Friday, April 24, 2015

 

This Week’s Posts

RESOURCES: New version of AGROVOC, integrating land governance and tenure

In partnership with the Land Portal Foundation, the Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS) project, facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has released a new version of AGROVOC, the world’s most comprehensive multilingual agricultural vocabulary.  This version includes 100 new concepts related to land tenure and governance. Read more about this exciting new development here.

EMPLOYMENT: Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture, Purdue university

The Purdue University College of Agriculture is seeking to hire a visionary, entrepreneurial individual as Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture to provide creative leadership for its globally recognized international programs in learning, discovery, and engagement.  Please see full details here.

PUBLICATIONS: Greening Agrarian Studies, Special Issue

The Journal of Peasant Studies has released a special issue that brings together 40 articles on various environmental themes that speak to critical agrarian studies (e.g., climate change, biodiversity, biotechnology, conservation, agroecology, and so on). All 40 articles are open access from 17 April 2015 (International Day of Peasant Struggle) to 31 December 2015 and available here.

AWARDS: Jagdeesh Rao Puppala of the Foundation for Ecological Security receives the 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

We want to congratulate CAPRi collaborator Jagdeesh Rao Puppala and the Foundation for Ecological Security for receiving a 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders who are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale change, and are poised to make an even greater impact on the world. Jagdeesh Rao Puppala and the FES team have long promoted the idea that the well-being of rural communities depends on the balance of social and ecological systems. FES helps villagers secure community rights to publicly-owned land and support regulations to manage it in a more sustainable and productive way. The result of this collaborative work has been higher quality of soil, water, and biodiversity, leading to improved agricultural productivity and economic security for the rural poor. To date, FES has secured community rights to nearly 4 million acres of land in India, providing communities a solid foundation on which to build local democracies, sustainable livelihoods and better futures. Read more about the work of FES here and about the Skoll Foundation Award here.

PUBLICATION: Water-Smart Agriculture in East Africa

This Sourcebook on Water-Smart Agriculture in East Africa offers a collection of case studies from soil conservation to building resilience, including farmers’ own innovative practices, that further develop the Water-Smart Agriculture approach in East Africa aimed at a specific group of users- development managers, educators, local administrators and policy makers.  These are the people who can utilize such practical research outputs, thereby enabling impact at scale at both local and national levels. The sourcebook is available here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

RESOURCES: New version of AGROVOC, integrating land governance and tenure

In partnership with the Land Portal Foundation, the Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS) project, facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has released a new version of AGROVOC, the world’s most comprehensive multilingual agricultural vocabulary.
The Land Portal Foundation and the AGROVOC team collaborated to extend the coverage of AGROVOC in the domain of land governance and tenure. The collaboration started in December 2014, with the idea of using the Multilingual Thesaurus on Land Tenure (published by FAO in 2009) for indexing the content of the Land Portal. 


Now, a new release of AGROVOC is published (March 2015) and available to the public. It includes more than 100 new concepts related to land tenure, in up to three languages - English, French and Spanish. These new concepts not only enrich Agrovoc vocabulary by introducing a specific section dedicated to land tenure, but they also improve the usability of the Land Portal, as well as all other land related libraries, repositories and information providers, allowing for a better indexing and data organization for the upcoming Land Library and web pages. The result is an improvement in the use of linked open data, facilitating the linking and exchange of data among web platforms.  Read more about this exciting new development here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture, Purdue university

The Purdue University College of Agriculture is seeking to hire a visionary, entrepreneurial individual as Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture to provide creative leadership for its globally recognized international programs in learning, discovery, and engagement.

The Director of International Programs in Agriculture reports to the Dean of Agriculture. The successful candidate will have a broad vision of the international dimensions of a leading 21st century college of agriculture.  He/she will be able to communicate that vision to faculty, students, citizens of Indiana, and to other stakeholders at national and international settings.  The Director will promote faculty collaboration across disciplines, facilitate new initiatives, and provide creative leadership to implement international programs that encompass activities throughout the entire food, agriculture and natural resources systems.  He/she will possess the ability to work with faculty, national and international agencies, and private foundations to obtain funding necessary to implement and manage innovative programs.  Duties will also include budget and personnel management.  Please see full details here.

Monday, April 20, 2015

 

PUBLICATIONS: Greening Agrarian Studies, Special Issue

The editorial team of Journal of Peasant Studies has released a special issue – JPS 40: Greening Agrarian Studies.  This collection brings together 40 articles on various environmental themes that speak to critical agrarian studies (e.g., climate change, biodiversity, biotechnology, conservation, agroecology, and so on). Authors include some of the leading scholars and public intellectuals in the field: Jesse Ribot, Melissa Leach, Nancy Peluso, Bill Adams, Miguel Altieri, Ian Scoones, James Fairhead, Susanna Hecht, Peter Rosset, Bina Agarwal, K. Sivaramakrishnan, Philip McMichael, Raj Patel, JB Foster, and Frances Moore Lappe.

