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Short-term work opportunities – Syrian Farmers Podcast

Call to contribute to the ‘Syrian Farmers Podcast’ Pilot Project

Short-term work opportunities restricted to ACDP-SAE members**

The aim of the project is to pilot a podcast-approach to knowledge-sharing with Syrian farmers on agricultural practices and sustainable approaches, drawing on the expertise of Syrian agricultural experts in Syria and in exile.  These podcast episodes will take the form of host-led interviews/discussions on the following crop and practice areas: Wheat, Olive Oil production, Olive products, Pistachio, Tomato, Pepper, Cucumber, Potato, Eggplant, and Hydroponics, focusing on aspects of particular value and benefit to Syrian farmers.

Short-term work opportunities. We are looking to recruit ten agricultural experts to prepare written material and to each record one of ten 60-minute Podcast episodes.

Remuneration. A one-off fee of £125 per episode. Please note that to ensure the required quality, podcasts may need to be recorded more than once. Podcast training will be provided for successful candidates.

Application Deadline:           Monday 4th February 2021

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Person Specification

Qualifications

Ph.D. or MSc degree in the agricultural sciences or equivalent work experience, specialising in the fields of horticulture, plant protection, food processing, agricultural extension or crop production.

Essential, in the context of the 10 pilot topics.

  • At least five-years’ experience in field cultivation.
  • A good understanding of current agricultural challenges including food security, agricultural sustainability in relation to one or more of the podcast topics.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with evidence of publications – e.g. articles, books and guidelines, non-scientific journals, blogs.
  • The ability to share your expert knowledge and advice with a lay audience.
  • Interest in and commitment to the aims and values that underpin this project, as a potential contributor to the longer-term (post-pilot) Podcast series.
  • Stable Internet and smartphone access.

Desirable

  1. Connections to farmers and community-based agricultural associations.
  2. Interest and motivation to gain podcasting experience.

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To apply, please send your CV along with a covering letter (email) outlining your expertise, what you can contribute specifying one episode topic, and why, to contact@acdps.org by 5 pm on 4th Feb. 2021 (Turk time). The project steering committee will evaluate the applications, only selected candidates will be contacted.

**Please note that this call is restricted to ACDP-SAE members, however applications will also be accepted from those wishing to join the SAE Network.

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For more information:

Please contact Dr. Mirela Barbu, M.E.Barbu@sussex.ac.uk, Project PI (University of Sussex), Dr. Shaher Abdullateef, shaher.a@acdps.org, PC. (ACDP-SAE).

E-LEARNING FOR SYRIAN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
E-LEARNING FOR SYRIAN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION

Cross Border Connected Learning in Northern Syria: An Agricultural Pilot Study

Cross Border Connected Learning in Northern Syria: An Agricultural Pilot Study

(a) Abdullateef, S., (b) Parkinson, (c) T. Sarmini, I

a Academic entre for Development and Peace Studies, Gaziantep, Turkey
 University of Kent, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Canterbury, United Kingdom
c Gaziantep University, Faculty of Education, Gaziantep, Turkey

Abstract

Prior to 2011, public universities and private institutions in Syria were the main sources of knowledge and skills training for industry and agriculture. Due to the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis however, the country’s education system has been decimated at all levels, with disastrous effects for the nation’s knowledge base and training provision. To address these circumstances, strategies and methods for effectively re-skilling and up-skilling the agricultural workforce inside Syria are urgently needed. Traditional face-to-face models of education are difficult to implement due to conditions of conflict. This action research project centres on the delivery of participatory e-learning courses by Syrian academics in exile to learners inside Syria. In this paper, we describe and evaluate the delivery of a 5-week pilot course on Soilless Cultivation Systems. In addition to delivering an effective course, we sought to understand the challenges associated with distance learning in the Syrian context, to inform further development of approaches that can surmount these challenges, and which might in due course be extended into other areas beyond agricultural engineering. Accordingly, we developed a course that at a) constituted a meaningful educational experience for learners; b) facilitated the trial of a range of pedagogical approaches; and c) allowed for the collection of evaluative data to inform subsequent learning design. Findings highlighted the challenges of achieving applied relevance without laboratory or field access, meeting the needs and expectations of diverse learners, and facilitating sufficient interaction between learners and the lecturer. Possible strategies to address these issues include the use of high-quality video and images and planned use of routine social media technologies to facilitate parallel networking and resource share.

