Training African lecturers
The first key set of activities aims to deepen theoretical and practical know-how in
teaching, supervising and research of the African University staff in the fields of Food Chain Management as well as Problem-Based Learning methodology. This will be carried out through extensive staff exchanges between German and African lecturers, and summer schools at each partner university.
Here, the ValueLead partners will train teaching staff of African universities: those who
will teach the newly developed curriculum elements, the supervisors of subsequent
study projects and those involved in developing the quality assurance system of the
curricula. Selected graduate students from local partner universities will also be invited as participants.
Developing poverty reduction focused curricula
In the following phase of the project, new curricula in sustainable and quality-oriented
fresh-food chain management will be developed jointly by German and African lecturers. It will be adapted to the realities of the fresh-food sector in Ethiopia and Kenya and incorporate poverty reduction as a focal point.
The newly developed curriculum will comprise four teaching modules, problem-based
study projects, internships, a mentoring programme and a quality assurance system.
The modules will cover fresh-food chain management and marketing, sustainable and quality-oriented dairy/vegetable and fruit production, as well as smallholder cooperation systems. Study projects emphasise interdisciplinary research. All curriculum elements will be incorporated into an interactive virtual learning environment. Quality management will be developed and institutionalised. This will enable students to assess the curricula and food sector actors to voice their needs for the education of future staff.
Bringing agro-food education system closer to industry
ValueLead partners will also set up institutionalised networks between each African
partner university and local or regional enterprises of the agri-food sector as well as NGOs, extension agencies and development organisations active in the sector. Case studies on specific problems arising in the food sector involving food industry actors and internships offered to students at enterprises, organisations or local farms are two examples of how ValueLead will link universities and the food industry in Ethiopia and Kenya. In addition, professionals from the sector will guide students in a mentoring programme to encourage employment-related qualification.
Network coordination desks will be set up in each African university to promote cooperation between food enterprises and organisations, to assist students in finding internship placements and promote joint university-industry activities. Furthermore, fresh-food industry actors will be involved in the development of new teaching modules – thereby contributing their practical experiences.
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Haramaya University, Ethiopia
Egerton University, Kenya