Training and Capacity Building

Theme Lead

Louise Heery – University of Leeds

This theme aims to provide better integration between GCRF-AFRICAP as a global challenge project and the way in which the partners embed such projects in their structures and support systems, including training programmes and research and innovation (R&I) development.

The University of Leeds has invested £100K of pump priming within GCRF-AFRICAP so that new researchers can be incorporated into the team and take a lead on tackling pressing issues as these are identified.

Leeds is also providing further funding to build further research capability and capacity around GCRF-AFRICAP. This will include:

  • Fostering partnerships to optimise sustainable intercropping systems in African agriculture in South Africa
  • Capacity building and pump priming research to assess the health burdens of aflatoxin in Tanzania
  • Developing models to predict aflatoxin risk in Tanzania with new collaborators in China

The University of Leeds is providing support to the GCRF AFRICAP team to help secure additional resources from third party funding agencies such as FLAIR Fellowships from the Royal Society

GCRF-AFRICAP will deliver a NESTA Crucible training programme to a cohort identified and selected by our partners, drawn from a range of sectors. This will help to inform the University of Leeds’ approach to transdisciplinary R&I and how it works with different stakeholder organisations on global development projects.

Chatham House and FANRPAN will use this theme to inform policy leadership and advocacy so that they are better able to attract new talent to careers in this area. Chatham House is offering four visiting fellowships to AFRICAP network partners, one for each year of the programme, focusing on policy leadership. The fellows will work with Chatham House staff on policy publications based on evidence generated by AFRICAP.

The Met Office will use the theme to inform future training for in-country Met Services colleagues, in particular how they communicate with higher education researchers and policy organisations.


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