Thursday, February 25, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Coordinator, Young Professionals Platform on Agricultural Research for Development

The mission of the Young Professionals Platform on Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD) is to serve as a global platform through which young professionals can express their ideas and realizes their full potential towards a dynamic agricultural research for development. It aims to facilitate exchange of information and knowledge among young professionals across disciplines, professions, age and regions; to broaden opportunities for young professionals (YPs) to contribute to strategic ARD policy debates; to promote agriculture among young people and to facilitate access to resources and capacity building opportunities for YPs in ARD. YPARD currently has a vacancy for the position of YPARD Coordinator. [more information]

Deadline: March 15, 2010


This Week’s Posts


PUBLICATION: Transformation for Food Sovereignty: Reclaiming citizenship - empowering civil society in policy-making

IIED has made available a chapter of the book Towards Food Sovereignty: Reclaiming autonomous food systems. The Chapter is on “Transformation for Food Sovereignty: Reclaiming citizenship – empowering civil society in policy-making”.

The food sovereignty paradigm affirms the fundamental right of peoples’ to define their food and agricultural policies. This implies that food providers and consumers are directly involved in framing policies. However, existing decision-making and policy processes that are based on models of representative democracy are inadequate for transformation towards food sovereignty. A more discursive and direct democracy is now needed for citizens to exercise their right to participate in decision-making.

Processes that can help reclaim active forms of citizenship have been explored in this chapter—including learning from the rich history of face-to-face democracy, strengthening local organizations, using the potential of community controlled media (digital video, radio, press, internet…), and engaging in deliberative and inclusive processes (DIPs) that can significantly enhance citizen voice and agency in decision-making today. Learning how to nurture citizenship and competence to act in the public interest is also emphasized throughout this chapter.

Download the chapter here.


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Marie Curie Training Course on the Human Dimension of Global Environmental Change

This training course addresses the implications of environmental change for equity in earth system governance. To this end, the summer school links the work of scholars on ‘global governance architecture’ to debates on the distributional effects of environmental governance and change. Particular attention will be paid to the question to what extent the shift from government to governance improves the capacity of the existing global governance architecture in ensuring a fair and equitable distribution of costs and benefits of environmental change across societies.

The training course will be held from October 4 to 13, back to back with the 2010 Berlin Conference on Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, which is held on the topic, ‘Social Dimensions of Environmental Change and Governance’. [more information]

Deadline for applications: April 6, 2010


EVENT: Summer Symposium on Sustainable Systems

The Summer Symposium on Sustainable Systems (4S), an interdisciplinary summer symposium for doctoral students and post doctoral researchers, will be held June 15-17, 2010, in Sannäs, Finland. The theme of the symposium is, “Harmonizing Policy, Technology, Product Design and Resource Management”.

The aim of the Summer Symposium on Sustainable Systems to bring together motivated young researchers with an interest in multidisciplinary systemic approaches to complex issues under the theme of closed-loop sustainable systems of materials ecology. We hope that this multidisciplinary forum will create new, exciting, interdisciplinary insights into the steps needed to move towards sustainable use of resources. Within this scope behavioural, cultural, economical, environmental, ethical, legal, managerial, regulatory, social, and technical issues are studied and discussed. We aim that the joint work can begin to chart the systemic nature of materials ecology and its complex interconnectedness. The effects of systemic temporal and spatial boundaries and scales on the metrics used to evaluate the effects of decisions and progress towards sustainable systems and closed-loop economy are central issues of discussion.

More information here.

Deadline: March 1, 2010


Wednesday, February 24, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Coordinator, CGIAR Institutional Learning and Change Initiative

The Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative is a multi-year CGIAR inter-centre initiative that aims to strengthen the contributions of agricultural research to sustainable poverty reduction by increasing knowledge about planning and evaluation approaches and methods appropriate  for collaborative research for development.  It also supports strategic evaluations that increase understanding of the contributions of agricultural research to poverty alleviation, develops evaluation capacities and aims to influence planning and evaluation policies.

With overall guidance from the Director General of Bioversity International and strategic oversight of a steering committee, the Coordinator will:

More information available here.

Deadline: February 28, 2010


FELLOWSHIP: NTS-Asia Research Fellowship

The Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia (NTS-Asia) through the support of the Ford Foundation invites applications for the NTS-Asia Research Fellowship. To commence in July, this three-month research fellowship programme offers successful applicants an opportunity to work on a wide range of NTS issues in Asia. Three fellowship positions are available this year and each fellowship comes with a stipend of US$8,000 (all inclusive* for the duration of the fellowship). Young scholars are encouraged to apply. The WorldFish Center of the CGIAR is among the options where the successful candidate can choose to conduct his/her research. [more information]

Deadline: April 16, 2010


CALLS FOR PROPOSALS & CONCEPT NOTES: Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

IDRC has announced two calls as part of the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund.

