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Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture’s (CALA) Advanced Leadership Program

The 2024 Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture (CALA) Advanced Leadership Programme is currently accepting applications.

The CALA Advanced Leadership Programme is a collaborative, hands-on, and tailored experience for senior and emerging leaders in Africa’s agriculture sector.

The program, which is designed for individuals who are in charge of and directly implement specific country-level agriculture initiatives, is currently open to participants from eight countries.


Leaders implementing country-level agriculture efforts:

  • Established or emerging leaders working in government, private firms and associations, or civil society organizations who are responsible for driving agriculture flagships and priority programs.
  • Must be actively employed or working in government (public sector), private sector and civil society (associations or civil society organizations)
  • Cohorts will be formed from participants from the following countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda.

Special consideration will be given to:

  • Women leaders
  • Youth leaders
  • Individuals working to advance agro-ecological practices.

Programme Costs & Sponsorship

Participants’ fees are fully sponsored through support provided to AGRA by the German Development Cooperation through KfW Development Bank.

This will include travel costs for all Leadership Forums and graduation events. Participants are expected to meet their own costs of internet access for virtual leadership forums. Please note, CALA does not provide for per diems for in-person leadership forums and graduation events attendance.

Programme Format

The 16-month leadership programme for experienced professionals will include a unique learning approach to developing participants’ leadership, collaboration and management skills, through the following experiences:

  • Virtual and in-person learning events to hone leadership skills for delivery
  • Action Learning Projects connected directly to the participants’ job objectives and country transformation objectives
  • On-the-job and in-country coaching
  • Regular peer accountability sessions
  • Participation in bi-annual leadership forums
  • Participation in the Africa Food Systems Forum
  • Exposure to case studies of ‘Game-changers’ in African agriculture
  • Virtual and in-person peer-learning and networking with cohorts of participants from across the continent.

Certificate & Recognition

  • Graduates of the programme will receive a certificate in Advanced Leadership Programme for Africa’s Food Security & Sustainability
  • Be recognized as delivery champions across AGRA’s prestigious continental platforms and events, including at the national level
  • Join an esteemed network of transformative leaders providing peer support for continuous achievement of country priorities


  • Applications for Cohort 4 open on May 13 and will close on July 2, 2024
  • Selection communicated by August 2024Cohort 4 begins in August 2024

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture’s (CALA) Advanced Leadership Programme