All 40 articles are open access from 17 April 2015 (International Day of Peasant Struggle) to 31 December 2015 and available here.

 

AWARDS: Jagdeesh Rao Puppala of the Foundation for Ecological Security receives the 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

We want to congratulate CAPRi collaborator Jagdeesh Rao Puppala and the Foundation for Ecological Security for receiving a 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders who are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale change, and are poised to make an even greater impact on the world.  The Skoll Award recognizes social entrepreneurs whose innovations have already had significant, proven impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems, and invests directly in the promise of even greater impact at scale. By investing in organizations when an innovation is ripe for accelerated and scaled adoption, the Skoll Awards help unleash the full global potential and reach of social entrepreneurs. Each Awardee receives a $1.25 million, three-year core support investment to scale their work and increase their impact. They also gain leverage through their long-term participation in a global community of visionary leaders and innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems.

Jagdeesh Rao Puppala has long promoted the idea that the well-being of rural communities depends on the balance of social and ecological systems. The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) helps villagers secure community rights to publicly-owned land and support regulations to manage it in a more sustainable and productive way. The result of this collaborative work has been higher quality of soil, water, and biodiversity, leading to improved agricultural productivity and economic security for the rural poor. To date, FES has secured community rights to nearly 4 million acres of land in India, providing communities a solid foundation on which to build local democracies, sustainable livelihoods and better futures.

We at CAPRi look forward to seeing FES’s work and leadership continue to grow in this important area.  Congratulations!

Read more about the work of FES here and about the Skoll Foundation Award here.

 

PUBLICATION: Water-Smart Agriculture in East Africa

Water-Smart Agriculture (WSA) , an approach that was developed as a response to the risk and vulnerability associated with uncertain rainfall regimes and smallholder farming, recognizes that there is no simple solution in East Africa – or anywhere else – to the many challenges facing smallholders.

However, the approach argues that much can be achieved by using specific, tried and tested, technologies and practices and learning about the costs and benefits of use in conjunction with farmers themselves. Many of these technologies and practices are already well-known – in many cases the key challenge lies in enabling wider uptake, including triggering ‘early adoption’ across communities through demonstration in conjunction with farmers at a local level.

The concept of Water-Smart Agriculture first emerged in 2013, under the Global Water Initiative East Africa (GWI-EA), as a way of supporting a more coherent approach to improved water management in agriculture, building on action research with farmers across three countries- Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda- as well as wider sharing of knowledge and a collaboration between the  GWI EA, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

This Sourcebook on Water-Smart Agriculture in East Africa; a collection of case studies from soil conservation to building resilience, including farmers’ own innovative practices, that further develop this particular approach in East Africa aimed at a specific group of users- development managers, educators, local administrators and policy makers.  These are the people who can utilize such practical research outputs, thereby enabling impact at scale at both local and national levels.

The sourcebook is available here.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

 

This Week’s Posts

PUBLICATION: A Landscape Perspective on Monitoring & Evaluation for Sustainable Land Management  EcoAgriculture Partners, with TerrAfrica, has developed and piloted this comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) currriculum, which is designed to help project leaders in landscape initiatives throughout Africa build the knowledge and capacities of SLM professionals to conduct appropriate, engaging, and cost-effective monitoring and evaluation of their sustainable land management projects.

CALL FOR ABSTRACT: Tropentag Conference, the largest academic event in Germany around agriculture and food security, will be in Berlin 16-18 September, 2015. The theme this year is ‘Management of land use systems for enhanced food security – conflicts, controversies and resolutions’.  Deadline for submission of abstracts is May 1. 

EMPLOYMENT: Junior Economists/Policy Analysts (Sahel and West Africa Club- OECD Paris) The SWAC/OECD Secretariat is recruiting two junior economists/policy analysts to support two areas of its Programme of Work: 1) Regional governance of food and nutritional security, in particular with relation to support to the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) – Sahel and West Africa and the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) and 2) analytical work of the Secretariat, for example with relation to cross-border co-operation in West Africa, using a relational approach based on cartography and policy network analysis, and/or innovative approaches to food and nutrition security.

Monday, April 06, 2015

 

PUBLICATION: A Landscape Perspective on Monitoring & Evaluation for Sustainable Land Management

EcoAgriculture Partners, with TerrAfrica, has developed and piloted this comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) currriculum, which is designed to help project leaders in landscape initiatives throughout Africa build the knowledge and capacities of SLM professionals to conduct appropriate, engaging, and cost-effective monitoring and evaluation of their sustainable land management projects.

With links to sample presentations, case studies, training materials, and M&E tools, and including easy to print handouts and exercises, this curriculum is built to work for landscape leaders. 

