Innovative Pedagogical Resources in Conservation Agriculture in South-East Asia
IPERCA is funded by the Agropolis Fondation and brings together the CIRAD (UR AIDA/CSIA), the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA, Ecoland center), the University of Battambang (UBB), IRC/SupAgro, the State University of Ponta Grossa (UEPG, Brazil), and the General Directorate of Agriculture/Conservation Agriculture Service Center (CASC). The project starts in January 2015 and will end in December 2016. IPERCA is based at Ecoland research center (assessing land use and livelihoods changes and ecosystem services for the main agro-ecosystems of Cambodia) at the faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the Royal University of Agriculture (Phnom Penh).
IPERCA aims at designing and assessing innovative pedagogical tools (e-learning tool, video, case studies, research results, and field/lab tools) in Conservation Agriculture and ecological intensification for master degree and bachelor programs in Cambodia with the following specific objectives:
- Capacity building of the professors/lecturers in Conservation Agriculture/Ecological Intensification,
- Research studies (ecology/biophysical and socio-economy),
- Design educational materials through the involvement of professors/lecturers and students, increasing the link between the field and teaching activities,
- Build the capacity of the webmaster/pedagogical engineer at RUA,
- Embed the teaching materials into an e-learning tool (open course in CA).
IPERCA takes stock of the activities conducted in Cambodia (Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom and Battambang provinces) but also in the region (Laos, Vietnam) and in Madagascar (Handbook from Madagascar). In addition, past experiences of the partners conjugated with their collaboration networks (Conservation Agriculture Network in South-East Asia/CANSEA, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture/SEARCA, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable Intensification) will improve the visibility and sustainability of IPERCA and will facilitate leverage additional international partnerships, and funding.
CIRAD has long-term partnerships with Southern countries in the field of conservation agriculture. It is essential to translate these experiences into learning and training tools, making them available for higher education programs. A range of engineering, research and scientific information and materials have been produced, but to date there has not been produced pedagogical materials for higher education system on NT cropping systems and Conservation Agriculture practices in South-East Asia. There is a need for exchanging the stories of success and failure from agronomists, technicians and farmers. There is also a need to use the research results, experiences and lessons learned from implementation and not just theory. This project should be the first step to fill these needs.
IPERCA is a first step to design an open course in CA in the region. The materials developed could be of first interest to the members of CANSEA, to regional universities, and to SEARCA.