PHE - Ethiopia Consortium: Population Health & Environment Ethiopia Consortium

"Healthy Families - Healthy Environment"


Plant genetic resourses and seeds 29 October - 16 November 2012, Jeypore and Chennai, India

     NFP Fellowships available – apply before 1 May 2012   -



Climate change threatens the food security of resource poor, subsistence farmers located in marginal environments. Innovative processes must be designed to enhance the adaptive capacities of small-scale farming communities. With experience using genetic diversity and through learning, small-scale farmers may become more responsive in their struggle to adapt to change.

Community Biodiversity Management (CBM) emerged as a strategy to realize on-farm management of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. The strategy strengthens the capacity of rural communities to make decisions in order to secure access to and control over resources. In addition, CBM has the potential to build the capacity of local communities in responding to change; herewith it becomes an instrument to realize community based climate adaptation.

The overall objective of the training programme is to enhance participants' capabilities to associate CBM as conservation and to use strategies for building resilience towards climate change. The programme pays special attention to participatory and multi-stakeholder approaches. It also places CBM into local, national and international conservation and climate change policy contexts.

Based on their own experiences, participants themselves are resource persons for the course. Senior experts from partner organizations introduce topics, after which participants generally work in small groups using their case studies. The training includes field work in Jeypore district, India, in a site which is in the process of being recognized as one of the world’s genetic resource heritage sites.


Interested candidates can apply to Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation for admission to the training. Click here to apply.

 NFP Fellowships

A limited number of fellowships is available from Nuffic - the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for nationals of certain countries. In order to apply for such a NFP fellowship, you have to register through the Nuffic Scholarship Online (SOL) system. Applications for NFP fellowships should be submitted before 1 May 2012. You will be informed by Nuffic whether your application has been accepted. More information on the NFP fellowships.


Please note that for a valid NPF fellowship application you need to register directly at CDI as well as at Nuffic (SOL). Your fellowship application will not be taken into account if you register with only one of these two institutions.

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