Agriculture

Agriculture and forestry include sciences related to the study of animal and plant life and the management of resources cultivated and produced in these environments.

Agriculture courses study the cultivation of soil for the growing of plants, fungi and animals, meant for human consumption and use. Agriculture studies deal with sub-fields such as agribusiness, agro-economics, agronomy, farming, animal husbandry, or agronomy.

AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Agricultural and Environmental Law certificate program expands the opportunity for
degree-seeking students as well as life-long learners to enhance the knowledge of the law,
emerging legal issues focusing on agriculture, rural communities, and the food industry.
The certificate addresses legal concepts pertaining to water quality, land-use and other
environmental concerns. Additionally, students gain an appreciation of the challenges created
by an expanding population on food production and renewable energy resources.

PROGRAMME KEY FEATURES:

What are the rights of a farmer? How do you pursue legal protection for land, produce and
property? What does it look like to ensure the safety of others when it comes to agricultural
practices? Take your knowledge of the law and agricultural experience to the next level
This course focuses on legal issues that arise in rural communities and the food industry. You
have the opportunity to examine the legal concerns surrounding water quality, land-use and other
environmental issues and to develop a working understanding of the legislative regulation of
food production, renewable energy and in expanding the population. The goal of the program is
to provide you with a firm grasp of the laws that may impact your career and personal
activities.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND :

It is intended for those who are new to agricultural law or who may deal with it only in
connection with the development or commercial use of agricultural land. It will be a refresher for
the more experienced agricultural practitioner

 

 

AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION & RURAL COMMUNICATIONS

COURSE OVERVIEW

Extension work is essentially a process of education with the aim to develop the knowledge, skills and the willpower of people to solve problems by themselves.  To be effective, one requires a wide range of knowledge and skills. 

The Extension Management course is designed to enhance the practical experience of extension officers and equip them with practical management skills for integrated rural and agricultural development, poverty alleviation, extension, and training and research programs.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Extension Services and Development
  • Extension Program Formulation
  • Extension Program Implementation 
  • Group Process and Interpersonal Relationships
  • Financial Management
  • Extension Management and Rural Communication

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The course is designed for:

Extension Officers, and change agents dealing with various aspects including agriculture, health, home economics etc.

AGRICULTURAL PROJECT PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Identify and explain key points in agricultural project planning.
  • Demonstrate tools useful for agricultural project planning.
  • Introduce central issues and principles of managing agricultural projects and programmes in the rural developing world, and in particular to demonstrate the perspectives of the contingency school of management; and
  • Make participants aware of the skills involved in managing some typical procedures, in particular those of budgeting and procurement.

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PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • The project planning cycle and issues arising in project identification;
  • The use of the 'logical framework' project planning tool;
  • Scheduling;
  • The basics of monitoring and evaluation.
  • That managing projects in rural areas of developing countries may call for different management approaches than those used by managers in large businesses or in mainstream public administration;
  • How organisations function;
  • The nature of budgeting systems; and,
  • How to operate tender procedures.
  • Appreciate the environment in which agricultural development projects are implemented in developing countries and the constraints and challenges that project managers are likely to face in such situations.
  • Apply the various management tools and techniques introduced in the module to practical real life situations through case studies.
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND :

Executives in Funding Agencies dealing with appraisal and monitoring of projects in agriculture sector; Government  organizations responsible for managing the large and medium sized agricultural projects;  Management Staffs;  Managers, in general;

NGOs Officers, involved in Agricultural Projects

AGRICULTURAL TRADE & TRADE POLICY

COURSE OVERVIEW

The training is concerned with agricultural policy issues in developing countries. Agriculture is usually found to be the largest economic sector for the provision of employment and also generation of the much linked economic activity e.g. in processing and trading. There is always need for high quality trade systems, able to deliver nutritional and health foods, at prices which are affordable and stable and without damaging the natural resource environment. At the heart of effective food systems are complex webs of local, national, regional and global trade. Involving and empowering the various stakeholders on these complexities goes along way in boosting the development and implementation of the trade policies. The training seeks to explore the various trade policies, their impact and areas of Improvements

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

The training will offer and impart better understanding of agricultural development issues in Africa. It will enable the participants to;

  • Effective participate in International agricultural trade negotiations
  • Design and formulate efficient domestic trade policies
  • Apply practical tools and methods to the diagnosis and solutions of agricultural development problems.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Public And Private Sector Agricultural Development Professions;  African Regional Organizations; Traders; NGO’s

AGRICULTURE BEST EXTENSION PRACTICES

COURSE OVERVIEW

The agriculture best extension practices course offers an opportunity for farmers to improve the productivity and sustainability of their operations.

This course will give insights into extension approaches, models and methods; organise farmer field days; advocate agriculture extension on the local political level; engage in private sector and understand market demands, etc.

