Thursday, October 28, 2010
PUBLICATION: Democratising agricultural research for food sovereignty in West Africa (IIED)
This multimedia book reports on an initiative in West Africa that seeks to create safe spaces in which food providers and consumers can discuss how to build an agri-food research system that is democratic and accountable to wider society. An explicit aim of the entire process is to strengthen the voices and effectiveness of small-scale producers and other citizens in the governance of agricultural research as well as in setting strategic research priorities and validating knowledge.
The book combines text, photos, video and audio recordings to describe the methodologies used in processes of deliberation and inclusion that involved small scale producers (farmers, pastoralists, fishermen and food processors) and holders of specialist knowledge on agricultural research. The policy recommendations that emerged out of two citizens’ juries and farmer led assessments of agricultural research are presented here along with some critical reflections on the process so far. The outcomes of these citizen deliberations have significant implications for current debates on the future of food and farming in West Africa.
This multimedia publication is available online and will be printed as a hardcopy book in early 2011.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
CALL FOR RESEARCH PRE-PROPOSALS: Economics of Environmental Changes, SANDEE Research Competition
The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is a regional network that brings together and strengthens South Asian researchers and institutions interested in the inter-connections between development and the environment. SANDEE invites you to submit research pre-proposals on the economics of climate change, urban environmental management and other relevant environmental issues in South Asia. Multi-disciplinary and multi-country research projects with appropriate methodological innovations are highly encouraged. Pre-proposals, if accepted, will lead to an invitation to submit a full research proposal.
Deadline: December 15, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS & PANEL PROPOSALS: People and the Sea VI - Bridging Science and Policy for Sustainable Coasts and Seas
‘Bridging science and policy’, the central theme of the 6th MARE People and the Sea conference, addresses how science can better connect with policy to support progress towards sustainable coasts. This builds on a long-standing ambition of the MARE conferences to encourage interconnection amongst different sciences, with particular emphasis on social science and trans-disciplinary contributions across the science-policy interface. As is often observed, science frequently remains fragmented and contested, particularly across economic, social and natural science domains. The field of policy is no less problematic. Disciplinary orientations are often reproduced in the sectoral organization of government agencies and their policies. Policy-makers tend to reduce complex problems to simple and seemingly manageable proportions. This often leads to contestations in which scientific activity and knowledge become a weapon legitimizing certain understandings of environmental-societal problems and solutions and discarding others, rather than being a neutral input for an uncontested societal activity.
The 6th MARE conference specifically aims to re-connect the myriad of disciplines which seek to promote sustainable coasts with processes of policy and decision-making. By doing so, we endeavor to provide insight into the different framings of complex problems, and to bridge the common gap between scientific and policy domains. The underlying assumption here is that joined-up science which seeks to engage with the policy process can facilitate progress towards workable and sustainable fisheries and coastal policies that are socially, environmentally and politically workable.
- Maritime life worlds and culture
- Negotiating policies for marine resource use
- Coastal shocks, disasters and recovery
- Contrasting approaches and tools - Successes and failures in marine and coastal resource management
- Fisher wellbeing and sustainable fisheries - challenges and opportunities
- Cities, deltas, and challenges of climate change [to be confirmed]
Deadline: January 15, 2011
EVENT: ILRI Workshop on Gender & Market-Oriented Agriculture: Research to practice
An ILRI workshop on Gender and Market-oriented Agriculture is scheduled from January 31st to February 2nd in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop’s objectives are:
- To bring together researchers, practitioners, private sector and donors that have been working on efforts to promote market oriented agriculture in which gender is an integral component, to share lessons
- To synthesize lessons on what works in integrating gender and promoting women to participate in and benefit from agricultural markets
- To collate empirical evidence of the poverty, equity, food security and nutritional impacts of market-oriented agriculture
- To begin to build a new paradigm for market-oriented research and funding that serves the interests of women
Deadline for registration: November 15, 2010
PUBLICATION: Natural Resource Management: The Impact of Gender and Social Issues (IDRC)
A book from IDRC that may be of interest:
This book reveals how innovation in natural resource management can contribute to rural poverty reduction. Drawing from research throughout eastern and southern Africa, the contributing authors present a synthesis of lesson from both policy and practice. They look at various multi-stakeholder approaches to natural resource management, showing which ones have worked and why. They describe how researchers and development practitioners navigate the dynamics of complex socio-ecological systems. They analyze the outcomes and impacts of development projects, and present comparative insights on methodological, technological, policy, and institutional innovations.
Overall, this book explores new trends and drivers in natural resource management and rural poverty in an age of rapid environmental, economic, political, and social change in eastern and southern Africa. It will be of interest to researchers and academics in agriculture, natural resource management, social science, and related disciplines; development professionals and practitioners, including research managers, extension workers, and project managers; post-secondary educators and students, primarily in development studies, African studies, and agricultural and environmental sciences; government planners (primarily in Africa) and national and international policy advisors; and desk officers and department heads in donor organizations.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Visiting Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow for a one-year, fixed term, exempt appointment for its Development Strategy and Governance Division. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C but would involve travel to any of the countries in which IFPRI carries out its research. Salary and benefits are negotiable.
Specific duties include but are not limited to:
- Conducting research related to development strategies and governance
- Develop and manage large/complex research programs and/or projects
- Publishing research in peer-reviewed publications.
- Provide strong research leadership in developing new ideas into proposals.
- Communicating research to a broad spectrum of stakeholders (researchers, academicians, policy makers, local partners.
- Creating links to external collaborators and groups
Deadline: December 21, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Post-Doctoral Position on Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development, University of Hohenheim
The goal of this newly established research program is to make the team internationally recognized in research on governance in agricultural development, focusing on the social, institutional and political dimensions of agriculture in developing countries. The successful candidate is expected to conduct cutting-edge research in one of these fields.
Since the research program is open to different disciplinary perspectives, applications are invited both
- from candidates with a PhD in rural sociology, development sociology, political science or related fields who specialize in the social and political dimensions of agricultural development, and
- from candidates with a PhD in agricultural or development economics who specialize in the economic analysis of agrarian institutions.
The post-doctoral fellow will develop his/her own research agenda in line with the overall goals of the research program. The position is expected to be filled by candidate who recently finished his/her PhD with excellent grades and has a strong focus on publishing in high-ranking international journals. The position involves extended travel to developing countries for empirical research. The post-doctoral fellow will have a teaching responsibility of four hours per week (during the semester seasons).
The position is open from February 1st 2011 onwards. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2010, but applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified.
TRAINING: Facilitation: Basics for leading meetings
A 2-day training course in Berlin on November 25-26 teaches the basics for leading meetings.
