Climate change (CC) constitutes the most striking environmental risk on which the attention of the whole world is focused because of its global dimension and its negative effects on socio-ecological systems. It has been established that without adequate response, the effects of CC will increase in the coming years, with the greatest negative impacts on the most vulnerable populations and ecosystems in the world particularly those in the sub-Saharan part of Africa.
The training of highly qualified human resources constitutes one of the major adaptation strategies to CC. Actually, highly qualified human resources, having relevant infrastructures and equipments will be able to strengthen scientific knowledge on agriculture and climate interactions.
WASCAL is an initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to help West African countries to tackle the challenges of CC adaptation through capacity building and scientific research. The activities of the WASCAL Graduate Research Program (GRP) are set up and managed based on a partnership between 10 West African countries and German universities and research institutes. CC and Agriculture (CC&Agric) is one of the six PhD programs initiated within this framework. IPR/IFRA of Katibougou, in partnership with University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the University Sciences, Technics and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB), hosts this PhD program in CC & Agric. There are also more than 10 cooperating partner universities and partner Research Centers : Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) ; University of Lomé (Togo) ; University of Bonn – Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (Germany) ; Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (Nigeria) ; University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin) ; University Felix Houphouet-Boigny (Cote d’Ivoire) ; University Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal) ; Polytechnic University of Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso) ; University Abdou Moumouni (Niger) ; Federal University of Technology, Akure (Nigeria) ; Institut d’Economie Rurale (Mali).
Objective of the CC& Agric Program
The PhD program in CC & Agric is to train highly qualified human resources for West African countries in anticipating the effects of CC.
Objective of the call : to select candidates for a PhD program at USTTB - IPR/IFRA, Mali.