See the list of Eligible Countries.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010


ONLINE RESOURCE: Improving Equity and Livelihoods in Community Forestry

A website developed by CIFOR and RRI on “Improving Equity and Livelihoods in Community Forestry” provides a compilation of more than 35 publications based on research on community rights and forest tenure reform in Latin America (Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua), Asia (Nepal, Philippines, India, Laos) and Africa (Ghana, Cameroon, Burkina Faso). The site includes a number of country-based publications (country reports, policy briefs, journal articles) as well as a few regional pieces (two Latin America reports, one from Africa). The site also includes a global Infobrief summarizing some of the key findings (in French, Spanish and English), a couple book chapters and the full Spanish translation of the book "Forests for People: Community Rights and Forest Tenure Reform".


EMPLOYMENT: Gender & Development Specialist, ICRW

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has a vacancy for Gender and Development Specialist based at their Washington, DC office. The Gender and Development specialist will be responsible for providing managerial and technical expertise in programming and research to projects focusing on gender and economic development.  The incumbent will be required to work both in teams and independently on projects.  Based on team and institutional priorities, the incumbent will undertake other tasks as assigned by the Team Director. ICRW seeks to promote a world free of poverty in which women and men, girls and boys have equal opportunities to achieve their potential and realize their rights. [more information]

Deadline: open


SCHOLARSHIPS: Food Security Center “Excellence Scholarship” for PhD Students

Food Security Center (FSC) awards up to 12 scholarships for PhD students from developing countries (see DAC list) for a period of 36 months, beginning August 01, 2010. There will be up to 2 scholarships offered to PhD students from developed countries. The Center wishes to attract outstanding PhD students pursuing a career in academia or development collaboration. The scholarship aims at increasing their previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. The successful candidates will receive scholarships for participating in FSC’s Young Excellence School to conduct their doctorates. [more information]

Deadline: April 5, 2010


PUBLICATION: Local Responses to Too Much and Too Little Water in the Greater Himalayan Region

A collection of five case studies look at how people in the Himalayas adapt to changes in water availability, with implications for climate change adaptation.

Five case studies were carried out between June 2008 and September 2009 (in Chitral District, Pakistan; the Koshi basin, Nepal; Bihar, India; Assam, India; and Yunnan province, China) to document adaptation strategies at local or community level to constraints and hazards related to water and induced by climate change in the Himalayan region. The study teams looked at how people are affected by water stress and hazards, their local short and long-term responses, and the extent to which these strategies reduce vulnerability to water stress and hazards. The results are summarised in this synthesis document, which is accompanied by a CD-ROM with reports of the separate case studies.

Access the publication here.


PUBLICATION: Agriculture and Food Security in Africa’s Drylands

Both ENDS has released a report on “Agriculture and Food Security in Africa’s Drylands”.

This paper examines the existing divide between current development policies
related to agriculture and those related to drylands (at the international level,
as well as those of the Dutch government) and the reality of food production in
these, often hostile (physical and economic) environments. It argues that ‘silverbullet’
solutions are unlikely to be successful in such situations and that far more
grassroots involvement is required in selecting, developing and experimenting
with new approaches to solving the food crisis. The central role of women in
food production also needs to be acknowledged and supported if any progress
is to be made towards meeting MDG1. Marrying local knowledge with scientific
knowledge is not an easy task. Neither is it easy to align the interests of local
communities with the priorities and operating procedures of donors and external
agencies. But these challenges have to be faced. This paper points out the
challenges and suggestions are made for potential ways forward.

Download the full paper here.

Monday, February 22, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Social Scientist, Climate Change (ICRAF/CCAFS)

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and generates science-based knowledge about the complex role that trees play in agricultural landscapes. The Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is a new 10-year research initiative launched by the CGIAR and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) that seeks to overcome the threats to agriculture and food security in a changing climate, exploring new ways of helping vulnerable rural communities adjust to global changes in climate.

