If we do not manage to attract young people to farming, we will not be able to feed a growing, and increasingly urbanized, world population.
Many trainers and lecturers share a common challenge: they would like their students or trainees to do more exercises.
« We got a loan at 9%! », Nasiru, a cassava producer, yells. He proudly waves his dossier as he leaves a decisive meeting with a major cassava processor.
The Zambezi Valley comprises four provinces in the Central Region of Mozambique: Tete, Manica, Sofala and Zambézia. The region is home to 43% of the Mozambican population, and despite its extremely rich natural resources poverty is widespread. Most rural people make a living in agriculture and the majority are (women) smallholder farmers who depend on the crops they manage to grow (millet, sorghum, maize, cassava, sweet potato, etc.).These farmers are facing several constraints that limit their productivity and agricultural production. Good quality, certified seed, at the right time and in sufficient quantity is often lacking, and that is a major constraint to acquire a proper income and achieve food security. More than 90% of the smallholder farmers depend on their own harvest for seed for the next crop, or on seed from the informal market.
The ICRA handouts include short downloadable documents on key concepts, methodological approaches and guidelines to particular tools and techniques.
The 2SCALE learning modules have been developed by ICRA for coaches from Business Support Services who are to support agribusiness clusters within the 2SCALE project. Each module is a package containing: 1) Facilitators’ Guide on how to conduct a training session/workshop 2) Reference sheets, commonly referred to as hand-outs, and excerpts from educational films 3) Exercises. Each part has a cover so that, when printing the module, the parts can be easily separated for use.
This report provides a synthesis of the main learning experiences emanating from a South African-Dutch project that supported the transformation of Agricultural Colleges into Agricultural Training Institutes. The project was implemented from 2011 to 2015 and involved twelve Agricultural Training Institutes, the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, and four partners based in The Netherlands (CDI, MDF, ICRA and AERES). Funding was provided by the South African Government and EP-Nuffic. The partners created action learning structures addressing Competence Based Learning, Quality Assurance, Policies, Rural Wealth Creation, Gender, and ICT and Information Systems.
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