South Pacific learning opportunity

October 24, 2022

Crawford Fund Sustainable Intensification of Agrifood Systems South Asia Master Class – April 2022

Master Class on Sustainable Intensification for transformational climate resilience of farming, forestry and fishing systems in South Pacific Nations

Closing date for expressions of interest 11 November 2022

The Crawford Fund is organising a zoom-based Master Class on Sustainable Intensification for transformational climate resilience of farming, forestry and fishing systems in South Pacific Nations (including but not limited to Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu). The Master Class will focus on accelerated regenerative and transformational climate resilience of smallholder farming, forestry and fishing systems through sustainable intensification which will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

The Master Class is a unique opportunity for early- and mid-career professional women and men professionals from:

  • development (farming, forestry and fishery extension, agribusiness, NGOs)
  • planning and policy making
  • research and innovations (all disciplines)

The Master Class is free. It will be conducted fully by zoom over 30 hours in five full-day sessions starting at 9 am Fiji time on 22 November 2022. In addition, a further 15 hours will be required for out-of-session reading and exercises. The session dates and subject foci follow:

  • 22 November — regional context and overview of climate resilient sustainable intensification
  • 24 November — transformational sustainable intensification implementation and leadership practices
  • 29 November — backcasting from SDG achievement to sustainable intensification planning
  • 1 December — policies and programming for sustainable intensification
  • 6 December — mainstreaming sustainable intensification

At the end of the Master Class, participants will have an improved understanding of, and competencies for, the design, adaptive management and evaluation of partnership-based regenerative sustainable intensification projects and programs. Also, the Master Class will strengthen networks among professionals in the region. A Master Class Certificate will be awarded to those who participated in and satisfactorily completed all requirements of the Master Class.

The facilitated co-learning approach of the Master Class will be supported by short presentations on key topics from regional and international experts and participants in their areas of expertise, as well as group discussions and panel sessions. All participants are expected to engage actively during sessions and complete background reading and out-of-session tasks. Adequate connectivity for the zoom platform will be necessary. The working language will be English.

Please send expressions of interest to Master Class Director John Dixon. ([email protected]) cc Sue Faulker, Crawford Fund ([email protected]) by c.o.b. 11 November 2022 with an expression of interest comprising:  

  • Name, current position, organisation, country
  • Contacts: email (work and alternate) and mobile phone contacts
  • Gender
  • Qualifications, specialisation, work experience especially of relevance to sustainable intensification
  • Awards and Prizes
  • Short explanatory note of the specific relevance of sustainable intensification to your work duties
  • Approval of your fulltime attendance in the Master Class from your superviser, indicating her/his name, position, organisation and email contact

Approximately 20-25 participants will be selected for the Master Class from expressions of interest received by 11 November 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by 18 November 2022. Please also indicate whether an official invitation letter from Crawford Fund would be required by your organisation.

General enquiries should be directed to the Director of Capacity Building Shaun Coffey ([email protected])