In 2015 the Ørskov Foundation received a total of 78 applications, from students in 16 countries in Africa and Asia, for funds to support training linked to their postgraduate degrees.  At the Trustees meeting in February four applications were shortlisted and the following three applications were received funding:

Ngagoum Veronique from the Faculty of Agronony and Agricultural Science, University of Dschang, Cameroon received £2,423 to undertake a training course on “Understanding family farming through a systemic approach” at SupAgro, an International Centre for Higher Education in Agricultural Sciences in Montpellier, France. The training received will enable Veronique to develop knowledge and skills to implement agroforestry projects that contribute to the conservation and use of natural resources and development of policies and strategies for environmental planning.

Getaneh Kebede Ayele from the Faculty of Civil and Water Resource Engineering, Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, Ethiopia received £ 1,975 to undertake training in the use of BSTEM and CONCEPT models at the Biological and Environmental Engineering Department, Cornell University. The proposed training will help to develop effective stabilizing measures to rehabilitate deep gullies of more than 3m. This training will contribute to the completion of a research project to introduce cost effective measures to arrest gully formation in the Ethiopian highlands as part of a PhD in Integrated Water Management.

Ojong Felix Enow from the University of Buea, Cameroon receivde £2,435 to undertake training on Natural Resource Information Management Systems at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), Nairobi, Kenya.  The training will complement existing work on women’s role in climate change and sustainable development:  implications on food security and adaptation/mitigation to climate change in Cameroon.  The training will provide a customised development of a NRIMS incorporating land tenure; land value; land use/development and will contribute to the achievement of a MSc in Environment and Natural Resource Management.