Sunday, January 30, 2011

 

CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

IDRC is pleased to announce the 2011 Call for Concept Notes as part of the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund.

The deadline for submission of concept notes is March 23, 2011. Project budgets under the upcoming call will be in the range of CA$1 to $5 million.

Notable changes from the 2010 CIFSRF Call for Concept notes include:

Read the Call for Concept Notes and related documents. The online application will be available for six weeks on the CIFSRF website, starting Wednesday, February 9, 2011 and closing Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

The CIFSRF is a 5-year, CA$62-million fund that supports research partnerships between Canadian and developing-country research organizations for applied research to find lasting solutions to fight hunger and food insecurity in the developing world. The Fund is a core element of CIDA’s Food Security Strategy and of IDRC’s food security programming priorities.

More information.

Deadline: March 23, 2011

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development announces two SPECIAL TOPIC Calls for Papers.

1. The Essential Principles of Small- and Mid-Scale Food Value Chain Development -- Manuscripts are due February 15, 2011

    Food value chains (FVCs) are a hot topic among agriculture and food systems development professionals. In FVCs, farmers and ranchers are treated as strategic partners, not as interchangeable — and exploitable — input suppliers. Values-based food supply chains (value chains) are strategic alliances between farms, ranches, and other supply-chain partners who distribute rewards equitably across the supply chain. They can include farm-to-institutions (schools, hospitals, prisons), multiproducer processors and wholesalers, multifarm CSAs, food hubs, food webs and networks, and the like. All partners in these business alliances recognize that creating maximum value for the product depends on significant interdependence, collaboration, and mutual support. [1]

    Papers can explore specific components within a chain (a farmer co-op or association), interactions of two or more links in a chain (farmers, wholesalers, processors, retailers, and eaters), or an entire chain. Examples include:

    • Case studies of successful or failed FVC programs
    • Research and education strategies that help build  resilient FVCs
    • How are FVCs playing a role in rural development?
    • The role of FVCs in increasingly multifunctional rural landscapes
    • Systematic analyses of key differences between FVCs and traditional food supply chains
    • Local and global FVCs: influence of globalization on FVCs; should these be accepted or mediated?
    • Overview analysis of the values chain sector (comparisons or outcomes across many cases)
    • Implications of new food safety legislation on values chains
    • Storage and transportation logistics
    • Branding and geographical identity
    • Performance and impact analysis
    • Scaling up
    • Building trust and transparency
    Business planning and/or record-keeping.

2. Food System Planning Theory and Practice -- Manuscripts are due April 20, 2011

Food Systems Planning is a nascent field in the planning profession. Until recently, planners have largely ignored the food production, distribution, and consumption sectors, considering them to be issues of the free market. However, bolstered by growing societal concerns about the equity and environmental sustainability of the global food system, planners are becoming increasingly engaged in local efforts to analyze and address food system challenges and opportunities.

    In additional to planning professionals, food system planning is increasingly practiced by architects, landscape architects, and a growing number of nongovernmental organizations and public agencies. In this special topic focus, we encourage practicing planners and other professionals who are engaged in food system planning, as well as planning scholars and students, to submit applied research–based papers such as case studies, surveys, focus groups and the like as well as commentary and reflective essays on a wide range of topics.

    Examples of topics include food deserts, swamps, and oases; siting of community gardens and public, farmers' and mobile markets,; development of food oases; innovations in emergency food assistance; retail access; regional planning and economic development related to farm and agribusiness retention and expansion; mapping of food distribution systems; farmland protection; metropolitan agriculture; food policy councils; or integrating food policy into state and federal agencies. As there is little attention paid to their work in the literature, rural planners are especially encouraged to submit manuscripts.

More information.

Deadline: February 15 or April 20, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Land Portal Coordinator (ILC)

The International Land Coalition and Landtenure.info have formed a partnership to create a Land Portal, an accessible, easy-to-use online platform to share land related information, monitor trends, and identify information gaps to promote effective and sustainable land governance. This partnership is also open to other land-related organisations interested in becoming actively engaged in the Land Portal development.

The recruitment process for the Land Portal Coordinator is now open. She/He will be hired by the International Land Coalition (www.landcoalition.org) acting as partner of the Land Portal partnership.

The Land Portal Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the implementation, maintenance, visibility and expansion of the Land Portal, currently under construction.

More information.

Deadline: February 25, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Fair and Green? Social impacts of payments for environmental services in Costa Rica (IIED)

Costa Rica’s pioneering programme of payments for environmental services (PES) which began in the 1990s was a unique experiment in developing countries at that time. Under the PES programme, economic recognition of forests moved from a ‘timber-only’ approach to a wider concept of ecosystem services that feeds directly into human and industrial functions of production or consumption. Farmers who owned forests could receive payments for the benefits their forests produced, and people who benefited from those services were expected to pay for them. But who really benefits and loses from these programmes? A clearer understanding of distributional issues in PES-type projects is becoming increasingly important for the design of large scale projects such as REDD+, in Costa Rica and elsewhere. This study looks in detail at the social impacts of the programme, and addresses issues related to equity and poverty on the basis of long-term data from all the PES contracts signed. Results show that the payments tend to go to areas with lower opportunity costs, relatively large farms and private companies and suggest that more needs to be done for PES to have genuine social and economic benefits for the poor. The report concludes by recommending steps that could be taken to help make this happen.

