The WorldAgInfo Project hosted two workshops, one in Ithaca, New York (USA), and the other in Livingstone, Zambia. They brought together agricultural scholars and practitioners with information/educational technology experts to explore new frontiers in agricultural education and extension.
The focus of these workshops was on smallholders - rethinking systems of training, access to information, and knowledge sharing to facilitate improved decision-making among small-scale farmers in South Asia and Africa. Within this context, participants examined knowledge, education, and information needs all along the education/information chain, including policy-makers, faculty, students, extension workers, private input suppliers, large and small producers. In particular, participants were asked to explore the potential for new technologies to democratize agricultural education and information systems in Africa and Asia, giving "voice" and access to smallholders. Advances in information and communication technology in developed countries have created new participatory models of knowledge sharing and content generation in educational systems. These workshops encouraged consideration of the impact and feasibility of similar models, adapted to the institutional and social contexts of agriculture in Africa and Asia.
The materials provided here represent a portion of the outputs from those workshops. Additional materials and an archive of the project web site can be found on the Internet Archive here.
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Materials related to Workshop 1 hosted by the World Ag Info Project in Ithaca, NY (USA) September 30 - October 2 in 2007
Materials related to Workshop 2 hosted by the World Ag Info Project in Livingstone, Zambia November 11-16, 2007
(World Ag Info Project, 2007)The international dimensions of water problems magnify the complexity of the water problem: increased use of water from the Blue Nile in Ethiopia creates shortfalls for farmers in the Sudan and Egypt and poor farming ...
Market and Technology Led Curriculum Enhancement at Agricultural Education Institutions in Africa and South Asia (World Ag Info Project, 2007)Fund partnerships between selected US and overseas universities to support the transformation of existing undergraduate curriculum in Africa and S. Asia through 1) the development of a series of curricular modules to address ...
(World Ag Info Project, 2007)This project has four interconnected components: the first is helping universities and consortia of universities in Africa and South Asia prepare a landscape analysis of the magnitude and country-specific challenges and ...
(World Ag Info Project, 2007)In many agricultural universities and colleges in the developing world, students do not have adequate access to textbooks for their courses, and often have to wait in long lines at library reserve desks to borrow the few ...
(World Ag Info Project, 2007)Solution Scenario Concept: Women smallholders in developing countries produce an estimated 70 percent of food from semi-subsistence farms, own 1% of land and receive 5-7 percent of extension services. Including women as a ...