Upcoming Courses

GREAT Course 2: Gender-responsive Cereal Grains Breeding

Week 1: 07-16 August 2017
Week 2: 15-19 January 2018


The 2017 GREAT course focuses on Gender-responsive Cereal Grain Breeding. GREAT courses have a focus on sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and are offered to multi-disciplinary project teams.

GREAT applied gender training for agricultural researchers offers tailored skills development in gender-responsiveness for the designimplementation, evaluation, and communication stages of agricultural research projects. GREAT courses are tailored to specific agriculture disciplines and value chains, offering gender training linked to practice in agricultural research, targeted to research communities. The courses are designed to balance the depth of theory needed to internalize concepts with practical tools to apply in ongoing projects. GREAT aims to equip research teams with tools and skills to act, and move beyond “gender sensitization.”

Course Objectives

The 2017 Gender-responsive Cereal Breeding course covers the following learning objectives:

  1. Increased understanding of the concepts, principles, data collection and analysis methods of gender-responsive research approaches.
  2. Demonstrated positive attitude and appreciation of the value of gender-responsive research.
  3. Strengthened ability to design and conduct gender-responsive research methods.
  4. Enhanced ability to identify, cost out, and budget for gender-responsive research activities.
  5. Enhanced ability to monitor and communicate results (outputs and outcomes) of gender-responsive research to a range of audiences.  
  6. Strengthened commitment to champion gender-responsive research in their respective institutions.
  7. Fellows will have the resilience to deal with obstacles in applying their training.

Delivery Approach

GREAT uses a blended model of two face-to-face training events with field work and e- mentoring and learning in between, structured in three parts:

  1. Week 1 (face-to-face training): an introductory module on general theory and concepts of gender-responsiveness and applied instruction on qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis approaches – 07-16 August 2017
  2. Practice (field application): practice with collection of qualitative and quantitative sex-disaggregated data from ongoing projects, supported by e-learning and e-mentoring – anytime between August 2017 and January 2018
  3. Week 2 (face-to-face training): a data analysis, interpretation, and feedback/advocacy module – 15-19 January 2018

Participating teams must complete all three parts for individuals in that team to qualify for certification. All face-to-face instruction will take place in Kampala, Uganda.

What's Included

GREAT courses provide a comprehensive package combining in-depth training in three phases (two intensive in-person training modules separated by a 4 to 5-month field research phase), mentorship, and a cohort-based model. This unique and holistic approach equips research teams to incorporate gender-responsive and community-centered research into their projects, and connects research teams to a broader community of practice and professional network, enabling them to continue their professional growth after the course.

Team participation is costed in packages:

  • $7,500 for a 2-person team (excluding airfare)
  • $11,000 for a 3-person team (excluding airfare)

Course fees include:

  • Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) meals and lodging
  • 14-days of face-to-face professional training
  • Five-months of dedicated mentorship for each team
  • $1,000 field-research seed grant funding available upon successful completion of Week 1
  • $5,000 competitive field-research grants available at end of course for further research for publication
  • Access to the GREAT professional network by being admitted to the GREAT Community of Practice that links teams to relevant literature, conferences, further training events, webinars and opportunities to publish

Partial funding support is also available on a competitive and needs-based model (to be evaluated on application).

How to Apply

The application for the Gender-responsive Cereal Grains Breeding course is now open at www.greatagriculture.org/content/grains-application. Please note that applications must be from teams of 2-3 researchers, already working together on an existing project. In exceptional circumstances, individual researchers may be allowed to apply, but must first contact us at contact@greatagriculture.org to discuss their situation. The application window will close on June 9th, 2017.