|Total number of
Months one through four in year 1
1. Training Course (Residential):
An intensive 4-month residential training programme at the International Academy of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAAS) conducted using training manuals, audio-visual aids and visits to farms to experience real problems.
Months one through five in year 1
2. Farm experience (residential)
During this period as well as the following month students will spend time to experience the day to day life of various farmers and will independently identify the problem they choose to work in the given village with a given farmer at the end of the fifth month.
Moth six in year 1
3. Refresher course (residential)
Following this a one-month residential refresher course in IAAAS, for analysis of interim results of the research project and acquisition of relevant literature.
Moth six through twelve in Year 1 and month one through eight in year 2
4. Research (Residential)
Eighteen months of research at the students work place (e.g.: private farm, farmers association, NGO, university, research centre) on a project closely associated with some aspect of sustainable agriculture, with guidance and support by regular E-mail contact with advisors and supervision by frequent visits by facilitators.
Month nine through twelve in year 2
5. Thesis writing submission and publication
Three months of analysis of project findings and preparation of scientific papers for publication and for evaluation by independent referees.
Course participants will work in teams of 3-4 to plan, execute, analyse and present the results of a mini-project during the 4 months of the course. The objective is to train the participants in using the tools needed for carrying out research and development activities that are relevant to the interests of small-scale farmers in the tropics.
The research project consists of the testing of a hypothesis derived from an analysis of the problems (identified with the participation of farmers) associated with the more efficient use of locally available resources in integrated farming systems and in an economical perspective.
Identification and execution
The first steps in the identification of the research project are made during the residential course. They establish contacts in the field with private farmers, associations, NGOs, development projects, for identifying the problems to be solved. After the residential course, the students return to their work place to execute their research project. They will immediately be visited by one of the facilitators who will assist them in designing and monitoring their proposed experiment or project. They will also help to identify resource persons (advisers) accessible by e-mail who can provide literature and guidance.
|The role of the
facilitators are responsible for face-to-face contact with the students in their working
place, providing advice on the conduct of the research projects, analysis of the data, and
communication with participants and external advisers. Each participant will be visited at
least three times during the period of the research
The evaluation will be made according to
|Title of the
title of the qualification will be:
The course is held yearly and priority is
given to students from developing countries in any part of the world. Participants from
other countries will be accepted.