Horticultural Chain Management for Eastern and Southern Africa: A Practical Manual

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Horticultural Chain Management for Eastern and Southern Africa is a two-volume work designed to help trainers develop suitable materials to assist small farmers and producers to supply high quality horticultural produce for sale.

This Theoretical Manual takes trainers through a step by step approach of progressive learning. It provides the trainer with a platform of information that can be used to design and tailor-make courses applicable to the context in their respective countries. Each section is concisely presented in a modular format and is followed by or linked to a practical exercise. On completion of each section, participants are required to share information assimilated during a plenary discussion session. Participants must also apply the knowledge acquired through practical experiments or tasks.

Throughout the theoretical manual, references have been listed that provide additional sources of information. Trainers should consult new information to ensure that they stay up to date with the latest trends and continuously improve and adapt the training materials. Many of the web resources cited are continuously updated and represent an excellent source of basic information that can be used for tailoring courses to the needs of a target audience. Appendices have also been compiled to provide additional background for the trainer.



Field visits

Visiting a fresh produce market is interesting, but it can also be risky if certain protocols are not followed. Trainers are requested to observe these protocols to ensure that maximum benefit can be derived from the visit. Fresh produce markets are extremely busy during trading hours and participants are requested not to interfere with the normal flow of goods or with the work of traders and other workers. Trainers should at all times remain in a close circle with the group and ensure that no one falls behind; the group should remain at the sides of the halls to avoid injuries caused by fast moving forklifts and trucks.


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