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2nd ANAFE International Symposium
Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi
30 July 2007 - 2 August 2007
African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE)

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges the ANAFE website as the source of this information: www.anafeafrica.org/event_300707.php


Background and Objectives

It has long been perceived throughout the world, that Higher Education plays a critical role in preparing and providing the leadership to meet these challenges and to stimulate sustainable development. In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Higher education in agriculture and natural resource management (NRM) in particular is well placed to contribute to this process.

Despite past investments by African governments in Higher Education, the hope that universities would provide solutions to Africa’s problems is yet to be realized. There has been an enormous loss through emigration of talented faculty to other continents. There is underinvestment, loss of incentives and failure to recruit replacements for an ageing group of educators. It is estimated that 23,000 qualified academic professionals emigrate from Africa each year in search of better working conditions. Many of these are in agriculture and natural resources, areas that are of crucial economic importance for most African countries. In addition to these challenges, it is also accepted that the current curricula and teaching & learning methods are unsuitable for achieving the objectives of agricultural education.

The general objective of the symposium is to establish mechanisms for building long-term scientific and institutional capacity in SSA tertiary agriculture and NRM institutions. The specific objectives are to:

  • Share experiences in the development of agricultural education programmes that are responsive to societal needs, including business and entrepreneurship.
  • Discuss global competition for education resources and positioning of Africa in the areas of agriculture and natural resources.
  • Analyse policy and institutional capacity challenges and develop recommendations for re-building agricultural capacity in SSA.
Expected Outputs

The major outputs are:

  1. Enhanced information sharing and strategies for making African Agricultural Education relevant and effective.
  2. Strategies and advice for making agricultural education and research in Africa competitive.
  3. Specific advice to African universities and governments on ways and means for recognizing and enhancing the role of agricultural education in national development.

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