Workshop on “Food crisis: education and training of rural people at stake”

FAO, Rome, Italy – 4 and 5 June 2009

The situation of education and training in many African countries is characterized by low school access and achievement among rural people. Moreover rural people's access to secondary technical and vocational education (TVET) and training is particularly limited, especially in rural areas. Approximately one out of six people of the world's current population is suffering from hunger and illiteracy and the majority of them live in Africa. Within the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) framework, education and training policies play a crucial role in reducing the number of the 963 million food insecure people. The UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2009 indicates that worldwide some 75 million children of primary school age are still out of school. Africa accounts for about half of the number of out-of-school children and over four out of five of them live in rural areas. As a result professional and social participation is hindered, as well as productivity and production. Getting all children into school and completing a full cycle of primary education, as well as skill training are a necessary condition for economic development, employment and competitiveness. Developing rural people's capacities is key to addressing development and crisis and especially food and environmental challenges. It is also important to ensure rural children and youth transition from primary to secondary education but this is not sufficient. After primary school, secondary education and TVET need to be granted to all rural children and youth as well as literacy, skill training and life-long learning to farmers and in general to all rural people. Efficient education systems are characterized by relevance to local conditions, cost-effectiveness and sustainability and complementarities between primary, secondary, higher education and life-long learning.

This implies fostering the national capacities and institutions, organizations and individuals in charge of national and decentralized policies and programmes by addressing governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.

This workshop is a follow up to two previous meetings on Education for Rural People (EPR) jointly organized by FAO and ADEA in 2005 in Addis Ababa and in Rome in 2007.


The workshop aims are to:

- foster partnership between and within countries and agencies that are necessary to strengthen education and training of rural people;
- share good policies and practices;
- contribute to knowledge generation and sharing.

The workshop contributed to foster policy dialogue on planning effective education and training systems and their contribution to national agriculture and rural development plans.

Opening Session

Thursday, 4 June 2009

10h00 - 10h45 Plenary Opening session (Iran Room B-016)

Mamadou Ndoye, President of the Education for All in Africa Network, Executive Secretary of the Policy Action Group for Learnig (PAGL) of the "Commission sur la Mondialisation" and former Executive Secretary of ADEA.

Welcoming Remarks
- H. E. Pietro Sebastiani, Ambassador of Italy to FAO, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Italy to FAO, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Opening Remarks
- H.E. Mireille Guigaz, Ambassador of France to FAO, Permanent Representation of France to FAO

- Byll-Cataria, Executive Secretary, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).

- Lavinia Gasperini, Senior Officer, Agricultural Education, Research and Extension Division (NRR), Natural Resources Management and Environment Department (NR), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

11h00 - 13h00 Session 1

Plenary Food crisis: education and training of rural people at stake (Iran Room B-016)

Chair: Byll-Cataria, ADEA

11h00 - 11h10 Introduction by
The FAO led "Education for Rural People" (ERP) Partnership Programme. Lavinia Gasperini, Senior Officer, Agriculture Education, FAO

- The International Network for Agricultural and Rural Training (INART). Hassen Berranen, Steering committee, INART Hassen Berranen, Comité de pilotage, Reseau FAR

11h10 - 11h40 Education for Rural People (ERP). The role of education, training and capacity development in poverty reduction and food security, David Acker, USA, Professor at the Iowa State University.

11h40 - 12h00 Developing rural people capacity to cope with food crisis. Adama Coulibaly, President of the FAR Steering Committee.

12h00 - 12h20 Rethinking School Feeding in WFP Nancy Walters, Chief, School Feeding, Policy Planning and Strategy Division, World Food Programme (WFP)

12h20 - 12h40 Ahmed Manzoor, Bangladesh, Senior Advisor, Institute of Educational Development, (IED), BRAC University Ahmed Manzoor, Bangladesh, Fonctionnaire principal, Institut du Développement de l'Education (IDE), Université BRAC

Questions and Answers

14h30 - 18h00 Session 2

Working Groups How to foster rural people capacity to address poverty, hunger and food crises and foster sustainable development. Presentation of good practices.

Chair: Alphonsine Bouya World Food Programme (WFP)

Group1: Who are the key stakeholders and which are their roles in education and training for rural people? (Malaysia Room B-227)

Moderator: Marcelin Hyle , Bénin, Directeur Centre d'enseignement technique agricole d'Adja Ouéré, Collège d'enseignement Ministère de l'Agriculture et du développement rural.

Rapporteur: Hassen Berranen, Algérie, Sous directeur de la Formation, de la recherche et de la vulgarisation, Ministère de l'Agriculture et du développement rural

14h30 -15h30 Introduction

Armando Ubisse, Mozambique, Deputy National Director for Special Programme, Ministry of Education and Culture;
Babacar Ndao, Sénégal, Conseiller Technique du Président (C.T.P.), Appui Technique Réseau des Organisations paysannes et des producteurs agricoles pour L'Afrique de l'Ouest et centrale (ROPPA)
Paul Koua Brou, Côte d'Ivoire, Président du Conseil général du département de Bongouanou

Chinapah Vinayagum, Sweden, Professor at Stockholm University
Paul Peter Mungai, Kenya, Assistant Director of Education, Ministry of Education
Nesta Sekwao, Tanzania, Assistant Commission for Education, Ministry of Education

Synthèse du Groupe de Travail n°1

Group 2: How to articulate basic education, secondary education and technical and vocational education and training, higher education, research and extension to contribute to promote food security, agriculture and rural development? (Austria Room C-237).

