Wednesday, July 25, 2007


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Senior Program Officer – Natural Capital Project

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the global conservation organization, seeks a Senior Program Officer to lead the policy and finance work of the Natural Capital Project. This Project is a collaboration among WWF, The Nature Conservancy, and Stanford University, focused on integrating ecosystem services into conservation and development efforts worldwide ( The policy and finance group builds on the Project's science and mapping work to devise and recommend policies and payment schemes to reward the conservation of ecosystem services. Position will be responsible for working with field programs to identify potential policy and payment opportunities, building broad partnerships with development institutions and with leaders in private financial markets, and developing the overall strategy for the policy and finance group (in close collaboration with other group members at WWF, TNC, Stanford, and elsewhere).

Position requirements: significant and successful experience in international policy, conservation finance, or related fields, with advanced degree in law or policy preferred. Excellent analytical and communication skills, creativity, and an ability to lead by persuasion and build consensus. Strong organization skills and experience in fundraising and project development. For more information and to apply visit, position #27173. Evaluation of applications begins August 6th.



JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Research Positions at the WorldFish Center

Researchers in Environment and Development from the following fields:

Researchers in Aquaculture and Fisheries with expertise in:

Go to to see the full announcement. Applications should be made by e-mail to The initial screening of applicants will close on August 24th, but the positions will remain open until filled.

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 8th European IFSA Symposium “Empowerment of the rural actors: a renewal of Farming Systems perspectives”

The 8th European Symposium of the International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) will be held from 6 to 10 July 2008 at Clermont Ferrand (France). IFSA Europe offers an opportunity for multi-disciplinary exchanges between researchers and actors in rural development, concentrated on some essential questions related to the sustainable development of territories:

Deadline for abstracts: 1 October 2007. More information at

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: 11th International Congress Of Ethnobiology

Congress theme: Livelihoods and collective biocultural heritage. The congress will be held in Cusco, Peru in June 2008. Written, video, artistic and other contributions are welcome. Please submit a 500 word description of your contribution by March 05, 2008 to

More information at

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Systematization of traditionally excluded groups’ participation experiences in new non-farming rural markets

The Chorlaví Group convenes public and private organizations and civil society institutions interested in the rural problems of Latin America, to participate in the 2007 Projects Contest. The subject of the contest is: “Systematization of traditionally excluded groups’ participation experiences in new non-farming rural markets: Social services provision such as entertainment, sports, traditional education and health, transport, restoration, training, among others, small industry, handicrafts and rural tourism.”

In this contest, the Fund will allocate an estimated sum of US$175,000 which will be distributed between 10 and 12 projects. Go to or write to for further information.

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ONLINE PUBLICATION: New DfID Land Policy Document

What is DFID doing about Land? Access to land for poor people is often unfair, and their rights insecure. And where environmental degradation, power relations and population movement increase pressure on scarce land resources, the results can be explosive. This policy paper provides an update on what DFID is doing to:

The new DfID Land Policy Document can be accessed at:

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Project Coordinator System Wide Initiative on HIV/AIDS and Agriculture (SWIHA)

The Africa Rice Center (WARDA) temporarily headquartered in Cotonou, Benin, invites applications for the position of Project Coordinator Systemwide Initiative on HIV/AIDS and Agriculture (SWIHA). The website of SWIHA is

Closing date 30 July 2007; more information at

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Senior Economist and Head, Social Science Division (IRRI)

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is seeking a senior economist to head its Social Science Division (SSD) consisting of six internationally recruited staff and 25 nationally recruited staff. The position, with an initial appointment for three years, will be based at the Institute’s headquarters in Los Baños, Philippines. IRRI supported by the Consultative Group in International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is a nonprofit, autonomous organization engaged in research and training on rice-related technology. Interested candidates can learn more about IRRI’s by visiting

Applications will be accepted until 1 September 2007 or until a suitable candidate is found. The full announcement can be found at

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Global Project Manager Bioversity International

Bioversity is seeking a Global Project Manager for a project on Conservation and Use of Crop Genetic Diversity to Control Pests and Diseases in Support of Sustainable Agriculture. Find the full announcement at

Application deadline is 30 September 2007. For more information about the opportunity, please inquire directly to Ingrid Lambert at

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PhD OPPORTUNITIES: LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance

LICOS invites applications for two PhD scholarships and one post-doctoral fellowship. The positions are in the research programme on “Development and Food Policy”. One of the scholarships will be for research on the political economy of standards and regulation.

