Capacity building

NuME undertakes three types of capacity building: human resources, institutional and physical infrastructure and equipment.

Human resource capacity-building further splits into three categories

(i) Post-graduate training, covering include studies in nutrition, food security and impact assessment, plant breeding and agronomy, and gender issues.

(ii) Short course training to strengthen the capacity of partners to offer services necessary to realize NuMe’s objectives; and

(iii) Hands-on/on-the-job training and mentoring in QPM breeding and crop agronomy and management.

(iv) Institutional capacity

Institutional capacity

This includes institutional human resources as well as intellectual property that remains with the institution irrespective of human resource mobility. The project develop three types of intellectual property:

i. QPM germplasm. QPM inbred lines adapted to various Ethiopian as well as eastern and southern African ecologies will be developed by CIMMYT and EIAR maize breeders. Materials (especially inbred lines and breeding populations) developed by CIMMYT will, in accordance with CIMMYT policy, be freely available to maize breeders in the public and private sector globally. Their use will be governed by CIMMYT and CGIAR intellectual property policy.

ii. Training and reference/informational materials. NuME will produce a variety of training and informational materials including printed bulletins and manuals, and training videos in DVD format.

iii. Regulatory standards, protocols and procedures. QPM quality standards for seed and grain will be defined and a quality monitoring system (protocols and procedures) will be established to monitor and verify the QPM quality for seed companies and producers and consumers.

More on capacity building in pages 35–15 of NuME’s Project Implementation Plan

The NuME Project is funded by Global Affairs Canada.