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Associate Partners

The AgTraIn Associate Partners - which each hold specific knowledge and have access to unique networks and infrastructure - will contribute to screening and selection of candidates, identification of research topics, supervision of doctorates and logistical and academic support while hosting the doctorates. Associate partners in the AgTraIn consortium are:

Four Universities or higher education centers

University of São Paolo, (USP), Brazil

The University of Sao Paulo is the largest higher education and research institution in Brazil. It has outstanding projection around the world, especially in Latin America, and develops a large number of Brazilian masters and doctors who work in higher education and research institutes. It is a public and free university, with open access for students selected by the 'vestibular' (Brazilian entrance exam for universities). Many of these students, after graduation, hold strategic and leading functions in different segments of public and private industries.

USP is composed of seven campi, 40 learning and research units, five hospitals, five museums, five specialized institutes, besides multiple experimental laboratories and centers of scientific and cultural diffusion. It comprises all areas of the human activity and offers approximately 700 regular courses. There are 230 undergraduate courses (including different habilitations), with more than 3,400 disciplines, and an average of 5,500 students graduate annually. Graduate studies at USP, with more than 500 fields of concentration areas (MAs and PhDs), are an international point of reference in Science and Technology.
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Kasetsart University,Thailand

The Faculty of Agriculture(FoA) is one of 16 faculties at The Kasetsart University Thailands largest university with 3,100 academic staffs and 53,000 students. 1,200 undergraduates and 800 graduate students are enrolled at FoA. FoA is the first institute that provide higher education in agriculture and is leading in its field together with international profile characterised by many well-reputed international partner institutions, an active involvement in strategic networks and student exchange programmes. FoA offers 2 joint BSc programmes and one joint doctorate programme with leading European partners. To support international cooperation Quality assurance and international benchmarking are highly prioritised areas. FoA has established the first international program in Tropical Agriculture at B.Sc upto Ph.D level since last 15 years.

FoA has a large and diverse research and doctorate training environment with agricultural resource production management for food, feed and bio-fuel, with extensive academic and capacity building experience. FoA will contribute with strong disciplinary expertise within agricultural production, and farmer innovation, state of the art laboratory, field equipment and practical interdisciplinary research and training experience. FoA has well established networks with industries, research and higher education institutions in third world countries.
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Makerere University, Uganda

The faculty is comprised of seven departments. It also has a research institute and outreach arm i.e. Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute at Kabanyolo (MUARIK), and Continuing Agricultural Education Centre (CAEC) respectively. The Faculty Mission is to produce professionals and practitioners, generate and disseminate knowledge and technologies for sustainable agriculture and agro industries for socio-economic development. Besides the faculty's range of BSc and MSc programmes, each department runs a PhD programme.  In addition to its strong undergraduate programmes with an enrolment of about 900 students, the Faculty has several postgraduate programmes with over 100 students.
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Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Hassan II, Morocco

The Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (IAV Hassan II) has evolved into a multidisciplinary polytechnic centre for biological and earth sciences and technologies ensuring training of specialists in various fields of agriculture and rural development. It is the major Moroccan institution of higher education in Agriculture and Natural Resources with about 250 faculty members, 500 technical and administrative staff and 1800 students in the various training programs, among them about 250 MSc-level students graduate annually. IAV has developed an integrated training system, innovative research in various fields, and assures a significant contribution to technology transfer and continuous education. IAV implemented six large faculties of an integrated system leading to Engineer Degree (M. Sc. Level) in: Agronomy, Topography, Food Science and Technology, Horticulture, and Rural Equipment or Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. 
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Two regional networks of universities

Southeast Asian Regional Center For Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)

SEARCA builds human, social, and institutional capital in Southeast Asia by providing opportunities for high-quality graduate education, research, scholarship, training, knowledge exchange, and project development and management in agriculture and rural development.

Decision-making, education, research, and action in agriculture and rural development require strong institutions and science-based knowledge and wisdom as their foundation.  Within SEAMEOs overall mission of regional cooperation, SEARCA strives to build leaders and institutions in the region for rational and proactive decision-making and programs that address its contemporary challenges in ARD.

