Wednesday, August 20, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Research Scientist (WorldFish)

The WorldFish Center is recruiting a Research Scientist to be based in our Greater Mekong regional office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The successful candidate will have a PhD in either a social science or environmental science field, and a strong track record as both an analyst and an innovator seeking practical solutions to challenges of natural resources management.  Fisheries background is helpful but not essential to be considered for the post.  

The initial screening of applicants will close on 26 August 2008, but the position will remain open until filled.  
[more information]


EMPLOYMENT: Senior Researcher, Forestry and Land Use (IIED)

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is pleased to announce that we are recruiting for the post of Senior Researcher in Forestry and Land Use.

IIED is  looking for an inspiring forestry leader to develop and manage a programme of research and partnership building to improve the sustainability and local livelihood benefits of forestry. If you believe that forestry involves multiple goods, services and stakeholders and that locally-owned decision-making and international support are vital to improve forest investment and stakeholders empowerment, by joining the team you will be able to directly influence the setting up of a global forest partnership initiative.

Closing date for applications: Friday 19 September 2008, 5pm
[more information]


FELLOWSHIPS: African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP)

Applications are invited for the inaugural round of African Climate Change Fellowships. The African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) aims to support African professionals, researchers and graduate students to undertake activities that will enhance their capacities for advancing and applying knowledge for climate change adaptation in Africa. The program is jointly administered by the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START), the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) of the University of Dar es Salaam and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), with financial support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.

All application materials must be received by the Pan-African START Secretariat no later than 17 September 2008.   [more information]


FELLOWSHIPS: Vavilov-Frankel Felloships

The Vavilov-Frankel Fellowships Fund aims to encourage the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in developing countries by awarding Fellowships to outstanding young researchers to carry out relevant innovative research at an advanced research institute outside their own country for a period of between three months and one year.

Deadline is 9 November 2008.  [more information] including in French and Spanish.


FELLOWSHIPS: Open Society Fellowships

The Open Society Fellowship enables innovative professionals—including journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners—to work on projects that inspire meaningful debate, shape public policy, and generate intellectual ferment within the Open Society Institute.

The fellowship focuses on four themes: National Security and the Open Society; Citizenship, Membership and Marginalization; Strategies and Tools for Advocacy and Citizen Engagement; and Understanding Authoritarianism. OSI also supports a limited number of fellows whose work focuses on other topics within the scope of its mission.

More details are available on the Fellowship guidelines page. OSI considers applications on a rolling basis subject to funding availability. There are no application deadlines.


CALL FOR ARTICLES: LEISA magazine - issue climate change

The upcoming issue of the Leisa magazine is on Climate change and resilience. It will look for concrete examples on how sustainable agriculture helps to build resilience. How do farmers perceive and deal with changes in their environment? How can their strategies be important in the years to come? Please send us your stories!

Deadline for submissions for the global edition: 1 September 2008, for the regional editions: 1 February 2009. Read more on this theme and on requirements for articles.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Gaps, trends and current research in gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment

The Technical Expert Workshop on “Gaps, trends and current research in gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated pathways out of poverty” will be held in Rome, Italy during three days in the week of 30 March – 3 April 2009 (exact dates to be confirmed).

This workshop aims to provide important follow up to the recent international policy discussions in terms of analyzing trends and issues, identifying knowledge gaps, and compiling innovative gender sensitive policy measures and good practices to strengthen rural labour markets.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 October 2008.   [more information]


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Social Challenges of Global Change (IHDP)

IHDP announces that the 7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (Open Meeting), "Social Challenges of Global Change" originally scheduled for 15-19 October 2008, will take place from April 26-30 2009 in Bonn, Germany. The new venue will be the former German Parliament premises (World Conference Center Bonn) at the United Nations Campus.

Scientists and stakeholders within the human dimensions research field can participate in the conference as with a scientific paper or poster, or as a general participant. Deadline is 31 October, 2008.   [more information]



Learn about the world by changing the familiar map. Choose a subject from the top menu and watch the countries on the map resize. Their total area no longer represents land mass but items relevant to the subject (i.e., persons, tonnes, barrels). The size of a country will tell you both its share of the total, and its absolute value.

Interaction manages The Pandemic Preparedness Capacity Map, which identifies by country the diverse range of current NGO capacities that indicate the level of community preparedness or that could potentially be leveraged in a pandemic situation.

