To strengthen the capacity for agricultural economics policy research and teaching in the country and abroad, the Division has been organizing advanced level trainings to acquaint researchers and teachers with the advances taking place in the field. Regular training programmes are organized under the ICAR scheme, while other national and international trainings are organized whenever required.

Centre of Advanced Faculty Training (CAFT)

Since 1995, the Division has been working as a  Centre of Advanced Faculty Training  of ICAR ( formerly Centre of Advanced Studies, CAS) and has organized twenty six advanced level (21 days) training programmes for researchers and teachers of the national agricultural research system of the country. So far 509 professionals have been trained under CAFT.  A  few specialized trainings were also organized for civil servants, foreign researchers and policy planners. The major theme covered in different  training programmes organized so far include advances in methodology for policy research, quantitative analysis, research evaluation and impact assessment, demand supply projections, measurement of technological change, conceptual  and methodological issues in the new regime of international trade, advances in agricultural development and policies, advances in food and agricultural marketing, and climate change, environmental sustainability and agricultural development, agricultural growth, diversification, food security and environment. The details of the trainings organised so far are given below:

Broad Themes of Training Courses

No. of trainings

No. of participants

Quantitative techniques for agricultural policy analysis



Impact assessment of agricultural research and technology



Sustainable agricultural development



Advances in agricultural marketing and trade



Agricultural growth, diversification, food  security and environment






NOTE:  One CAFT training programme is usually organised during the months of August – October every year. The training brochure containing the contents and other information is uploaded on the institute website three months prior to the commencement of the training programme.  

Special Training

  • Recent Advances in Quantitative Techniques for Policy Analysis in Agricultural Economics. (July 10-29, 1992 )
  • Micro and Macro Economic Theory for ISS Probationers Sponsored by CSO. (February 13 to March 7, 2001)


CAFT training Manual 2014 

Suggested reading for CAFT training Course 2014 


Training for Foreign Nationals

  • FAO sponsored training programme on Farm Management for Bangladesh Nationals, during December 5, 1988 to February 2, 1989.
  • Associations and Management of farmers' users Association/ Cooperative for Nigerian Nationals, during June 11 to July 17, 1998.
  • Post Harvest Management of Tropical Fruits and Vegetables and Agri-business Management, for Nepali Nationals, during June 5 to July 15, 2000.


Inter-Institutional Collaborations

The Division has established working linkages for research and education with several national and international institutions. The Division has worked with major leading universities in the developed countries under UNDP programme for strengthening PG teaching in the country. It also worked with CG Centres (CIMMYT, IFPRI, IRRI, World Fish Centre) and UN ESCAP CAPSA. The Division continued its partnership with the CGIAR system, and other international agricultural research organizations, and also fostered ties with ICAR institutes, SAUs and other social science institutions in the country.