Commonwealth Co-operation in Open Learning

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Distance Teaching for Agriculture

Farmers would seem an obvious client group for distance education programmes. They are by far the largest occupational group in most Commonwealth countries; they are geographically dispersed; they have generally had less access to formal education than urban-based occupational groups; as they are self-employed it is usually impossible for them to attend residential training courses for more than a few days at a time; and they are increasingly faced with new challenges and opportunities which require knowledge and skills which they do not have. Many current trends in agricultural technology demand a considerable understanding of ecological processes and relationships before the need for them can be recognised or their potential realised on the farm.


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