Rwandan farmers now have easy access to digital training courses on crop pest diagnosis and management. This, after the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) Academy availed its resources to the country’s producers.
The CABI Academy builds on centre’s scientific and publishing background, says CABI digital learning manager Mark Berthelemy.
“It translates the latest research and innovations into programmes designed to help students and professionals make a difference. Under the CABI Academy banner, we provide a range of products and services that includes a suite of high-quality digital teaching and learning resources, practical face-to-face training, blended change programmes comprising of self-study and facilitated workshops and digital resources.”
The training courses are part of CABI’s mission to share knowledge, and achieving some of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically around quality education which can help beat poverty and hunger.
Equipping smallholder farmers
“We are keen to support all our member countries, of which Rwanda is one, with our suite of digital online teaching and learning resources to ultimately help their smallholder farmers be better equipped to diagnose and manage a range of potentially devastating crop pests and diseases,” says Berthelemy.
“This is in line with CABI’s missions in helping towards achieving the SDGs – but particularly in contributing to greater regional, national and global food security as well as a general increase in the livelihoods of farmers and their families.”
CABI’s digital learning team, which is part of the CABI Academy, also offers a variety of other services, such as consulting and learning design, in addition to the platform.
Using the skills framework for agriculture as a foundation, the organisation can assist Rwandan farmers in developing a long-term training and performance improvement strategy. A team of researchers, learning designers, graphic designers, among others, are also on hand to assist farmers in creating high-impact experiences and tools.
For more information email CABI at firstname.lastname@example.org.