Wednesday, December 19, 2007


This Week's Posts

This is the last CAPRi News in 2007. We will be back in January and wish you all the best for the holidays and a good start into the new year.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Small Research Grants (US$10-15K) for African Scientists

The International START Secretariat and the Pan African START Committee (PACOM), with funding from the United States National Science Foundation/ US Climate Change Science Program (NSF/USCCSP) requests proposals for small research grants to be awarded to scientists based at African institutions for research projects related to global environmental change that address the following themes:

To be eligible for a grant, the proposed project must fall within the research framework of START's sponsor, the Earth Systems Science Partnership (ESSP) and its programmes, the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP), the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and DIVERSITAS.

The full Call for Proposals and the Application Form can be found at Applications must arrive at the International START Secretariat no later than midnight (24:00) - US Eastern Time - on Wednesday 19 December 2007.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (NSF)

New US NSF funding opportunity, Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH): for "basic research and related activities that enhance understanding of the interactions within and among natural and human systems. In addition to basic new knowledge and enhanced theory regarding the complex ways that people and natural systems interact, CNH (Coupled Natural and Human Systems) seeks to develop the capabilities of people and tools needed to advance these areas of research in the future. CNH seeks to foster and develop interdisciplinary efforts by bringing researchers from different disciplines into teams, by developing new methods and expertise, and by reaching beyond the borders of the United States for partners in inquiry. In the process, the next generation of researchers will learn to work in diverse teams, cross disciplinary boundaries, and use advanced sensing and monitoring, communication, and information technologies to work across many scales of time and space."

Grants will be between approx. $500,000 and $1,500,000 per year. Projects can run no longer than 5 years. Due dates will be January 8, 2008 and November 18, 2008 and the third Tuesday in November in every year after that. Cost sharing is not required.

The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) is a
multi-directorate program jointly operated by three NSF directorates (Biological Sciences; Geosciences; and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences). CNH is a direct successor of a special competition that was part of the Biocomplexity in the Environment emphasis area. The announcement can be found at

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FELLOWSHIPS: Alcoa Foundation's Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship Program

Alcoa Foundation's Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship Program is a unique, international fellowship program created to advance the knowledge and support for exemplary work in the field of conservation and sustainability through fellowships to outstanding academics and practitioners from non-governmental organizations (NGO). By bringing together the academic, NGO and business communities, Alcoa Foundation’s program will be a new model of effective private philanthropic action to address urgent problems of global concern.  

The Program is accepting applications for the fourth round of Practitioner Fellowships! 

Deadline: February 14, 2008

Further information on the Fellowship requirements, including application forms and procedures, can be found at


SCHOLARSHIPS: World Bank-Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund Education Grants

Each year, the MMMF awards grants to women from developing countries engaged in graduate studies in the United States or Canada. The applicants must be at least 25 years of age, must have demonstrated a commitment to work for the benefit of women and children in the developing world, and must plan to return to their countries within two years of receiving the grant. Since 1983, the MMMF has awarded 95 grants totaling $733,400 to women from 50 countries. The MMMF awards up to six grants of approximately $11,000. Applicant must be a national of a developing country that is currently eligible to borrow from the World Bank who is a resident of the U.S. or Canada1. She must have a record of service to women and/or children in her country.

For more information on the program and on country eligibility, please consult  Application deadline is February, 29 2008.


SCHOLARSHIPS: International Fund for Agricultural Research (IFAR) Professional Development Grants 2008

In support of its mission, IFAR annually provides small grants to professionals from national agricultural research systems in developing countries (NARS). Nominations for these awards must be sponsored by one or more CGIAR Center's ( for a full list of Centers), and the work programs proposed by applicants must be closely linked with the program of a CGIAR Center. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with Center scientists when preparing their project proposals for submission to IFAR.

Applications should be from individual scientists. However, a proponent may wish to collaborate with other proponents, creating synergies through team work. The value of the individual grant (up to $11,000) will not change in these circumstances. Proposal deadline: March 3, 2008

Additional details may be accessed at


CALL FOR EVIDENCE: Economics of Biodiversity Loss

Following commitments made at the G8+5 meeting of Environment Ministers in Potsdam in March 2007, the Commission is supporting Germany with the preparatory work for a Review on the Economics of Biodiversity Loss. The Review will be carried out by an independent economist who will be appointed as study leader. The Review will evaluate the costs of the loss of biodiversity and the associated decline in ecosystem services worldwide. It will consider the failure to take protective measures, versus the costs of effective conservation and sustainable use. The Review aims to achieve a better understanding of why action to halt the loss of biodiversity would make economic sense. While there are many reasons why preventing biodiversity loss should be addressed as a political priority, when the G8+5 ministers endorsed the Potsdam Initiative they concluded that it was essential to have an objective assessment of the economic arguments.

