SAIDE Newsletter Vol.20 No.3 2014

This issue of the newsletter discusses an innovative digital fluency course for the academic staff at the University of Tanzania by Brenda Mallinson, a possible workshop or colloquium for higher education providers in South Africa on the new distance education policy, the South African Basic Education conference and the possibilities for the African Storybook project, as well as information on the Green Learning Network project by Greig Krull.

AgShare Planning and Pilot Project Impact Study

This Impact Study focussed on assessing AgShare impact on the three layers of the project, namely: teaching and learning, project ‘take up’, and farming practice.

Perspectives of Agricultural Extension

The “Perspectives of Agricultural Extension” aims at providing AICM students with an understanding of the perspectives of agricultural extension.

Farmers' Agribusiness Training Course: Module 1 Supplementary Reading. Rural Financial Services in Kenya: What is Working and Why?

This study examines the evolving structure of the rural financial services in Kenya and the extent to which the current financial institutions have improved access to producers and traders in the rural areas.

The Use of Open Education Resources at the University of Malawi (UNIMA)

This case study explores the use of Open Education Resources at the University of Malawi (UNIMA) and describes the project implementation and processes for an e-learning University Certificate Midwifery Course, the use of OER to compile a first-year....

Credits for Serbian Agriculture in the Transition Period

This paper reviews the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management`s decision to provide loans to agricultural entities in the transition period from 2004 to 2008.

The Effect of Farm Labor Organization on IPM Adoption. Empirical Evidence from Thailand

This paper examines the effect of labor organization on integrated pest management (IPM) using cross section data collected from a participatory farming system survey of 157 durian growers in Chanthaburi, Thailand, in 2005.

Saffron Supply Response: A Panel Data Approach

The main objective of this study is to identify the main economic factors which affect the supply response of saffron in Iran using panel data econometrics approach.

Soil management for vegetable growing in the Philippine uplands: A bio-economic analysis

A bio-economic analysis is used in this research to investigate the economic returns in terms of gross and net annual income over time for upland farmers from adopting alternative soil management options.