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ABOUT Capacity Development at ICARDA

Capacity development (CD) lies at the heart of ICARDA’s goal of integrating individual and institutional capabilities with agricultural researchers, students, and National Agricultural Research System (NARS) to improve the sustainable productivity of agricultural systems through crop improvement, water and land management, integrated crop/livestock/rangeland management, and climate change adaptation.

Capacity strengthening targeting farmers and researchers takes the form of: regional and national training courses, on-the-job training, individual degree and non-degree scholarships, and internships. Each promotes the use of proven agricultural tools and technologies that connect innovations in agricultural research to small holder farmers across the world’s dry regions. 

Agricultural research for development (AR4D) and the generation and dissemination of agricultural innovations are vital to a transformative change - in agricultural productivity and the dietary diversity needed to meet rising global demand for nutritious and safe food for the poor and food insecure.

We support scientists to advance productivity through the development of drought tolerant, disease resistant, and nutritious crop varieties, as well as the application of new animal husbandry techniques, livestock vaccines, and drugs.

Development-oriented research is also essential to understand - and propose responses to - emerging future global threats to Agricultural research for development and food security, particularly climate change, resource scarcity, food price volatility, and falling incomes.

ICARDA’s Capacity Development Unit prioritizes the inclusion of a wide range of actors involved in agricultural development such as local, regional and international NGOs and authorities, ensuring that research result benefit end users.

For your reference: CGIAR Capacity Development Strategy

COURSES

ICARDA's training activities strive to improve the capabilities of scientists and technicians of national agricultural research systems (NARS) to conduct independent and cooperative research focused on the needs of their countries. Training assists NARS researchers by increasing their technical knowledge and skills so they can identify and overcome constraints that limit food production and farm income in their countries.  It also helps them understand the process of technology transfer and the complexity of farmers' decisions in adopting or rejecting new technologies.

Regional and Sub Regional Group Courses

Concept: one to four-week intensive courses focusing on specialized problems or topics of interest to national programs. Short-term training courses can be regional or sub-regional.

Center Level Courses year 2015 – year 2014 – year 2013 – download

Course registration fees:

1 week: 1,500 USD

2 weeks: 2,500 USD

3 weeks: 3,500 USD

Costs not included: international travel, accommodation, per diem, insurance.

Application: either through ICARDA Invitation or self-application

Admission: based on ICARDA Selection committee. 

 

In-country courses

Concept: These are group courses held in a given country at the request of a NARS. Topics vary but are such that the training is intensive (on to three weeks) and are related to the conditions and research problems prevalent within the country.

 

Course fees: either upon demand or covered under restricted projects

 

Application: either through ICARDA Invitation or by self-application

 

Admission: based on ICARDA Selection committee

Farmer School Days

Concept: Farmer field schools (FFS) are a participatory approach to extension, whereby farmers are given the opportunity to make a choice in the methods of production through a discovery-based approach.

A Field School is a Group Extension Method based on adult education methods. It is a “school without walls” that teaches basic agro-ecology and management skills that make farmers experts on their own farms. It is composed of groups of farmers who meet regularly during the course of the growing seasons to experiment as a group with new production options. After the training period, farmers continue to meet and share information, with less contact with extension workers.

FFS aims to increase the capacity of groups of farmers to test new technologies in their own fields and assess results and the relevance of the research to their particular circumstances. They interact on a more demand driven basis with researchers and extension workers, looking to these for help where they are unable to solve a specific problem amongst themselves.

In summary a Farmer Field School (FFS) is a forum where farmers and trainers debate observations, apply their previous experiences, and present new information from outside the community.

Registration fees: upon demand as normally covered under restricted projects

Application: either under ICARDA Invitation or by self-application

Admission: based on ICARDA Selection committee

On the job training Field Day(s)

Concept: Field day(s) help farmers and extension workers to consider, for example, the state of a farmer’s crops, and to discuss them together. This should be repeated throughout the season.

Registration fees: upon demand as normally covered under restricted projects

Application: either under ICARDA Invitation or by self-application

Individual Degree Training - Scholarships 

Concept: A candidate registered for an MSc or PhD degree at a university can jointly conduct his/her thesis research work with ICARDA.  The research topic must relate to ICARDA's mandated research and have direct relevance to the candidate's national program research plans.  Graduate research at ICARDA is generally supervised by one or more senior scientists who act as members of the candidate's advisory committee.

Registration fees: Self-funded or covered under restricted projects

Application: Under an ICARDA Scholarship calls or self-application

Admission: based on ICARDA Selection committee.

ICARDA awards a limited number of scholarships and fellowships to candidates on a competitive basis. 

Individual Non Degree Training

Concept: This non-degree training program is offered to junior or middle-career researchers.  The program is tailored to meet individual needs and may range from a period of one week to one year.

Course fees: upon demand as normally covered under restricted projects

Application: either under ICARDA Invitation or by self-application

Admission: based on ICARDA Selection committee

ICARDA is selecting a limited number of Non Degree candidates per year and based on a competitive basis. 

Senior Research Fellows

Concept: This program is designed for senior researchers from national programs, who typically have an MSc or BSc degree and several years’ experience.  They work at an ICARDA research location with ICARDA scientists for a few weeks to a few months on non-degree research and/or receive specialized training.

Course fees: upon demand as normally covered under restricted projects

Application: either under ICARDA Invitation or by self-application

Admission: based on ICARDA Selection committee

ICARDA is selecting a limited number of Senior Research fellows per year and based on a competitive basis. 

Internship

Concept: Internships provide real world experience to those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field. Internships are relatively short term in nature with the primary focus on getting some on the job training and taking what’s learned in the classroom and applying it to the real world.

Internship fees: self-funding or on restricted projects and should provide ICARDA per month 500$ for hosting fees.

Application: either under ICARDA Invitation or by self-application

Admission: based on ICARDA Selection committee

ICARDA is selecting a limited number of interns per year and based on a competitive basis.