We invest in people, their skills and their relationships with stakeholders to build bridges between research, rural development and agribusiness. 

Want to see your research translated into tangible interventions, making an impact on society?

iCRA believes that research can have a positive and long-lasting impact on society when translated into tangible solutions. Our services for knowledge and research institutes support the design of entrepeneurial, market-driven research programs. To develop the agricultural expertise, innovations and technologies demanded by agribusinesses, we support research coordinators and innovations facilitators through training and facilitative leadership. 

Capacity needs assessment

To make sure research and interventions match the need of communities and the overall agriculture sector, iCRA facilitates participatory, capacity needs assessments and trainings with and for farmer organizations, agri-food SME’s and business advisory services. We support them to engage and function in effective partnerships with research and knowledge institutes.

These capacity needs assessments are also incredibly valuable within your own research orgaization. iCRA’s capacity needs assessments are designed to gain insight into what is needed to enable research staff to bridge the gap between theory and practice. This results in an organizational strengthening advice that builds upon the expertise of staff and is specifically tailored to your organization or institute. 

Courses & trainings

Our training and learning approach is based on participative and experiential learning methods and emphasises building trusted relationships among research and business actors in and around the agricultural value chain. Have you heard about our poplular “Making Research Work!” course yet? We offer different options for tailor-made trainings. These range from a single training event to a longer learning cycles trajectory.

A few examples of iCRA support:

  • Providing trainings of staff in action-research and agriculture innovation systems
  • Designing and co-creating demand-driven research programs
  • Developing capacities of staff to become adaptive leaders and innovative facilitators
  • Supporting staff to work across disciplinary and organizational bounderies and engage private and public sectors