Beyond Professionalizing the Agricultural Curriculum for Poverty Alleviation and Prosperity: A Case Study of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the Catholic University Institute of Buea

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Laetitia Ako Kima
Mbohjim Othniel Mobit
Takwi Solange Ndzeshala
Salome Mokabe Itoe
Nyindem Asongwe Bernard

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Education has been recognized as crucial for poverty alleviation through the harnessing of human formation and creativity. However, limited success has been achieved in Cameroon under traditional university approaches, as evidenced by a high unemployment rate among graduates and concerns about the lack of business ethics and values (professionalism). With these challenges in mind, the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (SANR) at the Catholic University Institute of Buea drew inspiration from several sources to develop a curriculum with community relevance. The model emphasis value chain systems focused on formation of “agripreneurs” with new mindsets, while attracting more youth participation. The three phases of the SANR Model are tailored to harness youth creativity and promote a shift in their approach to career options and job creation. The SANR Model highlights the role of the lecturer as change agent, mentor, and support for the student’s formation. This implies that professionalism, level of literacy, and rate of productive education of faculty and students are influenced.

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Laetitia Ako Kima, Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon

Laetitia Ako Kima is acting dean in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (SANR) at the Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon.

Mbohjim Othniel Mobit, Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon

Mbohjim Othniel Mobit is lecturer of agribusiness in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (SANR) at the Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon.

Takwi Solange Ndzeshala, Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon

Takwi Solange Ndzeshala is lecturer of agronomy in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (SANR) at the Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon.

Salome Mokabe Itoe, Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon

Salome Mokabe Itoe is lecturer of animal nutrition in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (SANR) at the Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon.

Nyindem Asongwe Bernard, Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon

Nyindem Asongwe Bernard is lecturer of food and biotechnology in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (SANR) at the Catholic University Institute of Buea in Cameroon.