More on Licos: More on the faculty’s PhD program:

Selection Criteria:

Applications should include a CV with details on academic performance as well as the name and address of referees. Applications must reach us no later than August 31, 2007 at

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: IDRC’s Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA)

IDRC’s Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) is inviting researchers from Southeast Asia to submit proposals for the November Competition. The deadline for proposal submission is August 1. The guidelines for a research proposal could be downloaded from Research topics on any environmental concerns are welcome. EEPSEA has recently launched a research program on Economics of Adaptation and is still accepting proposals on this important area of concern. Topics dealing with trans-boundary issues like the haze problem from Indonesia’s forest fires and water conflicts in the Mekong Region are also encouraged. Successful applicants will be invited to present their proposals in Vietnam during the November 12-16 Biannual Meeting.

Proposals should be submitted to on or before August 1, 2007.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: “Cycle Two” pre-proposals for CGIAR challenge programs

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research invites all interested parties to develop pre-proposals on any of the following ideas for Challenge Programs: (a) climate change, agriculture and food security; b) high-value crops (fruits and vegetables); and (c) combating desertification (dryland degradation).

Pre-proposals may be developed and submitted by any organization capable of managing a major international agricultural research program. These must be submitted via email no later than September 10, 2007, to the following address:

More information at

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Symposium on Underutilized Plant Species for food, nutrition, income and sustainable development

The Symposium (3-7 March 2008 in Arusha, Tanzania) will be organized around four main areas of importance for underutilized plants: food security, nutrition and health, income generation, and environmental sustainability. Participants will be invited to share and discuss reasons for success and failure of diverse approaches to promote underutilized plants.

Symposium website: For further information and to submit abstracts, please email to: Abstract submission deadline is 15 August 2007.

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EVENT: International Conference on Population, Health, and Environment: Integrated Development for East Africa

The regional conference will explore concrete ways to address development priorities—such as poverty reduction, improved health, and natural resource management—through an integrated population-health-environment approach. The conference will be held from November 14-16, 2007 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

For more information go to:

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ONLINE RESOURCES: Facilitating Multi-stakeholder Partnerships: Lessons from PROLINNOVA

Prolinnova is a multi-stakeholder partnership program under the umbrella of the Global Forum on Agricultureal Research (GFAR). The booklet “Facilitating Multi-stakeholder Partnerships: Lessons from PROLINNOVA” is one in a series of publications based on experiences of partners in the program. The series covers also:

For more go to

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007



ILRI seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Market Economist and a Post-Doctoral Innovations Systems Researcher to join the Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) of Ethiopian Farmers project based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. IPMS is a five year project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and implemented by ILRI on behalf of the Ethiopian Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MoARD). This project aims at contributing to improved agricultural productivity and production through market-oriented agricultural development, as a means of achieving improved and sustainable livelihoods for the rural population. To learn more on the IPMS project visit

Post Doctorial Scientist – Market Economist PDME/IPMS/07/2007
Closing date 10/08/2007

Post Doctorial Scientist – Innovations Systems Research (PDISR/IPMS/07/2007)
Closing date 10/08/2007

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Doctoral Students Competition to attend the IFPRI 2020 China Conference

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Government of China (State Council Leading Group Office on Poverty Alleviation and Development) are organizing a high-level international conference on “Taking Action for the World’s Poor and Hungry People” on October 17-19, 2007, in Beijing, China. This conference will bring together leaders in government, civil society, development organizations, business, and research from around the world to deliberate on innovative ways to accelerate the reduction of poverty, vulnerability, and hunger.

An international competition is being held to identify and invite leading doctoral students working on poverty and hunger to this conference. PhD students working on issues related to poverty and hunger are encouraged to submit an application outlining their research and the relevance of their work to the theme of the conference. Around ten applicants will be selected as IFPRI 2020 Vision Doctoral Students and invited to attend the Beijing conference in October.

