Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

I thought Dr Gartuala expressed very well the potential tension between the formal curriculum in the college setting and the farmers' knowledge and perceptions in the social and workday landscape:

Especially in the rural communities the community-based informal education and curriculum-based formal education are two intersecting knowledge spheres, which can become imporant components to increase food literacy. Our study shows a negative correlation between these two knowledge spheres ....

Reconciling these two spheres seems to me to be an essential component of the college curriculum, enabling students to create bridges through dialogue and experience with the community, through which they learn as much as the community does.  This constructivist approach, "starting where people are" can use an agricultural metaphor:  before you plant, first know your soil and your microclimate!

Jane Sherman

Nutrition education consultant, FAO