Target group: Do you also spend a lot of your time in meetings? Then this training could be interesting for you- especially if you are not happy with the results or the atmosphere of your meetings. Many meetings have no clear goals, some people talk a lot, other don’t contribute much and at the end of the day there is still no clear plan how to go forward and follow up on actions. In our Facilitation Training we present principles and methods how to make meetings and workshop productive and fun. We show simple methods that you can introduce in any meeting, as well as the design of processes that can take place over a longer time. We will also demonstrate with examples how facilitation methods can help you as a project leader.
The cost is 200€ for individuals and 350 €+ 19% MwSt for companies.
Monday, October 25, 2010
This Week’s Posts
EMPLOYMENT: Post-doc/Senior researcher: Water, Inequality and Social Mobilisation in the Crossroads Asia region. This research component undertakes comparative research on irrigation in the Crossroads region, ranging from the Amu Darya basin and Ferghana Valley in Central Asia to the mountain areas of North Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, to the Sindh/Punjab/Haryana border region of India and Pakistan. Deadline: November 5, 2010
FELLOWSHIP: Asia-Pacific Human Development Fellowships. There are two types of Fellowships to apply for - Media or Academic - to support building of HD capacity among nationals from programme countries. Deadline: November 30, 2010
FELLOWSHIP: Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship (1 Placement with CAPRi). The mission of the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program is to develop leaders committed to finding innovative and lasting solutions to hunger and poverty worldwide. One of the placements in the next class of Leland Fellows will work closely with CAPRi on a project to examine the impacts of payment for environmental services (PES) programs on women, poor farmers, and pastoralists in East Africa. Deadline: January 7, 2011
CALL FOR PAPERS: Environmental Governance for Social Justice: Lessons Across Natural Resource Sectors in Southern Africa. Contributions are invited towards a book entitled Environmental Governance for Social Justice: Lessons Across Natural Resource Sectors in Southern Africa. Deadline: November 15, 2010
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ICARUS II: Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation: Marginal Peoples and Environments. The ICARUS II Conference on Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation: Marginal Peoples and Environments will take place on May 5 - 8, 2011 at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. In recent years there have been many calls for greater social science engagement in climate research. ICARUS responds to these calls. Deadline: November 22, 2010
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Doctoral Research in Agricultural Transformation by Innovation. The call for applications for doctoral research under the AgTraIn (Agricultural Transformation by Innovation) programme has opened. Several of this year’s research topics are relevant to CAPRi. Deadline: November 22, 2010
CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Adapting to Climate Change in Vulnerable Coastal Communities (IDRC). IDRC is seeking ideas for a limited number of research grants of up to CA$500,000. Projects should not exceed three years in duration. The Call is designed to support researchers from developing country institutions to find adaptive solutions to the water related impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities living in coastal areas. Deadline: December 1, 2010
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security Summer Academy. UNU-EHS and the Munich Re Foundation announce the sixth annual Summer Academy on Social Vulnerability with the topic "Climate Change and Fragile States: Rethinking Adaptation". Deadline: January 15, 2011
EVENT: Agknowledge Africa Knowledge Share Fair - Focus on Farmers. The International Land Coalition (ILC) has made their discussions from last week’s Agknowledge Africa Knowledge Share Fare event in Addis Ababa available online.
PUBLICATION: IFPRI 2010 Global Hunger Index. IFPRI has released its 2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI), The challenge of hunger: Focus on the crisis of child undernutrition.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ICARUS II: Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation: Marginal Peoples and Environments
The ICARUS II Conference on Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation: Marginal Peoples and Environments will take place on May 5 - 8, 2011 at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
Vulnerability and adaptation are key concepts in the social science literature on climate change. They have long inter-linked histories. Scholars of development, disaster management and mitigation, hunger, famine, and migration, and ecological systems have contributed insights on the meanings and drivers of vulnerability. Development of systematic ideas about adaptation continues to occur in a variety of fields – in both the ecological and the social sciences. The ways these writings are applicable to understanding and intervening in climate-related stresses, crises and responses remain vigorous arenas query and debate. In recent years there have been many calls (by IPCC, NSF, Stern Review and others) for greater social science engagement in climate research. ICARUS responds to these calls.
The call for panels and papers for 2011 ICARUS-II Conference will take place in two stages:
Stage I (now) is a call for panel proposals. These proposals need not include participant names or paper titles. They will present a theme for the panel and the central questions for papers in the panel. Panel proposals of 200 to 250 words can be submitted by 22 November 2011 on the website. Panel proposal submissions should include:
- Name(s) of the panel organizers
- Institutional affiliation(s)
- Mailing address(es)
- 250 word panel description.
State II will be a call for papers beginning in December.
Deadline for panel proposals: November 22, 2010
FELLOWSHIP: Asia-Pacific Human Development Fellowships
Applications are now open for the 2010 Asia-Pacific Human Development Fellowships. There are two types of Fellowships to apply for - Media or Academic - to support building of HD capacity among nationals from programme countries (please refer to Annex II in the brochures).
This year the theme for the Media Fellowship is “Gender: Empowering Women as Agents of Change for Human Development”, linked to the APHDR Power, Voice and Rights: A Turning Point for Gender Equality in Asia and the Pacific. The theme for the Academic Fellowship is “Climate Change, Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods: Challenges to Human Development” to encourage researchers to focus on issues relevant to the APHDR under preparation. You can learn more about the Fellowship Programmes here or via the links below.
Deadline: November 30, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Doctoral Research in Agricultural Transformation by Innovation
The call for applications for doctoral research under the AgTraIn (Agricultural Transformation by Innovation) programme has opened. The research topics for this year are:
- Analysis and modeling of interactions between small-scale dairy farmers and dairy processors in an Andean valley (Mantaro, Peru)
- Assessing and exploiting the biocontrol potential of contrasting landscapes for ecologically sound production chains.
- Biogas digestate recycling as crop fertilizer - impacts on crop production, livelihood and environment quality.
- Cassava virus pandemic in East/Central Africa and the role of vector insects.
- Dynamics of multi-stakeholder innovation processes.
- Effects of irrigation and fertilization strategies on water and nutrients use efficiency and carbon retention in the soil-plant system.
- Environmental efficiencies and controversies: Yield intensification in oil palm production systems of South-east Asia.
- Exploring multi-scale synergies and trade-offs among productivity, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in agroforestry systems.
- For a sustainable family agriculture in the former homelands of South Africa: What are the perspectives through eco-agriculture?
- Highland banana in Ugandan Farming Systems - Opportunities for Ecological Intensification. Recognizing the capacity of farmers to innovate in the face of local and global environmental risks.
