Head of the local CIPCAD organizing committee :
Didier Pillot

The facilitators of sessions:

Wellington Ekaya (Ruforum) or
Pascal Gantet (University Montpellier 2) or
Omar Bessaoud (IAMM,

Esperanza Torres Rojas (National university of Colombia) or
Roger Frutos (Doctoral school Sibaghe,, Gunther Hahne (IRD,,
Nadine Zakhia (Cirad)

Irene Annor-Frempong (FARA) or
Carole Lambert (Montpellier SupAgro) or

Jon Daane (ICRA) or
Nour-Eddine Selamna (ICRA)

Lea Ouattara (2IE) or
Jean-Luc Bosio (Montpellier SupAgro)

Judith Francis (CTA)

Organized by   Agropolis International    agrinatura    CTA    ICA


CIPCAD 2010 Challenges & Innovative Processes for Capacity Strengthening In Agriculture for Development

International Workshop Montpellier , France 26th - 27th March 2010

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Organization Schedule

Practical information

The CIPCAD 2010 will be held in Montpellier, France, March 26 to 27, 2010.

It aims to address global ARD challenges through capacity development and training support and to identify mechanisms for international collaborations in training and education.
The main challenges of the workshop are :


  • to strengthen the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) and the contribution of Higher education institutions
  • to give a full role to the “non-traditional research stakeholders” such as farmers’ organisations, NGOs and the private sector
  • to draw lessons from innovative experiences of higher education and training in ARD and/or innovation in agriculture and sustainable natural resources management
  • to discuss innovative alliances :
    • between individual institutions (such as university-to-university agreements of co-tutoring)
    • between regional networks
    • in the design and management of multi-stakeholder training platforms

Issues are to be discussed in five parallel sessions

5 parallels sessions
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Session 1:Joint & collaborative graduate training

Joint doctorate programmes, regional PhDs or joint MScs where several Universities join forces to implement innovative post graduate programmes, represent a wide range of institutional solutions that are worth being compared to draw recommendations for the future :. Then,W what are the respective advantages of such agreements for all parties ? Different examples (North-North, North-South and South-South) will be assessed and compared.
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Session 2:Relevance of post graduate & post doctoral ARD in Advanced Research Institutes & Northern Universities

The session will identify mechanisms that enhance the relevance of post graduate and post doctoral ARD in ARIs and Northern universities. The session will also  review the capacity of Universities or ARIs to define joint programmes on priority issues defined in partnership. Priority will be given to multi-disciplinary Ph.D. programmes that are defined in line with the international ARD agenda.

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Session 3:Continuing education of ARD professionals: contribution of universities & training centers

The agricultural courses delivered to professional stakeholders in universities and research centres are often from outdated, narrowly defined and specialized perspectives, or they are delivered top down with little consideration to the circumstances in which the knowledge will be used.
To address these issues , new approaches should be discussed to make sure :
a)         Universities are closely linked to the farming communities and to the private sector   in order to keep teaching and training in line with the job market ;
b)         There are active partnerships with other universities agricultural research institutions so that the faculty staff can keep up with pedagogical developments and emerging knowledge ;
c)         Trainers and university programmes make use of the soft systems skills allowing collaborative research and innovation through multi-stakeholder approaches.

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Session 4:Multi-stakeholders platforms

The increasing complexity of rural development poses new challenges to ARD. and calls for a paradigm shift, away from the simple transfer of technology to a truly integrated agricultural research for development approach. This implies new ways of generating and exchanging knowledge, bringing users and producers of knowledge together as ‘co-innovators’.
This session will allow an exchange of experiences concerning multi-stakeholder platforms involved in pro-poor [?]“co-innovation” and draw lessons from these. It will focus on:
1.         How do different stakeholders in the co-innovation process, with different knowledge, perceptions, ‘logics’, interests, powers, etc. learn to work together effectively?
2.         What capacity strengthening approaches and instruments can promote this learning?
3.         How can training and capacity strengthening of multi-stakeholder innovation platforms promote the required organisational change in and between the stakeholder organisations?
4.         What role can universities play in this capacity strengthening and organisational change?

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Session 5:Information & communication technologies : Using a best the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for capacity building in agriculture

ICTs, defined as “a wide range of elements that include hardware and software, content generation, knowledge management as well as institutional and management processes” are advancing rapidly. There is a need to identify areas where ICTs can best contribute to strengthening ARD. Based on passed experiences, the session will discuss options to use ICTs to enhance impact by improving the environment for agricultural science and innovation.




