CAFEIN for Green Biotechnology and Food Security

Photo by: Roseanna Avento, CAFEIN Orientation Course Development during First Network Meeting

Coordinator University of Eastern Finland
Contact details Atte von Wright, atte.vonwright(at)
Roseanna Avento, roseanna.avento(at)
Budget130 820
Duration 6/2013 - 8/2015
Field of science Agriculture, Food Security
Funding since 2013


Kyrgyz National Agrarian University, Kyrgyz Republic
I. Arabaev Kyrgyz State University, Kyrgyz Republic
Kyrgyz National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biology and Pedology, Kyrgyz Republic
Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Brief Description:

The project network ‘CAFEIN (Central Asian Finnish Education Institutes Network) for Green Biotechnology and Food Security' comprises 5 higher education institutions (HEIs) in Finland and the Kyrgyz Republic. CAFEIN aims to address challenges in food security and development of higher education in the Kyrgyz Republic and other Central Asian countries.

Exchange of knowhow, training and dissemination of good practices and solutions are central to building capacity in sustainable natural and agricultural resources management. CAFEIN aims to integrate new and innovative methods of skills development and training to build the agricultural science capacity, and support and advance agricultural education to ensure a safe, secure, nutritive and sustainable food supply under conditions of global climate change.

The CAFEIN network activities in 2013-2015:

- run a mobility programme targeted to undergraduate and graduate student and staff members in the partner HEIs in the Kyrgyz Republic and Finland;
- run an intensive course ‘Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger' in the Kyrgyz Republic;
- train trainers in course development;
- hold two workshops to disseminate information on the activities to external stakeholders and partners.

Funded activities
Total Number of Teacher Exchanges: 4
Total Number of Student Exchanges: 10
Total Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetigs: 3
Number of Intensive Courses: 1

Brief Description of Intensive Course(s):

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Target 30 participants, Contact seminars, lectures and workshops/groupwork and online study.

Brief Description of Dissemination Measures:

- 2 Disssemination Workshops, tied in with intensive course and network meeting;
- Materials dissemination through website and social media (teaching material and publications).