- Integration of youth into African smallholding agriculture: challenges, impact and prospects of changing conditions.
- Potential of carbon sequestering landscapes as climate change mitigation and productivity enhancing intervention.
- Potential of household farming systems to improve family food security in the high Andean regions.
- Recognizing the capacity of farmers to innovate in the face of local and global environment risks.
- Recycling of urban solid wastes for local production of vegetables.
- Role of Local Knowledge in multi-stakeholder innovation processes.
- Modeling interactions between water management, farm management and agri-food supply chains management at scheme level. Case study in Morocco.
- The economic and social impacts of microfinance services in agribusiness development for small and medium-sized enterprise in developing economies.
- The potential of Producers Organisations to ensure sustainable and equitable coffee production.
- Unlacing creativity for agribusiness development: designing, testing and evaluating soft technologies for Small and Medium-sized enterprise innovation in developing economies.
- Plant secondary compounds in small ruminant feeding: an alternative to drugs for improving animal metabolic state and product quality in low input farming systems.
- Agrobusiness incubators for development.
More information about the research topics and the application procedures and details about
eligibility available here.
Deadline: November 22, 2010
EVENT: Agknowledge Africa Knowledge Share Fair - Focus on Farmers
The International Land Coalition (ILC) has made their discussions from this week’s Agknowledge Africa Knowledge Share Fare event in Addis Ababa available online. See the message from ILC below and follow the event blog for detailed summaries of the discussions.
Sixteen members and partners of ILC, with additional organisations joining in, are meeting this week at the Addis Share Fair to identify lessons learnt and the way forward in recognizing and formalizing customary land tenure and management systems, as a way of making good land policies work for all land-users, especially those most vulnerable to becoming marginalised from the land and natural resources on which their livelihoods depend. All organisations are involved with initiatives on the ground to develop better and more inclusive methodologies and approaches. We have participants from ILC members and partners in Niger, Tanzania, Benin, Cameroon, Swaziland, Madagascar, Kenya and Philippines, and it is being facilitated by Procasur from Chile.
Through this process, participants are building the elements of a proposal for a knowledge-sharing and lesson learning initiative in 2011 that will enable participants to explore critical issues further, share experiences and good practice, and ultimately improve implementation of pro-poor land policies in the initiatives with which they are involved.
In addition, we are participating in a wide variety of knowledge sharing activities on agricultural-related knowledge in Africa.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Environmental Governance for Social Justice: Lessons Across Natural Resource Sectors in Southern Africa
Contributions are invited towards a book entitled Environmental Governance for Social Justice: Lessons Across Natural Resource Sectors in Southern Africa.
Worldwide, natural resources are faced with increasing pressures from globalization, growing consumption levels, stark disparities between the rich and the poor, and contestation for use by different stakeholders. As a result, natural resources are threatened by over-exploitation, mismanagement, degradation and pollution. These threats have had a severe impact on local communities and indigenous people, many of whom are exposed to abject poverty and who rely on natural resources for food security, income and livelihoods. An increased understanding of the complex interactions and interdependencies that exist between natural and socio-economic systems has prompted calls for alternative and innovative approaches to managing natural resources. In some cases this has included shifts from a centralized, top-down approach to a more holistic and people-centred approach that embraces the concepts of social justice, participation, poverty alleviation and human rights. In other instances, however, peoples’ rights are trammelled and the poor often find themselves the victims of autocratic policy decisions. Issues of governance underpin many of these threats and pressures, meaning both the political dimension of policy formulation as well as the ’system of rules that shape the actions of social actors’ (in Treib et al, 2007, p. 3). Environmental governance is concerned not only with government regulation and law enforcement, but also with the ’political, institutional, and cultural frameworks through which diverse interests in natural and cultural resources are coordinated and controlled’ (Cronkleton et al, 2008, p. 1). An integral part of this picture is the interaction between private and public actors to address natural resource management problems.
Despite the plethora of research undertaken on environmental governance, research has traditionally been undertaken within specific natural resource sectors and by specific disciplines with limited joint analyses and sharing of knowledge and lessons learned across these sector studies. Yet a number of interesting parallels are emerging with regard to natural resource management across coastal and land-based sectors, including:
- the role played by government in regulating access to and use of natural resources,
- an emphasis on participatory approaches to resource management,
- influences and outcomes of different institutional models of governance, including devolution,
- influences of international and regional soft law instruments on governance approaches in Southern Africa,
- the role of customary law and indigenous knowledge systems in governance,
- governance changes that occur with the commercialization of natural resources,
- approaches towards compliance that move beyond reactive law enforcement,
- the evolving institutional landscape within communities as resources become more scarce and contested,
- conservation governance and the impacts of protected areas on livelihoods,
- identification and maintenance of alternative livelihoods as a means to address poverty in resource scarce and stressed areas,
- approaches towards securing equitable and fair benefit sharing,
- the influence of globalization, corporatization and market forces on the governance of natural resources, and
- governance approaches in a time of high volatility and rapid environmental and climate change.
Contributors are invited to prepare chapters relating to these themes – or to propose new themes - to form part of a book, to be published in 2012. This stems from a project initiated by the Environmental Evaluation Unit at the University of Cape Town, working in collaboration with researchers in various disciplines across the university. The project aims to consolidate and enhance intellectual understanding, knowledge and capacity regarding environmental governance in southern Africa through collaborative trans-disciplinary research across natural resource sectors and institutions. A key interest is to bring together expertise from different sectors and disciplines to critically analyze existing concepts and approaches to environmental governance and seek models of governance that uphold principles of equity, social justice and environmental sustainability.
The book will be edited by Associate Professor Merle Sowman, Dr Rachel Wynberg and Dr Maria Hauck, all of the University of Cape Town. The publisher has not yet been finalized, although several have expressed interest.
Potential contributors should submit a 300 word abstract by 15 November 2010. Those selected for inclusion in the book will be notified by 30 November 2010.
Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to prepare an extended abstract for presentation to a writer’s workshop in Cape Town in February 2011.
Authors should note the need for papers to be integrative in nature, drawing on lessons from a variety of sectors, disciplines and/or ecosystems. Although papers can include case study reviews and material, the requirement for cross-cutting analysis is highlighted, encouraging co-authorship across sectors if appropriate.
Only original and unpublished papers will be considered and manuscripts must be in English.
Submissions from nationals in Southern African countries are especially encouraged.
A multi-disciplinary Advisory Committee will be formed to review individual chapters based on their expertise.
