Capacity Building Overview
We see "Capacity building" as developing the capacity of institutions to undertake research and translate this into impact. This may involve training staff, developing the infrastructure such as setting up labs or field sites, developing management and communication skills, and providing access to networks and mentoring and support. Africa College is focussing its efforts on developing the capacity for African institutions in the area of sustainable food security and nutrition. There are opportunities for capacity building activities in many different levels: for example, people coming to Leeds to learn new techniques, conducting training in Africa, joint workshops or courses, collaborative research and mentoring (e.g. Research without boundaries). The issue is perhaps particularly acute with highly technical, laboratory-based science, such as in plant biotechnology.
Our strategy is to help build a well-trained, skilled and active core group of African scientists ensuring that scientific knowledge gained in the individual projects will be used directly in Africa.
Africa College partners are helping build the capacity of African scientists
Building capacity is fundamental to giving farmers the technologies they need
Finding Sustainable answers to hunger and malnutrition in Africa