Tuesday, December 22, 2009


This Week’s Posts


CALL FOR PROPOSALS & PAPERS: Land Reforms & Management of Natural Resources in Africa & Latin America

The Congress of Land Reforms and Management of Natural Resources in Africa and Lantin America is scheduled for November 24-26, 2010, in Lleida, Spain. The congress will focus on comparing land reform efforts from Latin America and Africa. The use of the land reform banner, so typical in Latin America, has extended into areas where it was practically absent until now, in particular, in sub-Saharan Africa. This extension is surprising given the historical, social and cultural differences between the two continents. A comparison of these differences can illuminate the analysis of institutional and community strategies. The congress is therefore intended to contribute to bridging the current gap between the elaboration of development models and research into their deployment in specific natural resources management scenarios.

The Congress is organized into panels distributed by subject into three conferences, compiled in the corresponding program. Each panel will have a coordinator. The Congress organizers propose a list of panels, each one with its own coordinator. Additional panels may also be suggested. The congress scientific committee will select the panels from the proposals received.

More information about the conference here. Download the call for panel proposals and abstracts here.

Deadline for panel proposals: January 29, 2010

Deadline for abstracts: March 19, 2010


SCHOLARSHIPS: The Felix Scholarship

The Felix Scholarship was founded to offer gifted underprivileged students from India and certain other developing countries the opportunity of furthering their postgraduate education by attending a university in the UK. The primary objective of the Felix Scholarship is to stimulate the Felix scholars by exposing them to academic study, cultures, experiences and friendships that they would not otherwise have had the chance to sample.  It is hoped that this in turn will endow them with skills and visions, enabling them, when returning to their country of origin, to contribute to the culture and welfare of their home communities.

Felix scholarships are offered at three universities - the University of Oxford, the University of Reading and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), part of the University of London.  The Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and financial need.

Since 2001, Felix scholarships have been awarded to gifted underprivileged students from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Belarus, Peru, Czech Republic, Kenya, and Hungary. [more information]

Deadline: January 8 to February 19, 2010, depending on the program/university


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Sustainable Land Use & Rural Development in Mountainous Regions of Southeast Asia

The Collaborative Research Centre, "The Uplands Program" SFB 564, Hohenheim University and Hanoi University of Agriculture, invite your participation in the International Symposium "Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountainous Regions of Southeast Asia" scheduled for 21-23 July 2010 at Hanoi, Vietnam. The conference provides an opportunity to share experiences amongst a range of environmental and socioeconomic research and development aspects of tropical and subtropical upland agro-ecosystems. [more information]

Deadline for abstracts: March 1, 2010

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Friday, December 18, 2009



The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is the apex organization for agricultural research for development in Africa. In partnership with the European Forum on Agricultural Research for Development (EFARD), FARA is seeking to recruit an Africa Co-Manager of the Platform for African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development Phase 2 project (PAEPARD II). PAEPARD II is an EC funded 36 month project with an overall objective of building joint African European multi-stakeholder partnerships in agricultural research for development (ARD) contributing to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The specific objective is “Enhanced, more equitable, more demand-driven and mutually beneficial collaboration of Africa and Europe on agricultural research for development with the aim of attaining the MDGs”. The Africa Co-Manager will be based at the FARA Secretariat in Accra, Ghana.  The selected candidate will function under FARA’s Networking Support Function 5 and collaborate with all other Networking Support Functions. [more information]

Deadline: January 15, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Executive Director, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk

The International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) invite applications for the important post of Executive Director of the new Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme. The Executive Director will head the International Programme Office which is being established in Beijing—the first time an international office of this type has been hosted in Asia.

IRDR is an exciting decade-long, internationally integrated, all-hazards research programme bringing together the talents of the natural, social, medical and engineering sciences in a way not attempted before. Its objectives are the scientific characterization of natural and human-induced environmental hazards, vulnerability and risk; the understanding of decision-making in complex and changing risk contexts; and the reduction of risk and curbing losses through knowledge-based actions. The programme is founded on the recognition that disaster prevention and mitigation are critical dimensions of the global poverty reduction agenda and efforts to adapt to climate change, and should be an integral part of all international and national development efforts.

