“If you study, the last thing you want to be is working under the sun:” an analysis of perceptions of agricultural education and occupations in four countries

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Feb 02, 2016
Author: 
Kristal Jones, Rebecca J. Williams, and Thomas B. Gill

Abstract

Agriculture plays a key role in national economies and individual livelihoods in many developing countries, and yet agriculture as a field of study and an occupation remain under-emphasized in many educational systems. In addition, working in agriculture is often perceived as being less desirable than other fields, and not a viable or compelling option for students who have received a post-secondary education. This article explores the historical and contemporary perceptions of agriculture as a field of study and an occupation globally, and applies themes from the literature to analyze primary data from focus groups with international students studying for university degrees in the United States. The article analyzes students’ perceptions and experiences in four countries—Bangladesh, Nepal, Honduras and Haiti—in order to make recommendations about how best to address challenges and develop capacity in agricultural education and employment in low-income countries.

Access this resource online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10460-016-9685-4

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