HEFSESE (Higher Education for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability in Eritrea)

Coordinator University of Helsinki
Contact details Mohamed Elfadl, mohamed.elfadl(at)helsinki.fi
Budget404 880
Duration 11/2015 - 12/2017
Academic field Agricultural sciences
Funded since 2015


Hamelmalo Agricultural College

Project description

Higher agricultural education and research services for innovative activities are still very weak in Eritrea to challenge a number of new and emerging issues like climate change, smart agriculture (that involves agroforestry), sustainable development goals, and green economy, among others.

The major challenge is the transformation of agricultural higher education institutions (AHEIs) into dynamic promoters of change within their environments. This will require from AHEIs to abandon the long-established traditions of academic isolation and become active contributors to sustainable agricultural and rural development through innovative teaching and research to improve efficiency of resource use to improve efficiency of resource use – e.g. more crop per kg of nutrients, more crop per drop of water, more crop per unit of energy, and higher productivity per unit labour in order to increase agricultural productivity, close yield gaps, achieve maximum sustainable yield in farms of both crops and livestock.

The overall objective of this project is to support the development of sustainable institutional capacity in HAC through enhancing the of teachers methodological and pedagogical competencies, strengthening curriculum and training of staff. Only then, HAC will be capable of to contribute to development of society, economic growth and sustainable development of Eritrea.

This project is expected to improve the pedagogical capacity of the teachers which will contribute to the skills and knowledge of the graduates. Also, the scope of curriculum will be widened to include courses such as agroforestry, remote sensing and others. This will increase employment opportunities of graduates and improve the food security and economic-sufficiency of the poor who will be benefitted from the knowledge and management abilities of the graduates.