At government level, coordination between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Education has also improved.

Better training to improve yields

A key priority at this stage is to sustain and institutionalise the results achieved, which will mean gradually transferring responsibilities to the private sector and improving the image of A-VET courses. This will involve 24 colleges, including eight colleges that already provide A-VET courses to some 400 students annually.
The second stage of the project aims to build on the progress made. The following objectives have been set:

  • Improving coordination between A-VET and agricultural extension services.
  • Promoting public-private partnerships to deliver high-quality services and combined theoretical and practical training.
  • Increasing A-VET availability by using digital media to reach farmers and students in remote locations and offering more courses catering specifically to the needs of farmers.

This will enable 12,000 farmers and 1,800 students to upgrade their skills, which will ultimately make the agricultural sector more attractive by increasing productivity and income levels.