IFDC International Trainings – Why Should I Go?

Ahmed-Jelloul-talking-with-man-from-Jimmy-Sanders Since 1974, IFDC has held over 700 formal workshops, study tours and training programs, working with over 11,000 private and public representatives from over 150 countries who have benefitted from the expertise IFDC has to offer. Our pedigree says it all; we know training.

Each year, we create training programs – founded on the expertise and knowledge of IFDC – that focus on technology transfer across the entire agricultural value chain. We reach out to professionals, like yourself, who can make a difference and who have a working knowledge of and relationship with the agriculture sector.

Our training programs offer manifold benefits for each participant: built-in “free time” offers an ideal situation for networking and learning from participants from all over the country – and quite possibly the world; field trip days – during which participants visit farms, facilities or other relevant locations – enrich the learning process; and most importantly, each participant leaves the workshop with both theoretical and practical knowledge that enlightens and inspires.

One USA Study Tour participant, a senior lecturer from Nigeria, said, “I learned a lot and received a lot of inspiration  that I hope to put into practice. I intend to set up a precision farm of my own as well as a small food production, processing and storage center. I am also better informed now about fertilizer use and management and will be in a better position to impact the right knowledge to my students.”

In addition to bringing our own expert staff, IFDC invites guest speakers – ranging from agro-industry leaders to ministers of agriculture, depending on the course – to share their knowledge and experiences. Nowhere else will professionals be able to speak with such a variety of top-level representatives.

As an added bonus, participants get to keep all materials from the training for their personal files. Many continue using them, such as this chemistry engineer from Denmark who attended the IFDC Phosphate Fertilizer Production Technology workshop in 2007 who says, “I still use the IFDC materials as a solid reference … I enjoyed good company with engineers from all over the world, and I got a very useful network of highly skilled experts from the phosphate industry.” 

Obviously, we are extremely proud of our training programs, but don’t simply listen to us. Independent evaluations carried by UNDP and USAID concluded that IFDC’s international training programs have a considerable demand; the evaluations also appreciated “the wide range and effectiveness of the training programs that IFDC has developed.”Joshua-Mine-Training

Read what previous training participants themselves are saying:

“IFDC has demonstrated the perfect understanding of the issues and strategies related to the access to markets and agricultural value chains.”

– Program Coordinator, Benin, 2012

“I intend to incorporate the training into my present research as well as those of my postgraduate students and see how I can collaborate with the agricultural ministry to ensure farmers benefit.”

Crop Production Professor, Nigeria, 2012

“I have returned home with a lot of new information and more important than anything, having met a lot of people from the USA and many other countries. I will strongly recommend this training for my fellow colleagues.”

– Research Manager, Brazil, 2013 

“It was interesting to interact with fellow agriculturalists from around the world and hear how different each country is.”

– Director of Technology, USA, 2013

Still trying to decide? Feel free to email training@ifdc.org and follow us on Twitter @IFDCtraining. Also, be sure to check out this year’s training programs to see what fits your needs best. We guarantee an enlightening experience.

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