The project’s training plan

As part of its capacity-building strategy, the ICRISAT- HOPE project gives special consideration to strengthening the capacity of the staff of partner institutions, as well as farmers and other stakeholders. From the project’s inception, concrete training plans were formulated, and are being implemented in each project objective. These plans range from short courses of one or more days to the formal graduate training of participating scientists in institutions of higher learning.

The table below presents a summary of the graduate training planned in the six project objectives. The support provided by the project is limited to financing and supervising research activities carried out by the students in areas relevant to the project’s agenda and interests, but does not include tuition fees.

Project objective Masters Doctorate
1 6 -
2 11 3
3 - 1
4 2 -
5 7 -
6 - -
Total 26 4

The nature, duration and number of participants planned for the short courses vary with each objective.

Meet the current students

Gambo Yahouza
Nationality: Nigerien
University of Registration: Universite Abdou Moumouni, Niamey, Niger
Date of enrollment: 2009
Degree: Masters
Area of specialization: Agricultural Economics
Project Objective: 1
Thesis/study title: Sorghum hybrids for the dry and sub-humid environment of East Africa − development, testing and practicality

Justin Ringo
Nationality: Tanzanian
University of Registration: Moi University, Kenya
Date of enrollment: 2010−2013
Degree: Doctorate
Area of specialization: Plant Breeding
Project Objective: 2
Thesis/study title: Sorghum hybrids for the dry and sub-humid environment of East Africa − development, testing and practicality

Phylis Muturi
Nationality: Kenyan
University of Registration: Makerere University
Date of enrollment: 2009−2012
Degree: Doctorate
Area of specialization: Plant Breeding
Project Objective: 2
Thesis/study title: Resistance to Buseola fusca and Chilo partellus in sorghum

Amadou Kountche Boubacar
Nationality: Nigerien
University of Registration: Montpellier SupAgro (France)
Date of enrollment: September 2010
Degree: Doctorate
Area of specialization: Molecular Breeding
Project Objective: 3
Thesis/study title: Identification and validation of molecular markers associated with resistance to Striga hermonthica (Del.) and initial characterization of resistance mechanisms in pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum)

Malam Yaou Abass
Nationality: Nigerien
University of Registration: Universite Abdou Moumouni, Niamey, Niger
Date of enrollment: 2009
Degree: Masters
Area of specialization: Agricultural Economics
Project Objective: 5
Thesis/study title: Marketing of sorghum and pearl millet processed products in Urban Niger

Thomas Mwinyiheri
Nationality: Tanzanian
University of Registration: Egerton University, Kenya
Date of enrollment: May 2010
Degree: Masters
Area of specialization: Economics
Project Objective: 5
Thesis/study title: Structure, conduct and performance of sorghum and millet markets in East Africa: A value chain approach.

Ghodke Ravikiran Sheshnarayan
Nationality: Indian
University of Registration: MPKV, Rahuri, Maharashtra, India
Date of enrollment: August 2009
Degree: Masters
Area of specialization: Agricultural Economics
Project Objective: 5
Thesis/study title: Economic analysis of marketing of dry fodder of Rabi Sorghum

Sirish Sharma
Nationality: Indian
University of Registration: RAU, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
Date of enrollment: 2009−2010
Degree: Doctorate
Area of specialization: Agricultural Economics
Project Objective: 5
Thesis/study title: Demand estimation, market surplus and marketing efficiency of pearl millet in Rajasthan

Pagare Kishor Himmatrao
Nationality: Indian
University of Registration: MAU, Parbhani, Maharashtra, India
Date of enrollment: August 2009−2010
Degree: Masters
Area of specialization: Agricultural Economics
Project Objective: 5
Thesis/study title: Resource use efficiency of Rabi Jowar in Marathwada region of Maharashtra State
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