This web-based call for evidence is open until 31 December 2007.

Check for more details and to find out how to submit your evidence.



Instead of sharing posts I found interesting and relevant, I want to share links to some blogs I check regularly: The Blog of the Right and Resources Initiative, on which they are sharing news on forest policy and tenure reform. An international Blog meant to stimulate debate on development issues. Posts are written by senior professionals working in development. Blog of the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists.

Which blogs or websites are you go to regularly to stay up to date? Drop us a line at or leave a comment below this post.


ONLINE RESOURCE: Rural Institutions and Climate Change

The objective of the Rural Institutions and Adaptation to Climate Change website is to explore, discuss and pool information on how vulnerable populations cope with and adapt to climate change, and the role of local institutions in enhancing their capacity to adapt. This will be initiated through a Discussion Forum and will bring together practitioners, policy makers and the academic community to share information, best practice and experience on issues related to local institutions and climate change. Following the Discussion Forum, the website will continue to provide a repository of knowledge, and a platform for exchange of information on events, studies, institutions and experience relevant to this topic.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


EMPLOYMENT: Director, School for Environment Research, Darwin, Australia

The Director will be a research leader with an international reputation who can consolidate and extend the profile of the School for Environmental Research. The Director will inspire, extend and expand the school’s team of researchers. The  researchers investigate natural resource management in northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region, the livelihoods of Indigenous peoples the environment supports, the threats to the region’s marine and terrestrial biota, the sustainability of uses, particularly in the face of climate change and the most effective ways of providing research-based evidence for public policy formulation.

Deadline for application: 7 January 2008. Please obtain an application package by accessing the Charles Darwin University, People Management and development Home page at or email


EMPLOYMENT: Assistant Professor, Community Studies - Social Documentation

The Department of Community Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the emerging field of social documentary. We seek candidates who are immersed in the field of social documentary, its histories and theoretical approaches, and whose expertise clearly addresses the role of documentary for civic engagement and social change.

CLOSING DATE: Applications must be postmarked by Tuesday,
January 15, 2008. For details click here.


FELLOWSHIPS: IAS-STS Fellowship Programme 2008-2009

The IAS-STS in Graz, Austria, promotes the interdisciplinary investigation of the links and interactions between science, technology and society, technology assessment, as well as research on the development and implementation of socially and environmentally sound technologies. The IAS-STS invites researchers to apply for a stay between 1 October 2008 and 30 June 2009.

Closing date for applications is 31 December 2007. Further information at


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NEPAD-Spanish Fund for Empowerment of Women

On behalf of the NEPAD/AECI Steering Committee, the Secretariat is inviting proposals from institutions involved in implementing programs that have the potential to unlock women’s economic potential, fight poverty, close gender gaps, empower women, are contributing to the achievement of MDGs and the attainment of sustainable development. The application format should contain characteristics such as the Purpose, Beneficiaries, Duration of the projects to be financed (up to 6 months), proposed Budget, Geographical location and thematic priority. The application should be in a prescribed format and be will be subjected to selection criteria.

More information at and

All the Applications should be addressed to the Steering Committee and be submitted electronically to the NEPAD Secretariat by 1PM 15th January 2008. Details here.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Studying Complex Systems (James S. McDonnell's Foundation)

The James S. McDonnell's Foundation (JSMF)’s 21st Century Science Award supports research projects with a high probability of contributing new knowledge. Projects submitted for funding consideration should represent ideas early in their conception, intending to break new ground, or challenge commonly-held assumptions not sufficiently supported by data. Projects submitted should be sufficiently novel, cross-disciplinary, or heterodox so that they have a strong likelihood of influencing the development of new ways of thinking about important problems. A maximum of $450,000 total costs can be requested and the funds can be expended over a minimum of 3 years or a maximum of 6 years.