The Executive Director will head an International Programme Office (IPO) for IRDR being established at the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, with core funding from the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). The location of the IPO was selected following an international call for offers to host the Office. [more information (pdf)]

Deadline: January 14, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Program Officer for Research & Analysis, Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Policy & Statistics team is hiring a new Program Officer for Research and Analysis. The purpose of the position is to develop and manage the foundation’s information and learning goals in agricultural development and policy. The Program Officer will be the Agricultural team focal point for conducting research and analysis and preparation of issue specific briefs in response to requests from the Director of AG, President of GD, the CEO and co-Chairs.  The Program Officer will conduct anticipatory research on emerging topics and pro-actively alert Foundation leadership. This position will manage key relationships with internal and external collaborators, particularly universities, think tanks and other suppliers of policy research. The Foundation is looking for a mid-career professional who has a proven track record of analyzing a wide range of agriculture development problems, preferably someone who has lived and worked in one or more developing countries. The individual should be able to draw on a network of professional contacts to be able to rapidly acquire the data and current thinking on issues as they come up. Ability to communicate clearly (written and oral) to high level audiences of non-economists is absolutely crucial.

The full posting can be found by searching for requisition number 1850BR from the careers section of the BMGF website. Applications must be submitted through the website.

Deadline: open

Thursday, December 17, 2009


PUBLICATION: Climate Change and Hunger

A new report reviews current knowledge of the effects of climate change on hunger. It summarizes knowledge from global studies completed and provides an overview of actions that can be taken to address the challenge.

We believe that unless climate change is mitigated by substantial reductions of greenhouse gases it will greatly increase hunger, especially in the poorest parts of the world. The scale of risk from climate change varies with assumptions about future development, especially future levels of poverty, but it is likely to affect tens to hundreds of millions of people.

It is expected that Africa will be most affected, especially the semi-arid regions north and south of the equator. This is mainly because of projected increases in aridity resulting from climate change and because of high vulnerability consequent on low levels of income. The poorest parts of southern and south-eastern Asia are likely to be substantially affected, with strong negative impacts on agricultural production. Food production in other regions, for example Central America, may also be impacted.

Download the full report here.


CALL FOR CASE STORIES: South-South Cooperation

The Task Team on South-South Cooperation announces a call for case stories and invites you to share your experience. In order to generate high-quality evidence to influence the policy-making process and expand the globally shared knowledge base, the Task Team on South-South Cooperation (TT-SSC) has launched a broad call for case stories which document South-South Cooperation practices and their synergies with the aid effectiveness agenda.  The TT-SSC is especially interested in discovering and documenting the practice of technical cooperation and capacity development among developing countries. [more information]

Deadline: January 29, 2010


Tuesday, December 15, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: External Evaluator for WaDImena

The Regional Water Demand Initiative for the Middle East and North Africa (WaDImena) is a five-year project supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC); the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The project is coordinated by IDRC. It began in 2005 and is expected to end in June 2010. WaDImena is seeking external evaluator(s) for the Final Project Review (FPR) to assess the achievements of objectives, intended outcomes and impacts.  The FPRwill review the contribution of the project to WDM research, policy and WDM capacity building and regional networking. [more information]

Deadline: January 3, 2010

Monday, December 14, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Senior Social Scientist

IWMI seeks to recruit a highly qualified senior scientist in the field of social science to lead research at scales from local to international on institutions, governance, power and politics and their effects on water use, development, management and decision making and how those in turn impact sustainability and success of water management interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and reports to the Theme Leader on Water and Society. [more information]

Deadline: January 31, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow: Environment & Production Technology

