Rainer Zachmann, Krishna Alluri:
Technology-Mediated Open and Distance Education (Tech-MODE) for Agricultural Education and Improved Livelihoods in Sub"=Saharan Africa


1Consultant International Agricultural Research, Training, Communication, Germany
2The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada

Globalisation, market liberalisation and worldwide food situation are threatening food security of the developing countries, which depend on millions of small farmers. Such farmers require access to information, learning and new skills to take advantage of the emerging income-generating opportunities (e.g. meat, milk, vegetables, fruits, flowers). They need relevant, useful, accurate and reliable information in a timely manner for their self"=directed learning. This requires new ways of developing and delivering information. Technology"=mediated open and distance education (Tech-MODE) - a combination of open and distance learning (ODL) with information and communication technologies (ICT) - has potential to satisfy such demands.

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) wishes to identify opportunities for a complementary and catalytic role to expand the scope for Tech-MODE for agricultural education and improved livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2007, COL undertook country case studies in eight Commonwealth countries from West, Central, East and Southern Africa: Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone; Cameroon; Kenya and Uganda; Tanzania and Zambia; respectively.

An inventory of local institutions, facilities and capabilities for Tech-MODE included:

Conclusions and recommendations:

Keywords: Commonwealth of learning, country studies, e-learning, Sub-Saharan Africa, Tech-MODE, distance-learning,

Full paper: http://www.tropentag.de/2008/abstracts/full/320.pdf Poster (pdf-Format): http://www.tropentag.de/2008/abstracts/posters/320.pdf


Contact Address: Rainer Zachmann, Consultant International Agricultural Research, Training, CommunicationKapellenstr. 28, 89079 Ulm, Germany, e-mail: zachmann@extension-line.de
Andreas Deininger, November 2008