ICRAF & CCAFS are looking for someone who will help build research synergies between CCAFS and ICRAF’s Global Research Project on Climate Change (GRP5), and enhance the likelihood that their science links with actions that help to sustainably alleviate poverty.  The social scientist will have room for developing his/her own area of research related to climate adaptation and mitigation within a poverty/livelihoods lens.  There will be ample opportunities to work with diverse research and practitioner partners across the 3 target regions. With communication and engagement identified as critical to success, they are looking for someone with strong communication skills and willing to learn new partnership building and team performance-enhancing skills (e.g. use of wikis, google docs, blogs, etc.). Social Scientist, Climate Change – ICRAF and CCAFS, will be based at ICRAF in Nairobi. Anticipated time allocation to CCAFS: 80%; GRP5: 20%.

Full job description available here.

Deadline: March 15, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural Economist, Value Chains and Development (ILRI)

ILRI seeks to recruit a professional for its Livestock Market Opportunities Theme. The Agricultural Economist (Value Chains and Development) will contribute to on-going and new research in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia on the development and use of Value Chain Analysis in the context of smallholder livestock production, and small scale and informal sector processing, trading and retailing. He/she will engage in the preparation of research papers and reports, briefs, and other strategic communication products. He/she will contribute to the formation of strategic research and development partnerships and be involved in resource mobilization for research for development. [more information]

Deadline: screening begins March 15th


EMPLOYMENT: Joint ILRI-IWMI Post-Doc Vacancies (Ethiopia)

The International Water Management Institute (IMWI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) have announced four positions for Post Doctoral Scientists to be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a duration of 2 years.

Deadline: March 31, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Research Fellow, Future of the World’s Water, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

This position provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research on the traditional and non-traditional drivers of change for water management beyond 2020. These drivers include, but are not limited to, population, urbanization, globalization, free trade, HIV/AIDS, technological developments and increasing intersectoral interrelationships between water, food, energy, and environmental securities. The Fellow will collaborate and participate in the research programme on the Future of World’s Water under Prof. Asit K. Biswas and Prof. Cecilia Tortajada of the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. [more information]

Deadline: March 31, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Land Deal Politics Initiative

The Land Deal Politics Initiative is currently running a SMALL GRANT competition aimed at doctoral or post-doctoral researchers.

A convergence of factors has been driving a revaluation of land by powerful economic and political actors. This is occurring across the world, but especially in the global South. As a result, we are seeing a dramatic rise in the extent of cross-border, transnational corporation-driven and, in some cases foreign government-driven, large-scale land deals unfolding worldwide. The phrase ‘global land grab’ has become a catch-all phrase to describe this explosion of (trans)national commercial land transactions revolving around the production and sale of food and biofuels, conservation and mining activities.

Successful applicants will receive grants of up to US$2000 per study.

More information available here.

Deadline: April 15, 2010

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EMPLOYMENT: ASB Programme Associate

ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins is a global partnership of more than 80 research institutes, non-governmental organizations, universities, community organizations, farmers’ groups, and other local, national, and international organizations.

The Programme Associate will be a member of the ASB’s Global Coordination Office. The Associate will support research, coordination and implementation of the ASB global programme, particularly its policy focus on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and Agriculture Forestry and Other Land Uses (AFOLU) within the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.The Associate will synthesize research findings, understanding of policy processes, facilitating the global partnership, sharing and managing information, raising public awareness, and fundraising. The Associate will support research on multifunctional agroforestry landscapes for environmental services, climate change and policy options and tools for agroforestry. The incumbent will be based at the World Agroforestry Centre, headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. [more information]

Deadline: February 28, 2010


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Award

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the first annual Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Award for early-career women wheat researchers. This award, established in 2010, provides professional development opportunities for women working in wheat during the early stages of their career. The award is named after Jeanie Borlaug Laube, mentor to many, and daughter of Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. Jeanie Borlaug Laube has served as Chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative since October 2009. [more information]

Deadline: March 1, 2010

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Friday, February 05, 2010


CALL FOR PAPERS: Sustainability Science, African Regional Perspectives

Nowhere is sustainability more important than in Africa. Sustainability Science’s special feature on African Regional Perspectives seeks research contributions with a sharp focus on where particular problems have the greatest effect, and how regional constraints and opportunities will affect possible solutions. Regions can be defined according to the scope of the research – along political, geographic, ecological, economic, cultural or climatic lines. [more information]

Deadline: June 15, 2010

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TRAINING: International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Research Program: Fall 2010

