E-learning has various definitions, but central to all is the concept of learning which is conducted via electronic media. This is usually via the Internet, but can also be offline with a CD-Rom or DVD.

E-learning offers many benefits to learners in all regions, but for agricultural and rural development, where learners are often based in geographically remote areas, it has the potential to play an even more important role. Typical benefits include:

  • Reduced travel time and costs
  • Students can choose the course which best suits their interests
  • Self-paced learning
  • Learning can be scheduled around work and family commitments
  • Participation strengthens computers and technology skills, which are useful in other areas of life

e-Agriculture has selected e-learning courses related to the use of ICTs and to agriculture.

Featured e-learning providers

The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is a partnership-based e-learning initiative that aims to enable development practitioners to acquire skills, competences, behaviors and attitudes in knowledge sharing and information management. The main objective of IMARK is to develop the capacities of individuals and support institutions world-wide, in effective knowledge and information management.

IMARK consists of a suite of free e-learning courses available online, on CD-ROM and as a downloadable package. The e-learning courses are being developed using the latest pedagogical models and methodologies, and provide an interactive environment for self-paced learning.

How to register

Registration with is free! Click on "Register" button and fill in the form providing your valid email address. Upon registration, an e-mail with your login details will be sent to that address.

Courses available

IMARK offers you a series of e-learning courses on information management, social media tools and knowledge sharing techniques and methods. Select a course from the list below to access the course description and start learning.

See the selection of courses:

Scientific and Technical Writing
Strategic Approaches to Information
Social Media for Development
Management of Spatial Information
Knowledge Sharing for Development
Digital Libraries, Repositories and Documents
Networking in Support of Development
Building Electronic Communities and Networks




E-learning Centre


FAO develops e- learning courses for professionals working in food and nutrition security, social and economic development and sustainable management of natural resources.

FAO provides learners with free access to content that can interest them and support them in their job. The courses cover a wealth of topics of global interest. They offer content for self-pace learning as well as materials for trainers and references to existing bibliography and online resources.
Register to take the courses from one of the categories below:



Smallholder Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change



With this e-learning programme you will learn how environment and natural resource management (ENRM) challenges as well as climate change (CC) related risks can be addressed through IFAD’s work.  

There are 4 modules in this course which you can do all together or if you are short for time, in 4 bite size stages.

Smallholder Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change



 CIHEAM – MAIBari  E-Learning platform

CIHEAM – MAI Bari (Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari) is a Centre for post-graduate training, applied scientific research and design of in-loco partnership actions in the framework of international cooperation programmes. It performs its mission in four thematic areas: “Land and water resources management”, “Integrated pest management of Mediterranean fruit and vegetable crops”, “Mediterranean organic agriculture” and “Sustainable agriculture, food and rural development”. 

By its presence on e-agriculture platform, the Institute aims at granting access to its e-learning courses catalog and promoting its future e-learning activities. For further information please contact l.sisto@iamb.it

How to register: Registration is free!! Send an e-mail to lorusso@iamb.it asking to get an account to access our interesting courses.

List of self-learning courses (English, French, Arabic).


Advances in Organic Farming in Mediterranean and Balkan area

Innovation in Agricultural Engineering

Invasive Fruit Tree Pests Surveillance In The Mediterranean Region

Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Systems for small-scale farmers


Politiques Agricoles


نهج مبتكرة و فعالة لادارة الري و تصميم انظمته على مستوى المزرعة - (Innovative approach for effective irrigation management and systems design at farm level)

البستنة العضوية في المناطق الجافة و الشبه الجافة - (Organic horticulture for arid and semi arid regions)

العنوان: مناهج مبتكرة لللمقاربة التشارﻜية فى تطوير التقنيات الفلاحية - (Innovative approaches to participatory technology development in agriculture)




APCICT- Asian and Pacific Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development.

 The goal of the Academy is to equip policy makers and other government officials with the essential knowledge and skills they need to fully leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) to achieve national development goals. designed to enhance their knowledge in a number of key areas including utilizing the potential of ICTs for reaching out to remote communities,increasing access to information, improving delivery of services, promoting lifelong learning, and ultimately, bridging the digital divide and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. 

How to register: fill the form you find here.

Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders:

Module 1: The Linkage between ICT Applications and Meaningful Development

Module 2: ICT for Development (ICTD) Policy, Process and Governance

Module 3: e-Government Applications

Module 4: ICT Trends for Government Leaders

Module 5: Internet Governance

Module 6: Network and Information Security and Privacy

Module 7: ICT Project Management in Theory and Practice

Module 8: Options for Funding ICT for Development

Module 9: ICT for Disaster Risk Management

Module 10: ICT, Climate Change and Green Growth

Module 11: Social Media for Development

Module ID: Instructional Design

M&E Toolkit: Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit

Primer Series on ICTD for Youth:

Primer 1: An Introduction to ICT for Development

Primer 2: Project Management and ICTD

Primer 3: ICT for Disaster Risk Management

Primer 4: ICT, Climate Change, and Green Growth

Knowledge Sharing Series

KSS 1: ICTD Institution Building

KSS 2: Cybersecurity




 Open Learning Courses

How to register: fill the form you find here