by CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems on May 22, 2013
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Dr. Iman El-Kaffass, Head - Capacity Development Unit at ICARDA presented on Capacity Strengthening initiatives for Dryland Systems at the Amman Launch in May of 2013. Key areas of focus for capacity ...
Dr. Iman El-Kaffass, Head - Capacity Development Unit at ICARDA presented on Capacity Strengthening initiatives for Dryland Systems at the Amman Launch in May of 2013. Key areas of focus for capacity development include answering the fundamental question, “Who will raise and secure incomes and reduce degradation for the 87 million people on the 11 billion hectares targeted by the CRP?” The answer is, institutions and individuals in those targeted areas.
In order to facilitate that work capacity strengthening of target groups and institutions is essential to ensure the transfer and adoption of knowledge and proven technologies. Thus, drylands systems will fully integrate capacity strengthening into it’s activities. Target groups and institutions for capacity strengthening include NARS centers, extension systems and agencies, policy development systems, university staff and students, civil society organizations, youth/female groups, and multistakeholder initiatives.
It was noted that the CG system has already enjoyed significant successes in this area as to date 80,000 professionals have received training. The suggested strategy is to disseminate proven technology to NARS, extension and farmers associations; to diversify training modalities and delivery mechanisms and to develop a quality assurance and enhancement integrated framework; to implement e- and distance learning programs and infrastructure; to develop a knowledge bank and a library of training material for shared use; to strengthen partnerships with ARIs and universities; to increase follow up with alumni; and to develop a shared system to measure realized impact on the ground.
Expected outcomes for this work included wide dissemination and adoption of proven technologies, strengthened institutional capacity to manage research, gender and youth integration in R4D, and well equipped farmer associations enabled to manage the adoption of new know-how.
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