SEARCA focuses on influencing leaders and centers of excellence in Southeast Asia to generate a positive impact on agricultural and rural development (ARD) in the region. These key actors and organizations can multiply any value added by their participation in the Centers programs and activities through their decisions as well as the policies and programs in academe and development that they promote and carry out in their respective countries.
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Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a consortium of 25 universities spanning 15 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa established in 2004. The consortium had previously operated as a program of the Rockefeller Foundation initiated in 1992 to provide mission and peer support to faculties of agriculture through granting for M.Sc. training. It has mandate to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in the common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries. Specially, RUFORUM recognizes the important and largely unfulfilled role that universities play in contributing to the well-being of the small scale farmers and economic development of countries throughout the Sub-Saharan Africa region. The consortium has had experience in implementing a number of MSc and PhD regional postgraduate programmes in conjunction with its selected member universities.
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Two research centers or programmes

CGIAR Challenge Propgram on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

CCAFS is a new ten-year strategic collaboration between CGIAR and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).  Its objectives are: (1) To provide diagnosis and analysis that will ensure the inclusion of agriculture in climate change policies from the sub-national to the global level in a way that brings benefits to the rural poor; and (2) To identify and develop pro-poor adaptation and mitigation practices, technologies and policies for food systems, adaptive capacity and rural livelihoods.  CCAFS will achieve these goals through a mix of high quality scientific research, capacity building and stakeholder engagement to achieve impact on policy and practice.  CCAFS operates through an international network of scientists, led by a secretariat in Copenhagen but with activities focused initially in three key regions: Sahelian West Africa, East Africa and the Indo-Gangetic Plains.  Its annual budget will be around USD 50 million.
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Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica

CATIE is an international institution focusing on research and graduate education in the agricultural sciences and natural resources, and on environmental aspects related to both. The institution, founded in 1942, seeks a substantive, verifiable impact on regional economic growth and social development, as well as the conservation of natural resources and environment. CATIE has two great strengths: a) its close cooperation with national, regional and international institutions and organizations, both public and private, non-governmental and academic, in its Member Countries, Affiliated Members and other countries; and b) the quality of the services it provides, based on the effective integration of its three basic activities: research, education and outreach, all of which are focused on sustainable human development and natural resource conservation.
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Two professional networks

Promoting Local Innovation (PROLINNOVA)

Prolinnova is an NGO-initiated programme to build a global learning network to promote local innovation in ecologically-oriented agriculture and NRM. The focus is on recognising the dynamics of indigenous knowledge (IK) and enhancing capacities of farmers (including forest dwellers, pastoralists and fisherfolk) to adjust to change to develop their own site-appropriate systems and institutions of resource management so as to gain food security, sustain their livelihoods and safeguard the environment. The essence of sustainability lies in the capacity to adapt.

Prolinnova was conceived in December 1999, when Southern and Northern NGOs supported by GFAR, the NGO Committee (NGOC) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs met in Rambouillet, France, to consider how participatory approaches to ARD based on local initiatives could be scaled up. At this meeting, ETC EcoCulture, a Netherlands-based NGO, was asked to facilitate the launching of a Prolinnova programme built up from country level. NGOs in Africa and Asia facilitated multi-stakeholder design of Country Programmes (CPs) which, in turn, designed international activities to reinforce their own activities. The Prolinnova partners are developing country-specific ways to:

  • Document local innovations and experiments by resource-poor farmers and communities;
  • Strengthen partnerships between farmers, development agents, research scientists and other actors to refine local innovations and to encourage others to try them out;
  • Create wider awareness of and skills in participatory innovation development (PID) through a variety of learning mechanisms;
  • Develop and expand mechanisms that give farmers more influence over formal research, extension and education; and
  • Integrate local innovation and PID approaches into formal agricultural research, development and education institutions.

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Young Professionals Platform on Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD)

Facilitates the exchange of information and knowledge among young professionals acress disciplines, professions, age and regions;

  • Broadens opportunities for young professionals to contribute to strategic ARD policy debates;
  • Promotes agriculture among young people;
  • and facilitates access to resources and capacity builfing opportunities. 

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