For more information and to find out about eligibility and selection criteria, and the application process go to The application deadline is August 19, 2007.

For further questions regarding the competition email

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Scientific Research and Essays (SRE)

Scientific Research and Essays (SRE) is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. SRE publishes high-quality solicited and unsolicited articles, in English, in all areas of science, medicine, agriculture and engineering. All papers published by SRE are peer reviewed. SRE is a very rapid response journal with an issue published every month.

The following types of papers are considered for publication:

One key request of researchers across the world is open access to research publications. Scientific Research and Essays is fully committed to providing free access to all articles as soon as they are published. We ask you to support this initiative by publishing your papers in this journal.

Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website Prospective authors should send their manuscript(s) to or Please to view our current issue.

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Banana and plantain in Africa: Harnessing international partnerships to increase research impact

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is organizing a conference in Mombasa, Kenya (April 7-10, 2008) that will focus on banana and plantain research across Africa: lessons learnt and the way forward. Fostering international partnerships is a major objective of the conference, with particular emphasis to establish the role of research in promoting future commercial activities and trade in banana, plantain and ensete. The conference will focus on three major themes: markets and trade, production, and innovation systems.

Abstracts can be submitted online at Accepted abstracts will be published and presented as posters during the conference. Based on the selections from the Scientific Committee, authors of outstanding abstracts will be invited to write full papers. Abstracts will not be accepted after 30 September, 2007. More information on the conference at

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ONLINE MAGAZINE: LEISA Magazine (Vol. 23, 2) Securing Seed Supply

Seed is the future of agriculture. For farmers it is the most essential input: without good seed they have no chance of a good harvest. This is a simple truth but the implications are far reaching. For thousands of years, farmers have been relying on their own harvests, selecting grains, storing them, and then using them as seed for the following season. They have been doing the same with potatoes and other vegetatively reproduced crops. By choosing seeds or planting materials that meet the needs of their particular farming conditions, they have, over time, developed local varieties and breeds which are most suited to their specific context and preferences. Today, however, many farmers have become highly dependent on seeds supplied by external agents, often large seed companies.

Read the articles at[readOnly]=0&p[_id]=113332

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Monday, July 02, 2007


JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Forest and Governance Program (CIFOR)

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is looking for creative and visionary candidates to join its Forests and Governance Programme as:

1. Director, Forests and Governance Programme

The Director will lead research on how society can make more informed and democratic decisions that support sustainable forests and livelihoods. The multidisciplinary programme currently includes research on decentralization and devolution, forest finance and law enforcement, and collaborative forest management. In the future, the programme will also contribute to Center-level initiatives emerging from CIFOR’s new strategy, including one on climate change and forests. This position reports to the Director General.

2. Senior Scientist, Forests and Governance Programme

The Scientist, who will work closely with other CIFOR research programmes, will help facilitate and identify strategic opportunities in the field of forests and governance, including forests and climate change. The Scientist will undertake research, develop and maintain functional partnerships, support capacity-building initiatives, and assist in developing and maintaining donor relations. This position reports to the Director of Forests and Governance Programme.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Consideration of external and internal applicants will begin on July 23, 2007. Interviews will be held in Bogor, Indonesia in August/September.

The full announcement is posted on CIFOR web site at To learn more about CIFOR and living in Indonesia, visit our web site at:

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: ASB Programme Associate

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is recruiting a Programme Associate to be part of the ASB’s Global Coordination Office and the ASB partnership as a whole. The incumbent will be based at the World Agroforestry Centre, headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Associate will support the coordination and implementation of the ASB global programme, particularly its new policy focus: ‘Avoided Deforestation with Sustainable Benefits: A Simple Way to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)’. The Associate will be active in synthesis of research findings, understanding of policy processes, facilitating the global partnership, sharing and managing information, raising public awareness, and fundraising. The Associate will support ICRAF’s agenda on multifunctional agroforestry landscapes for environmental services, climate change and policy options and tools for agroforestry.

