Course: 'How to enhance capacity to transform science into policy and practice in the field of food security'

 

       

Agriculture for Food Security 2030 welcomes applications to a short training course that targets African young researchers with PhD.

Agriculture is the mainstay of nearly two-thirds of Africans. In addition to being an important source of individual and household incomes, it also constitutes the bedrock of most national economies. Agricultural production and the domestic trade in agricultural products are central to the functioning of local markets, the fight against poverty, the provision of employment, and the quest for greater national food security.

Young promising researchers have important roles to play in promoting agriculture for food security by outreach work, dissemination of new findings and actively engaging with policymakers and practitioners. Understanding the needs and priorities of stakeholders and policy makers can promote better knowledge exchange, better research and greater impact.

The objectives of the short training course are to:

  1. Enhance understanding of the policy landscape, research policy linkages and different models for policy engagement and knowledge exchange;
  2. Equip young researchers with hands-on tools and skills for effective research-to-policy communication;
  3. Share experiences and lessons on best practices in communicating research outputs;
  4. Strengthen national networks for policy influence in African agriculture.

Participants will be trained in mapping the policy landscape and stakeholders, different models and strategies for policy engagement, formulating a research-to-policy plan and policy briefs and presenting policy recommendations aimed at the desired target group.

Facts

Time: 2017-01-22 - 2017-01-28
City: Nairobi, Kenya
Organiser: AgriFoSe2030
Last signup date: 29 August 2016
Price: The course is free of charge. Travel, lodging and meals will be covered by the AgriFoSe2030 Programme.

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Background

Today more than 800 million people around the world suffer from chronic hunger and about 2 billion from under-nutrition. This failure by humanity is challenged in the UN Sustainability Development Goal (SDG) number 2: 'End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture'.

The AgriFoSe2030-programme directly targets the SDG2 in low-income countries through a science-based approach on local, regional and global scales. AgriFoSe2030 contributes to sustainable intensification of agriculture for increased food production on existing agricultural land; the aim is to do so by transforming practices toward more efficient use of human, financial and natural resources.

Contact

Madelene Ostwald, Assoc. Prof.

University of Gothenburg
Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV
PO Box 170, SE-405 30 Göteborg
Phone: +46 708-51 93 11
madelene.ostwald@chalmers.se |  www.gmv.gu.se

Source: AgriFoSe2030 calendar