Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture


Applications are open for the annual Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture, which will be held at Columbia University from June 19-29, 2018. 

The program adopts an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable investments in agriculture. It provides an overview of pressing issues related to agricultural investments, as well as an introduction to relevant practical skills. The overarching goal of the course is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to support responsible agricultural investment, and to facilitate a rich dialogue about best practices from around the globe. By working through case studies with practitioners and experts in the field, participants will focus on how to use analytical tools and frameworks to harness international agricultural investments for sustainable development.

The 2018 Executive Training Brochure is available for download here

Who should attend?

This interdisciplinary program is designed for mid-level public sector officials and civil society representatives from low- and middle-income countries, whose responsibilities relate to investments, agriculture, land or rural development. A select number of representatives from development agencies and the private sector may also be admitted. (Please note that you are responsible for securing a visa for your participation; we recommend applying for a tourist visa. If you need a letter from us, please let us know as soon as possible. All participants must be able to read and communicate in English.) 

Where and when will the program be held?

The 2018 program will be held at Columbia University (New York) from June 19-29.

What are the program fees?

The program fee for this nine-day training is USD $3,800 – this covers lectures, on-campus accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, and social events. Without accommodation, the program fee is USD $2,500. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

The on-campus dormitory-style accommodations included in the program fee have a twin size bed (which sleeps one) and a private bathroom; more information available here. If you prefer to secure your own housing, a few off-campus options are listed here.

How can I apply?

To apply, please complete and submit our online application form (here); applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until March 31, 2018. We encourage you to apply early.