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Climate-Resilient
Agricultural
Value Chains

Six weeks of interactive, hands-on learning to make agricultural value chains climate-resilient
Take a 6-weeks interactive and hands-on journey to build a multi-scalar understanding of climate resilience in agricultural value chain networks. Work on your own selected value chains and have analytical outputs that you can show to others at the end of the journey! Join our first cohort starting Feb 8, 2021!
Join our first cohort starting Feb 8, 2021!
Application deadline: Feb 1, 2021
Fees: $795
Scholarships available
25% Off Early Bird Discount
Apply Now

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Climate and Agricultural Value Chains
No business operates in isolation. However, very few agricultural businesses are aware of indirect climate risks hidden within their extended value chains. Learn from the latest case studies and put your knowledge into practice with a cumulative value chain analysis that you can use to guide climate risk mitigation in agri-business.
We welcome diverse backgrounds!
Applicants from across the value chain are welcome - Development Agencies, Medium and Large Agri-businesses, Government Agencies, Business Continuity Consultants:
Policymakers
Operations Managers
Development Specialists
Consultants
R&D Professionals
Planning Managers
Development agencies:
Sector Specialists
Consultants
Development
Officers
Programme officers
Policymakers
Investors
Analysts
Data Scientists
Planners
Teachers
Supply chain & business continuity specialists:
Operations Managers
Planning Managers
Research & Development Professionals
Architects
Engineers
Policymakers
Investors
Analysts
Data Scientists
Planners
Teachers
By the end of this program, you’ll be able to frame, map, and analyze climate change risks and opportunities in agricultural value chains.
Personalized expert learning support
Our highly skilled instructors have advanced degrees and global experience in the field and in education. You can think of them as your personal coaches and support team as you navigate our program.
Climate Labs
Once a week, we have dedicated discussions with the group instructor.Office Hours cover:
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  • Discussions & questions relevant to the class
  • Presentations by other group members
  • Help with quantitative and technical aspects
  • Socializing with your fellow learners
Applied Projects
You will work on a project that directly supports your personal and professional advancement.
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  • Work in teams or individually
  • Receive expert feedback
  • Create useful work products
1-on-1 Assistance
We track every fellow's progress closely and ensure people get focused personalized treatment:
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  • 1-on-1 with the instructor
  • Regular feedback over content and quality
  • Intensive peer support from your fellow learners
Once a week, we have dedicated discussions with the group instructor.
Climate Labs cover:
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  • Discussions & questions relevant to the class
  • Presentations by other group members
  • Help with quantitative and technical aspects
  • Socializing with your fellow learners
You will work on a project that directly supports your personal and professional advancement.
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  • Work in teams or individually
  • Receive expert feedback
  • Create useful work products
We track every fellow's progress closely and ensure people get focused personalized treatment:
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  • 1-on-1 with the instructor
  • Regular feedback over content and quality
  • Intensive peer support from your fellow learners
Join our free masterclass
How is climate impacting agricultural value chains?
This free masterclass will cover:
What having an "adaptive value chain" really means in an agricultural context
What the key elements are for understanding climate risks and building resilience in agricultural value chains.
An introduction to the practical tools used to understand the dynamics between climate risks and value chains.
More about our upcoming course; audience Q&A.
Register for webinar
Jan 27, 2021 at 9 AM, U.S. Pacific time
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Join the Terra community
Collaborate deeply with an intimate small group of motivated professionals from all over the world, all connected through the Climate-Resilient Agricultural Value Chains program. Access the broader Terra.do community of sustainability-motivated people from all backgrounds.
The Terra community represents
20 countries
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Partner and Senior VP,
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Software Engineer ∙
New York
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Independent Risk
Consultant ∙ New Delhi
Our Fellows and employees are spread across multiple timezones and geographies. Our community lives, learns and thrives on our online workspaces.
Guest lecturer bio
Dr Laura Canevari

Laura has ten years combined research and consulting experience working on climate change adaptation globally. She is the CEO and Founder of ITACA, a technical assistance service provider, committed to accelerating climate adaptation and resilience financing in the Caribbean. She also works for Acclimatise/Willis Tower Watson as climate risk analyst and business development associate.
Laura holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford and a PhD in Geography from King’s College London. The content of this 6 weeks course builds on her PhD research investigating climate resilience in MSME-dominated agricultural value chains in the Caribbean.

