Innovation only takes place when people work together. ICRA strengthens innovative capacity by providing training and coaching to professionals and multi-partner teams.

Inclusive agribusiness clusters support smallholder farmers to sell their produce. ICRA professionalizes business support services and the skills of intermediaries through its networks of business trainers.

Agricultural universities can struggle to effectively engage with the society around them. ICRA helps educational institutions to be more relevant to the needs of farmers and consumers.

ICRA helps to overcome challenges during agricultural innovation processes. We develop competences, capabilities and capacity – so great ideas can be turned into practical tools to improve food security.

Building Skills, Changing Outlooks

Blog

Apr2016

Focus on how to motivate your training group

Many trainers and lecturers share a common challenge: they would like their students or trainees to do more exercises.

Jan2016

From cassava to beer, roots to empowerment

« We got a loan at 9%! », Nasiru, a cassava producer, yells. He proudly waves his dossier as he leaves a decisive meeting with a major cassava processor.

Blog

Projects

Mar2016

Improved capacity for affordable quality seed production and utilization in the Zambezi Valley

The Zambezi Valley comprises four provinces in the Central Region of Mozambique: Tete, Manica, Sofala and Zambézia. The region is home to 43% of the Mozambican population, and despite its extremely rich natural resources poverty is widespread. Most rural people make a living in agriculture and the majority are (women) smallholder farmers who depend on the crops they manage to grow (millet, sorghum, maize, cassava, sweet potato, etc.).These farmers are facing several constraints that limit their productivity and agricultural production. Good quality, certified seed, at the right time and in sufficient quantity is often lacking, and that is a major constraint to acquire a proper income and achieve food security. More than 90% of the smallholder farmers depend on their own harvest for seed for the next crop, or on seed from the informal market.

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Latest resources

The ICRA handouts include short downloadable documents on key concepts, methodological approaches and guidelines to particular tools and techniques.

Apr 2016

Transformation through institutional peering - Agricultural Training Institutes learning from each other. Experiences from a Dutch-South African partnership

This report provides a synthesis of the main learning experiences emanating from a South African-Dutch project that supported the transformation of Agricultural Colleges into Agricultural Training Institutes. The project was implemented from 2011 to 2015 and involved twelve Agricultural Training Institutes, the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, and four partners based in The Netherlands (CDI, MDF, ICRA and AERES). Funding was provided by the South African Government and EP-Nuffic. The partners created action learning structures addressing Competence Based Learning, Quality Assurance, Policies, Rural Wealth Creation, Gender, and ICT and Information Systems.

Mar 2016

Leopard Module, Learner Workbook

The Leopard Module Learner Workbook is part of the course material of the so-called BIG 5 Inservice training course on extension advisory services that was organised in South Africa. It is on managing extension services in support of agricultural production and rural development.

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Videos

From Cassava to Beer: Roots to Empowerment. All videos