Upcoming Course

GREAT 2020 Course: Gender-Responsive Crop Breeding

July 20th-28th, 2020
See additional information below about different course dates for biophysical and social scientists


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 courses provide applied gender training for agricultural researchers, offering tailored skill development in gender-responsiveness across all stages of the agricultural research cycle, including design, implementation, evaluation, and communication. GREAT 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 respective 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

Biophysical and social scientists attend the first six days of the GREAT course together, learning gender-responsive research design and methods, and social scientists stay on for an additional three days of in-depth methodological training. After completion of the course, selected social scientists will be invited back for additional training at a later date.

  • Biophysical scientists: July 20th-25th, 2020
  • Social scientists: July 20th-28th, 2020

GREAT uses a unique delivery approach, designed to foster lasting changes for research teams. Unlike other training programs, we bring biophysical scientists and social scientists together for the initial part of the course to learn how to holistically incorporate gender into every phase of the research project cycle. Biophysical scientists learn how gender fits into their work, and how mixed-methods research can strengthen their agricultural research programs, enhancing grant competitiveness, product design and adoption, and ultimately resulting in improved outcomes for beneficiaries. While biophysical scientists won’t become ‘gender specialists’ after a GREAT course, they will know how to plan, budget, manage and deliver projects that meaningfully incorporate gender. In turn, social scientists develop the skills and tools to play a more integral role in research projects, and both types of researchers will learn how to effectively work together to enhance their research and its outcomes.

Social scientists stay for an additional three days of in-depth training in planning and executing mixed methods research, and conducting qualitative data analysis and write-up.

Course Fees / What's Included

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 the course.

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)
  • Three-person teams:
    • +$1,500 for an additional biophysical scientist (excluding airfare to Uganda)
    • +$2,000 for an additional social scientist (excluding airfare to Uganda)

Course fees include:

  • Full board, including meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and lodging
  • Face-to-face professional training
  • Dedicated mentorship for each team
  • 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 is now closed. If you have mised the application window, and would like to discuss your options, please email us at contact@greatagriculture.org.

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