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.




In November 2005, the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-industries Division of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Special Advisory Services Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat agreed to work together to help strengthen human capacities in horticultural chain management in East and Southern Africa in response to needs expressed by member countries of that region. Formal agreements were established with the University of Pretoria, South Africa, for the development and implementation of a ‘Train the Trainers’ programme. The core curriculum of the programme focused on practical approaches to assuring the safety and quality of horticultural produce and on efficient organisation of the supply chain in order to improve the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and farmers in domestic and regional markets. The training programme was held at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in June 2006 and drew participant trainers from nine countries in the East and Southern African region. This training package has been produced as a direct result of that programme.


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