The perspectives of higher agricultural education in the gulf cooperation council countries

Eihab Mohamed Fathelrahman, Paula E. Faulkner, Ghaleb A.Al Hadrami Al Breiki

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This chapter offers a perspective on how agricultural education, research, and extension services address educational challenges and foster food security and sustainability in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. In the last two decades, significant progress has been made in Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates regarding agricultural education infrastructure and human capital development. However, agricultural education in the GCCcountriesface challenges, including stagnant enrollment, the need to offer more diverse programs, and enhanced education quality to satisfy the job market demand for qualified professionals. There is a need to formulate policies and initiatives to address the challenges facing agricultural education programs, research, and agricultural extension services. Graduates of agricultural higher education institutions must be trained and learn to be capable leaders to satisfy the needs for agricultural development, achieve food security goals and sustainability, and be industry entrepreneurs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgricultural Education for Development in the Arab Countries
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781668440520
ISBN (Print)1668440504, 9781668440506
Publication statusPublished - Mar 13 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Economics,Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Social Sciences


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