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Main Objectives


The Specialised Advanced Course on Sustainable Agriculture has reached, with the academic year 2010-2011, its 9th edition. It was organised for the first time in 2001, and, with only a 1-year gap, it has been funded and organised every year since.
The well-established experience and commitment of CIHEAM-MAIB in training and research in the field of agriculture and rural development has been matched with the engagement of the Italian Cooperation to Development (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) for poverty alleviation in the developing countries.

The course has shaped its didactic modules considering the main policies and strategies to promote sustainable agriculture, with a view to the specific needs and priorities of the geographical areas represented by the participants and according to the main objectives driving the initiatives of the Italian Cooperation to Development in its fight against poverty:
  • Producing economic growth reducing poverty;
  • Higher levels of equity and social inclusion;
  • Reducing women poverty, improving the institutional framework in order to promote development at local, national and regional level,
  • Increasing the initiatives in the poorest areas,
  • Increasing people’s access to public goods and services


Geographical focus

Priority is given to the countries of the Mediterranean basin, although, every year, the Italian
Cooperation to Development, in accordance with its initiatives for poverty reduction, indicates
several countries, not belonging to the Mediterranean area, entitled to be included in the list
of the course beneficiaries.

So far, 243 scholarships have been granted to applicant students after a selection based
on the level of qualification.


Gender balance

Gender balance among course participants is a priority for the MAIB course staff and we have tried to include it as a criteria for admission. Consequently, so far, women represent 40% of the total number of participants.


Participants'institutional background

Students selection has prioritised the participation of technicians and officers coming from governmental and non-governmental organisations, involved in rural development, such as agricultural research, training and assistance services.


Course structure

Course develops over three phases according to a blended structure:
  • preparatory residential phase- didactic packages delivered and research preparation
  • action learning phase in the home countries- field research with online assistance through course forum and tutors
  • Follow-up residential phase- didactic package, workshop for results discussion, seminars, study trip
Students are active participants throughout the learning path and thanks to the “action learning” approach they can match the knowledge acquired during the preparatory phase with the analysis of the sustainability of agricultural process in familiar territorial contexts and the chance to apply participative techniques and approaches. So far a number of study reports have been produced and a selection of info sheets on some significant stories is available in our database.

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