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"Building capacities to address climate change"

With climate change being one of the most severe challenges to the rural and agricultural based economies in the developing countries in the 21st century, Universities and Agricultural Research Centres are facing an urgent need to prepare the human resources who will have to address this issue in the next 40 years, to tackle this challenge and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems in contexts of climate change and increased variability. Capacity building initiatives in this regard have multiplied in the past few years, mostly on separate basis. Time has come to draw lessons from these experiments and to build on them to strengthen our knowledge basis about the learning objectives to be defined, about the methods of learning that can address these objectives and about the curricula and training tools that can be associated to them. For sure, climate change being an archetype of a global challenge, addressing adaptation or mitigation as a training objective cannot be fulfilled only in isolated disciplines or contexts. Particularly, tropical and temperate environments are linked with each other and responses require cooperation.

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