Africa-EU Climate Change Research Platform: strengthening research capacities for the uptake of sustainable agriculture intensification

The Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI), Ghana, will host a 2.5 day workshop (two days’ workshop followed by half a day field trip) in Accra, 21-23 November 2016, as part of the CAAST-Net Plus consortium of 25 African and European government and academic organisations. The workshop will provide targeted information and guidance for early-career African researchers with a professional interest in sustainable agriculture intensification.

The workshop will pursue a predominantly training/workshop style and structure, with opportunities for researchers to work alone and in small groups to develop their own ideas, proposal and strategies. The workshop will contain a mixed agenda with speakers from the public, private and academic sectors to provide guidance on:

  • Identifying current research/knowledge priorities and gaps/needs regarding the uptake of sustainable agriculture intensification practices, as a means to adapt to climate change, as identified by speakers representing private sector, academia, civil society and local or regional policy-makers
  • How to access relevant funding sources, where invited speakers will introduce both private and public funding sources and provide practical recommendations on how to access such funding
  • Group-based sessions where participants can seek advice and receive coaching from the speakers on specific research ideas/proposals

We aim to gather a limited number of early-career researchers, to enable thorough and substantial group work on individual proposals. CAAST-Net Plus can cover the travel and accommodation for 20 early-career academics. Participants should already have completed academic training on scientific research methods for climate change-related topics, preferably at PhD level or at Master’s level but with entrepreneurial work experience in the field. The participants should, moreover, be able to bring specific research proposals or ideas to work on at the workshop, and these should be concerned with sustainable agriculture intensification. Since these workshops are regionally focused, preference will be given to West African applicants, but not exclusively so.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact James Haselip (jhas@dtu.dk) at the UNEP DTU Partnership. Kindly provide a short description of the current or proposed research you would like to discuss at the workshop by filling out the attached template, and a motivation letter on why you would like to attend the workshop (maximum 1 A4 page), together with your CV. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is Friday 21 October 2016 at noon. The selected proposals will receive a round of feedback in advance of the workshop from staff at UNEP DTU Partnership. The selected candidates will be expected to prepare for the workshop by incorporating the feedback into their proposal to bring to the workshop. 

Template for summarising research proposal

Title of research proposal
Background/rationale
Objective (s)
Methodology and analytical framework
Funding requirements/ financial plan