Building Linkages in Agricultural Education and Training through Systems Thinking
The application of systems thinking to agricultural education and training (AET) is critical to sustainable agricultural development. By understanding complete AET systems and the connections within them, practitioners can account for more variables and better influence agricultural development outcomes. This approach can help any practitioner integrate AET within their work, particularly for gender, youth and workforce development.
AET systems include formal education (primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational/technical institutions) as well as nonformal education (extension and workforce development) and informal education (on-the-job training and day-to-day self-learning). The February Ag Sector Council Seminar will discuss the five AET linkages and demonstrate how they can be built into projects. These connections include those between:
- Theory and practical instruction
- Curriculum and workforce/industry demands
- Educational institutions at different levels
- Different management systems such as governmental, NGO and parochial
- AET and extension systems
The discussion will also include examples of AET systems in practice. Presenters will showcase successful cases and how they are developed. Practitioners of all types of program will learn how to think through how their work can be bolstered by AET. AET practitioners will gain insights into other programs and the overarching role of AET in Feed the Future. Please join us for a lively discussion starting at 9:30 AM EST, and if you are in DC, for a coffee networking hour at 9 AM EST.
Some quick background reads include:
- The Difference Between Agricultural Education and Extension, and Why It Matters
- Connecting Theoretical and Practical Instruction: A critical agricultural education and training linkage
- All about Gender and AET
About the Innovation for Agricultural Training and Education (InnovATE) project: InnovATE works to achieve sustainable food security, reduce poverty, promote rural innovation and stimulate employment by building human and institutional capacity in AET systems. The program focuses on all aspects of AET including youth, gender, and workforce development, at the primary, vocational/ technical, university and post-graduate levels. Funded by USAID, this Feed the Future project is a consortium of U.S. universities, Penn State University, Tuskegee University and University of Florida and managed by consortium partner Virginia Tech.
Bureau for Food Security/ USAID
University of Florida
University of West Indies
Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania