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Opportunities for University-Community Engagement in Roma Valley, Lesotho

Sello M; Keregero K. J. B.; Akintunde M. A. O.

The study explored the opportunities for university-community engagement in Roma Valley, Lesotho. The specific objectives were to: describe the outreach needs of Roma Valley community that could be addressed by the Faculty of Agriculture, assess the capacity of the Faculty of Agriculture to provide outreach services to Roma Valley and  the willingness of Roma Valley community to engage with the Faculty of Agriculture. The study surveyed 30 experts from four departments of the Faculty of Agriculture and 46household heads from five villages of Roma Valley. An interview schedule was used for collect data which were analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) computer programme version 20.0. The findings revealed that respondents recognized the outreach role of the Faculty of Agriculture in providing training to Roma Community members on a wide range of topics and subject areas and that the Faculty of Agriculture has enormous capacity to provide outreach services. Community members require extension support on a wide range of issues and have great desire to engage with the Faculty of Agriculture in outreach activities. It is concluded that opportunities exist for university-community engagement in Roma Valley.

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