Application now open: Short Course on Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm, Principles and Applications in Research Practices






Università di Roma Sapienza, in collaboration with the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) and Bioversity International, will be holding a one week credited short course  on “Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm- Principles and Applications in Research Practice”, based on a text book by the same title. The course will be taught by experts in the field, including Devra Jarvis, PAR Research Coordinator and Toby Hodgkin, PAR Coordinator, and authors of the book “Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm- Principles and Applications in Research Practice”.

Where:       Department of Environmental BiologySapienza University, Rome

When:        11-15th September 2017

Duration:  one full week/40 hours 

Fee:            200 Euros (Two fellowships for students from developing countries will be available. The fellowships will cover course fees only, travel and accommodation will be at the expense of the student).

The course will be held in English (the text book will also be available in Chinese and Arabic) and links research on crop genetic diversity growing in farmers’ fields with conservation of this diversity and its use for sustainable production and for supporting rural livelihoods. It covers principles and practices for gathering and using data that can come from traditional varieties and traditional farming systems through both participatory diagnostic and empirical approaches. These include methods for identifying ways of supporting farmers who grow these varieties. The course is a guide to motivating concepts (for example, that more diversity improves resilience) and research questions in the assessment, management, and use on-farm of crop genetic diversity.

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Book Cover: “Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm- Principles and Applications in Research Practice”

The full program can be downloaded here.

The course is intended for participants that ideally have:

  • A Diploma or Degree in a related field, preferably in agriculture, agronomy, plant breeding, plant pathology, population biology, botany, natural resource management, environmental science, rural development or socio-economic sciences.
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Working experience in a rural setting will be an advantage

The maximum number of accepted participants will be 30.

The application deadline is July, 10th, 2017. 

 

To apply, download the application forms and guide below and send them to caf_cropgeneticdiversity@uniroma1.it

Application guide

Annex 1

Annex 2