution of nutritional information and activities in the different regions. Thus it is essential that this material be supplemented, wherever possible, by local examples. The collection and collation of such examples can often serve as a useful training exercise for students. A list of addresses for international organizations and sources of material is provided

The book is divided into nine chapters, whose topics are integrated through extensive cross-referencing. The sequence of presentation is such that a group of topics may be taught together as a complete course, or topics may be taught independently of the given sequence, in any logical order that suits the curriculum requirements of the educator.

The reading level of the materials varies with the target audience, so the chapters on policy lessons are aimed at policy makers whilst the more practical topics are presented using a field-based approach.

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