Education for Employment – 2010-2015

The Faculty of Agriculture partnered with Coleges & Institutes Canada's EFE program to help reduce poverty in Tanzania. Education plays an essential role in strengthening Tanzania’s ability to address agricultural productivity. By partnering with local Vocational Training Centres(VTC’) we assisted in providing quality education where it’s most needed.

Additional information: Tanzania


Post Harvest Managment to Improve Livlihoods 2008-2017

Agriculture is the driving force of the Ethiopian economy, accounting for 90 per cent of foreign export earnings and 85 per cent of employment. The difficulty is that post-harvest losses are extremely high, ranging from 20-70 per cent depending on the crop. 

The Post-Harvest Management to Improve Livelihoods Project (PHMIL) focused on reducing post-harvest losses, adding value to existing products, utilizing waste products, monitoring quality and improving products to maintain nutritional quality and achieve export-level standards.

The Faculty of Agriculture partnered with the Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (JUCAVM) to train instructors in post-harvest management and value-added agriculture techniques.

We also helped develop BSc and MSc programs, improve library and laboratory facilities and establish a network of universities, industries, government and community groups with expertise and interest in the development of improved post-harvest systems. Further information about the Post-Harvest Management Department, its facilities and academic programs available in this promotional pamphlet.

Post-harvest technologies developed through graduate student and facultyresearch was shared with farmers via demonstration sites and a community-based education program.

PHM Resources and Guides

The PHMIL project has developed the following guides and resources which are available for your use:

Mainstreaming Gender and HIV & AIDS in Agriculture Curriculum: A guide for Instructors (pdf 652 KB)
This guide will be of use to Instructors at a University level in Ethiopia

Integrating Gender, HIV & AIDS, Participatory Methods and Technology Transfer:
A Toolkit for Development Agents in Ethiopia
 (pdf 62MB)
This guide will be of use to Development Agents and Agricultural Offices in Ethiopia

Gender and Enset guide (pdf 2.2 MB)
The guide and dvd can be used as a teaching resource in Ethiopia and Canada to help understand the gendered role of Agricultural production in Ethiopia.

Click here for PHMIL news in our August 2015 issue of Beyond Borders.


As a Tier 1 project of the University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program, the Post-Harvest Management to Improve Livelihoods Project was funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)

Other contributions

Agricultural Sustainability - 2005-2010

The Agricultural Sustainability project provides training for JUCAVM staff in effective pedagogy, community needs assessment, sustainable agricultural systems and curriculum development for community-based training. The project also helps with upgrading support services such as the library and demonstration laboratories.


Developing Rural Entrepreneurs - 2004-2010

The Developing Rural Entrepreneurs (DRE) project developed entrepreneurship-training programs through cooperation between a number of non-governmental and educational institutions in northern Ghana. These programs addressed the needs of existing and potential entrepreneurs and promoted economic activity and opportunity for women, men and youth in the region.

Agri-Entrepreneurship Training - 1997-2002

Focusing mainly on women in the northern region of Ghana, this project was developed to increase the entrepreneurial concepts and skills to groups and individuals working in the agri-food sector.

Saint Andrew's College - 1992-1995

This project provided staff development for Saint Andrew’s faculty at the Dalhouse Faculty of Agriculture as well as technical assistance in Ghana.

The Gambia

Sustainable Food Security - 2003-2008 

The Sustainable Food Security Project, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), was a partnership between Gambia College (GC) and the Faculty of Agriculture. The goal of the five year project was to address food insecurity issues in The Gambia through the design and implementation of stakeholder-responsive curricula of agricultural programmes by the School of Agriculture.  The Gambian instructors experienced first hand a participatory, consultative model for curriculum planning and development, partcipating in comprehensive revisions and updating of courses, demonstrating their new knowledge and skills. The Canadian team members modeled a respectful, inclusive facilitation style in the workshops where agricultural training needs were addressed. 

Capacity Building for Higher Education - 1997-2002 

The Faculty of Agriculture partnered with St. Mary’s University to help The Gambia develop its first university. The project provided assistance in strengthening Gambian higher education governance structures, policy formulations and planning mechanisms along with its administrative and management systems. 

Constructive Internationalism - 1991

This project consisted of a ten-week work and study program arranged for five Faculty of Agriculture students at Gambia College. The program covered tropical agriculture, cross cultural communications and development issues.

Gambia College Development Program – 1984-1995

This linkage with the Gambia College School of Agriculture provided training, program enhancement and campus development and was supported by CIDA through three consecutive projects over ten years.