Learning from the farm: Women's agricultural education in a rural Ghanaian community



van Der Vink, Anika

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University of Guelph


This study looks at how formal, non-formal, and informal agricultural education is perceived in the research community to affect social and economic change, environmental sustainability, and women's empowerment. Research was done with stakeholders in a rural Ghanaian community. The research followed qualitative methods to show how the local population perceives education and farming. Formal education is held in high regard in the community, especially as a means of escaping agriculture. However, as people in the community become "better" educated there are increasing social problems. Formal and non-formal education systems are also becoming disconnected from informal learning. The education system in Ghana, while having improved over the past three decades, is not meeting the needs of rural communities. This research is significant because by giving voice to rural Ghanaians, policies and programs can be implemented that meet actual needs of individuals, communities, and the nation as a whole.



formal, non-formal, informal, agricultural education, social change, economic change, environmental sustainability, women's empowerment, rural, Ghana