Registration will be open in January 2010

Target audience :

  • Rectors, deans of universities
  • Staff of university research and innovation services,
  • Staff of university educational services,
  • Researchers,
  • Coordinators of degree programmes,

…and last but not least, NGO’s professionals, human resource department staff, research team managers, commercial managers….


Registration procedure : A limited participation (50 €) will be required from the participants. Lunches on 26 and 27 March, coffee breaks and documentation will be offered. Registration is required to secure your participation (40 persons max per session).

Please register here
Register now! The list will be closed at 140 participants!

Organization – Schedule

Seminar starting on Friday 26th March 2010, lasting till Saturday morning, 27th March 2010
English is the official language of the conference.

5 sessions

In each session, several case studies will be presented as an introduction followed by discussions in small groups / panels. One case study can be presented from different points of views (e.g. panel trainers/trainees/external beneficiaries…).

Posters – Experiences to be presented and discussed

Posters can be presented on any of the five topics discussed at the sessions.
Conference Contact:
Abstracts (1 page max) presenting a capacity building experience (course, material, agreement…) in regard with the topic of one session can be sent :

Deadline for suggesting a case study : January 31, 2010

Practical information

Location of the workshop:

Montpellier SupAgro – Institut des régions chaudes
Campus Agropolis

Access to Montpellier:


Montpellier is linked to Paris by the A9 and A75 motorways (around 700 kms). It is also linked to Italy, Spain, Switzerland.
Map out your route with Mappy

A9 motorway / Exit Montpellier Est
Then follow sign road Hopitaux-Facultés – Take Parc Agropolis direction
download the map (in French).


BY PLANE : International Airport Montpellier Méditerranée

The Montpellier Méditerranée Airport is the 9th French airport and the 1st airport in Languedoc Roussillon. Five regular airlines (Air France, Ryanair, Easyjet, Iberia, Transavia) operate to and from it.
- Paris Orly: 9 daily flights
- Paris Charles de Gaulle: 4 daily flights
- Lyon: 3 daily flights
- Brussels, Frankfort, London Gatwick: 4 weekly flights
- Madrid, London Stansted and Amsterdam: 3 weekly flights

The airport is open from 5.30 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. all days
15 daily return flights to Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Orly-Ouest.
Flight duration: 1h10 minutes
Also connections from Brussels, London and Francfurt by Ryanair are possible.

More information on Montpellier's airport >>

The airport is at 10 kilometers from the centre of Montpellier (15 minutes drive), midway between the town and the sea. Taxis, car rental and a shuttle service (11 times/day) are available. The cost of a taxi is around 20 €, and the cost of the shuttle is around 5 €.

Other options may be:
- To take a flight to Marseille (150 kms from Montpellier), and then take a direct train from the airport or a rental car to Montpellier (1h30 drive by the motorway) More information on Marseille-Provence international airport

- To take a flight to Gerona (180 Kms from Montpellier) or Barcelona (300 kms from Montpellier) airports in Spain, and then a rental car or a direct train to Montpellier

BY TRAIN : Montpellier Railway station

Phone: +33 (0)4 99 74 15 10
More information: SNCF website

Another way to come to Montpellier from Paris is to take the high-speed train(TGV): 15 high speed trains are operating daily from downtown Paris (3h ½) and 4 daily direct high-speed trains from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport (4 hours). The train station is located downtown Montpellier near the Corum and most of the hotels.

There are also direct trains to Barcelona, Geneva, Nice and Italy, Bordeaux, etc.

ACCESS TO AGROPOLIS CAMPUS: Montpellier mass transportation system

Get in tramway line 1, direction “MOSSON”, get off at "Saint-Eloi" stop
Get in bus "LA NAVETTE" going to "Agropolis Lavalette" (last stop )
Frequency : 6 min
Ticket fare:
Single : 1,40€
Return: 2,50€
A book of 10 tickets: 11,50 €

Attention! Combination of 1 ticket for both bus & tramway is valid under that condition: your trip must not exceed 1 hour long.

With contributions from:

logo Institut International de l'Eau et de l'Environnementfaraicra
irdciradMontpellier SupAgro



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Head of the local CIPCAD organizing committee :
Didier Pillot

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