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Virtual learning strategies for Veterinary Paraprofessionals

Sustainable business through training for Veterinary Paraprofessionals: Lessons learned, no. 2









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    Gender animal health and information communication technology
    Sustainable business in animal health service provision through training for veterinary paraprofessionals: Lessons learned, no. 3
    2022
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    Livestock diseases have gender implications. Women, who make up 60 percent of the world’s poor livestock keepers can be particularly affected and are therefore an important target group for last-mile animal health services. To promote the provision of comprehensive and inclusive animal health services the “Sustainable Business in Animal Health Service Provision through Training of Veterinary Paraprofessionals” project, aims to develop and evaluate a gender-sensitive training model to improve VPP services in three pilot countries: Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. This will be done through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) delivered through a blended learning approach that includes both online and practical face-to-face training courses. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is not gender neutral. The digital divide, or existing inequalities in ICT ownership, access, and control, is closely linked to structural inequalities and gender norms and still prevents many women from reaping the benefits of ICT on a global scale. Women's limited access to ICTs is a barrier to animal health and one of the reasons why women tend to be less productive and efficient than men in livestock sector, negatively impacting household food and nutrition security. To inform the gender-sensitive project design for virtual training of VPPs, dissemination of information to smallholder farmers, and digital engagement to connect VPPs with smallholder farmers, a desk study was conducted on gender, animal health, and ICT in Africa. This report summarizes key findings and lessons learned from this research.
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    Veterinary paraprofessional competency framework toolkit 2024
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    This toolkit was developed with the support of the project Sustainable Business in Animal Health Service Provision through training for Veterinary Paraprofessionals. It provides guidance, and details the step-by-step process for developing a country-specific animal health Veterinary Paraprofessional (VPP) competency framework. The described methodology was piloted in 2022 in Uganda, Nigeria and South Africa. The lessons learned from the pilot experience are incorporated into this toolkit to provide a clear methodology for other countries wishing to develop their own tailored competency framework for veterinary paraprofessionals.
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    Capacity development in action: Online lessons meet face-to-face learning to strengthen capacity on nutrition sensitive agriculture and food systems 2022
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    In Eastern Africa, over three-quarters of the population cannot afford healthy diets, imposing high social and economic impacts on most countries. Therefore, transforming agrifood systems is critical to achieving food security and affordable, healthy diets for improved nutrition. One way FAO supports the agrifood system transformation is through the capacity development of relevant stakeholders to mainstream nutrition into national policies, programmes, strategic and investment plans. Training activities are predominantly carried out in person, but in 2020, these were suspended due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. To meet the ongoing needs, the FAO Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa continued its capacity development initiatives through innovative modalities, such as the blended learning approach. The blended learning approach combines aspects of online and face-to-face instruction and was used for trainings in two countries: Eritrea and Somaliland. This brochure contains good practices and lessons learned from these trainings that can be used to inform the planning of similar capacity development activities in the future.

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