Project Summary

In recent times, there has been changes taking place in agriculture requiring smallholder farmers to shift their focus from subsistence farming to commercialization which can be enhanced by connecting agricultural education and research to the needs of the farmers and food industry.

An integrated approach, collaborating the efforts of universities, research institutions and the industry should be adopted for this vision of agriculture to be achieved.

Universities should be at the centre of this change but agricultural science graduates are often criticized for lack of creativity to deal with emerging challenges in the farmers’ situation.

Thus, the need for reforms in university teaching to equip students with the necessary skills for problem solving. We propose to re-orient agricultural teaching in universities towards entrepreneurship in order to improve on the quality of agricultural science graduates so as to catalyze development and social transformation.