Technical Note: Building Capacity in Agricultural Education and Training
Agricultural education and training (AET) is the principle source of skilled human resources for agriculture and rural development and the third pillar of the Agricultural Knowledge and Information System (AKIS) model that comprises research, extension and education and that serves the rural population in both the public and private sectors. AET’s network of Universities, institutes, vocational technical colleges, high schools and farmer training centers is designed to develop and upgrade knowledge and skill on a continuous basis. Regrettably, declining investments in the agricultural sector over the past two decades have led to neglect of AET. Now, with renewed interest in the sector, there is an opportunity and an imperative to upgrade AET networks and to provide new knowledge and skills in response to changes in the sector and the increasing influence of a number of external factors including climate change, rising energy costs, declining water resources and continuing population growth.