The curriculum is relevant to anybody seeking a course plan or guidance in developing and carrying out a community-based, team-focused M&E protocol with high levels of engagement and feedback to project management.

Download the Curriculum http://bit.ly/LPME4SLM

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACT: Tropentag Conference

Tropentag, the largest academic event in Germany around agriculture and food security, will be in Berlin 16-18 September, 2015. The theme this year is ‘Management of land use systems for enhanced food security – conflicts, controversies and resolutions’.  Deadline for submission of abstracts is May 1. 

See full details here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Junior Economists/Policy Analysts (Sahel and West Africa Club- OECD Paris)

The SWAC/OECD Secretariat is recruiting two junior economists/policy analysts to support two areas of its Programme of Work:

• Regional governance of food and nutritional security, in particular with relation to support to the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) – Sahel and West Africa and the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA).

• Analytical work of the Secretariat, for example with relation to cross-border co-operation in West Africa, using a relational approach based on cartography and policy network analysis, and/or innovative approaches to food and nutrition security.

See here for full details. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 

This Week’s Posts

PUBLICATIONS: Journal of Development Economics Issue on Land and Property Rights is available with open access and includes several articles that may be of interest to CAPRi readers.

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Socio-Economic Team Positions are posted. 

RESOURCES: Community Land Rights CaseBase, created by Namati, is the first free, online, searchable database of case law from around the world relevant to community land and natural resource rights. 

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Scientist – Gender Specialist with WorldFish in Malaysia WorldFish has an opening for a Gender Specialist with demonstrated excellence in designing, implementing, analyzing, and producing high quality scientific outputs in relation to gender in rural development contexts. Based in WorldFish headquarters in Penang, Malaysia, the Gender Specialist will join the gender team in its contributions to the AAS program and play a key role in our contributions to the Livestock and Fish program, as well as supporting other research.

RESOURCE: New website from Gender and Land Rights Database The Gender and Land Rights Database (GLRD) has recently launched its new and improved website in an effort to increase awareness about gender and land issues around the globe.

PUBLICATIONS: The Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty: Materials from the World Bank’s annual conference is available on the World Bank website. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

 

RESOURCES: Community Land Rights CaseBase

As global demand for land and resources rises, dispossession of community land is increasing. Lawyers and front line legal advocates are stepping forward to defend communities’ rights, yet often struggle to find supportive legal precedent.

To address this need to help legal advocates find supportive legal precedent to defend communities’ land rights, Namati has created the Community Land Rights CaseBase.  CaseBase is the first free, online, searchable database of case law from around the world relevant to community land and natural resource rights. 

CaseBase is one of many resources designed for the Global Legal Empowerment Network. To connect with allies and access other helpful tools, join their network now.

While Namait and their team will be constantly seeking and uploading new case law, the growth of CaseBase depends on participation by lawyers and advocates around the world. Please join them in using the database, adding comments and updates, submitting cases, and helping to spread the word.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Senior Scientist – Gender Specialist with WorldFish in Malaysia

 

WorldFish has an opening for a Gender Specialist with demonstrated excellence in designing, implementing, analyzing, and producing high quality scientific outputs in relation to gender in rural development contexts.

Based in WorldFish headquarters in Penang, Malaysia, the Gender Specialist will join the gender team in its contributions to the AAS program and play a key role in our contributions to the Livestock and Fish program, as well as supporting other research.

Key responsibilities:

See full details here.

 

RESOURCE: New website from Gender and Land Rights Database

The Gender and Land Rights Database (GLRD) has recently launched its new and improved website in an effort to increase awareness about gender and land issues around the globe.

The three major components of the site are the country profiles, gender and land-related statistics and the Legislation Assessment Tool (LAT); all specifically designed with interactive maps and scroll-down menus to facilitate and accelerate information-gathering processes for those who need reliable information quickly.

Another highlight is a state-of-the-art “Legislation Assessment Tool for gender-equitable land tenure (LAT)”, developed by the GLRD team to explore gender equality in land tenure in any given country and to support the implementation of The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT). So far, over 18 countries have been assessed using this tool, which will contribute to shaping more gender-inclusive legislations in the future.

Furthermore, the GLRD updates its country profiles, statistics and LAT Assessments sections regularly to better reflect the major legal and policy changes that affect men and women’s tenure rights.

Please explore the new website and its new features today at http://www.fao.org/gender-landrights-database/en/ and send any feedback, comments or questions you may wish to share at genderandland@fao.org.

 

PUBLICATIONS: The Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

 

Last week, The Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty brought together governments, civil society, academia, the development community, and the private sector actors to discuss new developments and progress on land policy and implementation. The theme of the conference this year was “Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Propserity.”   Many of the conference papers, abstracts, and presentations are available here