In this regional course given in South Africa, professionals in the field of rural economic development will increase their knowledge, improve their skills and enlarge their toolkit in a highly interactive course. You will bring in your own case and design an intervention strategy to take home. We use an adapted economic model to analyse the competitive advantage of local sub-sectors. And how to make use of that advantage through targeted interventions aimed at agribusiness cluster development, focussing on the role of local communities and youth.
Based on the latest information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, WCDI short courses taking place from September 2020 onwards can take place. If the government decides to extend the COVID-19 measures, we will look into other learning solutions.
What will you learn?
Upon completion of the course you will:
- Have a good understanding of conceptual frameworks to identify development opportunities for rural communities and spin-offs for rural wealth creation;
- Having gained a better understanding of the linkages livelihood strategies, the role of agribusiness development and effective services delivery, and the potential of rural markets, local trade and value chains to ‘work for the poor’;
- Be able to facilitate participatory approaches and methodologies for innovation and change processes;
- Be able to apply tools and instruments for strategic and effective interventions catalysing processes that boost rural economies.
For who is this course?
This regional course is designed for mid-career professionals of government departments, non-governmental and civil society organisations, business associations, development agencies, universities and colleges for higher education, and for other professionals working in the domain of market-driven local economic development. Proficiency in English is required.
Course programme in more detail
Market demand and agribusiness clusters are considered to be important vehicles for poverty reduction, attaining food security and creating rural wealth. The focus tends to be on high-end markets and international trade. However, for most smallholder producers, local entrepreneurs and poor consumers, rural economies and the dynamics of rural fresh produce markets & local trade are far more important!
Application for this course
On top of this page you can apply for the course Local Economic Development: towards Local Agribusiness Cluster Development. Depending on your nationality, your organisation and the type of course you wish to join, your eligibility and the application procedures may differ. Find out more about the requirements and the application process.