Integrating video mediated learning in higher education in Africa

  • 27th October 2016
  • by secretary
20 – 21 October 2016. Cape Town. Side event of Access Agriculture at the RUFORUM conference.

Recent research shows that 20% of the about 100,000 visitors to the video sharing platform of Access Agriculture come from African Universities. Hence the Regional Universities for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and Access Agriculture (an international NGO that serves as an independent, not-for-profit global facilitator for the sharing of relevant, quality farmer training videos in support of sustainable agriculture, natural resource management and markets in developing countries) signed, in 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding
to further stimulate video use in universities and progressively include video mediated learning into the curricula of universities (extension schools).

This event aimed to: Create awareness for video mediated learning among Higher Education institutions, mainly universities and initiate the inclusion of video mediated learning into the curriculum of universities, especially in the curriculum of schools of extension and rural development


  • Share the experience of pilot universities in video use in extension and teaching 
  • hare research outputs on video mediated learning 
  • Introduce a selection of university lecturers to basic techniques of farmer training videos (fact sheet development, script writing and video production)
This event comprised of a series of presentations to share experiences. There were hands-on training in video production which were split into three parts: a) a session to discuss fact sheet development, script writing and tips for video production; b) a session to allow participants to practice shooting videos and c) another session to edit. The outputs (short videos) of the training will shared on the conference website.
Agricultural advisory services in developing countries face many challenges, one of which is to respond meaningfully to farmers’ diverse demands for advice on crop, livestock, fish, processing, business, finance and marketing issues. With limited resources, advisors struggle to reach the millions of farmers. 
Across countries, research institutes, universities, NGOs, extension services, companies, radio stations and farmer-based organisations are making considerable efforts to find or develop suitable training materials for their staff and the farmers with whom they work. Farmer to farmer training videos have proven to be an effective method of knowledge sharing and have recently created a momentum in Africa.