IFAD Launches E-learning Course on Smallholder Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change

31 January 2013. Environment and natural resource management (ENRM) challenges, including climate change, can strongly affect the livelihoods of rural poor. In order to educate professionals within the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and other development agencies on how to design and implement environment and climate activities within their projects, IFAD just launched a new e-learning course on Smallholder Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change. The course, which is open to the public, was developed with the support of the Agence Francaise de Développement.

The 2-hour e-learning course comprises the following 4 modules:

  • Module 1: Why ENRM is important – exploring the environment and natural resources management challenges (40 minutes)
  • Module 2: What is IFAD's approach to ENRM? – understanding IFAD's approach for building smallholder resilience through sustainable use of natural assets (20 minutes)
  • Module 3: What you can scale up – a range of examples of best practices and successful projects to guide and inspire participants (45 minutes)
  • Module 4: How you can do it – guidance, resources and tools for scaling up IFAD's approaches alongside the IFAD project cycle (15 minutes) 

The course targets IFAD staff at HQ and field offices, consultants, project partners from governments, non-governmental organisations and local institutions involved in project design, supervision and implementation. The
main objectives of the training include:

  • Help participants better understand the current challenges associated with environmental degradation and climate change, and particularly its impact on IFAD-funded projects and programmes and target groups;
  • Outline the key elements of IFAD’s approach to ENRM and climate change issues and of its related policies, strategies and procedures;
  • Provide resources, best practices, case studies and tools that project practitioners can use to improve project outcomes;
  • Share information on services and financial resources available to support IFAD’s operations

Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate. To access the course please visit the following website: http://www.ifad.org/elearning/index.html

For further information and receiving CD ROMs of the e-learning course, contact: ECDeLearning@ifad.org.