N8 AgriFood Training Goes International

We are offering 10 places for N8 AgriFood Doctoral researchers to participate in an international food systems training week in Ghana in June!


As part of our strategic partnership and engagement, N8 AgriFood, is working with IFSTAL to organise a unique international Food Systems Summer School at the University of Ghana from 16th – 21st June, 2019.

Doctoral students from the N8 Universities (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) working in any aspect of agri-food are invited to apply for 10 highly competitive places to participate in the event. The UK participants will join 20 Ghanaian PhD students and  early career colleagues to co-learn and understand food systems from an international perspective.

The course focuses on enhancing participants’ food system knowledge and ‘systems thinking’ with interactive activities to help develop participants’ skills in communicating complexity. You will learn about the challenges of food systems, tools and approaches to analyse food systems, and how change in food systems can be brought about.  Speakers will include John Ingram (Oxford- Environmental Change Institute), Bob Doherty (University of York), Jonathan Rushton (University of Liverpool), Daniel Bruce Sarpong (University of Ghana) and invited local Key Speakers.

What should participants expect?

We are looking for 10 motivated and enthusiastic agri-food PhD students from the N8 partner universities to travel to Ghana for the one-week training course.  All training costs for participants once in Ghana are covered (including accommodation, travel and meals). Selected students will be able to access travel grants from their respective institutions for UK ground travel and flights.

The course will offer a unique mix of interactive academic, social and cultural activities, including:

  • Keynotes from UK and Ghanaian experts
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Group/Team Projects & Presentations
  • Field trips/Industry visits/engagement
  • Social & Cultural Networking Events & Dinners
  • An opportunity to study in the Global South and add to your international experience
  • An opportunity to learn from both Ghanaian and UK participants and extend your research networks


Application Process:

To apply, please complete an application form available HERE. You will be required to upload a 2-page CV. Please send your documents to your university contact on the form.  Candidates will be selected on merit and to optimise the range of N8 universities and disciplines represented.

Each successful applicant should then apply to their universities for funding to cover international flights and UK costs.

More information:

Please contact N8 AgriFood Knowledge Exchange Fellow Dr John Atibila (john.atibila@york.ac.uk) if you have any questions about the training course, logistics, or travel arrangements. Dr Atibila is also happy to talk to selected applicants about options for exploring Ghana further after the summer school.

We look forward to welcoming successful applicants to Ghana in the summer!