Agricultural Role Models
Learning From Outstanding Agricultural Professionals
The MAFS Consortium has sought to identify a cross-section of highly effective agricultural and agribusiness professionals in order to understand what has enabled these top performers to excel in agricultural and food system careers in Africa. Following nominations and careful vetting, the team conducted in-depth interviews with each role model in order to trace their professional trajectories and help advise us on how Africa’s AET institutions can better prepare future professionals for productive careers in Africa’s rapidly growing and rapidly changing agricultural and food systems.
Based on in-depth qualitative interviews, we asked the role model to help answer two critical questions: • How can Africa motivate its youth to consider careers in agriculture and agribusiness? • How can agricultural education and training (AET) institutions better prepare youth for productive careers in agribusiness?
The Role Model profiles posted on the Role Model Directory or on the navigation bar on the left detail their individual responses, while our summary report provides an overview of the experience and their guidance for AET institutions and for individuals considering careers in African agriculture and agribusiness.
Call for Nominations: Role Models in African Agriculture and Food Systems
Learning from outstanding agricultural professionals: If Africa’s agriculture and food system is to meet the needs of a rapidly growing and fast transforming population, institutions of agricultural education and training (AET) will need to transform current curricula to equip graduates for future professional requirements. The Capacity Development for Modernizing African Food Systems (MAFS) Project is seeking to identify professional role models in African agriculture and food systems - individuals from Africa who have made an impact on advancing Africa’s agriculture and food system development in any sphere related to agricultural production (crops, horticulture, forestry, fisheries and livestock), value chain development, finance, processing and policy.
Our goal is to identify a broad selection of highly effective agricultural and agribusiness professionals in order to understand what has enabled these top performers to improve agricultural and food systems in Africa. Following nominations, a cross-section of nominees will be selected from different fields for in-depth interviews aimed at tracing their professional trajectories and helping us to understand how Africa’s AET institutions can better prepare future professionals for Africa’s growing agricultural and food systems.
Nomination procedures: Individuals or organisations may nominate candidates by supplying the information requested below.
Closing date for nominations: July 31, 2013
About the MAFS initiative: The MAFS initiative is a collaborative effort among the Universities of Makarere, Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Michigan State that seeks to identify the workforce skills required to modernize Africa’s rapidly growing food systems and to share this knowledge widely. For further details, see www.mafs-africa.org.
Nominating form: Click here to download form. role models nominating form