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CA-CoP: Research & Academia

Introduction and Background:

While the concept of Conservation Agriculture is now widely known and generally endorsed and accepted by different practitioners in higher education, there are still significant challenges in relation to integration of Conservation Agriculture concepts within the current agriculture education systems in our African universities. Thus, it is envisaged that creation of a community of practice for academia can provide a domain of knowledge that creates a common ground and sense of identity among academicians within Agricultural universities in Africa. It is anticipated that the community of practice approach will create an opportunity to forge agenda towards having conservation agriculture aspects integrated within agricultural curriculum in our African universities.

The proposed workshop is a way to kick start a mechanism for academia communities of practice to build up a sustained professional conversation around identified domain and practice issues related to conservation agriculture in Africa. This concept note presents a proposal to have selected academicians from higher learning institutions in Eastern and southern Africa to meet, discuss and share knowledge and experience revolving around Conservation agriculture and agree on how best such information could be integrated to benefit our university education systems. The workshop is intended to be an open information exchange forum bringing together academicians engaged in promotion of conservation agriculture in African universities.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To share and document knowledge and information in the latest developments in CA from within and outside Africa
  • To identify individual professionals, Universities and Colleges undertaking research and development in Conservation Agriculture and initiate formation of a permanent platform for networking and information sharing
  • To identify key areas for research for development and how the academia and research students can get effectively engaged
  • Mobilising the academia for effective participation in the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture in 2014 in Canada.

Workshop Expected Outputs

  • CA knowledge and information shared amongst participants
  • Database of key professionals, Universities and colleges involved in CA in Africa initiated, regularly updated and accessible to members and the public
  • Functioning of a permanent platform for networking and sharing knowledge and information on Conservation Agriculture initiated.
  • Key areas for research for development and how the academia and research students can get effectively engaged identified
  • Prioritised new knowledge and position papers in scaling up CA for smallholder farmers in Africa documented in readiness for sharing during the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture in 2014 in Canada.

Participants:

Participants from agricultural higher learning institutions in Africa are invited.