Moderator: Carolin Grieshop, The International Movement for Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth (MIJARC), Secretary General,
Rapporteur: David Acker, USA, Professor at the Iowa State University

14h30 - 15h30 Introduction

Rosario Salazar, Colombia,
Coordinator, National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia
Tomas Vandenbosch, World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), Project Leader, Farmers of the Future
Balasubramanian Ramani, Young Professionals Platform for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD), Advisor
Adama Faye, Sénégal, Responsable du Bureau d'Appui à la Coopération Sénégalo-Suisse

Aniley Amentie, Ethiopia, Director of the Education Expertise Center
Joseph Eilor, Uganda, Senior Agricultural Officer, Ministry of Education and Sports
Mohammed Abubeker, Ethiopia, Ministry of Education

Synthèse du Groupe de Travail n°2

Group 3: How to finance education and training for rural people? (Lebanon Room D-209)

Moderator: Suzelin Ratohiarijaona, Madagascar, Directeur Vulgarisation agricole et de l'appui à l'Organisation des producteurs. Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'élevage et de la pêche.
Rapporteur: Ibrahima Hathie, Sénégal, Professeur, Ecole nationale d'économie appliquée de Dakar 14h30 - 15h30 Introduction


Pierre Ackah Angniman, Côte d'Ivoire,
Directeur exécutif, Fonds interprofessionnel pour la recherche et le conseil agricole
Ramatou Siddo, Niger, Conseillère technique, Ministère de l'Education
Mabrouk Bahri, Président, Union tunisienne de l'Agriculture et de la pêche (UTAP)
Johan Engelbrecht, South Africa, Skills Planning Manager, Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AGRISETA)

Jacques Mabiala, Congo, Conseiller technique en enseignements professionnels, Ministère de Enseignement technique et professionnel
Clinton Robinson, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Senior Programme Specialist

Synthèse du Groupe de Travail n°3

Group 4: How to develop the capacities of the stakeholders in charge of planning and delivering ERP and agricultural and rural development education and training? (Iran Room B-016) (Salle de l'Iran B - 016)

Moderator: Mohamed Dioumessi, Guinée, Conseiller technique Ministère de l'Agriculture et de l'élevage.
Rapporteur: Clément Edah, Bénin, Chef du Service, Enseignement technique agricole, Ministère de l'enseignement supérieur et de la formation professionnelle

14h30 -15h30 Introduction - Introduction
Albertina Alage, Mozambique, Director, Ministry of Agriculture
Taoufik Harzli Taoufik Harzli, Tunisie, Directeur de l'INFPCA de Sidi Thabet, représentant des centres d'ingénierie de formation
Kimathi M'Nkanata, Kenya, Deputy Director, Ministry of Education
Brigitte Fèvre, France, Directrice, Institut de la formation des acteurs du monde agricole et rural
Adama Faye, Sénégal, Responsable du Bureau d'Appui à la Coopération Sénégalo-Suisse

Saaetje Boutsen, International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development Advocacy (IAASTD), Officer for Africa
Caleb Mandikonza, Southern Africa Development Community, Regional Environmental Education Programme (SADC/WESSA)
Malcolm Hazelman, FAO, Senior Extension, Education and Communications Officer
Amidou Yacouba, Niger, Directeur adjoint, Institut pratique du développement rural (IPDR), Ministère de l'Agriculture et de l'élevage

Synthèse du Groupe de Travail n°4

15h45 - 17h45 Working Groups - discussion

Friday, 5 June 2009

08h30 - 13h00 Session 3 Plenary (Iran Room B-016)

Chair - Président: Alphonsine Bouya World Food Programme (WFP)

08h30 - 09h00 Roundtable of Working Groups moderators

09h00 - 09h45 Discussion and conclusions on Session 2.

10h00 - 13h00 Session 4 Plenary (Iran Room B-016)

Videoconference: "Rural Development and Education and Training Policies for Rural People".
Country Participants: Bénin, Cameroun, Côte d'Ivoire, Maroc, Mozambique, FAO Rome.

Time keeper Marc Aboucal (Réseau FAR)

Speakers - Intervenants (10 minutes)

10h00-10h10 André Gauron, France, Expert, Groupe Experts Formation Professionnelle (GEFOP)/Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
10h10- 10h20 Ingemar Gustafsson, Sweden, Guest Researcher, Stockholm University
10h20 -10h30 Pierre Blaise Ango, Cameroun, Chef de la cellule des programmes d'enseignement et de formation, Ministère de l'Agriculture et du Développement rural
10h30- 10h40 Leónidas Hitimana, Organisation de Coopération et de Développement Economiques (OCDE) - Club du Sahel et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, Chargé de Programme
10h40-10h50 Pasquale De Muro, Italy, Professor, Universitá degli Studi "Roma Tre" 10h50 - 11h00 Mohamed Saidi, Maroc, Directeur, Confédération marocaine de l'Agriculture et du Développement rural

Questions and answers



Chair - Président: Richard Walther, (GEFOP/AFD), Expert

14h30 - 15h45 Roundtable on "How to Foster Education and Training for Rural People in the International Agenda".

Ahlin Byll-Cataria (ADEA)
Hang Yin Qin, China, International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED), Expert
Richard Walther, (GEFOP/AFD), Expert

Questions and answers

15h45 - 16h00 Coffee break

16h00 - 16h50 Presentation of conclusions (en ppt).
Mamadou Ndoye, President of the Education for All in Africa Network, Executive Secretary of the Policy Action Group for Learning (PAGL) of the "Commission sur la Mondialisation" and former Executive Secretary of ADEA

16h50 - 17h00 Closing remarks FAO