The Commonwealth of Learning’s Lifelong Learning for Farmers model has been implemented in Tanzania’s Kagera region, in order to offer training to farmers using open and distance learning
The Commonwealth of Learning’s Lifelong Learning for Farmers model has been implemented in Tanzania’s Kagera region, in order to offer training to farmers using open and distance learning.
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has supported the development of numerous learning platforms that can be accessed around the world through open and distance learning (ODL).
The Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) model aims to empower farming communities through flexible learning and is working with several Commonwealth partners to improve financial literacy and skills among farmers, particularly women.
The initiative includes mobile learning and traditional face-to-face approaches to train farmers in the northwestern region of Tanzania, providing access to extension services and communication and information technologies in order to improve farming practices.
It has led to a simplified means of communication between farmers, an increased awareness of the agricultural community, and improved links for farmers to financial institutions.
Kagera’s regional government acknowledged the support given by COL’s partner Matumaini Mapya, a women’s and children’s empowerment organisation, for agricultural extension services through the mobile learning system.
James Onyango, a COL Education Specialist on Agriculture and Livelihoods, said: “The adoption of this model by the regional government of Kagera is a key milestone in transforming the livelihoods and security of thousands of marginalised farming communities.
“The Open University of Tanzania will be working with Kagera regional government to create awareness of the model among farmers and ultimately improve their livelihoods.”
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