Our course development and management model was designed to be up-scaled, and we carefully record everything we do so that our approach is easily replicable. Such an approach can be used for other domains such as health, nutrition or citizenship development.

Our projects are currently based in Benin, West Africa, and therefore, our courses are offered in French. But we are starting to translate our courses into English and aim to eventually offer all courses in both French and English, with dedicated bilingual course and student management.

Updates from Moodle upgrade both course developers’ and students’ experience, and we are adding new courses to our portfolio on a regular basis.

The e-learning platform is at † http://elearning.afris.org, and if you want to try it, just request a test login on elearning(at)afris.org.

The projects are supported by the GIZ programmes ‘Innovation Transfer into Agriculture – Adaptation to Climate Change’ financed by the ‘Energy and Climate Fund’ and the ‘Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector in Benin’ within the special initiative ‘One World – No Hunger’, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The authors would like to thank all team members for their support in preparing this article: Natacha Agbo, Marie-Michelle Gbaguidi, Frejus Gnanvossou, Constance Kohounko, Jacinta Achuzia, Hendrik Pöhl and Marc Bernard.


Bruno Tran
Centre d’Innovations Vertes pour l’Agriculture et l’agribusiness (CIVA)
Cotonou, Benin

Frank Sonntag
Agricultural Knowledge Management (AKM) Services UG
Munich, Germany