Cornell International Symposium on Agricultural Education
and Information Systems

Workshop I:  Knowledge Systems (Ithaca, NY)

Workshop II: Delivery Systems (Livingstone, Zambia)

A series of two workshops will bring together agricultural scholars and practitioners with information/educational technology experts to explore a new frontier in agricultural education and extension. The focus of the conference is the smallholder- rethinking systems of training, access to information, and knowledge sharing to facilitate improved decision-making among small-scale farmers in South Asia and Africa. Within this context, participants will examine knowledge, education, and information needs all along the education/information chain, including the policy-makers, faculty, students, extension workers, private input suppliers, large and small producers.

In particular, participants will be asked to explore the potential for new technologies to democratize agricultural education and information systems in Africa and Asia, giving "voice" and access to smallholders. Advances in information and communication technology in developed countries have created new participatory models of knowledge sharing and content generation in educational systems. These workshops will encourage consideration of the impact and feasibility of similar models, adapted to the institutional
and social contexts of agriculture in Africa and Asia.