Engineering education for agricultural and rural development in Africa

TitleEngineering education for agricultural and rural development in Africa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsAdewumi, BA
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number03043797
Accession Number32794392
KeywordsAfrica , Agricultural , AGRICULTURE , education , ENGINEERING , INDUSTRIAL , INDUSTRIALIZATION , sustainable , TRAINING
AbstractAgricultural Engineering has transformed agricultural practices from subsistence level to medium and large-scale production via mechanisation in the developed nations. Agricultural engineering is not well perceived in African countries. It is mostly perceived as tractorisation. Whereas, agricultural engineering practice include options such as farm power and machinery, storage and food processing, soil and water conservation, rural electrification, structures and environment, and ergonomics. Governments in most developed countries accepted agricultural engineering as a viable option for food sufficiency, and formulated and implemented favourable policies to support the practice of agricultural engineering. In Africa, agricultural engineers are often marginalised. The paper therefore addresses issues that are essential for a better orientation of agricultural engineering training and education, and subsequently influence a better policy on agricultural engineering education in Africa.
NotesAdewumi, B. A. 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Food Science and Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria; Source Info: Jun2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p321; Subject Term: AGRICULTURAL engineering; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: AGRICULTURAL development; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE development; Subject Term: AGRICULTURAL productivity; Subject Term: INDUSTRIALIZATION; Subject Term: INDUSTRIAL engineering; Subject Term: AGRICULTURE & state; Subject Term: AFRICA; Author-Supplied Keyword: agricultural engineering; Author-Supplied Keyword: education; Author-Supplied Keyword: engineering practice; Author-Supplied Keyword: training; NAICS/Industry Codes: 926140 Regulation of Agricultural Marketing and Commodities; NAICS/Industry Codes: 926110 Administration of General Economic Programs; Number of Pages: 10p; Document Type: Article
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