CCSI Executive Training Program on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

We are pleased to announce that applications are open for CCSI’s annual Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture, which will be held at Columbia University from July 12-21, 2017. This interdisciplinary training course is designed primarily for public sector officials and civil society representatives from low- and middle-income countries, whose responsibilities relate to investments, agriculture, land, or rural development. A select number of representatives from the private sector and development agencies may also be admitted.

The course, which is run by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, provides an overview of pressing issues related to international investment in agriculture, as well as an introduction to relevant practical skills. Topics include:

  • An introduction to agricultural investment, including inclusive business approaches;
  • Agricultural investments and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Land rights and tenure security;
  • Domestic legal frameworks and investment contracts;
  • International investment law;
  • Fiscal regimes and modeling;
  • Long-term planning and linkages to agricultural investments;
  • Managing environmental and water impacts, and addressing climate change;
  • Gender impacts;
  • Transparency and human rights; and
  • Addressing land grievances and legacy issues post-investment.

The goal of the course is to build the knowledge and skills necessary to support responsible agricultural investment, and to facilitate knowledge sharing among the different countries represented at the course. You can find more information, as well as feedback from past participants, in our program brochure or on our website.

If you are interested in participating, please visit our website for the application. The program fee for the eight-day training is USD $3,750; this covers lectures, on-campus accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, and social events. (For participants who organize their own accommodation, the fee is $2,000). A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Participants will receive a Statement of Attendance from Columbia University.

The deadline for applying is March 31, 2017; applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions about this training program, please email: