Reimagining Agricultural Extension through a Learning Lens (RAELL) 

Agricultural extension services in low- and medium-income countries (LMICs) require critical reimagining. Agriculture remains core to most LMIC livelihoods and is central to ensuring food security. Yet the ongoing skills development of farmers is peripheral to current attempts to reinvigorate technical and vocational education and training (TVET); focused as they are on formal industrial sectors. Farmer training is typically tied to outdated systems of extension focusing on scientific knowledge diffusion or takes place in agricultural colleges disconnected from the TVET system (UNESCO-UNEVOC 2020). These institutions typically focus on conventional formal agriculture and practicing farmers, while evidence suggests that the greatest need is in small-scale, informal systems and value chains, farming start-ups and conservation agriculture. 

Reimagining Agricultural Extension through a Learning Lens (RAELL) brings together the University of Nottingham and key project partners in South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe who have strong links with higher and vocational education and with national agricultural systems. The RAELL project connects these networks to explore how the preparation and ongoing training of agricultural extension officers (AEOs) can be strengthened by linking them with training providers and their curriculum.  RAELL is a short-term project, running between December 2020 – July 2021, funded via University of Nottingham, Global Challenges Research Fund, hosted in the School of Education https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/education/.

Project Partners

University of Nottingham 

Deputy Head of School, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange

Professor of Education

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/education/people/volker.wedekind

School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham

GeoNutrition: www.geonutrition.com

Micronutrient Action Policy Support: https://micronutrient.support

Research Fellow: vocational education and training, Sub-Saharan Africa

VET Africa 4.0 project, RAELL project.

School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham

CEPHaS https://www2.bgs.ac.uk/CEPHaS/index.html

GeoNutrition: www.geonutrition.com

Micronutrient Action Policy Support: https://micronutrient.support

Research Fellow on a GCRF funded Translating Geonutrition Award on “Supporting policies to reduce mineral micronutrient deficiencies in Zimbabwe-ZimGRTA”.

Division of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham

ZimGRTA project links: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=EP%2FT015667%2F1

UNESCO Chair in International Education and Development

South African Team

Director of REAL (Researching Education and Labour) Centre at the University of Witwatersrand

RAELL South Africa country lead

https://www.wits.ac.za/real/staff/

SARChI Chair: Global Change and Social Learning Systems, Environmental Learning Research Centre  Rhodes University

https://www.ru.ac.za/elrc/ourpeople/staff/distinguishedprofessorheilalotz-sisitka/

Research Assistant at Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University

https://www.ru.ac.za/elrc/ourpeople/staff/drgamuchakona/

Zimbabwe Team

Executive Director, Research and Innovation

University of Zimbabwe – www.uz.ac.zw

RAELL Zimbabwe country lead

CEPHaS – https://www2.bgs.ac.uk/CEPHaS/index.html

ZimGRTA project: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=EP%2FT015667%2F1

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Florence-Mtambanengwe

Research Fellow on a GCRF funded Translating Geonutrition Award on “Supporting policies to reduce mineral micronutrient deficiencies in Zimbabwe-ZimGRTA”.

Division of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham

ZimGRTA project links: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=EP%2FT015667%2F1

Agricultural Economist and Senior Lecturer

Department of Agricultural Business Development and Economics

University of Zimbabwe

https://www.uz.ac.zw/index.php/departments/43-agriculture-economics-and-extension/staff/856-tafireyi-chamboko

Agricultural and Socio-Economist.

Department of Agribusiness Development and Economics

University of Zimbabwe

CEPHaS Project: https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/projects/cephas-research-capacity-strengthening-in-conservation-agriculture

Research Fellow

Reimagining agricultural extension through a Learning Lens (RAELL) Project

Lecturer- Adult and Continuing Education

Great Zimbabwe University

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0476-0168

Gulu University

Lecturer and Researcher

Centre for Community based Research and Lifelong learning

Gulu University, Uganda

RAELL Uganda country lead

https://gu.ac.ug/

Research Assistant

Centre for Community based Research and Lifelong learning

Gulu University, Uganda

www.vetafrica4.0.com

Gulu-web VET 4.0