Our Activities - Student projects
AgriSCALE is implemented through training for teachers and sustainable business challenges for students. Teachers and managerial staff in the partner HEIs participate in ODL and PBL training courses and workshops to learn more about student-centred teaching, gain new pedagogical skills, and understand e-learning strategies holistically to support online teaching. Staff members also attend workshops to integrate the new methods of PBL, climate-smart agriculture, and entrepreneurship into the curricula.
Students of the partner HEIs can participate in PBL challenges that are designed together with local companies in the bioeconomy sector. Students solve real business challenges in international teams; the assignments include e.g. finding sustainable business opportunities through utilising agricultural waste as raw materials. Close collaboration between education and working life leads to a generation of graduates with the abilities to innovatively address the challenges of the 21st century.
Student Project in 2022
LIQUID BIOFUEL IN KENYA
Bio-Ethanol provides an alternative source of a sustainable cooking fuel but it has low awareness, is only available in select geographies via early-stage enterprises, and is relatively high-cost relative to cooking fuel alternatives like charcoal and kerosene. Moreover, the feasibility of bio-ethanol is emphasized by the availability of invasive plant species in Kenya such as water hyacinth that can be used to increase production and affordability of the biofuel.
Hence, this project intends to:
Increase awareness of Bio-Ethanol as a feasible and sustainable source of cooking fuel
Increase availability and affordability of Bio-Ethanol through;
Promoting production of Bio-Ethanol by use of invasive species such as water hyacinth
Promote the development, production and distribution of affordable Bio-Ethanol cooking stove
Promote the control of invasive plant species by permaculture through production of bio-fuels
Student challenges in 2021
Sustainable pesticide use
Students explore the production and usage of organic fertilisers with Real IPM, Kenya, as the client company. Through this project, students will learn the value of their own professional field to the context of climate change. Students will also develop their abilities to apply sustainability practices and knowledge in their future working life.
Innovations and productivity in agriculture
Students in Uganda investigate the sustainability of banana farming with Ankole Banana Farmers’ Cooperative; improve calf health in Mbarara; find links between bio-organic farming and youth employment with iSOFT; and increase innovation adoption among farmers through peer-to-peer dissemination.
Integrating sustainable bioeconomy to a community-based approach
Students identify vulnerable groups and their needs, co-develop protection plans and improve food security and inclusive prosperity in Kenya, Zambia and Uganda.