The India Environment Portal represents an effort to provide a comprehensive, open, virtual information resource centre to promote informed decision-making and environmentally sustainable practices. It brings together a vast repository of information resources on environment, including news, feature articles, opinions, data, reports and documents, book abstracts, and links to institutions and government bodies.

Alltop launched a page that displays a collection of a dozens of site and blogs from and about Africa.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


The Economist on the Commons

This week's Economics Focus on The Economist is entitled Commons Sense and talks about the study of the commons and the IASC conference.

Charlotte Hess and Elinor Ostrom are quoted, and the article comes to the conclusion that the study of the "traditional" commons might teach us something about how to handle new commons including many global commons such as the atmosphere or the world's oceans:

The economics of the new commons is still in its infancy. It is too soon to be confident about its hypotheses. But it may yet prove a useful way of thinking about problems, such as managing the internet, intellectual property or international pollution, on which policymakers need all the help they can get.

There is already a small discussion on the Economist website and Jay Walljasper posted a short commentary on

Add your own thoughts to the discussion on OntheCommons, on the Economist website, or here in the comments.

--- cross posted to the Cooperation Commons blog

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


This Week's Posts


EMPLOYMENT: Director Positions (CPWF)

The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) is seeking to fill two vacancies.

Deadline is 25 August, 2008.

The Science Director will provide leadership in the design and implementation of all scientific research conducted by the CPWF. They will be responsible for ensuring high quality and relevant science for achieving real impact for a variety of end-users.   [more information]

The Impact Director will provide leadership in the design and implementation of all program activities relating to generating and evaluating outcomes and impacts.   [more information]


EMPLOYMENT: Water Economist (IWMI)

As part of its 2009-2012 strategic plan, IWMI plans to aggressively bring debate on economic instruments for water management to the center-stage of national and regional discussions on improved water governance.

To provide leadership and strategic direction to this initiative, IWMI seeks a Water Economist. The appointee should be a person with broad-ranging expertise and experience related to water valuation, water markets and pricing, as well as analysis of the economic impact of water interventions in various socio-economic and hydro-institutional contexts.

Application deadline: 1 September 2008 – or until the position is filled.   [more information]


EMPLOYMENT: Social Scientist and Economist (ILRI)

ILRI seeks to recruit a Social Scientist and an Economist as part of its Targeting and Innovations Theme to work under the guidance of the Operating Project Leader, “Livestock, Livelihoods and Poverty” and in coordination with other research staff within the Theme and the Institute.

The application deadline is September 5 2008.

Social Scientist
The appointee will develop and implement research on the multiple roles of livestock in rural livelihoods, and will bring expertise in qualitative methods to a multi-disciplinary team working with mixed methods and approaches to identify and evaluate livestock-based strategies and options to reduce poverty, inequity and vulnerability for livestock-dependent people and communities.   [more]

The appointee will develop and implement research on the multiple roles of livestock in rural livelihoods. The appointee will bring strong quantitative skills to a multi-disciplinary team working with mixed methods and approaches to identify and evaluate livestock-based strategies and options to reduce poverty, inequity and vulnerability for livestock-dependent people and communities.  [more]


EMPLOYMENT: Director, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (WSU)

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS), and WSU Extension at Washington State University (WSU) seek an internationally recognized leader to serve as Director of its Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources with a faculty rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

Information about WSU’s College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences can be found at Information on WSU Extension can be found at, and information on the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources is at

Screening of application materials will begin on October 3, 2008.   [more information]


EMPLOYMENT: Global Land Tools Network

GLTN is advertising a number of land-related vacancies on its website.

Various deadlines,   [more information]


CALL FOR APPLICANTS: Women and Young Professional In Science Competitions

CTA, FARA, NEPAD, RUFORUM, and ATPS are calling for applicants for two science competitions.

Deadline is August 15, 2008.

