Refresher course: Towards sustainable Intensification of Agriculture for Food Security

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Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  1. Broaden the knowledge of IHE alumni on the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  2. Increase awareness on ecosystem services of agriculture beyond the provisioning services
  3. To discuss the environmental considerations of agricultural intensification and present some potential management solutions that promote intensification while safeguarding the environment
  4. Increase awareness of the importance of including gender dynamics in food security plans
  5. To share IHE experiences in new innovative satellite-based technologies in improved water management across different scales
For whom?
The refresher course targets alumni from SubSaharan Africa  interested in the following subjects:
Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development, Land and Water Development for Food Security, Hydrology and Water resources, Environmental Planning and Management and Water Resources Management.

Deadline IHE application: 30 November 2017 - 23.59 (CET)
Application still open for self payers partcipants only.

Coordinator: Dr. Poolad Karimi
Counterpart: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and WaterHealth (WH)

Given population growth and regional dynamics, achieving food security is a top priority for many SubSaharan African countries. Agricultural intensification and expanding irrigated agriculture is widely seen as the pathway to food security and has made its way to the SubSaharan African  governments and international donors. In this context IHE Delft was engaged in discussions with its alumni and JKUAT, one of the leading universities in agricultural sciences in Kenya, to identify the areas that require strengthening among individuals and the concerned organizations. The subjects covered in this refresher course are picked according to the outcomes of these exchanges. Our local contacts were specifically interested to learn more about SDGs and about IHE Delft's experiences with new technologies could improve large-scale agricultural water management. Crucial to sustainability of agricultural intensification is a focus on the broader ecosystem functions of water and agriculture, which the course will focus on.  In our preparatory discussions we also identified a general lack of attention to the essential role that women have in achieving the ambitions of the food security programs.  Hence the refresher course will include one-day training on the integration of gender in food security efforts.

The course modules are designed to meet its 5 main objectives:
1. Broaden the knowledge of IHE Delft (UNESCO-IHE) and other Institutions  alumni on the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). M1 will focus on this objective, with a focus on water, agriculture, and the environment  in the context of SDG's. The goals  2.3, 2.4, 6.4 and 6.6, how they relate to each participant's work and their respective sector/organization will be discussed and each participant will be asked to reflect on those goals individually
2. Increase awareness on ecosystem services of agriculture beyond the provisioning services.This objective will mainly achieved in M2. M3 will also contribute towards this objective
3. To discuss the environmental considerations of agricultural intensification and present some potential management solutions that promote intensification while safeguarding environment. This objective will be address mainly in M3 and partly on M2. A field visit to some of private irrigation schemes which used to be wetlands and different management solutions to of those scheme
4. Increase awareness of the importance of inclusion of gender dynamics in food security plans. This objectives will be addressed in M4 where the essential role of women in achieving food security will be discussed. The module looks at the issue of food security across different social scales and highlights the importance of inclusion of women as a key factor in success.
5.To share IHE experiences with employment of the new innovative satellite based technologies. This will be addressed in M5 which discuses IHE work on water productivity assessment and water accounting.

Application procedure
Click the button below ‘apply now for’ on the institute's website.
Make an account using the email address known at IHE Delft or use your current account to log in. Important! Register using the email address where you have received the invitation to the course sent by IHE Delft. In case you have not received the invitation by email, send before registering your new email address to
Complete the application process and upload: your CV, copy of your passport and an employer statement. Please find the template in the following link. Use only that format and note that it has to be submitted on official letter head with the company logo and should contain the company’s stamp.

By selecting 'scholarship' in the question 'How do you intend to pay the costs of your study and other expenses?' you will automatically apply for a NFP fellowship, IHE Delft will handle this.

Submit your application. When pressing the 'Submit' button, your application will be sent to IHE Delft. You will not receive a confirmation of receipt. However, you can check the status of your application on your personal page. If the status is submitted or verified, it has been received.

After the application deadline, IHE Delft makes a selection of all eligible applicants. IHE Delft will inform the selected candidates by email. One month before the start of the Refresher Course, all applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection.
Please take note that you can only register for one refresher course.

NFP Fellowships
The Netherlands Government has made full fellowships for a maximum of 20 participants available for each refresher course.

These fellowships include:
  • air travel (economy class) from the nearest international airport in the candidate’s home country to the refresher course country and vice versa. Please note that travel costs made to reach the airport in your home country will not be reimbursed,
  • transfer from the airport to hotel and vice versa. No other travel costs are refunded,
  • health insurance,
  • accommodation, including meals, for the duration of the course, up to a maximum of 15 days in total, depending on the date of arrival in and departure from the hosting country,
  • direct visa costs (no related costs, such as travel costs to the Embassy or hotel stay are refunded). The visa costs can only be reimbursed when the original receipts are handed in.

Self Paying Participants
The courses are open to a limited number of self-paying participants who have the required background and work experience, and who are not necessarily alumni. The tuition fee for one course is Euro 230, to be paid in advance. This tuition fee covers registration, tuition, and fieldtrips (if applicable). All other costs such as meals, hotel and travel costs are borne by the participant.

More details can be provided upon request by contacting

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Refresher course
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