The course will be held at the International Potato Center’s headquarters in Lima, Peru in 2019. Training will be in Spanish, over a period of 5 days from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, for a total of 31 hours, plus 6 hours of practice in laboratory.
The course consists of theoretical sessions, with a series of lectures delivered by CIP scientists on training topics. Reading material will be provided, along with protocols and training manuals. Sessions will be based around Powerpoint or Prezi presentations, videos, and analysis of scientific articles. All relevant materials will be handed out to participants in USB sticks at the beginning of the course.
Estimated time for each lecture is 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for questions and answers. Practices on diseases diagnostics will be carried out at CIP Laboratories.
At the beginning of the course an initial evaluation of participants’ knowledge will be carried out, which will then be contrasted with a final evaluation at the end of training. A general survey on participants’ knowledge about the situation of potato cultivation and production in their respective countries will be available to be filled in online to identify the level of knowledge and awareness about the crop amongst course participants, and to also provide course trainers with a better understanding of the reality of potato cultivation in each of the countries. Additionally, at the end of the course, participants will be requested to fill in a Satisfaction survey in order to gather feedback and be able to identify lessons learned and good practices for future implementations.