agLearn.net, the Network for Sustainable Agriculture, is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, attitudes, and working practices of farmers through the promotion of sustainable agriculture practices.
agLearn.net is an Internet based series of courses aiming to support farmers and their communities through the sharing of knowledge and positive experiences, and bringing stakeholders together via partnership and constructive dialogue. The key components of agLearn.net cover three key areas:
In line with the Plant Science Industry's commitment to the principles and practices of IPM, four courses are offered in the field of IPM:
Each course is presented in modular form, and includes lecture type materials, references, links and interactive simulations. The courses are freely accessible for download or for offline viewing and printing. There are no charges or fees for the courses. We encourage interested parties to use the materials and disseminate them to their audience at local level. We welcome your feedback and suggestions here...
CropLife Asia first conceived agLearn in 1999 through the creation of The Asia Pacific Regional Technology Centre (APRTC). The APRTC created an educational program utilizing new information and communication technologies to facilitate the rapid dissemination of knowledge via the Internet.
agLearn is the result of 3 years of course development and interactive on-line teaching. Following the completion of APRTC's mandate in 2003, the good work of agLearn has been re-packaged at agLearn.net to become more user-friendly and to accommodate technology advances. At first the agLearn network will function purely as a resource base, with materials being made more accessible to a wider range of computer platforms and types. Later, should demand dictate, courses will be enhanced through the addition of synchronous communications tools, assessment modules, and new assignments.
agLearn was developed in support of Agenda 21 and towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MGD's). Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations, Governments, and Major Groups in every area environment of Sustainable Development. Its chapter 14 focuses more specifically on Sustainable Agriculture and raises awareness for the need of training and education, including in rural areas.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) commit the international community to an expanded vision of development that vigorously promotes human development as the key to sustaining social, environmental and economic progress in all countries, and recognizes the importance of creating a global partnership for development. The agLearn network courses directly addresses 4 of the 8 MGD's:
In 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, aglearn was submitted as a partnership initiative to promote its use on a more global basis.