Capacity Building of Young Agricultural Researchers in Developing Countries through On-the-Job Training

  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•06•08    13:30 - 16:00

    UNU-IAS, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF), will co-organize an International Workshop on Capacity Building of Young Agricultural Researchers in Developing Countries. The workshop will discuss the effectiveness of On-the-Job Training (OJT) in capacity building for young agricultural researchers, using case studies from the On-the-Job Research Capacity Building Programme for Food Security and Environmental Conservation in Developing Countries (OJCB), a six-year project which UNU-IAS has been conducting with the support of MAFF.

    OJCB aims to provide solutions to a wide range of food security and environmental issues. It consists of (1) OJT planned and implemented by host scientists in developing countries, (2) developing an action plan to be implemented by the trainees after the OJT, and (3) follow-up guidance by the host scientists in implementing the action plan. OJCB started in August 2011 and will end in July 2017. Over the past six years, about 200 young agricultural researchers have been trained. In August 2016, a well-received OJCB international workshop was held as an official side event at TICAD VI in Kenya.

    For this latest workshop, three experienced OJCB host scientists from Kenya, Benin, and the Philippines have been invited to share case studies of OJT for young agricultural researchers contributing to the solutions of food and environmental issues in their respective countries. In addition, Japanese experts on international agricultural research will also participate and discuss the effectiveness of OJT in the capacity building of young agricultural researchers in developing countries.

    Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English and Japanese.


    This event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required (by 17:00 on 6 June 2017). Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.


    13:30–13:40 Opening Remarks

    • Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS)
    • Takehiro Okubo (Director, International Research, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council, MAFF, Japan)

    13:40–15:00 Presentations

    • “Achievements of OJCB Programme, Focusing on the OJT Approach” (tentative title)
      Akira Nagata (OJCB Coordinator, UNU-IAS)
    • “Effectiveness of OJT for Young Researchers of Postharvest Management in Kenya” (tentative title)
      Vitalis Ogemah (OJCB Host Scientist, Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology, Kenya)
    • “Effectiveness of OJT for Young Researchers of Trans-boundary Plant Diseases in Benin” (tentative title)
      Aimé H. Bokonon-Ganta (OJCB Host Scientist, University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), National Plant Protection and Quarantine Service (SPVCP), Benin)
    • “Effectiveness of OJT for Young Researchers of Forest Conservation in the Philippines” (tentative title)
      Leni Camacho (OJCB Host Scientist, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines)

    15:00–16:00 Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Osamu Saito (Academic Director/ Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS)


    • Vitalis Ogemah(MMUST, Kenya)
    • Aimé H. Bokonon-Ganta (UAC/SPVCP, Benin)
    • Leni Camacho (UPLB, Philippines)
    • Osamu Koyama (Vice President, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), Japan)
    • Takehiro Okubo (MAFF, Japan)
    • Akira Nagata (OJCB Coordinator, UNU-IAS)

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