Refresher Course Water Resources Management and Climate Change: Balancing the extremes "Food-Water Scarcity-Floods"

The food production sector is one of the most affected and vulnerable activities to natural disasters. This may lead to major drastic losses, food shortage and nutritional deficiencies. 

Topic: Water resources management and climate change: balancing the extremes 'Food-Water Scarcity-Floods"

Location: La Havana & Varadero - Cuba

Coordinator: Dr. Carlos Lopez Vazquez, Associate Professor of Sanitary Engineering & Dr. Hector Garcia, Senior Lecturer in Wastewater Treatment Technology

Counterpart: Instituto para la Investigaci√≥n de la Industria Alimentaria, IIIA & Havana Technical University ‘Jose Antonio Echeverria’, CUJAE

Open to: Alumni from Latin America and the Caribbean 



Because of the insular character and limited infrastructure development, the Caribbean and Central America Region is particularly prone to extreme climate change effects. This may affect the welfare and safety of population and key productive sectors like the food production and tourism sectors. The food production sector is one of the most affected and vulnerable activities to natural disasters. This may lead to major drastic losses, food shortage and nutritional deficiencies. In addition, the limited surface area and particular weather conditions limit food production and several countries rely on the  importation of food becoming rather vulnerable to Global dynamics.

In the region, there is a lack of knowledgeable and technically capable human resources who can assist securing a long-term achievement of food security by: (i) improving, increasing and diversifying in the region the food self-production; (ii) implementing cleaner production practices in the food processing industries; (iii) introducing and developing new food production methods of high efficiency and low cost; and, (iv) supporting the urban and peri-urban food related productive activities. Moreover, there is limited knowledge on leading-edge technologies and practices for and to facilitate the reuse of treated (fresh) wastewater, absent knowledge of advantages of using saline water for non potable uses, and there is a gap regarding the latest developments on flood risk management, prevention and propagation between countries.

Therefore, to contribute to cope with extreme climate change effects, the food processing and water professionals from the region need the required knowledge and information on the latest advances on food processing technologies, wastewater treatment and reuse, innovative urban water management practices as well as on flood prevention and propagation methodologies.

Application procedure

Select the refresher course you would like to enrol in

  • Click the button below ‘apply now for’.
  • Make an account using the email address known at IHE Delft or use your current account to log in. Important! Register using the email address where you have received the invitation to the course sent by IHE Delft. In case you have not received the invitation by email, send before registering your new email address to
  • Complete the application process and upload: your CV, copy of your passport and an employer statement. Please find the template in the following link. Use only that format and note that it has to be submitted on official letter head with the company logo and should contain the company’s stamp. Applicants need to apply by providing: (1) CV, (2) letter of motivation with regard to the topics covered in the RS indicating: (i) the role of their organizations and institutions, (ii) their position and functions, and (iii) current problems associated to food security, water scarcity and flooding events indicating and estimating (quantifying as much as possible) affected No. inhabitants, economic sectors and required infrastructure including a potential plan to discuss during the seminar.
  • By selecting 'scholarship' in the question 'How do you intend to pay the costs of your study and other expenses?' you will automatically apply for a NFP fellowship, IHE Delft will handle this.
  • Submit your application. When pressing the 'Submit' button, your application will be sent to IHE Delft. You will not receive a confirmation of receipt. However, you can check the status of your application on your personal page. If the status is submitted or verified, it has been received.
  • After the application deadline, IHE Delft makes a selection of all eligible applicants. IHE Delft will inform the selected candidates by email. One month before the start of the Refresher Course, all applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection

Please take note that you can only register for one refresher course.

NFP Fellowships

The Netherlands Government has made full fellowships for a maximum of 20 participants available for each refresher course.
These fellowships include:

  • air travel (economy class) from the nearest international airport in the candidate’s home country to the refresher course country and vice versa. Please note that travel costs made to reach the airport in your home country will not be reimbursed,
  • transfer from the airport to hotel and vice versa. No other travel costs are refunded,
  • health insurance,
  • accommodation, including meals, for the duration of the course, up to a maximum of 15 days in total, depending on the date of arrival in and departure from the hosting country,
  • direct visa costs (no related costs, such as travel costs to the Embassy or hotel stay are refunded). The visa costs can only be reimbursed when the original receipts are handed in.

Self Paying Participants

The courses are open to a limited number of self-paying participants who have the required background and work experience, and who are not necessarily alumni. The tuition fee for one course is Euro 230, to be paid in advance. This tuition fee covers registration, tuition, and fieldtrips (if applicable). All other costs such as meals, hotel and travel costs are borne by the participant.
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