The training of highly qualified people, together with adequate infrastructure and equipment, is required to strengthen scientific knowledge on agriculture and climate interactions. In fact, highly qualified human resources constitutes one of the major adaptation strategies to CC. WASCAL is an initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) established to help West African countries tackle the challenges of CC adaptation through capacity building and scientific research. The activities of the WASCAL Graduate Research Program (GRP) are set up and managed based on a partnership between 10 West African and German universities and research institutes. Climate Change and Agriculture (CC&A) is one the six PhD graduate programs initiated within this framework. IPR/IFRA of Katibougou, in partnership with the University of Bamako, will offer the PhD graduate program in CC&A.
The entry requirements into the program are as follows: -Candidates must be from the one of the WASCAL countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo) -Candidates must not be more than 40 years old -Candidates must have a Master’s Degree, or its equivalent, in Agronomy, Soil Science, Crop Science, Agro-forestry, Forestry, Animal Science or other relevant disciplines, with at least an average of 60 % (Second Upper Class, Assez Bien) – Experience with modeling routines and/or GIS would be an advantage but not a prerequisite