Opportunity: International course on Integrated Seed Sector Development

We are pleased to circulate this announcement from Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation on their International course on Integrated Seed Sector Development, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 18 May – 5 June 2015.

Fellowships available – apply before 21 October 2014.

Creating vibrant, market oriented and pluralistic seed sectors
Seed is an essential input for crop production. Access of farmers to affordable quality seed of superior varieties is key in increasing agricultural production and productivity. Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) recognizes that farmers obtain their seed from different sources or systems, and builds programmes upon a diversity of seed systems. ISSD programmes strengthen farmer and community based seed systems, businesses operating at local and national level, but also engage in partnerships with international companies producing seed or providing seed related services. In addition ISSD works on institutional bottlenecks and strengthens seed sector governance. Supporting the development of a vibrant and pluralistic seed sector can substantially contribute to increasing food security and prosperity in developing countries.

In this course participants can broaden their international experience and strengthen their competencies to support seed sector development, taking an integrated perspective. The training is experience-based and task-oriented and highly interactive. It includes lectures, visits to different Dutch seed companies and organizations, case studies, group discussions, assignments and field work.

Course objectives
Upon completion of the course you will:
•    be able to support farmer groups in taking an entrepreneurial approach towards seed production and trade;
•    know how to strengthen private and public functions in seed sector development;
•    know how to address through partnerships and innovation institutional bottlenecks in the seed sector;
•    understand how international agreements impact on domestic seed policies, seed laws and regulatory frameworks;
•    understand the opportunities for putting the ISSD-concept into practice in your own work context.

Target audience
The course is designed for researchers, managers, policy makers and practitioners, working in a field related to seed sector development, employed by public, private, civil society, research, education and/or development organizations. Applicants should have a MSc degree and have at least three years of relevant professional experience. Proficiency in English is required.

Link to the course brochure.

Register here.

NFP application procedure
A limited number of fellowships is available from Nuffic – the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for nationals of certain countries. In order to apply for such a NFP fellowship, you first have to register with CDI. Applications for NFP fellowships should be submitted before 21 October 2014.  After we have received your application for a short course at CDI, we will send you an admission letter with instructions on how to apply for an NFP fellowship at Nuffic. If you are eligible, and wish to apply for an NFP fellowship, applications for an NFP fellowship should be submitted through the online form provided by CDI. A manual on how to apply for the NFP Fellowship will be sent to you together with the NFP admission letter.

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