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WorldAgInfo Workshop 1: Knowledge Systems
The objective of this workshop hosted by the World Ag Info Project at Cornell University in Ithaca New York (September 30 - October 2 in 2007) was to identify near-term and medium-term opportunities for strengthening the content of agricultural education/curriculum and information systems to meet the needs of smallholder farmers in areas of the developing world where agriculture lags behind needs. Traditionally called extension, teaching and research, more recently these systems are recognized as complex, interactive activities of knowledge and technology use, generation and exchange among farmers, extension workers, teachers and researchers.
A major workshop objective was to identify the opportunity to give voice and access to smallholders and their information support systems, using new social networking tools for agricultural content development and creating a new agricultural education, information and training matrix.
The 40 attending participants were agricultural scientists with experience in South Asia and Africa, representatives of NGOs specializing in agricultural issues, agricultural ministry representatives, agriculture graduate students from Asian and African countries, agriculture faculty from African and Asian colleges/universities, private sector agriculture representatives, representatives of international agriculture organizations, accreditation specialists.
The materials provided here represent a portion of the outputs from that workshops. Additional materials including presentations and an archive of the project web site can be found on the Internet Archive here.
(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 ...