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8 March 2017

Webinar

Digital Green is a not-for-profit international development organization that harnesses the power of technology to lift smallholder farmers in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa out of poverty. They partner with public, private and civil society organizations to share knowledge on improved agricultural practices, health, and nutrition, using locally produced videos in conjunction with facilitated discussions. Digital Green has developed excellent data management tools for tracking adoption of practices to the farm level. More recently, they have produced a human-mediated mobile phone application to improve farmers’ access to markets. For more information, please visit www.digitalgreen.org.

15 May 2017 - 2 June 2017

Wageningen, Netherlands

Researchers must make their work relevant for the inclusive development of involved communities. Agricultural professionals, farmers and their organizations need up to date information on how to most effectively improve food security.

This course introduces you to new approaches and tools for designing and managing participation in rural innovation that help to resolve both problems and find complementary solutions. It enables you to create and support effective partnerships, collaboration and dynamic stakeholder networks to co-create new knowledge for better agri-business deals and higher farmer income.

4 July 2017 - 7 July 2017

Chania, Greece

ESEE 2017

The dominant Transfer-of-Technology model, despite its long history of innovations and increased effectiveness in food production, fails to respond to complex challenges and rapidly changing contexts - such as the increasingly complex and diverse modern agricultural systems as well as the shift to sustainable development implying trade-offs between environmental, social and economic sustainability. Therefore the conceptual evolution from the TOT model to network and systems approaches such as the agricultural knowledge and information systems (AKIS) and, more recently, to the agricultural innovation system (AIS) approach, embracing the totality of actors (and their interactions) involved in innovation. In this respect, ‘transforming’ extension, as an integral part of AKIS/AIS, involves a focus on co-designing rather than disseminating innovations implying, in turn, the building of networks, the articulation of the multiple dimensions of innovation and the ability to manage complexity, conflict and unpredictability.

4 September 2017

Wageningen, Netherlands

Today already more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will be risen to two-thirds. The continuous increase of urban population is due to factors like rural-urban migration, natural disasters or livelihood insecurities. Providing food and nutrition security for the rapidly expanding populations in the world’s cities is a pressing challenge in this changing world. Delivering nutritious food to cities is a complex problem that is also challenged by natural resource scarcity, climate change, and population growth, which affect food systems globally.

25 September 2017 - 13 October 2017

Wageningen, Netherlands

Researchers must make their work relevant for the inclusive development of involved communities if it is to have any value. And agricultural professionals, farmers and their organizations may lack up to date information on how to most effectively improve food security.

This course will introduce you to new approaches and tools for designing and managing participation in rural innovation that will help to resolve both problems and find complementary solutions. It will enable you to create and support effective partnerships, collaboration and dynamic stakeholder networks to co-create new knowledge for better agri-business deals and higher farmer income.

30 October 2017 - 3 November 2017

Durban, South Africa

AFAAS and SASAE together with DAFF will be holding a joint conference on the theme of “Scaling up climate smart agriculture (CSA): integrating youth, women, and the digital revolution”. 

The theme was selected in recognition of the fact that climate change is having grave impacts on resource-poor African farmers and increasingly contributing to food losses along the whole value chain. According to the World Bank Group, FAO and IFAD (2015), CSA is an approach that can help to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate. Hence agricultural extension and advisory services (AEAS) should reorient and re-equip themselves to provide farmers and other actors in agricultural innovation systems with the knowledge and technologies they need to identify agricultural strategies and practices suitable to their local conditions.

6 November 2017 - 24 November 2017

Wageningen, Netherlands

As a professional in tertiary agricultural education you are expected to prepare competent graduates for the job market. In addition, you are requested to do action research that contributes to innovation for food security, and provide services for rural communities that support inclusive development.

Get ready to make your courses more interactive and interdisciplinary!

How do you provide useful services to the surrounding community? How do you make research relevant for farmers and agribusiness so you better can attract funding?

Join ICRA’s course to find the answers to those challenges. Brace yourself for three challenging weeks with a range of activities such as trainer-assisted group sessions, role plays, case studies and excursions to education institutes.