→Learning and Training for Farming and Food – The Agriculture Track @eLearning Africa 2019

A special section of eLearning Africa will be devoted to learning and training in one of the most important sectors of the African economy - agriculture. Farming and food production currently employ over 40 per cent of the continent’s workforce, more than 70 per cent of whom are women.

How can Africa feed its growing population? What are the opportunities for African farmers and food producers? What skills do they need and how can they access them? How can African producers maintain and improve food quality? How can ICTs help to preserve and share traditional knowledge and skills?

These and a host of other important questions will be discussed in a range of sessions and workshops as part of the eLearning Africa 2019 Agriculture Track. Key themes and topics for discussion will include:


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  1. Feeding Africa's growing population - what lessons need to be learned?
  2. Education and the improvement of Africa's food distribution and supply chains
  3. Food safety, disease and public and animal health
  4. Training for food sector regulation, law enforcement and customs
  5. Scenarios for sectors: dairy, meat, arable
  1. Key skills for African agriculture in the 21st century
  2. Schools, universities, colleges, communities, families - the structure of agricultural education and training
  3. Scaling up - how the reach of education and training in the agricultural sector can be extended
  4. Making agriculture respectable: how to make agriculture attractive to potential farmers, young entrepreneurs and investors
  5. Maximising the impact of education on conservation, biodiversity etc
  6. Education and migrant labour in rural areas
  7. Aquaculture and horticulture: key issues
  1. Using technology to improve agriculture sensitively and sustainably
  2. Learning and improving traditional methods
  3. Diversity: the role and prospects of women in agriculture - extending opportunity and improving access to training
  4. Information management techniques and knowledge sharing methodologies
  5. Mobile apps to improve the agricultural sector
  6. African languages and agricultural training
  1. International collaboration and working with partners
  2. Opportunities for investors in African agricultural education and training
  3. The role of IGOs and NGOs in improving educational opportunity in rural areas
  4. Improving export awareness
  5. Implications of the ACFTA for agriculture and the likely effect on training
  6. Getting the message across: access to information and effect methods of communication in rural areas
  7. The private sector in agricultural education
  8. The role of Governments in creating a climate of innovation, opportunity and investment
  9. Conflict resolution: how education and training can reduce the risk of escalatory, commodity / resource-based conflicts in rural communities

  1. Waste and packaging
  2. Agroecology in Africa
  3. Resource management
  4. Sustainable agribusiness creation
  5. The soil: how to improve knowledge, conservation and management of it
  6. Water: managing scarcity, maximising efficiency
  7. Mitigating the effects of climate change – the role of ICTs


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