The enhanced training programme, announced in the last issue of IBP Update is set to commence with an inaugural workshop from 23rd of April to 4th of May 2012 in Nijmegen in the Netherlands. The programme will run over a three-year period, with intensive hands-on training offered to each group for two weeks each year - building towards a high proficiency in molecular breeding methodologies and the use of facilitative informatics tools and services.
The inaugural workshop, which is targeting 60 participants drawn from amongst GCP partners and collaborators in West Africa, will impart essential skills in molecular breeding and data management & analysis that the trainees can immediately begin to apply upon return to their stations.
It is further hoped the participants will share the knowledge and skills acquired at the workshop with their in-country partners, further accelerating crop improvement through the use of cutting-edge informatics tools.
Repeat workshops targeting participants from East Africa and Asia are planned for July and October this year, details to be disseminated in the coming weeks and months. Building on these workshops, another three will be held each year in 2013 and 2014 targetting the same participants. Though primary consideration is given to GCP partners and collaborators, the programme is also open to other researchers in developing-country molecular breeding projects.