AgShare is a collaboration between existing organizations. It is an alignment initiative to leverage the attention of existing organizations in various domains to create and openly share different types of OER that strengthen MSc agriculture faculty and curriculum and create downstream uses of the OER for other stakeholders. This phase targeted three institutions situated in Ethiopia and Uganda. The institutions are: Haramaya (Ethiopia), Makerere (Uganda) and Mekelle (Ethiopia) Universities and aims to help institutionalise the AgShare methodology in these institutions. With the addition of RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture) as a new partner, AgShare II is integrated with an extensive network with the potential to build upon the success of the pilot by disseminating results.
The AgShare methodology consists of using a research-based approach for the co-creation and release/sharing of purposeful agricultural knowledge within and across stakeholder groups. The key components of this method are that:
Field-based action research is carried out into farmers’ practices and needs by students, working closely with their faculty supervisors. Research is participatory and involves relevant community-wide partners within respective value chains.
Students, faculty and staff participate in capacity-building workshops in participatory action research, pedagogical design, OER and media production skills.
Student work is published in three ways: as OER multimedia learning packages for incorporation into degree programs; as information for farmers that is used for follow-up visits and extension materials; as research in masters and PhD theses and undergraduate student research.
The OER are released in appropriate formats and widely disseminated leading to recognition for scholarship, teaching, research and extension.