Applications open for on-the-job research in sustainable agriculture

  • 2011•08•08     Tokyo

    The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for On-the-Job Research Capacity Building for Sustainable Agriculture in Developing Countries (OJCB). This programme is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan and coordinated by UNU-ISP.

    As part of the programme, UNU-ISP will support capacity-building that is planned and implemented by leading scientists. This mainly consists of on-the-job training for young researchers in developing countries.

    The purposes of this programme are to:

    • Develop capacity for agricultural research in developing countries;
    • Disseminate new agricultural technologies that are adaptable to local conditions and to local farmers;
    • Ultimately contribute towards increasing world food production through promotion of sustainable agriculture in developing countries.

    Each capacity building programme is planned and implemented by a leading scientist (host scientist) who is engaged in research related to sustainable agriculture in developing countries.

    The programme consists of:

    • On-the-job training for young researchers in developing countries (trainees) under a host scientist;
    • Guidance for creation of an action plan to be implemented by the trainee after the on-the-job training;
    • Follow-up implementation of the action plan by the trainee.

    The on-the job training, which is the main component of the programme, should be conducted for one to three months in principle, but it is extendable within the limit of the budget, depending on the proposed programme.

    For further information and application guidelines, see the OJCB application page on the UNU-ISP website. The application deadline is 10 October 2011.