Keywords

e-learning, agricultural education, Syria, soilless culture systems, conflict, cross border, connected learning

 

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To cite this article:

Shaher Abdullateef, Tom Parkinson, Iman Sarmini, 2020. Cross Border Connected Learning in Northern Syria: An Agricultural Pilot Study,
International Journal of Educational Research Open, ISSN 2666-3740, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedro.2020.100005.

Agricultural Knowledge from Academy to Farming Communities

Agricultural knowledge from academy to
farming communities: The role of higher
education in enhancing food security in Syria

Abdullateef, S., Almashhour, E., Alabboud, A., Saleh, B. M., Albayoush, A., Assaf, M. and Adam-Bradford, A.

Abstract

The dynamics of the Syrian conflict present a complex set of challenges that led to considering more than 10.5 million people food insecure and in need of urgent agricultural and livelihood assistance. This article investigates the role of higher education (HE) in food security. It considers how universities, graduates, and appropriate curriculum and research engagement can address challenges and provide innovative
solutions in Syria.

 

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To cite this article:

Abdullateef, S., Almashhour, E., Alabboud, A., Saleh, B. M., Albayoush, A., Assaf, M. and Adam-Bradford, A. (2020) Agricultural knowledge
from academy to farming communities: The role of higher education in enhancing food security in Syria, Education and Conflict Review, 3, 67–76.

Drones for precision agriculture

Drones for precision agriculture – Smart Agriculture

How can drones benefit farmers?

The drone was used over the pineapple farm of AYINBORA in Ghana -Afrika,
after flying the drone over this farm. When the images were analyzed, it was realized that part of his pineapple field had a fungal attack. And detecting it at an early stage saved Joshua a lot of money.

 

 

bins of greenhouse bell peppers

Greenhouse – Modern Agriculture Technology

Awesome Greenhouse Bell Pepper Farming – Modern Agriculture Technology

 

Greenhouse pepper production is based on a year-long production cycle. Typically, seeding occurs in early to mid-October, plants are moved from the nursery into the production greenhouses six weeks later, just before Christmas. Harvest begins in late March and continues through to the following November. It takes roughly four months from seeding to first pick.

 

 

THE CURRENT CONSERVATION STATUS OF HORTICULTURAL GENETIC RESOURCES

The Current Conservation Status of Horticultural Genetic Resources and their Cryopreservation Future in Syria

Shaher Abdullateef, Ina Pinker and Michael Böhme

Department of Horticultural Plant Systems

Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture

Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin

Keywords: plant genetic resources, in situ, ex situ, genebanks, biotechnology

Abstract

Syria, located at the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea, has a unique potential and richness in genetic diversity. There are over 3150 plant species among them world-wide important plants, e.g. almond, apple, date palm, pear, pistachio, and olive. Because of numerous man-made and natural pressures, losses in biological diversity especially for apples and wild olive are recorded. Therefore, in collaboration with IPGRI and FAO, a national program for plant genetic resources conservation was established 10 years ago. It involves in situ, ex situ and in vitro conservation approaches. In the frame of this program, characterization of the genetic diversity of local Syrian cultivars has started. The in situ conservation of wild plant species is carried out through over 22 protected areas and 2 national parks of 315,221 ha in total. Ex situ conservation includes seed genebanks to storage seeds for long-term (at -18°C to – 22°C) and medium-term (at 0°C to 4°C), field genebanks to storage apple, pistachio, wild olive etc., and botanical gardens. In vitro conservation is used to maintain local cultivars of potato. For vegetative propagated plants, cryopreservation could be a promising technique for long-term conservation. However, in spite of availability of cryopreservation protocols, this technique is not used in Syria due to a lack of coordinated research, as well as limitations in efficient and robust cryopreservation protocols and technologies.

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THE ORIGINS OF HYDROPONIC

THE ORIGINS OF HYDROPONIC

Adhyayan Panwar

The origins of hydroponics can be traced back to the ancient city of Babylon, where present-day Iraq is located. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is the first known example of soil-less growth of plants. This was around 600 BC. Later on, around 1100 BC, the Aztec Indians got creative with their growing techniques and created gardens that seemed to be floating. These “floating gardens” were called ‘chinampas’, which had a strong combination of roots and lashes, laden with sediment from lake-bottoms, providing nutrients to the crops and plantations.
 Similar floating plantations were discovered by Marco Polo on his visit to China, which left him bewildered as he hadn’t seen anything like this ever before. The first scientific perspective towards this soil-less technique is attributed to the Italian genius, Leonardo da Vinci, who observed that plants and crops needed to absorb minerals to survive. His findings were published after his death, that implied his famous branching rule: “all the branches of a tree at every stage of its height when put together are equal in thickness to the trunk”.

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