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Agricultural curricula for undergraduate students

There are two most important topics currently of interest to the Faculties of Agriculture in universities throughout Africa. The first is the improvement of teaching. The second is the drawing-up of relevant curricula which will enable these Faculties to turn out agricultural graduates who have been well prepared to bring about agricultural change in their respective countries.

From its inception, the Association of Faculties of Agriculture in Africa (AFAA) has been attempting to urge the individual Faculties to re-examine their role as trainers of manpower who can transform agriculture and bring about development in the rural areas. Various governments, universities, international organizations and private foundations such as FAO, UNESCO, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Inter-University Council for Higher Education Overseas, the East African Community and others, have also been interested in the development of agricultural curricula which would enable Faculties of Agriculture to produce the kind of manpower which is more immediately useful to the needs of developing countries. A particular aim has been to find more effective ways to integrate theory with practice, and so to produce graduates who have acquired not only the necessary skills but the proper attitudes to enable them to bring about rapid changes in agriculture. The subject is relevant to countries not only in eastern Africa but in the whole of Africa and, indeed, elsewhere in the developing world where faculties of agriculture have regularly and increasingly been urged by circumstances to reappraise their curricula. A workshop on this subject was held in Tanzania, in September 1976, to provide a forum for the development of ideas and opinions concerning the magnitude of the problems at present and the possible ways that there may be of solving them. The proceedings of the Workshop on Agricultural Curricula for Undergraduate Students, held at the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Science, University of Dar-es-Salaam, Morogoro, Tanzania, 13 - 19 September 1976, have been edited by C.L. Keswani, P.A. Huxley, M.L. Kyomo, J. Moris, and are published by the University of Dar-es-Salaam and the Ford Foundation (1976), 378 pages.