Training and Extension

Training and Extension (T &E) activities are one of the core functions of AICAD,  aimed at giving people need driven skills and knowledge for socio economic development in the African region. Training is carried out at grassroots, in-country and regional levels. AICAD conducts need-driven training programmes that target beneficiaries that are carefully selected to ensure maximum return for both those trained and the groups from which they are drawn.

T &E programmes draw from Research and Development (R & D) activities in addition to the needs established within the community. The trainings involve workshops, seminars and short modules ranging from 3 days to 5 weeks. Extension is carried out through collaborating ministries and institutions, and also monitoring activities.

AICAD programmes are unique because they draw on expertise form across section of the institutions of excellence in the region: the public sector, NGOs, private institutions, CBOs who collaborate in the identification of needs, programme development, execution and follow up. The  Institute programmes give knowledge and skills that are immediately usable by trainees.

Training and Extension Objectives

  • Study and analyse  training needs of communities and industries,
  • Develop demand-driven training Programmes,
  • Give individuals, as well as groups, knowledge and skills in areas in which they need  to make informed choices,
  • Provide skills for utilizing knowledge to improve their performance in various socio-economic activities,
  • Provide knowledge and skills that will help people turn opportunities into economic strategies for wealth creation,
  • Provide opportunities that make networking possible among other people,
  • Help participants understand their role and place within the rest of society,
  • Enable participants and their communities have avenues for examining contexts (social, political, economic, technological, traditional e.t.c.) within which they operate, thereby providing opportunity for all-round development of individuals as well as communities.

Training Themes

  • Water resources Management
  • Agriculture and Food security
  • Environment management
  • Enterprise development (entrepreneurship)
  • Gender issues
  • Renewable energy
  • Information technology
  • Value addition and Agro-processing
  • Health equity


Target Groups

  • Farmers
  • Universities
  • Researchers
  • Development and training organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Government Departments 
  • Small scale industries and businesses
  • Women, Artisans and Craftsmen