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An emergency fund – You Are Not Alone

Syria and Turkey: You Are Not Alone

The Kahramanmaras earthquake has devastated communities throughout Turkey and Northwest Syria, where 16,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands more injured and displaced.

But victims of the earthquake cannot wait any longer for help.

That’s why You Are Not Alone is raising money to send directly to local humanitarian organisations working across Southern Turkey and in Idlib and Aleppo Countryside in Syria. These organizations have strong ties to their communities and are mobilizing their teams to secure shelter, food, warm clothing and vital medicines for victims and their families.

For more information about the campaign and how to support please click the picture below:

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


Person Specification


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.


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


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 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.


For more information:

Please contact Dr. Mirela Barbu,, Project PI (University of Sussex), Dr. Shaher Abdullateef,, PC. (ACDP-SAE).


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


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.


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,

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.


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.




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A non-profit civil organization, registered in Turkey. It is a network of Syrian academics and experts in Syria and diaspora from different fields including education, food security, livelihoods, sustainable development, social empowermenr and peacebuilding.

Our partners

– The University of Edinburgh, Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security.
– Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics)
– University of Kent
– GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund)
– Re-Aliance

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1. Agricultural calendar
2. Research and Studies
3. Projects Design and Implementation
4. Consultancy and Capacity Building

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