The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) and free agridigital learning platform, East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation (EWS-KT), are collaborating to provide education and training opportunities for smallholder farmers, farmer trainers and extension workers, and other agriculture sector professionals.
This partnership will enable widespread utilization of scientific knowledge for improving crop quality and yield and will ensure that knowledge developed is easily accessible to a broad audience around the world.
CABI and EWS-KT will co-create training materials and assessments as well as collaborate in knowledge sharing in order to:
● develop sustainable economies through vegetable production
● support climate-resilient agriculture and ecosystems and ensure an inclusive approach by providing opportunities for marginalized communities, women, and young people
● increase access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food
● improve public health through better nutrition
According to a CABI statement the nonprofit will bring expertise in the design and delivery of online agricultural courses and assessments, with a robust online course and assessment delivery platform – CABI Academy – and associated support services.
EWS-KT for it’s part will offer subject matter expertise in sustainable vegetable production, with local knowledge transfer teams and on-field and digital training opportunities in Africa and Asia. In addition, EWS-KT has a library of extension materials—co-developed with Wageningen University & Research—that is available in multiple languages and includes online certification programs in vegetable production and agribusiness.
This partnership will promote CABI and EWS-KT’s shared objective of helping as many people as possible to use scientific information to grow crops of higher quality and quantity, and to do so with methodologies that are financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable and that enhance human and ecosystem health.
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