Understanding the perception of secondary school toward agricultural careers in DR Congo, Kenya and Nigeria

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that has gripped the world, causing governments and development agencies to search for critical measures to protect their people. The situation not only represents a significant health risk but has resulted in school closures that have disrupted agricultural education. This impedes the attainment of Africa’s larger food security and rural transformation agendas. Six months before the advent of the pandemic, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture initiated a pilot project, Start Them Early Program (STEP) whose goal is to reinforce pathways to careers in agriculture within secondary schools in DR Congo, Kenya, and Nigeria. The project has now been forced to rethink its approach while embracing information and communication technologies due to the school closures. This paper describes the process involved in that operational pivot, particularly concerning the shift from electronic teaching by instructors towards distance electronic learning by students. Key issues addressed are the consolidation of digital applications, development of a mobile-based toolbox for use by young farmers, and constraints to device ownership. The means of addressing these concerns through working with instructors and their larger school systems are explained. Action points and resources that are recommended include the distribution of upgraded instructor workstations, a listing of relevant software applications, and the design of a mobile-based all-in-one toolkit for agriculture students and young farmers. The latter two developments have wider application in the reform of agricultural extension amongst the tech-savvy youth taking up agribusiness.

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Creator Adefioye, Adedayo
Creator Affiliation International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Creator ID Type ORCID
Creator ID 0000-0002-4787-2012
Subject Vocab (AGROVOC/GACS/CAB) COVID-19, Schools, Pandemics, Technology
Subject(s) Agricultural transformation, Youth empowerment, Digital agriculture, Learning Management System
Publisher International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor Person Welissa Mulei, Bolanle Larinde, Prince Bobo, Paul Lester Woomer
Contributor Role Supervisor
Contributor Project Lead Organisation Center International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor Project Lead Center International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contributor CRP Non-CRP
Contributor Partner Not applicable
Contributor Donor International Development Research Center (Canada), Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
Contributor Project Start Them Early Program (STEP)
Project ID PJ-003071
Contributor Affiliation International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Open-Access status Open Access
Production Date 2019-10-18
Embargo End Date
Content Type Dataset
File Format csv
Identifier Type DOI
Identifier https://doi.org/10.25502/b51f-2028/d
Identifier Citation
Source Start Them Early Program (STEP)
Language English
Relation Not applicable
Agroecological Zone Subhumid warm tropics
Coverage Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Coverage country Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria
Coverage Admin Unit Not applicable
Coverage Y (Latitude) -0.64949, -1.30317, 8.21512
Coverage X (Longitude) 17.66522, 36.82606, 3.56429
Coverage Start Date 2019-10-16
Coverage End Date 2019-10-18
Contact Adefioye, Adedayo; STEP Liaison Officer; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Contact Email a.adefioyedayo@cgiar.org
Restriction CC-BY 4.0
Email Permission None
Rights CC-BY 4.0