Guest lecturer bio
Dr Lilly Lim-Camacho

Leading the agribusiness and sustainable development agenda at Australia’s National Research Agency -CSIRO-, Dr Lim has  a strong expert knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation at multiple system scales.

Dr Lim is a Research Scientist focused on encouraging communities and organisations to mitigate and adapt to climate change through communication and engagement. Her research focuses on assisting businesses and their stakeholders understand, plan for and adapt to climate change risk, particularly through a value chain approach.
In her guest lecture, Lilly will introduce some of the work that she and colleagues at CSIRO have been doing mapping value chain dynamics and the impacts of climate change.

Guest lecturer bio
Magnus Benzie

Magnus is a Research Fellow within the Reducing Climate Risk theme at SEI. He works on the international dimensions of climate adaptation, national and private sector adaptation planning, climate finance, adaptation governance, the politics of adaptation and - beyond climate change - on creating scenarios and projects that explore future uncertainties.
During this guest lecture, Magnus will talk about transboundary climate risks, adaptation “without borders” and how trade is one of four transmission channels allowing climate impact to be transferred across the globe through international value chains.

Guest lecturer bio
Catherine Simonet

Catherine works as Policy Officer for the French Development Agency as Knowledge Manager within the Fragilities, Crises and Conflicts DivisionShe will reflect on a three-step, innovative, common methodology – called Value Chain Analysis for Resilience in Drylands (VC-ARID) that she helped to develop whilst working at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). In her lecture, she will illustrate how this methodology is uses through an empirical study on its application in Kenya, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Pakistan and Tajikistan – specifically for the livestock and cotton sectors. The VC-ARID approach to value chain analysis is innovative as it considers the specific characteristics of semi-arid systems.

Course contributors
Dr Laura Canevari
Content lead

Laura has ten years combined research and consulting experience working on climate change adaptation globally. She is the CEO and Founder of ITACA, a technical assistance service provider, committed to accelerating climate adaptation and resilie... Read more

Dr Lilly Lim-Camacho
Guest lecturer

Leading the agribusiness and sustainable development agenda at Australia’s National Research Agency -CSIRO-, Dr Lim has  a strong expert knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation at multiple system scales. Dr Lim is a Research Sci...Read more

Magnus Benzie
Guest lecturer

Magnus is a Research Fellow within the Reducing Climate Risk theme at SEI. He works on the international dimensions of climate adaptation, national and private sector adaptation planning, cli...Read more

Catherine Simonet
Guest lecturer

Catherine works as Policy Officer for the French Development Agency as Knowledge Manager within the Fragilities, Crises and Conflicts Division. She will reflect on a three-step, innovative, commo... Read more

Course contributors
Guest lecturers
Dr Laura Canevari
Content lead
Brett Webster
Guest lecturer

Laura has ten years combined research and consulting experience working on climate change adaptation globally. She is the CEO and Founder of ITACA, a technical assistance service provider, committed to accelerating climate adaptation and resilience financing in the Caribbean. She also works for Acclimatise/Willis Tower Watson as climate risk analyst and business development associate...Read more

Dr Lilly Lim-Camacho
Guest lecturer
Brett Webster
Guest lecturer

Leading the agribusiness and sustainable development agenda at Australia’s National Research Agency -CSIRO-, Dr Lim has  a strong expert knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation at multiple system scales...Read more

Magnus Benzie
Guest lecturer
Brett Webster
Guest lecturer

Magnus is a Research Fellow within the Reducing Climate Risk theme at SEI. He works on the international dimensions of climate adaptation, national and private sector adaptation planning, climate...Read more

Catherine Simonet
Guest lecturer
Brett Webster
Guest lecturer

Catherine works as Policy Officer for the French Development Agency as Knowledge Manager within the Fragilities, Crises and Conflicts Division. She will reflect on a three-step, innovative...Read more

Cutting edge research for practical application

Explore practical frameworks and solutions for understanding and mitigating climate-related risks throughout agricultural value chains and how agri-business intersects with climate change at all scales. Build a multi-scalar understanding of climate resilience and put your learning to work with your own value chain analysis!