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Research Fellow (RF) for its Environment and Production Technology Division (EPTD). The successful applicant will join a team of researchers funded by the Gates Foundation to enhance the ex ante research evaluation capabilities of the CGIAR. This research involves extensive revision to a widely respected partial equilibrium model of world agriculture written in GAMS to increase its spatial resolution, developing links to general equilibrium models, adding explicit land use modeling, and implementing theoretically rigorous welfares measures. The RF will conduct original research as well as provide research, communications, and writing support to the other members of the research team. The position is a two-year, fixed-term appointment, and is renewable depending on performance and funding. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C. The estimated start date of the position is March 2010. [more information]

Deadline: December 23, 2009 or until filled


EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Senior Research Fellow: Markets, Trade, and Institutions

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Senior Research Fellow for a three-year, fixed term, renewable appointment for its Markets, Trade and Institutions Division (MTID). The Senior Research Fellow will lead a team of post doctoral fellows and conduct research on issues related to applied microeconomics in developing countries. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C.

Essential Duties:

[more information]

Deadline: December 18, 2009 or until filled


EMPLOYMENT: Deputy Director-General (Research), Bioversity International

Based at Bioversity’s headquarters in Maccarese, near Rome, Italy, the successful incumbent will be both an inspiring scientific leader and excellent research manager. Reporting to the Director General, the Deputy Director-General (Research) will have responsibility to lead the process of setting the strategic direction and priorities of Bioversity’s research and for managing the overall research portfolio, ensuring that it is geared towards the delivery of outcomes and impact. He or she will be responsible for ensuring the seamless and synergistic implementation of the organization’s research, thus ensuring the delivery on expected results. [more information]

Deadline: January 15, 2010

Thursday, December 10, 2009


This Week’s Posts


ONLINE RESOURCE: Farmers’ Rights Resources for Decision-Makers and Practitioners

The Farmers’ Rights website is about Farmers' Rights (FR) as they are addressed in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Farmers' Rights are basically about enabling farmers to continue their work as stewards and innovators of agricultural biodiversity, and about recognizing and rewarding them for their contribution to the global pool of genetic resources. The website has been developed as a tool for decision makers, practitioners, and others involved in the realization of Farmers' Rights. It is also intended as an information source for researchers and other interested individuals.

The website provides information on the history, legal status and contents of Farmers' Rights, on the state of implementation of these rights, and a comprehensive database on legislation and policies. You will find concrete recommendations on how to go about implementing Farmers' Rights in your own country, including a workshop module for free use and success stories from all over the world. The prospects for implementing Farmers' Rights internationally are also discussed, and you will find overviews of literature and organizations related to Farmers' Rights, a calendar of coming events, and answers to 'frequently asked questions' (FAQ).


AWARDS: Recognizing Excellence in African Science and Innovation

Several awards for African agricultural science will be given at the Ministerial Forum at the Africa Agriculture Science Week and FARA General Assembly in the week of 19‐24 July 2010 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The Young Professionals in Science Award and the Women in Science Award will be given to the winners of science competitions. The competitions seek to identify and give recognition to outstanding agricultural scientists and innovations led by African researchers, scientists and professionals who are effectively engaged in communicating the outputs (knowledge, technologies, approaches) of innovative agricultural research to farmers and agro entrepreneurs as well as advocating for policy change to optimize the benefits from scientific and technological developments. Excellence in science and innovation with high economic impact is seen as major criteria in promoting investments in agricultural research for development. Entrants must submit an abstract for consideration.

The Impact Research and Science in Africa (IMPRESSA) Award recognizes outstanding researchers and scientists who have made significant contribution in the field of agricultural research and science for development in Africa, including human and institutional development. Participation in the competition is by peer nomination.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009


EVENT & CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Ten Years of Poverty Research (CPRC)

From 8-10 September 2010, the Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC) will celebrate ten years of poverty research with an international conference hosted by the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) at the University of Manchester. This event will bring together leading poverty researchers and actors for poverty reduction to:  

The conference will take place just two weeks before the UN General Assembly convenes to review progress towards achieving the MDGs.

