2017 Class Project Presentations: Sustainable Livestock Management for Poverty Alleviation and Food Security

Animal Agriculture and Sustainable Development

Description | Major Steps | Presentation Schedule | Expectations | Grades

The purpose of this class project is to provide each student in the class with an opportunity to present to the class the highlights of a section of the book titled: Sustainable Livestock Management for Poverty Alleviation Food Security. Improving animal health and husbandry by rural and urban smallholder livestock keepers is not easily accomplished. As indicated in the introduction, this book is meant to be a training manual for livestock development practitioners working with limited resources. We hope that our collective effort in reading, summarizing and share with one another the content of this book will complement well the more "academic" discussions from the pre-class readings assignment. Hopefully, we will be able to make many connections between the two! Working in Teams will help us go through the book efficiently.

Your job is to create a mini lesson plan that to engage the class with the content of your assigned reading material and then implement the lesson in no more than 10 minutes. On the day of you schedule you will be implementing your 10 minutes of pre-panned lesson. Then, we will spend a maximum of 5 minutes for "discussion" "debriefing" or "Q&A" "clarifications" before moving on to other class activities for the rest of the period.

Major Steps:
The main steps of this project are described here:
  1. Team formation: Students will be assigned partners and a book section no later than the 3rd week of class.
  2. Project planning: As soon as you know your teammates, please visit with one another to discuss your plan of action:
    1. Read the book chapter and summarize the main points (as a group or individually?);
    2. Decide how you will engage the rest of the class to gain a good understanding of the material. You don't have to do a power point presentation. As an alternative you may choose to lead a class discussion, design a skit, design an "educational game"; Be original educational and entertaining!
    3. Get approval of your plan. Share your plan with your instructor who will provide feedback on will discuss options; This can be done after class the week before your presentation;
    4. Complete the following Team Project Planning and Evaluation Form to help organize your team and its effort. Once you have a general idea, discuss the details of the design and implementation of your mini lesson plan. Who will do what to prepare? who will do what during the lesson? etc.
  3. Practice: Find a place and a time to practice your mini lesson as a team;
  4. Implement your mini lesson as indicated on the schedule below, using the first 15 min of class.
Presentation Schedule:
Please see the Table below for team members, book section assignment and dates of presentation.  
Week Date Team Members Reading (Chapter or section) Start
1 01/18 -- -- -- --
2 01/25 -- -- -- --
3 02/02 -- -- ----
4 02/08 -- -- -- --
5 02/15 Paulina, Omar Ch. 1 Trends in Livestock Sector &
Ch. 2 Livestock Development Approaches
6 02/22 Sierra, Noah, Anuj Ch. 3 Method. Organiz., and Network of Endo. Liv. Dev.
Ch. 4 Differentiating four Livestock Production Systems
7 03/01 Jamison, Tanner, Julia Ch. 5 Livestock-Kepping Systems and Poverty
Ch. 6 Smallholder Low-input and Diversified Systems 
8 03/08 Henry, Morgan, Wesley Ch. 7 Smallholder More Specialized Systems
Ch. 8 Changing Smallholder Toward Specialization 
9 03/15 Mathilde, Isaac, Elisse Ch. 9 Optimizing Smallholder Low-Input Systems
76 100
-- 03/22 Spring Break  -- -- --
10 03/29 Katarina Debbie, Sheila Ch. 10 Optimizing Smallholder More Specialized Systems
101 129
11 04/05 Danielle, Nicole, Megan Ch. 11 Finding Pathways to Markets
Case study 1
12 04/12 -- --
-- --
13 04/19 Erin, Rachel Case study 2, 3, 4, and 5
14 04/26 William, Shannon Case study 6
15 05/03
-- --

  • 01: W 01/18
    • Synopsis: For the first day of class, our objectives are: (a) to get to know each other, (b) to discuss the syllabus and the 473 Follow-up field program in Mexico, (c) to take a survey, (d) discuss the article of Erisman et al. (2004) and (e) to watch an "Amazing Video".
    • Pre-class assignment:  Intro Blog | How a Century of Ammonia Synthesis Changed the World (Erisman et al., 2004). 
    • In-class activity: Survey of your level of agreement with statements on topics that will be discussed during the semester | From "Poor & Sick" to "Rich & Healthy" Nations: An Amazing Video!.

Keywords:2017 Class Project Presentations: Sustainable Livestock Management for Poverty Alleviation and Food Security   Doc ID:70421
Owner:Michel W.Group:DS 472 Agriculture Sustainable Development
Created:2017-02-05 14:09 CSTUpdated:2017-02-09 11:22 CST
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