What you would learn
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Week 1
Week 01
01
Introductions, orientation and meet your instructor
How does the built environment contribute to climate change? And in turn, how does a changing climate affect our built environment?
02
What is a value chain? What do we mean by building climate resilience in agricultural value chains?
Is it possible to decarbonize the built environment (Hint: yes, it is)? What are the overarching steps, strategies, and paradigm shifts that it will take to get there?
Week 2
Week 02
03
Frameworking the factors influencing climate resilience: from business-to-business to whole value chain networks
What design and construction strategies can be leveraged to ensure new buildings have a net positive impact?
04
Guest lecture 1: TBC
Guest lecturer will offer their unique experience, share best practices, and provide exemplary case studies highlighting climate smart design in practice.
Week 3
Week 03
05
Qualitative mapping of climate risks along agricultural value chains: exploration through country case studies
How can we regenerate existing buildings in a way that transforms them from a climate liability to a climate asset?
06
Guest Lecture 2- Catherine Simonet: The VC-ARID Approach and its applications.
Brett will share his experience and case studies highlighting innovative methods for realzing deep energy and emissions reductions in existing buildings
Week 4
Week 04
07
Presentation and discussion of homework results
How can we embed resiliency into our buildings in a way that allows them to bend, not break in response to systemic shocks?
08
Principles of network mapping: how to use GEPHI in illustrating resource flows
Guest lecturer will discuss the nascent topic of building resiliency and share a framework for how to prioritize and embed resilience into the design design and operation of buildings.
Week 5
Week 04
09
Government policies’ influence on the adaptive capacity and resilience of agricultural value chains
How can we embed resiliency into our buildings in a way that allows them to bend, not break in response to systemic shocks?
10
Guest lecture 3: Magnus Benzie: Transboundary Climate Risks and Adaptation in International Value Chains
Guest lecturer will discuss the nascent topic of building resiliency and share a framework for how to prioritize and embed resilience into the design design and operation of buildings.
Week 6
Week 04
11
Presentation and discussion of homework results
How can we embed resiliency into our buildings in a way that allows them to bend, not break in response to systemic shocks?
12
Investing in value chain climate resilience: turning climate risks into new products and services
Guest lecturer will discuss the nascent topic of building resiliency and share a framework for how to prioritize and embed resilience into the design design and operation of buildings.
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Syllabus Intro

No business operates or adapts in isolation. Yet very few businesses are aware of climate risks hidden within their value chains or understand how business relationships can affect (positively or negatively) their own capacity to respond and adapt to climate risks. Equally, governments do not fully understand how global value chains can generate local climate impacts, or how national and subnational policies influence the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of local actors to international climate-driven food shocks.

To understand these dynamics, we need to understand how value chains operate at different scales and levels of complexity: from business-to-business relationships, all the way to global and highly complex agricultural value chain networks. 

What better way to learn this than getting to know tools and approaches to help you map value chains and to help you think about how climate change affects value chains at different tiers of the chain, depending on how relationships are formed and maintained, and how value chain networks perform.

By the end of the course, you will not only have gained deep insights stemming from cutting-edge research, but you will have also learnt from valuable case studies and get to work on value chains of your own interest, to show others how you put to practice what you have learnt through this course!

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Pricing and commitment
This course is 6 weeks long and has an expected time commitment of 2-4 hours of every week.
Each class has just 20-25 Fellows with extensive skills, background, and passion.
Your course instructors would be available via Zoom, Slack, and email.
The course is 100% online by design, with live talks by experts, which are all available for later viewing.
Climate-Resilient Agricultural Value Chains Program
Take a 6-week hands-on journey to understand the methods and means behind climate-resilience in agricultural value chain networks.
Fees: $795
Early bird special
25% off
Scholarships available
We always want qualified learners to apply, and can provide financial aid after assessing merit and need.
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