URDT has developed courses for farmers, youth, women, artisan, and staff of development agents. These include:
- Rural farming for business. The course is for farmers and youth who dropped out of school. Aims: To create a critical mass of rural entrepreneurs who contribute significantly to the rural economy, have integrity and the capacity to improve their own situation, create their own jobs and practice good citizenship.
- Sustainable agriculture and Farmers’ institutions development training
Aim: To establish farm entrepreneurs and farmers’ cooperates and link them to regional markets and international Fair Trade arrangements. URDT uses its 50-acre demonstration farm and the model farms of its students to train both male and female farmers in a holistic view on farming. This includes sessions on high-value cash crops, sustainable agricultural, appropriate technologies, entrepreneurship, farming as a business, family cooperation, food security, environmental management, value addition, organic farming, storage, and marketing.
- Non-formal vocational skills training
Aim: To facilitate the youth to have direct employable skills that they can apply in a rural setting to generate income.
- Non-formal entrepreneurship training for artisans
- to train the youth in refurbishing different types of used tools and equipment for the fabrication of farm tools and domestic items;
- to provide tools to artisan youth with the support from Tools for Self Reliance (UK) and Derde Wereld Werkplaats (the Netherlands);
- to train the youth and trainers to learn to repair sewing and knitting machine.
- Appropriate technologies training
To equip the youth and women with skills and marketing strategies to develop and distribute rural technologies especially those that deal with climate change. The course includes; Gender and technology, simple irrigation systems, water harvesting solar electricity, fruit solar dryers; food processing and construction of charcoal fridges.
- Development agencies training in:
- A gendered outlook of HIV/AIDS
- Human Rights Based Approach to Programming
- Visionary Leadership
- Community Action Planning
- Technologies for Creating
- Sustainable Rural Development