The Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSETA) creates and promotes opportunities for social, economic and employment growth for agri enterprises, in conjunction with other stakeholders in agriculture, through relevant, quality and accessible education, training and development in both primary and secondary agriculture.
The African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE) is a network of 132 educational institutions in 37 African countries whose objective is to strengthen the teaching of multi-disciplinary approaches to land management. The ANAFE Secretariat is hosted at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) headquarters in Nairobi. This provides a vantage for network management, linkages with the research and development activities of ICRAF and its partners, and convenient communication facilities.
GCHERA was formed as a result of shared concern for the future of the planet and a conviction that higher education in agriculture should play a leadership role in solving problems associated with food security and environmental sustainability. The consortium aims to include and serve institutions with programs in agriculture, veterinary medicine, and natural resources management, including the biological, physical and social sciences dimensions of these fields. The founders designed the organization to be helpful to institutions world wide that are working to make significant reforms in their systems of higher agricultural education.
The ILAC Initiative brings together a group of national and international partners who are committed to strengthening the contributions of collaborative applied R&D programs to pro-poor agricultural innovation.
SAFE is a product of two development imperatives: (1) to bring African agricultural universities and colleges more fully into the agricultural and rural development process through the creation of new innovative continuing education programs and (2) to expand and strengthen the knowledge and skills of frontline agricultural and rural development advisory service providers to improve their capacity to more effectively serve the needs of smallholder farm families.
Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) is an international agricultural development NGO registered in Geneva, Switzerland. It was co-founded in 1986 by Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, Japanese philanthropist Ryoichi Sasakawa (Nippon Foundation), and former US President Jimmy Carter. Since then, SAA has worked with the Carter Center’s Global 2000 Program to establish Sasakawa Global 2000 (SG 2000) agricultural programs in 14 sub-Saharan countries. Currently, our resources are focused on four countries – Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mali and Uganda. Working with national partners, SG 2000 programs have improved the productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers by encouraging the adoption of higher-yielding varieties and enhanced production practices.
At the November 2010 Ministerial Conference on Higher Education in Agriculture in Africa in Kampala, Uganda, the participating ministers called for the development of an Africa-led strategy for reform of and investment in Tertiary Agricultural Education (TAE) in order to transform African TAE into an engine of rapid, equitable growth and poverty reduction. In response to this call, an array of African TAE leaders together with development partners began working through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) to conceive new strategies and mechanisms to generate more focused and informed attention to TAE.
Substantial progress has been made since the ´Kampala Process` began a year ago. A working group has been established to consider how best to support the development of an African agenda for TAE; this group has met a number of times in person and via conference calls. In addition, a formal mechanism is now in the process of being established to determine and articulate the preferred modalities, processes, and approaches through which support for strengthening TAE in Africa might be structured and implemented. This mechanism is tentatively referred to as the Tertiary Education for Agriculture Mechanism (TEAM-Africa).