The AERC Training Programme is designed to augment the pool of economic researchers in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting postgraduate studies in Economics and Agricultural Economics, and by enhancing the capacities of departments of Economics and departments of Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness in local public universities.
AERC supports the Collaborative Master's Programme in Economics (CMAP) for Anglophone Africa (excluding Nigeria and South Africa), the Collaborative Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics (CMAAE) for Eastern, Central and South Africa, and the Collaborative PhD Programme (CPP) in Economics, along with targeted support for PhD thesis research. The collaboration features joint facility for electives, enforcement of standards through internationally recruited external examiners, a common curriculum and a joint development of teaching materials.
The Consortium also maintains close links with collaborative master's programmes in Nigeria (under the umbrella of the Foundation for Economics Education-FEE) and in francophone Africa (run by the Programme de Troisième Cycle Inter-universitaire en Economie-PTCI) and some Universities in South Africa. Of note is that all the above mentioned initiatives stemmed from AERC research into graduate training in the continent.
The three training programmes build the capacity of mid-level managers and policy analysts, and produce first class students interested in careers in academia. Twenty-six universities in 21 countries participate in the CMAP programme, out of which 4 are in category C, fully hosting core and electives; seven are in category B, offering core courses; and 15 are in category A, and they send their students to category B and C institutions for master's studies. CMAAE, on the other hand, has 17 universities in 13 countries, 8 in Category B (accredited) and 9 in category A (non-accredited). CPP has 8 degree-awarding universities, 4 of which are host degree-awarding and the remaining 4 are non-host degree awarding. Details of each programme can be accessed under specific programme overview.
Other than the postgraduate training programmes, the training department also hosts 2 the World Food Programme project on Purchase for Progress (P4P) known as Data Analysis and Knowledge Management Hub (DAKMAH), which is involved with cleaning, analysis and reporting on data relating to smallholder farmers access to higher value chains. The project covers 21 P4P countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Details of the project can also be accessed under specific project overview.