Curriculum and Pedagogy

Ending hunger and poverty requires investments in human and institutional capacity development for agricultural education and training. The World Bank recommends a focus on updating curricula, changing teaching practices, and increasing the number of all post-secondary graduates.[1] The updated curricula must be value chain-focused, and pedagogy must be learner-centered.

AET curricula must be responsive to value chain workforce needs. Demand-driven education and training prepares graduates for available jobs and ensures employer satisfaction with potential candidates. Teachers should use methods that encourage problem solving, critical thinking, and soft skills development in order to develop a workforce of active learners that are prepared to adapt as the climate or market changes—that have the confidence to be creative leaders, whether in the field, on the production line, or during community or business meetings. This approach to capacity development should be long-term and local, so that the educational pipeline will produce properly trained personnel in a sustained fashion as the market evolves.

InnovATE’s Work on Curriculum and Pedagogy

AET Systems/Institutional Assessments:

Thematic Studies:

Concept Notes on Contemporary Challenges in AET:

Good Practice Papers:

Blog Series, Ag Educators Corner:

[1] World Bank. (2008). World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development. Pg. 223.

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