Delight and degrees all round for Integrated Crop Management students

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Twelve international students celebrated the completion of the 2018 Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS in ICM) course at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Coordinated by CABI and the University of Neuchâtel, the MAS in ICM programme provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of good crop management, with an emphasis on productivity, and economic and environmental sustainability.

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Makerere University brings Plantwise to class

Contributed with content from Joseph Mulema, CABI in Africa

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One group of Makerere University students undergoing Plantwise’s ‘How to be a plant doctor’ Module 1 and Module 2 training course (Image:Joseph Mulema)

Since 2005, Plantwise has been supporting the establishment of plant clinics and knowledge bank access in Uganda. But recently, plans to expand clinic operations to each sub-county have led to increased demand for trained and knowledgeable plant doctors. To answer this call, and provide a promising career opportunity for a new generation of agriculturists, the University of Makereke’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), based at the University Research Institute at Kabanyolo, Uganda, has launched a summer term for BSc students on Plantwise Module 1 and Module: how to become a plant doctor and run a successful plant clinic.

The government of Uganda has been and essential partner through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries (MAAIF) supplying resources and equipment. Now through the partnership with Makerere, a prestigious institute drawing students from across the continent, Plantwise will find bright and motivated young graduates to provide diagnostics and advice to the farmers.

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Radio initiatives aiding remote African farmers

Radio initiatives in Africa provide the means for farmers to share information © Farm Radio International 2008

Information and communication technology has advanced rapidly in the past few decades. Many of us now take connection to the internet and easy access to information for granted. However, in remote parts of the world, even access to electricity is infrequent and unreliable, and communication technology is developing in a way that reflects this. In Africa, one technology that has become popular as a means of reaching a wide audience is radio. Several initiatives are now using this medium to help educate farmers in rural areas. Continue reading