In 2015, IITA focused its efforts on providing training for partners in
the national programs, especially scientists and research technicians.
Training programs include Professional Capacity Advancement Program,
Graduate Research Program, and Short-Term Courses.
Table 1 shows the breakdown for degree-related training: postgraduate
students recruited (54 MSc and 45 PhD with 62 males and 37 females) and
those who completed the research portion of their degrees at IITA: 70 MSc
and 38 PhD students broken down into 55 males (51%) and 53 females
Training topics covered the four major research themes: biotechnology and crop
improvement, natural resource management, plant production and health, and
social science and agribusiness, and other topics such as monitoring and evaluation,
gender, research methods, field trials and data collection and management,
extension, safe handling of chemicals, value chains, production, planting
technologies and practices, health and nutrition, marketing collaboration, technical
and financial reporting, team building, and science writing.
Seminar presentations in the different hubs featured topics such as CGIAR
Research Programs, grant policies and priorities, monitoring and evaluation,
bioinformatics, ICT, partnerships, DSpace/CG Space, ICT, communication,
gender, administration, food security, proposal development, and tabletbased
data collection and management, among others.