Please read the application guidelines carefully at A PDF file must be directly uploaded to the JSMF server before the deadline on March 12, 2008 at 3:59 PM CST.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Landscape Ecology and Forest Management: Challenges and Solutions

The science of landscape ecology is a rapidly evolving academic field with an emphasis on studying large-scale spatial heterogeneity created by natural influences and human activities. These advances have important implications for managing and conserving natural resources. You are invited to join us to explore the nexus between science and application in a landscape that has been actively managed for human welfare for millennia. This conference in Chengdu, Sichuan, P.R. China (16 – 18 September 2008) is aimed at highlighting both the challenges and solutions to managing forested landscapes for a variety of values and benefits.

Last Date for abstract: 15 December 2007; Contact: Shirong Liu,, Dr. Richard Lucas,

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AWARD: T’ikapapa wins the World Challenge 2007

Papa Andina's collective action & innovation work pays off:

"World Challenge 2007" is an annual contest sponsored by BBC World and Newsweek, in association with Shell, to reward individuals or groups that "truly make a difference through enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level." Of some 900 applications this year, 12 were selected for final competition and Internet voting was worldwide.

Information on the 12 finalists is available at this website:

On December 4, in The Haag, the winners were announced. T'ikapapa -- the first-ever "brand" of native potatoes produced by small farmers in the Andes and marketed in Peru's leading supermarket -- won the prize. Traditionally, native potatoes have often been considered an "inferior food," consumed by poor, highland households. However, they are, in fact, more nutritious than modern potato varieties and are healthier, as they are produced without the use of pesticides. This innovation was developed by the "INCOPA" project of the International Potato Center, the Wong supermarket chain, and collaborating small farmers and market agents in Peru.

Information on the T'ikapapa entry is at this link: .

BBC will broadcast the ceremony in which the prizes were awarded, and Newsweek is to run an article on the competition and the winners in their Dec 17 issue (to be released Dec 10).

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EVENT: Farmers First Revisited

The Farmer First Revisited workshop starts today (December 12) at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the UK, 20 years after the first Farmer First workshop which resulted in the book "Farmer first: farmer innovation and agricultural research" edited by Robert Chambers, Arnold Pacey and Lori Ann Thrupp.

On the website of the workshops ( ) you can access all the papers prepared for it, but also give comments and/or add key events, publications to a timeline.

Several papers are from CAPRi members and partners and one of them gives an overview over CAPRi and the lessons from it:

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TRAINING: European Master of Science Agroecology

A new European Master of Science Agroecology started in August
2007 and will be now open for the second year. The master is a 4 semesters (24 months) of full-time study curriculum (120 European credits) with study stays at different Universities in Europe. The master is jointly carried out by five European partners: Norwegian University of Life Science, As, Norway, FESIA consortium (ISARA-Lyon, ESA Angers), France, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala, Sweden, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy, University of Torino, Italy.

Inscription deadline is 1 March 2008 for Non-Europeans and 15 April 2008 for Europeans. Detailed information and downloads can be accessed on



This is a blog that was just launched by a colleague here in IFPRI about a tool she developed. Go check it out!!

Net-Map is an interview-based mapping tool that helps people understand, visualize, discuss, and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes. By creating Influence Network Maps, individuals and groups can clarify their own view of a situation, foster discussion, and develop a strategic approach to their networking activities. More specifically, Net-Map helps players to determine

The tool is low-tech and low-cost and can be used when working with rural community members with low formal education as well as with policy makers or international development actors.



Different form of Collective Action for Development: is a place on the Internet that connects Neighbours (people that want to take action now for the benefit of people in developing countries) and Villages (people in need of knowledge, contacts, and new ideas to improve their lives).

People on NABUUR have in common that they are committed Global Citizens with a drive to do something to make a difference.



Tanzania: Mobile Phones Benefit Fishing Community

A study conducted by two students from Upsalla University, Sweden, in collaboration with the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), has concluded that the use of mobile phones has improved the livelihood of fishermen in Tanzania, reports All Africa. (...) read the full post at

Development models and cultural diversity

It is clear from the first interactions on this blog, that development is still above all considered from an economic point of view. (...) read the full post at

Food and Agriculture Issues

Throughout this site are numerous pages and sections related to food and agriculture in different contexts. This page lists them all together: (...) read the full post at

Blogging at the UN Climate Conference

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: IHDP Open Meeting 2008 - Update

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change The Deadline for abstract submission was extended to December 28, 2007.