Please submit abstracts to: Fahdelah.Hartley@uct.ac.za
Deadline: November 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Post-doc/Senior researcher: Water, Inequality and Social Mobilisation in the Crossroads Asia region
This research component undertakes comparative research on irrigation in the Crossroads region, ranging from the Amu Darya basin and Ferghana Valley in Central Asia to the mountain areas of North Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, to the Sindh/Punjab/Haryana border region of India and Pakistan. The Crossroads region’s irrigation, backbone of its rural economies, encompasses 1) mountain and hill irrigation; 2) valley irrigation. The former are often ‘community systems’: mostly small scale, river/stream diversion systems governed and managed by communities of users with much local autonomy. Sophisticated, but not necessarily equitable, land and water rights systems have developed defining irrigations’ institutional arrangements. These production systems are part of and carry strong local (clan, caste) identities and cultures of local independence. The latter, often large scale surface irrigation system in valleys and deltas, have played an important role in government rule and state formation in the region. This took serious form as part of colonial rule,
but the expansion of state-controlled surface irrigation post-1950 is unprecedented. Pakistan has the largest contiguous irrigation system in the world; India experienced a valley and delta irrigation based green revolution; Soviet rulers transformed the Central Asian landscapes and societies for irrigated cotton cultivation. In Afghanistan this form of rule was less pronounced because of landscape and water availability, and a political history of invasion, occupation and warfare.
The research will investigate:
- Struggles over local autonomy in water resources management: comparative analysis of the sustainability, decline and transformation of local irrigation systems in response to the incorporation of irrigation communities in broader development processes (expanding state rule, ecological degradation, violent conflict, social differentiation within the communities, changes in livelihood strategies), with a focus on articulation of community identities and in (in)equality narratives (state rule and small scale irrigation in Ferghana valley; farmer managed irrigation in North Afghanistan/Northwest Pakistan under violent conflict; Indian mountain irrigation and economic globalisation).
- Encounters at the state-water user interface in large scale irrigation: 1950 marks the beginning of rapid post-independence irrigation development in India and Pakistan and the start of intensive Soviet intervention in the agricultural production systems in Central Asia.
Deadline: November 5, 2010
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security Summer Academy
UNU-EHS and the Munich Re Foundation are happy to announce the sixth annual Summer Academy on Social Vulnerability with the topic "Climate Change and Fragile States: Rethinking Adaptation". Qualified Ph.D, LLM and SJD students who have an interdisciplinary focus and are working on research or dissertations related to humanitarian and human rights law, migration studies, economics and labor migration, environmental studies, natural disasters, human security and political sciences are invited to apply for the 2011 Summer Academy.
Most participants are expected to be graduate or post-graduate students. PhD students would be ideally in their second or third year of research. However, a few places will be reserved for practitioners who wish to take a step back from their operational work to engage with young researchers on this strategic issue.
Deadline: January 15, 2011
CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Adapting to Climate Change in Vulnerable Coastal Communities (IDRC)
IDRC is seeking ideas for a limited number of research grants of up to CA$500,000. Projects should not exceed three years in duration. The Call is designed to support researchers from developing country institutions to find adaptive solutions to the water related impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities living in coastal areas. Research should emphasize alternatives that may be implemented at different scales from small communities to national level policy options. An economic analysis of the estimated costs of climate change impacts and adaptation options should be included as part of the research. Due to the differential impacts climate change and adaptation will have on women, youth, and other vulnerable groups, proposals that soundly include gender sensitive research methodologies and interventions are welcome.
Deadline: December 1, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
PUBLICATION: IFPRI 2010 Global Hunger Index
IFPRI has released its 2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI), The challenge of hunger: Focus on the crisis of child undernutrition.
As the world approaches the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which include a goal of reducing the proportion of hungry people by half – the 2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI) offers a useful and multidimensional overview of global hunger. The 2010 GHI shows some improvement over the 1990 GHI, falling by almost one-quarter. Nonetheless, the index for hunger in the world remains at a level characterized as “serious.” The result is unsurprising given that the overall number of hungry people surpassed 1 billion in 2009, even though it decreased to 925 million in 2010, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The tool below allows you to compare the 2010 GHI value from country to country. The complete report is available for download here.
FELLOWSHIP: Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship (1 Placement with CAPRi)
The mission of the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program is to develop leaders committed to finding innovative and lasting solutions to hunger and poverty worldwide. Leland Fellows are given the opportunity to develop new skills while actively working to alleviate hunger and poverty in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Fellows are placed with international and local NGOs, U.S. government development agencies, and multi-lateral organizations to address global hunger and poverty in a variety of contexts, including agriculture, school feeding, gender, climate change, health & nutrition, and business development.
The Fellowship is a two-year commitment. During the first year, Fellows work in the field researching, implementing, or evaluating development programs and initiatives. Fellows spend their second year in a policy environment, using their field experience to help inform program design and funding decisions.
One of the placements in the next class of Leland Fellows will work closely with CAPRi under the auspices of ICRAF and IFPRI on a project to examine the impacts of payment for environmental services (PES) programs on women, poor farmers, and pastoralists in East Africa. Several other CGIAR centers will host Leland Fellows as well. See the complete list of fellowship placements here.
Deadline: January 7, 2011
Monday, October 18, 2010
This Week’s Posts
EMPLOYMENT: Water Resource Environment Specialist, Islamic Development Bank. Job Purpose: Be the focal point at the level of the division and department of environmental issues related to water resource management. Hence cater with Identification , development, appraisal, supervision and administration of water resources projects having great environmental impacts. Deadline: October 15, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Sociology Researcher: Transparency and Accountability in the Nonprofit Sector. The Hertie-School of Governance in Berlin and the Centre for Social Investment, University of Heidelberg are conducting a joint research project on "Transparency and Accountability in the Nonprofit Sector", funded by the Hertie Foundation. Deadline: October 31, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: IDRC Senior Program Specialist – Agriculture and Food Security. The Senior Program Specialist will be responsible for providing intelligence related to food production science and post-harvest technology in developing countries. Deadline: November 7, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks applications from economists for 2 Washington-based positions in its Poverty Health and Nutrition Division (PHND). Deadline: November 13, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Research positions at the Maranhao State University, Brazil. The Master´s Course in Agroecology of Maranhao State University is searching for researchers in Socioeconomics/Anthropology, Microbiology/molecular biology, and Weed science.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Global Land Grabbing. The focus of the conference will be on the politics of global land grabbing and agrarian change. Papers are expected to address some of the most urgent and strategic questions around global land grab. Deadline: October 31, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: Gender and Climate Change 2011. Gender and Climate Change is an international conference that will seek to bring together the latest research in key areas of gender and climate change, to highlight impacts of climate change on women, and to draw together a body of knowledge for input into the 2011 United Nations Framework Convention and the Earth Summit 2012. Deadline: November 30, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: Global Land Grabbing
Co-organized and hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium in partnership with the Journal of Peasant Studies and the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI). This international academic conference on ‘Global Land Grabbing’ will be held on 6-8 April 2011 at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
The focus of the conference will be on the politics of global land grabbing and agrarian change. Papers are expected to address some of the most urgent and strategic questions around global land grab. Some suggested topics are below:
- (a) What changes in broad agrarian structures are emerging? Are these new forms of agrarian capitalism or repeats of the past?
