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​​​Modelling approaches for climate risk and climate change adaptations in the context of sustainable intensification in semi-arid West Africa


The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) invite applications for an international summer school that will take place at the ICRISAT regional headquarter in Bamako, Mali.

Applications are invited from highly-motivated middle stage PhD students and postdocs from West Africa and Germany with a background in agricultural or environmental sciences and some prior modelling experience.

The summer school aims to enhance awareness of the state of the art in crop modelling for addressing climate risk and sustainable intensification among the region’s next generation of researchers and agricultural policy makers. It is designed to provide students with a broad overview of system’s analysis, best practices in model application climate change impact assessments, as well as emerging applications and challenges for crop modelling to support sustainable intensification of smallholder farming systems. Students will be equipped with knowledge and skills to use crop models in the design and assessment of resilient and productive cropping systems.

Offered in French and English, the course will combine lectures with international experts, together with hands on tutorials, and group work and discussions. The maximum number of participants is 26.



The summer school has been planned for September 11–17, 2022 ( Please note that depending on how the COVID-19 situation evolves, the time and/or location might be still need to be changed)


International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Bamako, Mali

ICRISAT headquarters  
ICRISAT headquarters



All presentations, made available by lecturers, and selected photos are posted on the website (log in required).



The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) is the co-organizer of the summer school. ZALF has long-term research experience on studying and finding solutions for sustainable agricultural landscapes. In particular, it is well-known for its interdisciplinary group of scientists who employ theoretical as well as advanced methodological tools in analyzing agricultural landscapes.​

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is the hosting institution of the summer school. ICRISAT has significant expertise in cropping system analysis and communicating scientific results.


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