Course factsheet


Building capacity to feed the planet-Spring school on sustainable agro-food chainscampo

Over the last decade, the value chain concept has established itself as one of the main paradigms in development thinking and practice. A value chain is a complex system that requires synergy and interaction between key stakeholders and organizations from various sectors (private, public, civil society). These sectors need to interact together to find ways to ensure positive social impact (social issues), to develop sustainable business and “win-win” partnerships (economic issues) consistent with respect for the environment (including environmental issues). Using a sustainable approach in value chain presents both great opportunities and challenging goals. It requires a systems approach to identifying root problems, partnerships with public and private sector to implement programs that have an impact at scale and innovative thinking to find sound solutions, to empower smallholders, create equity and ensure an enabling environment.

Reinforcing competencies in managing sustainable value chains

The overall goal of the course is to strengthen the expertise of participants by building capacity in management of sustainable value chain. The specific learning objectives are to become skilled in:

  • learning about the international context that underlies a sustainable value chains;
  • analyzing the governance of agro-food sector and its implication in value chain development;
  • exploring innovative practices in agro-food production and valorization;
  • assessing the contribution of value chains to the development of the agro-food sector;
  • connecting and sharing innovation experiences with colleagues.

Participants will take part to lectures, case studies, group assignements and field trips.

Week one

  • understanding the international context: governance of agrarian land and water governance; sustainable agriculture, rural development, ecosystem services, biodiversity in agriculture; food waste and food losses; the international context to develop sustainable value chains.

Week two

  • governing agro-food sector in Europe: the governance and their actors; the agro-food sector in Italy; voluntary standards and their economic impact.

AFFRICO network workshop

  • in collaboration with University of Palermo and University of Florence, two-day workshop sharing innovation experiences with colleagues and connecting in the AFFRICO network

Week three-five

  • experiencing different value chains models: the fruit value chain; the cereal value chain; the meat value chain


Applicants must hold a BSc degree on Agriculture, Natural Science, Food Technology, Agribusiness Management or related disciplines. Professionals with at least 10 years of experience in the agro-food sector and involved in innovation processes are welcome to apply. A good knowledge of English is essential. Women are strongly encouraged to apply as well as policy-makers, employees of public authority, academia, private sector and civil society representatives with an expertise in management and promotion of sustainable value chains.

Further information

Italian Cooperation supports the course and 16 participants will be selected from the following countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Accommodation: Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (AICS) – Florence training center.

Fellowships will cover the following costs: return flight to Florence from the capital city of the Country of residence; lodging in single room with full board service (3 meals/day) from April 30 to June 8 2016; transportation for field visits; medical insurance; pocket money.

Participants will be awarded with a certificate of attendance. The programme of the course might be subjected to changes

Application are accepted on-line at
Deadline: 10 March 2016