- (b) What is the nature and extent of rural social differentiation – in terms of class, gender, ethnicity – following changes in land use and land property relations as well as organizations of production and exchange?
- (c) Have land deals undermined local level and national food security – or not? How, whose and to what extent?
- (d) To what extent have agrarian political struggles been provoked by the new land investment dynamics? What are the issues that unite or divide the rural poor, organized movements, and rural communities around the issue of land deals?
- (e) What are the various competing policy and political narratives and discourses around the multiple crises of food, energy, climate and finance, and how have these shaped and been reshaped by the land deal politics?
- (f) How have competing frameworks and views on land property been deployed by various camps around the contested meanings of ‘marginal lands’ (or, idle’, ‘waste’, ‘unoccupied’ lands)?
- (g) What are the emerging trends around dynamics of power, elites and corruption, and land as a source of patronage?
- (h) Have global land policies of different overseas development agencies (World Bank, FAO, EU, IFAD, and so on) contributed to facilitating/encouraging or blocking/discouraging land deals? What are the strengths and limitations of ‘code of conduct’, certification, regulation, information dissemination, and capacity-building strategies?
- (i) What are the dynamics of international politics of land grabs in the broader context of energy, mining, forestry and conservation; and the role of big capital and powerful interests?
- (j) What are some of the relevant emerging alternatives from key actors?
The organizers invite papers that offer rigorous analysis of the identified issues from various critical perspectives including agrarian political economy, political sociology and political ecology. They also encourage comparative studies. They welcome proposals for thematic panels.
Deadline: October 31, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Research positions at the Maranhao State University, Brazil
The Master´s Course in Agroecology of Maranhao State University is searching for researchers in the following fields:
- Microbiology / molecular biology
- Weed science
- Socioeconomics / anthropology
Other research fields are also possible, provided they integrate well into the general setting and are not redundant to existing capacities.
Principal requirements for the candidates are scientific productivity, and a spirit of adaptability to local conditions and challenges, whereas skills in Portuguese language and didactics can also be acquired in-situ. Different research grant modalities are or will be available.
Main activities to be developed by the candidate will be:
- Execution of innovative agroecological research, involving elaboration of funding proposals, coordination of research teams composed of students, colleagues, technicians and farmers, and publication of results;
- Supervision of students of the graduate level (`Scientific Initiation´, mainly students from agronomy but biology and others also possible) and of Master thesis projects, there is the perspective of supervision of PhD-projects in a near future. Also some lecturing in master’s and graduate courses.
The Master´s Course in Agroecology (São Luis, Maranhão State, Brazil) is dedicated to the development of ecologically, agronomically and socioeconomically sound management solutions for smallholder farming systems. They are situated in the eastern periphery of Amazonia (transition zone to dryer Northeast provinces and cerrado), its rural zone is the poorhouse of Brazil and parts have suffered severe environmental degradation. The institute currently consists of 13 researchers, comprising soil scientists (SOM, nutrient cycling, soil physics), phytopathologists (integrated pest&disease management), a botanist, an entomologist (specialized in sessile arthropods), a microbiologist (mycorrhiza and rizóbia) a.o. They have altogether 35 M.Sc.- students and another ~20 graduate students (where we also do some teaching). They have labs with basic/routine equipment (CNS autoanalyser, ICP-plasma, UV-spectrometer, basic microbiology etc.), also a ±functional genetics lab. Cooperation with other institutions (most notably Embrapa Agrobiologia, Rio de Janeiro) allows for more sophisticated analyses. Research is currently bundled in the following three general lines:
- Structure and functioning of ecosystems and agroecosystems
- Agroecological production systems
- Ecology of insects, phytopathogens and weeds in agroecosystems
Thursday, October 14, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks applications from economists for 2 positions in its Poverty Health and Nutrition Division (PHND). These positions are based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C., but would involve travel to any of the countries in which IFPRI carries out its research.
PHND’s dynamic research programs combine state-of-the-art empirical work, partnerships with developed and developing country researchers and policy dialogue with senior government officials. The successful candidate will primarily work with the team researching the impact of social protection/welfare programs that have a strong emphasis on human capital formation. In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to explore potential work on other research programs within the Division and Institute such work on gender, research on the linkages between agriculture, health and nutrition, and work on large scale maternal and child health and nutrition programs.
More information on the two positions:
- Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (depending on experience and level of seniority)
- Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow
Deadline: November 13, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: IDRC Senior Program Specialist – Agriculture and Food Security
The Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) program supports research to increase production and incomes from small-scale farming, while contributing food to rural and urban consumers of the developing world. The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund, a collaborative program of the International Development Research Centre and the Canadian International Development Agency, is an integral component of the AFS program.
The Senior Program Specialist will be responsible for providing intelligence related to food production science and post-harvest technology in developing countries. In addition to reviewing, developing, managing, monitoring and evaluating research projects; s/he will help ensure that programming includes a sound scientific approach.
Deadline: November 7, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: Gender and Climate Change 2011
Gender and Climate Change is an international conference that will seek to bring together the latest research in key areas of gender and climate change, to highlight impacts of climate change on women, and to draw together a body of knowledge for input into the 2011 United Nations Framework Convention (COP 17) and the Earth Summit 2012.
The complex couplings between human and natural systems that must be understood to respond to climate change, demands a robustly multi- and interdisciplinary approach to research. Furthermore, attention to the differential gendered impacts and opportunities of climate change requires a deeply intersectional approach in which the relevance of factors such as class and race are considered alongside gender. For this reason, the theme of this conference, recognizes the importance of engaging experts from multiple disciplines and engaging local and indigenous knowledges to address critical gender and climate change issues. Strong partnerships among researchers, policy-makers, and community stakeholders are essential for identifying and implementing promising, sustainable solutions that are relevant to the people who are most affected.
Deadline: November 30, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Water Resource Environment Specialist, Islamic Development Bank
Be the focal point at the level of the division and department of environmental issues related to water resource management. Hence cater with Identification , development, appraisal, supervision and administration of water resources projects having great environmental impacts.