CPRC welcomes the submission of papers that conceptually explore poverty dynamics; present empirical studies on poverty reduction; explain new methodologies of measuring multi-dimensional poverty; and/or inform policymaking in poverty reduction. [more information]

Deadline for abstracts: January 31, 2010

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EMPLOYMENT: Researcher - Forest partnerships (IIED)

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is looking for a versatile researcher with research, communications, facilitation and project management skills and experience to help the team deliver on IIED’s contribution to the Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP) Initiative. You will work with in-country teams to develop a range of outputs (technical reports, evaluation as well as communications) and liaise with other GFP partners on behalf of IIED and in-country teams, if appropriate. You will also join the Team’s efforts to produce publications and communication material, organise events, attract new funding, manage work plans and ensure reporting on other forest-related topics (e.g. energy and forests). You will be prepared to travel quite extensively to work with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America. [more information]

Deadline: January 13, 2010


CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Participate in Decision-Making

In accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 12/13, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is requested to carry out a study on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making and to present a progress report to the Council at its fifteenth session, in 2010, and a final study to the Council at its eighteenth session, in 2011.

The Expert Mechanism would welcome contributions from States, indigenous peoples, NGOs, National Human Rights Institutions and regional human rights mechanisms, United Nations human rights mechanisms and relevant United Nations agencies and institutions based on the following outline.

  1. Analysis of the incorporation and implementation of the international human rights framework, including related jurisprudence, with regard to indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making.
  2. Identification of indigenous peoples’ own decision-making processes and institutions as well as challenges in maintaining and developing them.
  3. Identification of participatory and consultative mechanisms linked to both State and relevant non-State institutions and decision-making processes affecting indigenous peoples as well as challenges in their effective implementation.
  4. Identification of key measures and challenges related to the efforts to guarantee the right of indigenous peoples to participate in decision-making.

The Expert Mechanism would appreciate if the comments on the above four items would cover decision-making at both national and local level and include a gender perspective.

You are kindly requested to submit your contribution electronically to expertmechanism@ohchr.org or by mail to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. Please indicate whether the information provided can be made available on the OHCHR website.

Deadline: February 26, 2010


Tuesday, December 08, 2009


PUBLICATION: Success Stories in Asian Aquaculture

An new book from IDRC presents success stories in Asian Aquaculture.

The stories presented in Success Stories in Asian Aquaculture reflect the unique nature of Asian aquaculture, providing first-time insight into how and why it has become so successful. Overall, the book demonstrates how the resiliency, adaptability, and innovation of small-scale aquaculture farmers have been crucial to this success. It also places aquaculture development in Asia into a wider global context, and describes its relationship to natural systems, social conditions, and economics. The book is unique in its in-depth presentation of primary research on Asian aquaculture, and in demonstrating how aquaculture can have a lasting positive impact on livelihoods, food security, and sustainable development.

The book is available for download here.


FUNDING: Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2009 Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants (LACREG) program. The purpose of this program is to strengthen international partnerships and consolidate emerging networks among academic researchers from Canada and Latin America and the Caribbean.  It is designed to support small collaborative research activities which will contribute to the creation, dissemination and sustained application of knowledge in the development process in at least one area of IDRC thematic priority.

Applicants from Canada and eligible Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries* are encouraged to apply. [more information]

Deadline: January 18, 2010

* – The LACREG program applies to collaborative research between Canada and the following LAC countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Monday, December 07, 2009


EMPLOYMENT: ARD Team Leader in Forest Governance, Latin America

ARD, Inc. is accepting expressions of interest from qualified senior level candidates for leadership of an anticipated USAID funded Forest Governance program in Latin America.  This position will provide long-term technical and financial direction/oversight to the project throughout the five years implementation period. [more information]

Deadline: open


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation

The Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme is a partnership that brings together the Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to deliver a planned seven year interdisciplinary research programme, with a total budget of £40·5m. ESPA is launched under the umbrella of the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) partnership.

