Training provided to build and enhance capacity of national and regional programs. Practical non-degree training on methods for risk analysis and technology targeting in maize-legume systems, market opportunity identification, and value chain analysis. In addition, the project will provide regional M.Sc. training on technology adoption and commercialization in maize-legume systems, and PhD training on bio-economic modeling of household decision behavior under risk. In case of both PhD and M.Sc. students, research will take place in collaboration between program partners, Australian, South African and target country universities.
Training course on simulation model utilization and participatory evaluation. This will include training on the participatory evaluation (costs, benefits and risks) for the applicationof crop/soil simulation models in the ex anteanalysis of technology options for maize-legume systems. Technology options include conservation agriculture technologies, nitrogen management strategies, crop sequencing, grain-legume mixed systems, rainfall harvesting, and residue management strategies.
Training on cropping systems management research including the principles and practice of conservation agriculture. Short training courses will be held in each of the program countries for national program partners on: i) the principles and practice of CA-based maize/legume systems; ii) principles and tools for improving risk management strategies; and iii) options for increasing household livelihoods and food security. Through the training the capacity of researchers and extension agents to manage efficient participatory on-farm research and demonstration programs will be enhanced. Training will be short national or regional courses, each divided into 3-4 periods or “calls” of approximately 2 weeks each during the crop cycle: i.e. a “call-system” course.
Training on crop improvement. This will target new breeders. Technician training in farmer-participatory maize variety evaluation; short training course on GxExM analysis, its use in breeding programs and how to fast-track variety identification and release.
Training and APSIM model parameters. Practical training in environmental characterization; PhD training in crop simulation model based analysis of GxExM; Post Graduate training in breeding.