The position holder will also contribute to designing and implementing environmentally sound policies and procedures at the level of the division, department and the Operation Complex
Analyze environmental plans and institutional framework in IDB member countries with respect to IDB and strategic framework
Provide advices to IDB operations teams on strategies and measures to anticipate and minimize on water resources projects.
Provide sector insights in country dialogues inside and outside the Department
Identify, assess, prepare and monitor application of environmental safeguards policies within the division, the department and the Operation Complex in coordination with other interested entities.
Identification of water resources and environment project.
Appraise water resources and environment projects and programs for lending and supervise implementation including reviewing and clearing related procurement and disbursement requests
Prepare project completion reports, with the help of the Borrower at the completion of each project
Monitor the project implementation in collaboration with the Executing Agency.
Play an important role in disseminating and sharing knowledge inside the Division, Department and Operation Complex.
Provide advisory and technical services to peer colleagues, divisions and Departments in water resources and environment related issues
Provide advices to IDB operations teams on strategies and measures to anticipate and minimize future impacts from adverse environmental effects (such as climate change conditions) on water resources projects.
Collect, analyse and process environmental information on water resources, use the related records and documents in order to produce progress reports to ensure awareness of the latest trends in the related area, and help in the preparation of presentations, speeches, papers, etc.
Deadline: October 15, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Water Resources Management Specialist, African Development Bank
The key objective of African Water Facility is to mobilize resources, and finance investment facilitating activities and infrastructure capital investment in the Water sector in Africa. The broad areas of Intervention cover the following: (a) Strengthening water governance by improving the enabling environment and strengthening water resources management at community, national and regional level; (b) Investments to meet water needs through the provision of capital grants for small-scale water infrastructure projects with a focus on innovation leading to increased follow-on investments;(c) Strengthening the financial base by improving the environment for sustainable financing and increased availability and access to financing in the water sector; (d) Improving water knowledge by establishing or strengthening systems and mechanisms to ensure the availability of vital data and information for planning, design and management of water sector programmes.
Specific objectives are to: Plan, organize and carry out activities related to projects and programs identification, preparation, appraisal implementation and supervision in the above areas, in all African countries; Undertake studies on issues regarding the water sector development and related areas; Provide advice and technical assistance in Water Resources Management to African Countries Support AMCOW in its efforts of resource mobilization for the AWF; and Ensure coordination and synergy with all other partners and donors in the Water sector in Africa.
Deadline: October 15, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Sociology Researcher: Transparency and Accountability in the Nonprofit Sector
The Hertie-School of Governance (Hertie School) in Berlin and the Centre for Social Investment, University of Heidelberg (www.csi.uni-hd.de) are conducting a joint research project on "Transparency and Accountability in the Nonprofit Sector", funded by the Hertie Foundation. The Hertie School has one immediate opening for the position of Researcher – Sociology (for doctoral research under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Helmut K. Anheier). They are looking for a highly motivated candidate who is interested to conduct research on the accountability and transparency behavior of German (at a later stage also European) nonprofit organizations in the context of current accountability frameworks. The incumbent would become part of a Berlin and Heidelberg-based team and work in an interdisciplinary environment.
Deadline: October 31, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
This Week’s Posts
EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow. IFPRI seeks a qualified Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow to lead the Institute’s research program on “Governance for Agriculture and Rural Development”. Deadline: October 30, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Associate Researcher, Governance and Capacity Group, IGES. The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is a research institute that conducts pragmatic and innovative strategic policy research to support sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. Deadline: October 31, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Assistant Professor in Legal Anthropology, McGill University. McGill University, Department of Anthropology seeks a full-time tenure-track assistant professor in legal anthropology with a strong research and publication record based on ethnographic field research. Deadline: November 15, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural Economist Opportunities with CIMMYT. CIMMYT seek agricultural economists to join their international team of scientists who work to improve the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world. Positions are based in Mexico, South Asia, and Ethiopia. Deadline: November 15, 2010
FELLOWSHIP: Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS). Approximately 10 fellowships (up to $1,000 each) will be provided to select graduate students, postdoctoral associates, junior faculty members, and other junior researchers around the world to defray expenses associated with attending the meeting. Deadline: October 25, 2010
FELLOWSHIP: The Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois. The Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois offers a three-year, $52,000/year post-doctoral fellowship. Deadline: November 29, 2010
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Scaling-up Rural Innovation Programme (IDRC). Eligible institutions are research institutes, public and private universities, academic institutions, non-governmental development agencies, private organizations and local associations involved in rural development processes in Latin America. Deadline: November 1, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: South-South Cooperation, India, Africa and Food Security: Between the Summits. Papers that will explore key areas related to Indian engagement in African agricultural and related sectors are invited. Deadline: October 15, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: Water Alternatives Special Issue on Policies, Politics & Realities of Small Irrigation Dams in the Rural South. The focus of this special issue of Water Alternatives is on small scale dams for multiple uses -including irrigation- that assume or involve some kind of communal management by a group of individuals or a local organization. Deadline: November 15, 2010
PUBLICATION: Opportunities and challenges of community-based rural drinking water supplies. A new IFPRI discussion paper analyzes water and sanitation committees in Ghana.
ONLINE RESOURCES: Perceptions of Long-Term Risk and Environmental Decision-Making. A paper and humorous video illustrating some patterns of environmental decision-making that lead people to overlook warnings about potential environmental dangers.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Scaling-up Rural Innovation Programme (IDRC)
IDRC, under the Scaling-up Rural Innovation Programme (Programa para el Escalamiento de Innovaciones Rurales - PEIR), jointly financed with IFAD, calls for the submission of proposals for action research projects in selected countries of Latin America. They will be allocating up to $300,000 Canadian dollars (CAD) for a period of 1.5 years for outstanding research projects aimed at supporting scaling up innovations for rural poverty reduction. Eligible institutions are research institutes, public and private universities, academic institutions, non-governmental development agencies, private organizations and local associations involved in rural development processes in Latin America.
Deadline: November 1, 2010
FELLOWSHIP: Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS)
With support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS-Net) is pleased to call for applications for 2011 CHANS Fellowships. The selected CHANS Fellows will present posters or give talks in accepted symposia at the 2011 AAAS meeting and attend the symposium "Telecoupling of Human and Natural Systems" and a number of other related symposia. They will have opportunities to interact with the speakers at the symposia who are active in CHANS research, to learn the latest developments in CHANS research, and to build professional networks with other attendees. The symposia will be held at the annual meeting of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) in Washington, D.C., from February 17-21, 2011.