ESPA seeks to generate the evidence on ecosystem services, their full value and links to sustainable poverty reduction, so as to equip end users and decision makers with the knowledge on how to manage ecosystems better. This announcement of opportunity invites proposals for the first substantive ESPA call. This first call is split into two funding streams with three submission opportunities.

Funding Stream 1 is a one-off opportunity for shorter-term, innovative, conceptual development type projects submitted as a Programme Framework grant.

Funding Stream 2 has two submission opportunities:

[more information]

Deadline: March 3, 2010

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EMPLOYMENT: Bioversity International Project Consultant on Nutrition

Bioversity International is developing a full-size project (FSP) proposal for a multi-year project entitled Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use for Improved Human Nutrition and Wellbeing. The project is being undertaken by Brazil, Kenya, Turkey and Sri Lanka in collaboration with Bioversity International, and with UNEP and FAO as co-implementing agencies. Reporting to the Bioversity Senior Scientist responsible for Nutrition, the consultant, in consultation with the co-implementing agencies, will coordinate and lead the development of the preparation of UNEP and FAO project components of the full-size project proposal. [more information]

Deadline: December 20, 2009

Friday, December 04, 2009


This Week’s Posts


EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Division Director, Development Strategy and Governance Division

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Division Director to lead its Development Strategy and Governance (DSG) Division. This position is based at IFPRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The position is a five-year, fixed-term appointment, and is renewable depending on performance and funding. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C.

DSG conducts research and outreach to help developing countries design and implement strategies related to food, nutrition, agricultural and rural sectors for cutting hunger and poverty.  The division is central to cross-cutting development economics research at IFPRI. The division staff works closely with policy-makers in developing countries to identify the preconditions for successful pro-poor growth, develop practical conceptual frame works and methods for strategic analysis, and strengthen the capacity of developing countries to formulate and implement national strategies.  The division manages IFPRI’s country strategy support programs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, and China.  The Division Director will be responsible for all research, outreach, financial and personnel management of the division.  In addition, the Director will be a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) and will participate in decisions impacting institute-wide management and activities. [more information]

Deadline: open until filled


ONLINE RESOURCE: How to use CEDAW as an advocacy tool

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the only human rights treaty that deals specifically with rural women, highlighting the need for their participation and access to basic social services - and is therefore a powerful tool to advocate for rural women. The International Land Coalition (ILC) has produced an infonote on CEDAW to inform NGOs which options exist for them to engage in the CEDAW process. There is also a separate document with Questions and Answers on specific aspects of participating in the review process, including practical information on accreditation. Both documents are available here.


FELLOWSHIP: PRB Fellows Program in Population Policy Communications

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2010–2011 Fellows Program in Population Policy Communications. The Program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It is open to individuals from developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions in the United States, Canada, and other selected countries, pursuing doctoral programs and who are between their third and fifth year of studies. Developing-country applicants may be in any field of study but their focus of interest should be related to one or more of the following:

The goals of the Fellows Program in Population Policy Communications are:

The Fellows Program, initiated in the 1980s, has close to 300 alumni. The program aims to bridge the gap between research findings and the policy development process. While research often has profound policy implications, it must be communicated effectively to a variety of non-technical audiences in order to have an impact. [more information]

Deadline: February 4, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural Economists – CIMMYT Senior Scientist or Scientist

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks two well qualified agricultural economists to join an international team of scientists working on improving the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world. As a member of the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program and in collaboration with public, private, local and international partners, CIMMYT wants you to create new opportunities for resource-poor farmers, help decision-makers to understand the key constraints to agricultural development, and translate your vision into a productive and exciting research agenda.

Rooted in a strong culture of high-quality agricultural economics and social science research, the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program has a team of qualified and motivated scientists operating in different regions and working closely with biophysical scientists. Preferably you will be based at one of CIMMYT’s main research sites in Asia (China, India, Nepal), but there are also research opportunities in Africa (based in Ethiopia, Kenya, or Zimbabwe), Latin America (based in Mexico), or the CWANA and CAC regions (based in Turkey). [more information]

Deadline: December 31, 2009