Empowering Agricultural Cadres in Rodrigues through a Tailor-Made BSc (Hons) AgricScience and Technology Programme
Mr K. Boodhoo
In Rodrigues, agriculture is vital for food security but faces climate risks. FoA enhances Commission for Agriculture staff with an Agricultural Science and Technology degree, bolstering climate-resilient farming. The project covers 25% of costs, the rest from Rodrigues Regional Assembly.
This package empowers smallholders in a climate-smart dairy chain, focusing on a model farm at AgriTECH Park, University of Mauritius. It addresses dairy sector research, sustainable practices, and youth engagement. Aligns with DeSIRA’s goals: food security, quality milk, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. Supports government and private sector visions of food security, local product promotion, and youth engagement. Replicating model farms modernizes agriculture with climate-smart tech, aligning with government and university aims.
Brief information on the context and objectives of the programme
Overview of the BSc (Hons) AgricScience and Technology (Top Up) programme for Rodrigues
Design of the Programme of Study in collaboration with the Rodrigues Regional Assembly (RRA)
Approval of the Programme of Study by the University of Mauritius Senate in 2019 after the approval by the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Agriculture
Approval of the Programme of Study by the RRA in November 2021
17 Agricultural Cadres of the Commission for Agriculture have expressed interest to follow the Top- Up Programme
Draft Memorandum of Understanding has been prepared in Jan 2022 (Awaiting Clearance from RRA)
The course will be run on a blended mode on a part-time basis over 2 years, and is due to start in June 2023
Aim: To empower the human capital in Rodrigues through agricultural education for improved resilience to climate change.
Scope: Rodrigues’ agriculture is vulnerable to climate change. Enhancing the capacity of Agricultural Officers in Rodrigues through training is a stepping stone to support the farming community in Rodrigues to build climate resilience in agriculture. Therefore, the FoA will develop and run a programme to give the opportunity to staff who currently have a Diploma in Agriculture or related subjects to upgrade to a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science and Technology.
5.1.1 Develop a Top-up Agricultural Science and Technology programme designed for Rodrigues;
5.1.2 Run the programme for the staff of the Commission of Agriculture, Rodrigues Regional Assembly