Approximately 10 fellowships (up to $1,000 each) will be provided to select graduate students, postdoctoral associates, junior faculty members, and other junior researchers around the world to defray expenses associated with attending the meeting. Applications will be judged on the merits of the applicants' abstracts, financial need, and professional backgrounds and goals.
Deadline: October 25, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: Water Alternatives Special Issue on Policies, Politics & Realities of Small Irrigation Dams in the Rural South
The focus of this special issue of Water Alternatives is on small scale dams for multiple uses -including irrigation- that assume or involve some kind of communal management by a group of individuals or a local organization (namely small reservoirs and micro-dams in sub-Saharan and North Africa, tanks in South Asia, açudes in Northeast Brazil, etc); rather than on individual/privately-led initiatives.
Papers are invited bringing insights from different regions of the world, and notably sub-Saharan and North Africa, South Asia, and Latin America on the following topics:
- Dynamics and challenges of knowledge production on small multipurpose dams;
- Global discourses and politics of small reservoirs development and management (roles and interactions between international agencies, national government and local communities);
- Linkages between small irrigation dams and broader policy trends (decentralization, IWRM);
- Small dams and land dynamics (incl. land planning and multiple tenure systems);
- Local politics and institutional arrangements for the management of small dam-based irrigation projects (including the determinants and challenges of collective action for water management and the impacts of private initiative on communally managed irrigation);
- Poverty and equity (incl. gender) dimensions of small reservoirs;
- Multiple dimensions and uses of small dam based irrigation projects;
- Economics of small reservoirs and socio-political limitations of economic-based assessment;
Deadline: November 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
PUBLICATION: Opportunities and challenges of community-based rural drinking water supplies
A new IFPRI discussion paper analyzes water and sanitation committees in Ghana.
Providing safe drinking water in rural areas is a major challenge because it is not easy to establish institutional arrangements that will ensure that drinking water facilities are provided, maintained, and managed in an efficient, equitable, and sustainable way. Like many other countries, Ghana has adopted a community-based approach to meet this challenge. Community-based water and sanitation committees (WATSANs) are in charge of managing drinking water facilities at the local level. They are supported by water and sanitation teams of each district administration and by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, an independent agency that has been created to facilitate the community-based approach. This paper is based on the analysis of two survey datasets of WATSANs and households in rural Ghana. The paper confirms some findings of the earlier literature on this topic. For example, communities that have a higher level of existing community groups are more likely to have functioning WATSANs, while ethnically diverse communities are less likely to have these organizations. The paper also indicates that WATSANs have a positive effect on the mobilization of payment for water services. Using empirical data on local leaders, the paper shows that leadership also matters for the provision of safe drinking water. In particular, the paper suggests that female leaders seem to be effective in this respect.
ONLINE RESOURCES: Perceptions of Long-Term Risk and Environmental Decision-Making
Students in a Climate and Society course at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs recently made this short video illustrating some patterns of environmental decision-making that lead people to overlook warnings about potential environmental dangers.
Elke Weber’s paper on “Experience-Based and Description-Based Perceptions of Long-Term Risk: Why Global Warming does not Scare Us (Yet)” explores the subject in greater detail.
It should come as no surprise that the governments and citizenries of many countries show little concern about climate change and its consequences. Behavioral decision research over the last 30 years provides a series of lessons about the importance of affect in perceptions of risk and in decisions to take actions that reduce or manage perceived risks. Evidence from a range of domains suggests that worry drives risk management decisions. When people fail to be alarmed about a risk or hazard, they do not take precautions. Recent personal experience strongly influences the evaluation of a risky option. Low-probability events generate less concern than their probability warrants on average, but more concern than they deserve in those rare instances when they do occur. Personal experience with noticeable and serious consequences of global warming is still rare in many regions of the world. When people base their decisions on statistical descriptions about a hazard provided by others, characteristics of the hazard identified as psychological risk dimensions predict differences in alarm or worry across different classes of risk. The time-delayed, abstract, and often statistical nature of the risks of global warming does not evoke strong visceral reactions. These results suggest that we should find ways to evoke visceral reactions towards the risk of global warming, perhaps by simulations of its concrete future consequences for people’s home or other regions they visit or value. Increased concern about global warming needs to solicited carefully, however, to prevent a decrease in concern about other relevant risks. The generation of worry or concern about global warming may be a necessary but not sufficient condition for desirable or appropriate protective or mitigating behavior on part of the general public.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
FELLOWSHIP: The Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois
The Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois offers a three-year, $52,000/year post-doctoral fellowship (plus $25K research funds, health coverage and some moving expenses covered). Applicants interested in an association with The Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative (SDEP) at Beckman are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: November 29, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Associate Researcher, Governance and Capacity Group, IGES
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), established by an initiative of the Japanese Government in 1998, is a research institute that conducts pragmatic and innovative strategic policy research to support sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.
IGES’s Governance and Capacity Group will conduct policy analysis and make policy recommendations regarding governance and capacity issues related to the promotion of sustainable development in Asia. In particular, during the Fifth Phase, the following issues will be main focus areas:
- Global governance, focusing on strategies for Rio+20
- Regional and National Governance and Environmental Cooperation in East Asia (broadly defined)
- Trans-boundary Air Pollution (focusing on domestic factors influencing the potential for international cooperation in East Asia)
- Biofuels (policies and environmental, economic, and social impacts in East Asia)
- Environmentally Sustainable Consumption
- Local governance
- Participatory Environment Decision Making
Research will be conducted on the above topics in cooperation with various institutes in the Asia-Pacific region, while keeping close connections with international organisations such as the United Nations Environmental Programme, the Government of Japan, as well as with governments and organizations in other related countries.
Deadline: October 31, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: Assistant Professor in Legal Anthropology, McGill University
McGill University, Department of Anthropology seeks a full-time tenure-track assistant professor in legal anthropology with a strong research and publication record based on ethnographic field research. The appointment is to begin August 1, 2011. The Department is especially interested in applicants with research backgrounds in the following: human rights, development, humanitarian intervention, and other transnational normative structures; legal pluralism; emergent and contested identities; conflict and social control; and the shaping of public opinion and public policy. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand, will be expected to develop a competitive, externally-funded research program involving graduate students, and contribute actively to teaching and service. Area of specialization is open, though some preference will be given to those candidates working in Asia (particularly South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia) and Africa (particularly West and South Africa).
