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Seed4Africa: Agritech capacity building and knowledge transfer in Africa

The project aims to enhance the professional profile of African VET
teachers and trainers in the field of agriculture and rural development
by offering online, face-to-face, and work-based learning opportunities.

In order to do so, Seed4Africa will support the establishment of an
international network of VET – Vocational Education and Training –
providers in 3 different countries (Italy, Belgium, and Spain) and 5
Sub-Saharan countries (Niger, Benin, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa) with the potential to furtherly extend within the EU, as well as in the whole southern African region.

Project activities will promote the enhancement of VET quality and
attractiveness, with a specific focus on smart, digital, and sustainable
farming, in particular by:

  1. Adapting and transferring the results of 3 good practices financed by the Erasmus+ program for the design of innovative training approaches and materials in agricultural education, namely:
    • SEED - Smart Entrepreneurial Education and Training in Digital Farming, which has developed a joint digital farming curriculum for the training of Digital Transformation Agents in Agriculture mapped both of DigComp and EntreComp frameworks of the European Commission.
    • PONICS VET - Hydroponics Agricultural Technician that offers a guide for VET teachers and trainers who want to specialize in Controlled Environment Agriculture methods and technologies, as well as an e-learning short course on sustainable agriculture techniques and innovation for rural and semi-urban farmers.
    • LiveAdapt - Solutions for the adaptation of Extensive Livestock to Climate Change, a LIFE project that has supported the development of a flexible training plan consisting of several modules that allow extensive livestock stakeholders to compose their own training program according to their concerns and level.
  2. Enhancing communication and cooperation among VET providers at local and international levels, exchanging good practices, initiatives, and tools, also with the organization of job shadowing and technical visits for African VET teachers and technical staff in the schools of the ENNE National Networks represented in the project
  3. Innovating the provision of VET programs encourages the
    collaboration between educational institutions, public authorities
    and private companies, especially through the conduction of
    contest based initiatives, such as hackathons and innovation
    Bootcamp, where mixed teams of VET students and Agriculture
    stakeholders will co-design digital and entrepreneurial solutions
    for societal challenges linked to the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030.

Seed4Africa will have a duration of 36 months, from September 2022 until August 2025, and it will create the conditions to create new sustainable cooperation among VET schools from different countries in order to create long-term synergies to enhance VET

For more information:
Tel.: +225 27 22 43 36 49

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