Upcoming Course

GREAT Course 5: Gender-Responsive Crop Breeding

2020: Dates to be announced


The 2020 GREAT course will focus on gender-responsive crop breeding. GREAT courses are offered to multi-disciplinary project teams composed of at least one biophyiscal scientist (e.g., plant breeder) and one social scientist (e.g., sociologist, agricultural economist, etc.) working on existing agricultural research for development projects in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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," and to foster meaningful change within the work cultures of their respecitve host organizations. Through the GREAT course, participants become part of a robust Community of Practice, linking them to peers across GREAT cohorts, and building up their networks with leading trainers and practitioners, to complement the skills learned during the course. 

Course Objectives

The 2020 Gender-Responsive Crop Breeding Course will cover the following learning objectives:

  1. Able to articulate the concepts and principles of gender-responsive research
  2. Demonstrated positive practice and value for gender-responsive research
  3. Able to conceptualise, design and plan appropriate gender-responsive research
  4. Able to collect, analyze, interpret and integrate qualitative and quantitative sex-disaggregated data 
  5. Communicate gender-responsive research to a range of audiences

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
  2. Practice (field application): practice with collection of qualitative and quantitative sex-disaggregated data from ongoing projects, supported by e-learning and e-mentoring, in each participating team's respective research area
  3. Week 2 (face-to-face training): a data analysis, interpretation, and communications module, in Kampala, Uganda

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.

Course Fees / 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.

GREAT is a fee-paying course. Please check with your institutional or project leadership for available funding. Teams that can cover their course fees are far more likely to be accepted to the course. While there is limited scholarship funding available, it will only be awarded based on availability and merit, and is highly competitive. We encourage all teams needing scholarships to be thorough when filling out the application, as this will help us better assess their merit. Additionally, teams whose institutions can commit in their letter of support to providing in-kind support during the course will be prioritized for scholarships. In-kind support can include, for example, funding for field data collection (e.g., paying for fuel, driver, enumerators), covering transportation costs to / from Kampala, and / or covering hotel and lodging fees.

In exceptional instances where full teams are not able to apply, GREAT will consider individual applicants of merit, although individuals are discouraged from applying as they will not benefit from aspects of the training design and delivery which are tailored for teams. In such instances interested individuals are required to first contact GREAT directly (by sending an email to contact@greatagriculture.org) to discuss their options, prior to completing an application. Individual applicants who are accepted may be asked to join another applicant team for classroom and field-based portions of the training.

Team participation is costed in packages (please see the above note about individual applications if you are interested in attending as an individual):

  • $5,500 for a 2-person team (excluding airfare to Uganda)
  • $8,000 for a 3-person team (excluding airfare to Uganda)

Course fees include:

  • Full board, including meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and lodging
  • 14 days of face-to-face professional training
  • Five months of dedicated mentorship for each team
  • $5,000 competitive field-research grants available to top-performing teams 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

How to Apply

The application window for the 2020 Gender-Responsive Crop Breeding course will open in late 2019. Please check back at a later date.

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