Deadline: November 15, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow to lead the Institute’s research program on “Governance for Agriculture and Rural Development”. The goal of the program, which is housed in IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division (DSGD), is to conduct cutting-edge research on the governance challenges of agricultural and rural development. Examples of research topics include the role that governance reforms such as decentralization, community and female empowerment and public sector management reform can play in improving the access of the poor high-quality agricultural and rural services and infrastructure; institutions and regulation in the agricultural sector; land administration; the political economy of food, agricultural and natural resource management policies; and research-policy linkages.
Deadline: October 30, 2010 (or until filled)
EMPLOYMENT: Agricultural Economist Opportunities with CIMMYT
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seek agricultural economists to join thier international team of scientists who work to improve 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, you will help create new opportunities for resource-poor farmers, help the CIMMYT team and decision makers 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 in different regions and working closely with biophysical scientists. Please see the links below for more information on the specific positions.
- Agricultural Economist – Scientist or Associate Scientist (2 vacancies) to be based at the CIMMYT campus in Texcoco, Mexico, located 45 km northeast of Mexico City, and work in Latin America (mainly Central America and Mexico).
- Agricultural Economist – Associate Scientist to be based in Bangladesh or Nepal, and considerable fieldwork and travel within the region will be part of your assignment.
- Agricultural Economist – Post-doctoral Fellow or Associate Scientist to be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but with considerable fieldwork and travel in eastern Africa.
Deadline (all positions): November 15, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: South-South Cooperation, India, Africa and Food Security: Between the Summits
Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai, 10- 11 January, 2011
While analyzing the current scenario prospects of closer interactions and related challenges too need to be looked at. How can we strengthen genuine attempts to promote South-South Cooperation and avoid neo-colonial manoeuvres for exploiting African resources for India’s own benefits? How can we strengthen a new and different cooperation model for South-South cooperation and avoid repeating the same mistakes of traditional cooperation?
The interregnum period between the 2008 India-Africa Summit and forthcoming 2011 Summit provides us with an opportunity to deliberate on all these issues.
Within this broad remit we expect papers that will explore key areas related to Indian engagement in African agricultural and related sectors. The themes include:
- Indian private companies (case studies)
- Exim Bank’s engagement
- Indian public sector engagement
- Food security, democracy and good governance
- Role of civil society and media
- Role of regional organizations
- Food security and gender
- Food security and conflict
- Importing Green Revolution
- Bio-fuels and Food security
- Need for a legal framework
- Capacity building and technology transfer
- India-Africa South-South Cooperation framework
The conference will be of an interdisciplinary nature. Empirical case studies are particularly welcome.
Abstracts of about 500 words and a CV of two pages with contact details should be sent as a single word file to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: October 15, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
This Week’s Posts
EMPLOYMENT: Half-Time Consultancy as a Gender Resource Specialist (RDI). The Rural Development Institute is accepting expressions of interest for a half-time consultancy as a Gender Resource Specialist on a USAID-funded, oneyear project in Nakuru and the Mau Forest region of Kenya. Deadline: October 7, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: PhD Researchers in “Grounding Land Governance”. The African Studies Centre in Leiden has vacancies for 3 PhD researchers in the “Grounding Land Governance” programme. Deadline: October 10, 2010
EMPLOYMENT: IFAD Country Programme Manager. IFAD’s West and Central Africa (WCA) Division is currently recruiting 3 Country Programme Managers, based in Rome or West/Central Africa with the responsibility for managing the country programme(s) as assigned by the Director. Deadline: October 23, 2010
FELLOWSHIPS: Sustainability Science Program at Harvard’s Center for International Development. The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University's Center for International Development invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the University's academic year beginning in September 2011. Deadline: December 1, 2010
CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development. The journal seeks to publish high quality articles on immovable cultural heritage and its role in sustainable development, as well as the sustainable development of immovable cultural heritage.
TRAINING: Design & Management of Interactive Learning in Rural Innovation. International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) offers a 3-week course focusing on enhancing the competencies to trigger, facilitate, and coach experiential, interactive learning in rural innovation. Deadline: November 1, 2010
EVENT: IASC 2011 - Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future. Registration is now open for the 13th Biennial conference of the International Association for Study of the Commons: IASC 2011 - Sustaining Commons: Sustaining our Future. The event will take place in Hyderabad, India, 10-14 January, 2011. Deadline: October 15, 2010
PUBLICATIONS: Journal of Peasant Studies Special Issue on The Politics of Biofuels, Land and Agrarian Change. The Journal of Peasant Studies Special Issue on the Politics of Biofuels, Land, and Agrarian Change is available for FREE download for a limited time. The issue addresses key questions on biofuels within agrarian political economy, political sociology and political ecology.
PUBLICATION: Sustainable Juruti: A Proposed Model for Mining and Local Development. Recent paper presented at the 6th. Brazilian Mining Congress proposes a model to promote an agenda of sustainability with regard to the installation of an Alcoa Bauxite Mine.
ONLINE RESOURCE: AidData for Tracking Development Finance. AidData attempts to capture the universe of development finance and foreign aid, increase the value of data by providing more descriptive information about development activities, provide data in an accessible format, and strengthen efforts to improve donor and recipient strategic planning and coordination.
EMPLOYMENT: IFAD Country Programme Manager
IFAD’s Programme Management Department (PMD) is responsible for the overall lending programme of the Fund, and is composed of five (5) regional divisions and a Technical Advisory Services Division. The West and Central Africa (WCA) Division is currently recruiting Country Programme Managers, based in Rome or West/Central Africa with responsibilities provided below.
Under the overall supervision and strategic, policy and management guidance of the divisional Director WCA, the Country Programme Manager will be responsible for managing the country programme(s) as assigned by the Director. Specifically, the incumbent will be required to:
- Lead and manage the development and implementation of medium to longer-term strategies for IFAD’s collaboration with governments and other national stakeholders for rural poverty reduction.
- Lead the design and supervision of the IFAD-financed programmes assigned by the Director. Support their effective implementation with a view to maximising development effectiveness, impact and sustainable development results. Analyse relevant information and assist in the periodic evaluation of results achieved.
- Play a catalytic role in the development of pro-poor rural poverty reduction policies and in enabling the rural poor to advocate for institutional transformation.
- Build effective partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders in rural poverty reduction, including government and non-governmental institutions, bilateral and multilateral financing institutions, civil society organisations, research centres and the private sector.
- Lead loan and grant negotiations with the borrowing and donor governments, in accordance with IFAD’s lending policies and criteria.
- Promote knowledge management and learning in IFAD’s country programmes. Promote innovative approaches to poverty reduction and collaborate with partner institutions to facilitate their replication and scaling up.
- Contribute effectively to the IFAD organizational change agenda, with particular reference to issues related to the IFAD direct supervision modalities.
Deadline: October 23, 2010