Agshare II was a collaboration with three institutions, Haramaya and Mekelle Universities in Ethiopia and Makerere University in Uganda. The aim was 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. A further aim was to help institutionalise the Agshare methodology in the institutions.  The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) came on board as a new partner in this phase, thus increasing the network in order to build on the success of the pilot phase of Agshare.

Core to Agshare II objectives was the dissemination of agricultural knowledge, multimedia and the AgShare methodology to a wider community of practice.

During the project targeted courses were revised in order to strengthen the curriculum on the basis of action research by postgraduate students and their supervisors. These courses were content reviewed by discipline experts at the Michigan State University and were reviewed for pedagogical appropriateness by Saide experts. Multimedia in the form of photographs and videos were generated through field work.


Agshare Methodology

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.  


Case Studies

Theses (Completed, Examined and Defended)

  • Haumbe, E. 2015 Challenges of documenting and disseminating agricultural Indigenous knowledge for sustainable food security in Soroti District
  • Yohanes, Meron. 2015.‘Analysis of spatial co-integration of two major vegetable markets in Eastern Ethiopia’.

Publication in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Geith, C. and Vignare, K. 2013. AgShare Open Knowledge: Improving Rural Communities through University Student Action Research.  Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Volume 17: Issue 2
  • Jemal, Y.H. 2015.The Potential of a Multimedia Open Educational Resource Module in Enhancing Effective Teaching and Learning in a Postgraduate Agricultural Program: Experience From AgShare Project Model. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Volume 17: Issue 2.



Convening Documentation