BOAT is a charity that aims to improve smallholder agriculture and rural life by reducing poverty in developing countries. It does this by training people who are in a position to influence food production and land development.
Each year, BOAT runs a 6-week residential course at Bicton College in Devon for senior staff from Ministry training establishments, charitable trusts and other organisations involved with small scale farmers and rural communities.
Experience has shown that there is a great need to improve the quality of management in these institutions. The course is accredited by the University of Plymouth and is designed to teach trainers to train more effectively and institutions to deliver better quality training with the ultimate aim of reducing rural poverty and improving livelihoods.