Learn more about ASB and ICRAF by accessing our web sites and More information on the job and how to apply at

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Assistant Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples and Protected Areas: a Collaborative Management Learning Network in Southeast Asia

The Collaborative Management Learning Network (CMLN) was established to implement and exchange experiences of co-management in protected areas between 7 pilot learning sites in 7 countries of South East Asia. These countries include Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The overall objective of this initiative is to promote and strengthen collaborative approaches in the management of protected areas in Southeast Asia where indigenous peoples live. This project is implemented in phases, with the Inception Phase completed. Phase 1 began on July 1, 2006 and will end on June 30, 2008. Phase 2 will involve building capacity and spreading co-management processes and experiences in each of the 7 participating countries. In Phase I, a network of practitioners are working towards (1) Supporting CM practice in relevant field-based initiatives in the selected sites in each participating country; (2) Enhancing capabilities to develop and maintain collaborative management practices (policies, processes, agreements and institutions) among stakeholders in the selected sites; and (3) Enhancing understanding, awareness and recognition of CM practices in the selected sites and beyond. The CMLN Project wishes to hire an Assistant Coordinator who will be based at the AIPP Secretariat in Chiang Mai, Thailand and will receive guidance from the Regional Project Coordinator. Applications must be submitted by 15 July 2007. For full application instructions, contact Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend ( and Christian Erni (

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Open Science Meeting 2007: Toward a Sustainable World

The Joint Working Committee for Scientific Cooperation between Indonesia and The Netherlands invites researchers to submit abstracts for laptop poster or oral presentations for the Open Science Meeting 2007 'Towards a Sustainable World', which will be held on 19 and 20 November 2007 in Imperial Aryaduta Hotel in Makassar, Indonesia.


Deadline for submission: 15 August 2007. The full call for abstracts can be accessed at For more information go to

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CALL FOR PAPERS: XV International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology

The Society for Human Ecology (SHE) is an international interdisciplinary professional society that promotes the use of an ecological perspective in both research and application. Themes for this year’s conference (4-7 October 2007, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) include Indigenous/local knowledge and sustainability, diversity and management; directions in human ecology; coastal management; population in a changing environment; food and environment; and education for sustainability. Deadline for abstract submissions is 30 July. For more information visit

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Long-Term Policies: Governing Social-Ecological Change, 2008

This conference will be the eighth event in the series of annual European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, begun in Berlin in 2001. This year’s conference (22 - 23 February 2008, Berlin, Germany) will address the theme ‘Long-Term Policies: Governing Social-Ecological Change’. It will provide opportunities to bring social-ecological research into international debates and to discuss future perspectives of this field. The conference will bring together recent research and conceptual developments from these scientific approaches to discuss current challenges, research tasks, practical solutions and possible strategies for long-term policies. In particular, we invite papers that deal with one or more of the following issues: research, governance, adaptation, participation, and teaching and knowledge systems for sustainability. We especially invite papers that focus on transdisciplinary social-ecological research.

The deadline for proposals is 15 September 2007. For more information visit:

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DEGREE PROGRAM: Master's of Professional Studies degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development with a specialization in Integrated Watersh

The Cornell University (Ithaca, New York, USA) and Bahir Dar University (Bahir Dar, Ethiopia) Masters program consists of a blend of theoretical and practical-based studies designed to develop students' expertise in watershed management and hydrological sciences. Admitted students will attend BDU, where the core multidisciplinary courses for the Masters degree will be team taught by CU professors and BDU faculty. Course content will cross the disciplines of civil and agricultural engineering, crop and soil sciences, natural resource management, and economics and other social sciences. Students practical training will be focused on the adjacent Lake Tana basin.

Applications are due by July 20, 2007. More information at Application form is on the CIIFAD website: For questions contact:




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ARTICLE: Nesting, subsidiarity and community-based environmental governance beyond the local level

Graham Marshall invites to look at a new article of his -- 'Nesting, subsidiarity and community-based environmental governance beyond the local level' -- which will appear in a special issue edited by Fikret Berkes for the International Journal of the Commons. The special issue looks at 'Commons in a multi-level world'. Meanwhile, you can download the article as an Occasional Paper (pdf file) from:

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