Capacity Development

Pillar 2: Capacity Development



To strengthen the capacity of national scientists and practitioners to facilitate sustainable agri-food system transformation.


CIALCA continues to focus on key capacity development in the Great Lakes Region. In view of the huge demands for state-of-the-art ICT-based research methods and tools, and relevant agricultural and food system knowledge to meet the challenges small-scale farmers and their customers face, capacity development operates at various levels and in close collaboration with the NARS and Belgian universities. CIALCA facilitates degree-related training at PhD and MSc level and thereby builds on the successes of the sandwich PhD system organized with Belgian partner universities. CIALCA also facilitates MSc thesis research and training through Belgian and national universities. Action research and continuous monitoring, evaluation, and learning with our partners ensures that we place our research “in” development, and is an important strategy in developing institutional capacity for innovation and scaling.

Expected outcomes

By the end of 2020, at least three PhD and six MSc students are leading/engaged in research and innovation within their respective institutes.

By the end of 2020, the extension agents of at least 12 partner organizations (four per country) are using CIALCA recommendations derived from the decision support framework.



Activity 2.1. Implement PhD projects

By the end of 2017, at least three PhD candidates and hosting universities have been identified and yearly progress reports approved

Activity 2.2. Implement MSc projects

By the end of 2018 and 2019, at least three MSc candidates and hosting universities have been identified

Activity 2.3. Develop a decision support framework and strategy, built on ICT principles, that supports science-based decision making

By the end of 2018, an ICT-based decision support framework and strategy is developed and validated with decision-makers

Activity 2.4. Activate CIALCA-base, assemble and disseminate information for the Great Lakes

By the end of 2018, CIALCA-base is functional, accessible for partners, and continuously updated with new information

Activity 2.5. Facilitate the capacity development of last-mile delivery and service providers

By the end of 2018, a first group of service providers have been trained on using CIALCA recommendations and on a yearly basis, groups are added

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