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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.

13 June 2017 - 16 June 2017

Cali, Colombia

For achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular for meeting future global food demand that is projected to be 60% above 2006-levels in 2050 , a major transformation to sustainable agriculture will be needed with special emphasis on strengthening the resilience of smallholder agriculture to emerging changes such as climate change.

About 40% of the rural population worldwide (or 2.6 billion people) directly depend on agriculture. Poor land and water management at various levels, however, jeopardizes land resources by accelerating their degradation, which affects rural communities that directly depend on these resources as well as other communities indirectly further away. About 52% of the land used for agriculture worldwide is estimated to be moderately or severely affected by land degradation, and nearly 2 billion ha of land are seriously degraded. Sustainable Land Management (SLM) is essential for minimizing land degradation, rehabilitating degraded areas and ensuring the optimal use of land resources while sustaining ecosystem services. 

18 June 2017 - 22 June 2017

Münster, Germany

In North Rhine Westphalia with a population of nearly 18 million, the most heavily populated Federal State there are 35,000 agricultural and horticultural businesses. On the one hand
this proximity to the consumers creates constantly changing and repeatedly difficult framework conditions for the producers. On the other hand there are also good market opportunities for agricultural and horticultural products. 

The conference will offer you an insight into the multiple developments of agriculture holdings. You will learn how the operations managers, together with the North Rhine Westphalia Chamber of Agriculture's advisory services rise to the special challenges.

19 June 2017 - 23 June 2017

Lilongwe, Malawi

The theme for 2017 Extension Week is “Enabling agricultural extension and advisory services for agricultural transformation and growth”. The theme was selected in recognition of the fact that there are several innovations that have been developed and are being implemented. The aim then is to channel these innovations to agricultural extension and advisory services which will lead to the efficiency and effectiveness towards agricultural transformation.

Organised by the Malawi Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (MaFAAS)

3 July 2017

Ivory Coast

The ETH Zurich World Food System Center, together with the Yamsys Project and the Swiss Center for Scientific Research in Côte d'Ivoire, is pleased to announce the call for applications for next year’s World Food System Summer School, “Food Systems in Transition, which will be held from 27 January- 10 February 2018 in Côte d'Ivoire. The two-week intensive academic course will take place in Abidjan, Bouaké, and a number of field sites.  

The program spans the food system and includes lectures, workshops, case studies, field trips, and farm work together with faculty and experts from leading research institutes, the public, private, and not for profit sectors.

The call for applications is now open. Please submit your completed application by Monday, July 3, 2017 at 8 am CET

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.

8 July 2017 - 20 October 2017

Ireland

CECRA stands for Certificate for European Consultants in Rural Areas and is a competence development programme for advisors and consultants. The aim of the programme is to create a standard within advisory skills across Europe. CECRA helps participants to improve their advisory and extension techniques. Teagasc is an approved provider of CECRA training in Ireland. A series of advisory skills training modules have been developed for an Irish context and are now available for consultants and advisors in Ireland.

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.

20 September 2017 - 21 September 2017

Upsala, Sweden

There is today a rapid migration of the rural poor to swelling urban centers in search of better job opportunities and improved livelihoods. A large part of these rural migrants succeeds in finding better life, but for many the hopes of a better future often turns into a nightmare of economic and social insecurity. Rural-urban linkages may have a positive impact on the rural poor connecting them to economic incomes and development opportunities.  A rural transformation linked to pro poor inclusive growth and urban dynamics can thus be a critical component of sustainable development as a whole.

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.

28 October 2017 - 30 October 2017

Nanjing, China

The 9th GCHERA World Conference will be held at Nanjing Agricultural University from 28 to 30 October 2017.  The conference will explore the role and contribution of agricultural and life science universities in research, education, outreach and engagement in policymaking to address the challenge of Global Food Security and Food Safety.  The target audience for the conference is senior university management who are concerned with the strategic development of their university or faculty relating to the agricultural and life sciences.

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.