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Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AgTraIn) is a three-year world-class Joint Doctoral Programme (180 ECTS). AgTraIn is part of the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus programme initiated by the European Commission to enhance and promote European higher education throughout the world. The language of the programme is English. AgTraIn has a policy of equal opportunities for men and women and people with special needs.
The AgTraIn Objective and Focus
The main objective of the AgTraIn programme is to develop an elite European school within the topic of successful development and transformation of farming systems in the developing world. Thematically, the AgTraIn programme deals with agricultural production chains, the natural resource base and the involved communities. The scope of AgTraIn will range from the technical aspects of agricultural production, over post-harvest management, processing and value-addition, to market access and commercialisation. A key feature of the programme is the involvement of key stakeholders in identifying research questions and participating in project formulation. The emphasis is on applied research.
The AgTraIn Consortium
The AgTraIn programme provides you with a single entry-point access to top-level and up-to-date research on agricultural transformation within the scientific fields of the programme.
The programme is jointly developed and delivered by a six-university consortium consisting of:
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Universita degli Studi di Catania, Italy
- University College Cork, Ireland
- Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
- Montpellier SupAgro, France
- Wageningen University, The Netherlands
In addition, a string of globally important institutions and networks in the AgTraIn scientific fields have joined AgTraIn as Associate Partners:
- Institute Agronomique et Veterinaire Hasan II, Morocco
- Kasetsart University, Thailand
- Makerere University, Uganda
- University of São Paulo, Brazil
- Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Uganda
- Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Philippines
- Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica
- CGIAR Challenge Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Denmark
- Promoting Local Innovation (PROLINNOVA), The Netherlands
- Young Professionals Platformon Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD), Germany
Every year approximately 8-10 fellowships will be available to academically outstanding applicants. There is one annual call for applications; short-listed applicants are invited to present and discuss their proposals.