Young Professionals in Science Competition
This competition is open to all young professionals (18-35 years) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It seeks to promote scientific excellence and recognize and reward outstanding young professionals who are undertaking innovative research, technology development or agriculture related activities and communicating the outputs (knowledge, technologies and approaches) to improve agricultural performance in SSA.   [more information]

Women in Science Competition
This competition seeks to identify and recognize women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) who are engaged in innovative and pioneering research and communicating the outputs (knowledge, technologies, approaches) for enhancing agricultural performance in SSA. It also targets women who are repackaging and communicating existing knowledge to improve agricultural productivity and livelihoods of rural communities. Women scientists who are advocating for policy change to optimize the benefits of scientific and technological developments are also targeted.  [more information]


INTERNSHIPS: IDRC internship awards

The IDRC Internship awards provide exposure to research for international development through a program of training in research management and grant administration under the guidance of IDRC program staff. The internship is designed to provide hands-on learning experiences in research program management - in the creation, dissemination and utilization of knowledge from an international perspective.

Program priorities for the 2009 internships

Deadline is 12 September 2008 (awards will be announced in Nov or Dec 2008).   [more information]


AWARDS: 2008 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition

Apply now for the 2008 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition. This year's theme is Natural Resource and Development. The competition awards cash prizes and a round-trip airfare with all boarding and lodging expenses, to travel to Kuwait in January 2009 where the finalists will showcase their proposals/ papers/projects before an eminent jury for the final round.

Deadline: September 5, 2008,  [more information]

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Scaling Up Conservation Practices for Natural Resource Commons in Africa (IASC)

PLAAS and IASC are organizing a Policy Forum on Scaling Up Conservation Practices for Natural Resource Commons in Africa

This Regional Meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) will be held from 20 – 22 January 2009, in South Africa.

The objective of this Policy Forum is to share existing research and experiences in the governance of large scale natural resource commons across different ecosystem types in Africa. These include among others: coastal zones; arid grasslands; forests; savannas and forest patches; and floodplain ecosystems.

Submission of Abstracts by 15 September, 2008,   [more information]


CALL FOR PAPERS: XXVII International Conference of Agricultural Economists

The 27th International Conference of Agricultural Economists will take place in Beijing, China between 16th and 22nd August 2009 with the conference theme THE NEW LANDSCAPE OF GLOBAL AGRICULTURE.

Global agricultural and food systems are experiencing major change. Increased urbanisation and the increased affluence in emerging economies combined with the demand for agricultural commodities for bio-energy are changing the landscape of global agricultural and food systems. The conference plans to address these issues and at the same time will consider what adjustments to the toolkit of agricultural economics are needed to address these complex issues.

The deadline for submission of contributed papers will be
November 30, 2008.  [more information]


TRAINING: MS Programme on Integrated Land Management in Drylands

The third phase of the MS Programme on Integrated Land Management in Drylands – a joint initiative by UNU, CAREERI, ICARDA, INAT, IRA and Tottori University was just announced.

The MS Programme is designed to enhance the capacity of developing countries to manage their drylands resources. It is intended to provide young professionals and scientists an international perspective on resource management approaches in drylands and to gain practical experience in different dryland countries. Students enrolled in the programme will attend a short course and will complete a research project co-supervised by one of the programme partners. The MS Programme is jointly offered by the six partner institutions as an internationally accepted degree.

Deadline for applications is 25 August 2008.   [more information]


EVENT: Regional Conference on Agricultural Water Management in Eastern and Southern Africa

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will host the 3rd Regional Conference on Agricultural Water Management in Eastern and Southern Africa to be held from 15 - 19 September 2008 in Ethiopia.

The conference with theme Investment in Agricultural Water Management Pays will feature Key-note and plenary paper presentations, thematic presentations and group discussions, panel discussions, displays by farmers and other participants, field trips and excursions, and a special policy round-table session.

[more information]


PUBLICATIONS: Biofuels, Land and Poverty

Fuelling exclusion? The biofuels boom and poor people's access to land by Lorenzo Cotula, Nat Dyer, Sonja Vermeulen

The global biofuels boom risks harming poor people in poor countries by forcing them off land they depend on, says a report published on 2 June by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. But the report adds that biofuels are not all bad, and shows that their production can also allow poor groups to increase their access to land and improve their livelihoods if the right policies are in place.

Download the paper (PDF, 1246k)

How biofuel policies are deepening poverty and accelerating climate change by Oxfam International

The current biofuel policies of rich countries are neither a solution to the climate crisis nor the oil crisis, and instead are contributing to a third: the food crisis. In poor countries, biofuels may offer some genuine development opportunities, but the potential economic, social, and environmental costs are severe, and decision makers should proceed with caution.

Download the paper (PDF, 383k)

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