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STEP Training Approach

The approaches towards STEP’s trainings include: Course Work, Pilot Incubation Enterprise, Extracurricular Activities

Activities and courses listed under the three approaches are: These courses and activities were selected based on the major constraints exists in Agricultural instruction resulting in the delay of technologies in the three different Countries (DRC, Kenya and Nigeria) operating under the Start Them Early Program which includes: reliance upon hard tools resulting in excessive drudgery and stress, punishment through force assigned labor, poor understanding of the Agricultural value chain, incomplete attention to soft skills with class training, Insufficient practical skills through experiential learning

These gaps were filled with activities and courses that can help achieve objectives of the Program:

Mechanization to reduce drudgery, ICT to attract students to Agriculture and provide rapid access to information and knowledge management, Value chain education to expose Students to opportunities along the value chain, Integration of soft skills to enhance students’ agribusiness education, Engagements in field work/ practical activities and extracurricular activities to make learning more exciting

  • COURSEWORK
  • PILOT ENTERPRISES
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Agricultural Commodity training
  • Computer Trainings (ICT)
  • Microsoft office, E-learning platforms, Short quizzes
  • Leadership
  • Followership, Teamwork, Communication
  • Business Development and Management
  • Accounting, Bookkeeping/Record keeping, Work Ethics, Business Plan
  • Marketing (Digital), Branding and Sales
  • Gender and Reproductive Health Education  
  • Agricultural Commodity training
  • Demo fields + Mechanization
  • Value chain
  • Production
  • Processing
  • Value addition
  • Marketing
  • Mentorship sessions
  • Clubs
  • Games: Offline and Online
  • Competitions:
  • Team presentations, Designs, Quizzes
  • Excursions
  • Seminar

COURSE OUTLINE

  • ICT basics: Introduction to Computer, Microsoft office
  • Introduction to ICT4Ag concepts and principles
  • Accessing information and opportunities
  • Usng social networking for agribusiness
  • Farm records using spreadsheets and word documents for basic record keeping
  • Collaboration using online conservation
  • Collaborative doc creation
  • Meaning and importance of Agriculture
  • Branches of Agriculture
  • Importance of Agriculture
  • Agro-based industries and raw materials
  • Introduction to Agricultural mechanization
  • Farm implements
  • Classification of crops and animals
  • Climate conditions, soil and water management
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Land preparation and management; Propagation and planting Seedlings and seeds
  • Proper crop Husbandry; monitoring, quality required and field sanitation
  • Pest and disease control
  • Harvesting
  • Value addition/processing
  • Marketing and market linkages
  • Animal species, breed and kind
  • Animal husbandry
  • Animal health and disease management
  • Feeds and feeding; fodder, hay etc.
  • Animal products; Animal Value processing/value addition
  • Marketing
  • Definition
  • Aread of Agriculturak mechanization in Agribusiness
  • Agricultural machinery, equipment and implements for large scale agribusiness
  • Small scale implements
  • Maintenance of farm machineries
  • Meaning and terms: Agricultual entrepeneurship/ Agripreneur
  • Agricultural value chain
  • Agripreneurship professions
  • Hard and Soft skills required for Agripreneurs
  • Qualities of a successful Agripreneur
  • Leadership definition
  • Followership/teamwork
  • Qualities of a good leader
  • Management  definition
  • How to manage  efficiently
  • Communication definition
  • How to communicate effectively
  • Effects of good leadership, collaborative team work, efficient management and effective communication on  a good business or organization
  • Marketing definition
  • Marketing in agribusiness
  • Marketing plan
  • Branding definition
  • Branding in Agribusiness
  • Sales definition
  • How to make profitable sales from agribusiness production
  • Business definition
  • Business terms
  • Benefits of owning a business or becoming an entrepreneurs
  • How to set up a business
  • Business plan
  • Introduction
  • Business planning
  • Record keeping
  • Resource management
  • Business Intelligence
  • Introduction
  • Types of honey bee
  • Terminologies used in bee keeping
  • Requirements for starting bee keeping
  • Importance of bee keeping
  • Bee behavior
  • Bee lifecycle
  • Categories of bees
  • Types of bee hives
  • Components of beehive
  • Materials for bee production
  • Process of honey harvesting
  • Aquaculture and  benefits
  • Fish and its importance
  • Value chains in Aquaculture: Hatchery, feed management and Sales
  • Fish Production, Fish preservation and Processing and Marketing
  • Feed and feeding
  • Water quality and management
  • Harvesting and sales
  • Objective
  • Stem multiplication
  • Nursery bed preparation
  • Sprouting
  • Transplanting
  • GAP
  • Harvesting
  • Fish Processing, safety and hygiene
  • Value addition to fish and its benefits
  • Processes of Value addition to fish
  • Branding and Package
  • Practical demonstration
  • Pap powder production
  • Custard production
  • Pop corn production
  • Bread Production
  • Garri production
  • Starch Production
  • Flour production
  • Type of poultry birds
  • Methods of rearing poultry
  • Economic importance of poultry keeping
  • Sourcing and caring for day old chicks
  • Stages of development and management operations (Incubation, Brooding and Rearing)
  • Brooding operation (Pre-arrival, arrival and post-arrival)
  • Tips  fot successful poultry production
  • Simple feed formulation
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  • Benefits
  • Rabbit breeds
  • Housing and equipment
  • Feeding system
  • Reproduction
  • Rabbit disease
  • Record keeping
  • Introduction
  • Advantages
  • Things needed for vegetable farming
  • Planting density/space
  • Farm activities
  • Nursery Preparation
  • Planting
  • Agronomical practices(Watering, Stalking, Weeding, Mulching, Fertilization application, Pesticide)
  • Harvesting and sales