The Course is based on the blended learning approach combining presentations, practical exercises, web based tutorials and group work.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Agriculture
  • Ecology
  • Food security
  • Land degradation and restoration
  • Land management
  • Water management
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND :

This course is intended for audiences working in governments, funding agencies, and research and development facilitating non-government and Civil society organizations. It is also suitable for business owners and representatives from organizations that support extension services and/or seek to enable an environment in which businesses can flourish

AGRICULTURE SECTOR RISK ASSESSMENT

COURSE OVERVIEW

he World Bank, through its Agricultural Risk Management Team, has developed a methodology for assessing risk and subsequently conducted risk assessments in nearly 20 countries. The World Bank has synthesized its experience and developed a technical training program on agricultural sector risk assessment to allow practitioners around the world apply this methodology and integrate it in general agricultural policy work. The program was originally introduced as a two-day training in Johannesburg, South Africa, in May 2015.

The program includes core principles for assessing agricultural risks, as well as current state-of-the-art practices in risk assessment and management. The hope is that development practitioners will acquire the skillset to better analyze the agricultural sector, the tools for qualitative and quantitative assessment and for prioritizing mechanisms, and the ability to understand and manage risk more systematically and strategically.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

The prevalence and complexity of multiple risks facing agriculture systems and the failure to address them on an ex-ante and integrated basis, continues to leave countries and their agricultural sector exposed to these risks. The apparent increase in frequency of commodity price volatility and crop failures, added to concerns over climate change and food security, have increased global interest in agricultural risk management. Considering that governments, especially in lower income and agricultural dependent countries, are vulnerable to agricultural risks, there is a clear need to better understand and assess these risks and associated vulnerabilities. By knowing the frequency and impacts of existing risks to the sector, the private and public sectors can better manage these risks and limit their impacts.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This technical training is geared towards policy makers and development practitioners who are involved in designing and implementing agricultural programs and policies. In particular, technical staff from Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries or Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning who are engaged in agricultural policy, planning, management, and monitoring might specially benefit from this training.

IDENTIFYING AGRICULTURAL EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN ECONOMIES

COURSE OVERVIEW

Agriculture is the largest economic sector in many African countries, providing employment to significant numbers of workers. It is a sector with huge potential given the growth in disposables incomes, the growth in urbanization, the changing patterns in the demand for food, and the continued high prices of agricultural commodities.

In order to utilize these opportunities and ensure continued growth and food security it is vital that decision-makers have the technical analytical tools to exploit the large amount of trade data that is available to identify the realistic opportunities for expanding exports of agricultural commodities at both the extensive and intensive margins.

The program provides you with a practical introduction to the analysis of agricultural trade flows and the identification of realistic export opportunities for decision-makers in Africa and concerned with Africa. The course is designed to integrate theory with real-world data through progressive, step-by-step and hands-on learning. Although the course applications focus on agricultural goods produced in African countries, the content of the course is suitable and readily applicable for analysing and identifying export opportunities for any product produced in any country.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Introduction and overview of the course
  • An introduction to trade theory
  • Introduction to the role of agriculture and agricultural exports in Africa’s economic competitiveness
  • ITC’s Trade map: analysing trade trends -I
  • ITC’s Trade map: analysing trade trends -II
  • World Bank’s Trade Competitiveness Diagnostics Toolkit: analysing trade performance
  • Gravity model: analysing the determinants of trade
  • Decision Support Model: identifying realistic export opportunities
  • Partial (SMART) and General (GTAP) Equilibrium Modelling
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND :

Researchers, trade analysts and advisors in companies, government agencies, international organisations, regional development organisations, research institutions

Those who wish to develop skills in trade analysis and applied decision support modelling and those who want to have a profound understanding of models

FOOD SECURITY POLICIES FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION

COURSE OVERVIEW

Community food security is the condition which exists when all of the members of a community have access in close proximity; to adequate amounts of nutritious, culturally appropriate food at all times, from sources that are environmentally sound and just. Food security policies are developed to nurture the development of a food secure state in which all of its citizens are hunger-free, healthy and benefit from the food systems that impact their lives. The policies also affirms the commitment to supporting sustainable food systems that provide people with high quality food, employment, and that also contribute to the long-term well-being of the environment.

PROGRAM KEY FEATURES:

  • Understand the need for policies aiming at improving food security.
  • Know the main features of food security policies.
  • Understand the role and functions of the relevant stakeholders in food security policy formulation and implementation.
  • Define the purpose of a monitoring and evaluation system for food security policies and identify the approaches and methods to be applied.
  • Describe the sequence of steps to be performed in the process of FSP formulation and implementation.
  • Understand FSPs as link between food security information and actions aimed at improving the food security situation.
  • Relate Food Security Policies (FSPs) to a framework for action to combat hunger and alleviate food insecurity in a country.
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This course is intended for audiences working in governments, funding agencies, and research and development facilitating non-government and Civil society organizations. It is also suitable for business owners and representatives from organizations that support extension services and/or seek to enable an environment in which businesses can flourish.