In Fall 2010, the nine-week IFRI training course will be offered at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, with Arun Agrawal and Lauren Persha. Arun Agrawal is Associate Research Dean and Professor at University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and Lauren Persha is the IFRI Postdoctoral Fellow. The course explores theoretical and methodological approaches for exploring human-environment interactions. It focuses on community level forest management, and the interaction of institutional, socioeconomic and ecological factors that influence sustainability. It also specifically exposes students to the IFRI research program and provides training in data collection methods, including participatory techniques, individual and group interviews, and forest measurement. Students apply their field research training in a forest community in Southern Michigan. Trainees also gain first hand exposure to the unique IFRI database and learn how to enter data and use queries to create datasets. [more information]

Deadline: April 1, 2010


Thursday, February 04, 2010


This Week’s Posts


EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, Uganda

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Fellow for its Uganda Agricultural Strategy Support Programme (USSP) for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Under the USSP, IFPRI supports the government of Uganda by undertaking policy research and developing practical and comprehensive conceptual frameworks and decision support systems for agricultural strategy development in a manner which strengthens the capacity of appropriate national institutions to formulate and implement relevant strategies and to monitor and evaluate their progress against targets.

The Fellow will be responsible for (a) conducting research and developing policy advice in response to demand from in-country partners, (b) capacity strengthening in policy research, and (c) supporting policy outreach to a wide range of stakeholders concerned with agriculture and rural development in Uganda. [more information]

Deadline: open


EMPLOYMENT: Uni Hohenheim: Postdoctoral Position - Land Use, Climate Change and Bioenergy (3 years, full-time)

The Institute for Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics - Chair for Land Use Economics, Professor Dr. Thomas Berger, searches for a highly qualified candidate at post-doctoral level. The position will focus on research into agricultural land use under climate change with special consideration of long- term adaptation strategies. The candidate will contribute to the joint research efforts of meteorologists, soil scientists, agronomists and agricultural economists at Universität Hohenheim. [more information]

Deadline: April 1, 2010


CALL FOR ARTICLES/BRIEFS: Best Practices in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Development

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) announces its call for briefs and articles related to Best Practices in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Development to be included in JAFSCD Vol. 1, Issue 2.

Briefs, case studies, and articles should focus on illustrative programs or projects, survey results, literature reviews, and public policy related — but not limited to — land-use planning and regulation, health ordinances or their implementation, training and educational programs, marketing systems or value chains, partnership development, systems approaches, issues of scale, and farm-neighbor relations. We are particularly interested in holistic approaches that combine community and economic development with environmental protection.

More information here.

Deadline: June 5, 2010



FELLOWSHIP: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

Helping poor farmers in sub-Saharan Africa overcome food crises and improve livelihoods is a complex challenge. It requires bold, innovative action. An essential step is strengthening the voice of Africa’s knowledgeable women, both on the farm and in the laboratories. Acting on this conviction, in 2007 the CGIAR Gender & Diversity Program launched African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). AWARD offers two-year fellowships to fast track the careers of African women delivering pro-poor research and development.

African women working in agricultural research and development from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in selected disciplines are invited to apply for the 2010 Award Fellowship. Applicants must be nationals of the above listed countries and be available in Africa throughout the fellowship period.

More information here.

Deadline: March 22, 2010

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


FELLOWSHIP: Community Forestry: Trees and People — John G. Bene Fellowship

This fellowship provides assistance to Canadian graduate students undertaking research on the relationship between forest resources and the social, economic, cultural, and environmental welfare of people in developing countries. The successful candidate will be the one whose work most benefits the lives of the less privileged people in the developing country. [more information]

Deadline: March 1, 2010


CALL FOR PAPERS: Transport and Sustainable Development

Natural Resources Forum—A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal, a  quarterly journal issued by the Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations calls for papers for a special issue on transport, to be published in November 2010. Articles submitted for this special section should be relevant to policy-making, and should address transport from a sustainable development perspective, i.e. treating economic, social, and environmental aspects in an integrated way. Download the call for papers (pdf).

Deadline: April 15, 2010


FELLOWSHIP: Leopold Leadership Program

The Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment invites mid-career academic environmental scientists from North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) to apply for the 2011 Leopold Leadership Fellowships. The program seeks candidates with terminal degrees in a broad range of disciplines including the biological, physical, and social sciences and technical, medical, and engineering fields related to the environment. Applicants must be employed by an academic institution in North America, be tenured or tenure-track (preferably associate professor level or equivalent or above), and be active in teaching and research. [more information]

Deadline: April 12, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: FAO Fishery Planning Analyst

Under the general supervision of the Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics and Policy Division, and in collaboration with other technical officers, the incumbent will provide advice on fisheries governance, management and development. In particular, will:

More information here.

Deadline: February 5, 2010