15 Jun Cities & Food Conference – The Role of mLearning and Cell-Ed
The University of the Fraser Valley (British Columbia, Canada), in partnership with The Aga Khan University (Kenya) and the Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program held a conference on June 10, focusing on Cities & Food. The discussion during the conference was on enabling urban food systems to be developed in a secure and sustainable manner. Underpinning this important system is the need for building the competency of citizens in all aspects of the food eco-system.
Vis Naidoo, Cell-Ed’s Chief Global Officer participated in two panel discussions. He presented on ‘global ideas’ and how technology and education can address urban food security. Other presentations in this panel included climate change, food sovereignty, land resources and marginalized populations.
The second panel discussion focused on ‘industry and innovation’. Vis identified a few important uses of technology and focused on how Cell-Ed is using mobile phones to address farm laborer’s human rights, employment conditions and women exploitation. He further noted that using mLearning for the agriculture and food security is a proven model and one that enables competencies to support improved production, greater social cohesion and empowerment. The Cell-Ed model was acknowledged as important to build the skills within the whole food ecosystem.