Spring 2022 Newsletter

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The Case for SBAE

In a powerful article featured in The Agricultural Education Magazine, JackElliot, Professor and Senior Scientist at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, makes a stirring case for the necessity of school-based agricultural education to be part of the development of the African continent as population outpaces job creation.

“Investment in education and training is essential in building an educated and skilled workforce and to encourage innovation.”

Elliot emphasizes youth’s essential role in”leaving no one behind” as governments and policymakers fight for a sustainable future for all.

Read his team’s full remarks here, beginning on page 23.


SBAE in Action

Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia – The 5th AnnualYouth Agriculture Fair was held on February 18. Over 90 participants including students, teachers/club advisors, and school administrators helped celebrate the theme of “Empowering Youth in Education and Agricultural Development”. 

Students competed in several rounds of competition to be crowned “Best School”. John Zawu Christian School of Lofa County landed in the top spot after their performances in Agricultural Quiz, Debate, and the Produce Showcase featuring the products from their school demonstration farm.

Guest speaker Mr. Octavius Qwarbo, the designee of the Country Director & Representative of the UN Food Food Program spoke on the need for governments to support agriculture.

Koforidua, Ghana – March 17 marked the return of the National LEAD Contest for 4-H Ghana and the IAEFP. With over 150 students and 14 teachers from 14 schools, performances in Opening Ceremonies, Creed Speaking, and Quiz Bowl were exceptional with fierce competition from multiple schools. Also in attendance were representatives from the Ministry of Education and 4-H staff. Join us in congratulating our impressive contest winners. 



Upcoming Events

Fellowship Connection

AgriCorps & IAEFP are hosting a joint virtual meeting for current and past Fellows to connect with each other, get updated on current program activities, and reflect on their personal Fellowship experiences. Mark your calendars for 3 pm on June 13! More details to follow.

AgriCorps & GLAG

Join AgriCorps at 8:30 am ET on June 29 for a special session of the Global Learning in Agriculture (GLAG) Network featuring a global contingency of SBAE practitioners. 

Skip the $25 fee by using AgriCorps’ code:
(enter as “Digital Pass” during registration process).