STUDENTS TRAINING IN DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES
Intake and duration of the courses:
There are two intakes per year: one in March-April and another in September-October every year. The certificate course takes 18 months while the diploma course takes 2 years. Both courses are residential, although day scholars are accepted. Distance learning course program is also available for those learners not available for regular programs.
Value adding support courses:
KIOF offers computer training, mathematics and statistical training, entrepreneurship/ business skills training, extension methods and communication skills.
KIOF course objectives
• To provide training in various aspects of organic agriculture and related fields such as natural resource management and rural development.
• To facilitate the effective exchange of knowledge and expertise in organic agriculture, rural development and the environment.
• To prepare professionals for participation in dissemination of organic agriculture knowledge to the community.
• To produce skilled manpower in organic product standard
There are openings for further learning at Martyrs University in Uganda for a Bachelor’s degree in organic agriculture. KIOF can facilitate application to this university for students who qualify. Egerton University is also starting a similar degree in organic agriculture.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND FURTHER TRAINING
Upon satisfactory conclusion of the diploma and certificate courses, possible job placements include:
»Farm Managers of organic farms or farms undergoing organic conversion
»Extension agents of target groups of CBOs, NGOs and international organisations
»Organic production inspectors
»Organic value addition processors
»Eco-tourism and travel guides
»Consultants on organic farming systems
»Nutritionists for healthy and natural foods
»Field supervisors of organic agriculture projects
»Rural development and training agents
»Organic farmers and traders
»Organic farm planners and designers
»Organic veterinary scouts
»Local organic production certifiers
»Marketing agents for organic products