CMAAE has an internship programme that places recent graduates as interns in regional organizations. The institutions collaborating with AERC under the alumni internship programme are such as the Living Standards Measurements Survey (LSMS) Group of the World Bank (executed through National Statistical Bureaus in the region), The World Food Programme (WFP)-Purchase for Progress (P4P) Project on Data Analysis and Knowledge Management at AERC Nairobi, the International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology (ILTAB), CIAT and other agricultural Research Institutions in the region.
CMAAE PhD. Scholarships
This is an upgrading initiative aimed at building human resources capacity at the participating departments within the framework of ensuring that universities take full responsibility of the programme. This activity is implemented through a regional PhD programme executed through any of the eight accredited universities in the CMAAE network in the region as well as through a sandwich arrangement between the regional universities and universities in developed countries. At present the CMAAE programme runs a sandwich PhD arrangement with Cornell University in USA. Scholarship opportunities are also available for academic staff development under the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Those wishing to apply for the PhD scholarships must be academic staff from departments of Agricultural Economics of the Non-Accredited Universities (NAUs) in the CMAAE network. The NAUs in the CMAAE network include: University of Juba-South Sudan, University of Swaziland-Swaziland, National University of Rwanda-Rwanda, Stellenbosch University-South Africa, University of Zambia-Zambia, Botswana College of Agriculture-Botswana, Moi University-Kenya, Eduardo Mondlane University-Mozambique) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology-Kenya. Applicants must fulfill the following conditions:
- Possess a Masters Degree in a relevant field related to Agricultural and Applied Economics;
- Be an academic staff under academic staff development programme in the Non-Accredited university in the CMAAE network;
- Submit a signed recommendation letter from the head of department from the non-accredited university recommending them for fellowship support;
- Submit a concept note approved by the proposed supervisor and a curriculum vitae for review;
- Submit certified copies of their bachelors and masters academic transcripts and certificate for review; and
- Possession of at least 1 relevant publication in a refereed journal will be an added advantage.
CMAAE Faculty Research
Staff Exchange Programme
In an effort to empower farmers and policy makers with research based outputs for good practices and policy considerations, the programme runs theses dissemination workshops for graduate research results. The workshops bring together smallholder farmers from whom data was sourced, government extension officers, policy makers, academic advisors, research organizations and donors. This is an on-going programme as the feedback from participants, particularly smallholder farmers has been commendable in terms of uptake of the recommendations from the workshops.
Programme website, Publications and new Collaboration with Strategic Partners
The CMAAE produces electronic newsletters covering key activities undertaken in the Programme on a bi-annual basis. Besides, the Programme maintains links to the Agecon Search as part of strengthening networking in the Programme, with over 20 CMAAE alumni theses uploaded into the worldwide link of the agricultural economists. To access the CMAAE uploaded theses, go to http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/handle/93991.
Support to CMAAE graduates/alumni to present papers in relevant conferences
In an effort to address empirical research issues pertinent to agricultural policy and development in the region, the Programme supports alumni to present papers drawn from their thesis work at various international conferences. Alumni are encouraged to work on publications from their theses either for policy briefs or journal publications as part of contributing to policy and knowledge in the discipline.