Publication available here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Africa Regional Node Coordinator, International Land Coalition. A coordinator for the African Regional Node will be based in Rwanda, hosted in Kigali by Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development (RISD), one of ILC’s civil society members in Africa. Deadline: January 30, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Executive Director, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests. RECOFTC is an international not‐for profit organization that specialises in capacity building for community forestry and devolved forest management. Deadline: March 6, 2011

FELLOWSHIPS: Hertie School of Governance -- Post-Docs in Governance and Methodology. The two fellowships offer an opportunity for qualified post-docs or advanced pre-docs to contribute to the development of original governance indicators as part of the annual Hertie School Governance Report. Deadline: January 31, 2011

FELLOWSHIPS: CSRP Fellowships in African Climate Science. The Call for Applications is extended to climate researchers and applied climate scientists/practitioners working in the field of African climate variability and change. Applicants must be resident nationals of an African country and the fellowship must be hosted at an African institute. Deadline: February 4, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: SANDEE Sir Partha Dasgupta Fellowship in Environment and Development Economics. The objective of the Fellowship is to provide researchers with space and time to think and write about issues Sir Partha has worked on in environment and development economics, including game theory, welfare economics, poverty, and nutrition. Deadline: February 21, 2011

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. Deadline: March 1, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Living Realities of Legal Pluralism’. This jubilee congress will highlight the state-of-the-art in legal pluralism studies, looking back on the achievements of thirty years, and looking ahead to developments in the coming decades. Deadline: February 15, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Transformation of the role of the State and new instruments of public action. An international seminar on “Transformation of the role of the State and new instruments of public action” will be held on 5-6 May 2011 at University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. Deadline: February 15, 2011

PUBLICATION: Gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: Differentiated pathways out of poverty. A new United Nations interagency report on the gender dimension of agricultural work says women still benefit less than men from rural employment and face new challenges due to the current economic and food crises.

PUBLICATION: ILC Global Study on Commercial Pressures on Land. A new set of research studies explores the growing wave of large-scale international and domestic land acquisitions and the factors that are driving demand for investments in land.

PUBLICATION: Ethiopian Agricultural Cooperatives in an Era of Global Commodity Exchange: Does Organisational Form Matter?

VIDEOS: Competing For Water. The Competing for Water programme is a collaborative research programme which has documented the extent, intensity and nature of water-related conflict and cooperation occurring over a 10-year period in Bolivia, Mali, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Zambia.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Africa Regional Node Coordinator, International Land Coalition

The International Land Coalition (ILC) is a global alliance working to promote access to land for people who are landless or have insecure land rights. The membership of ILC is made up of inter-governmental organisations, and organisations of civil society, including NGOs, social movements, producer organisations and research institutions (www.landcoalition.org/members). The global secretariat of ILC is based in Rome, and carries the responsibility to provide support to the coalition in the implementation of the strategic plan.

At regional level, ILC is organised into regional platforms. This provides opportunities for national and regional members to strengthen their ownership of the coalition and ensures that the actions of ILC are more relevant to the specific regional contexts.

The regions are coordinated by a node for ILC. A coordinator for the African Regional Node will be based in Rwanda, hosted in Kigali by Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development (RISD), one of ILC’s civil society members in Africa.

Terms of Reference

The Coordinator of the ILC Africa node will be accountable to the steering committee for Africa through the host of the node. She/he will work on a daily basis under the direct supervision of the head of the host institution, RISD. The coordinator will liaise with the Rome based secretariat in the operation of his/her duties, and will oversee ILC contracts in the region related to the implementation of the regional plan of work. Interested candidates must have excellent communication skills, networking experience at the international and regional level, involving
complex relationships between countries, donors, NGOs/CSOs, and public. Interested candidates must be able to demonstrate a passion for, and understanding of, land reform including land rights and development issues. The Coordinator of the Africa node will enhance ILC’s role in addressing challenges related to promoting secure access to land for women and men on the continent by performing the following tasks:

  1. Supporting the development and implementation of annual workplans for ILC Africa
    Platform
  2. Supporting the design of ILC initiatives in the region
  3. Facilitating the functioning of the ILC Africa Steering Committee
  4. Establishing communication systems to transmit information between ILC secretariat, ILC Africa Platform, ILC sub-regional nodes and other members of ILC in a timely manner
  5. Facilitating networking among members, supporting land knowledge generation to foster lesson learning and information sharing, including the database and website
  6. Coordinating and facilitating members relationships to better establish priorities and form common platforms necessary to increase the capacity of members to engage in advocacy, capacity building and research on land issues
  7. Facilitating the engagement of members in local, national, continental and global processes, of the International Land Coalition
  8. Promoting ILC and facilitating entry into membership of ILC an increased diversity of organisations working on land issues in Africa
  9. Increasing the visibility of ILC in the region and establishing strategic alliances with other relevant African organisations
  10. Initiating and supporting ILC fundraising initiatives and donor relationships in the region, especially those supporting the node and its activities
  11. Instituting systems for, and facilitating, monitoring and evaluation of the regionalisation process

Requirements

The coordinator is expected to meet the following requirements:

The following competencies are required

Terms of contract

A full and attractive package will be offered on a two year contract basis, renewable annually. All aspects relating to the recruitment, contracting and housing of the coordinator will be overseen by Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development, as the current host organisation of the ILC Africa Regional Node. The position is open to candidates from any African country, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should send their Letter of Intent and Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the host of
the ILC Africa Region Node Coordinator at kairabaa@risdrwanda.org. Please include the names
and full latest contact information for three references.

Deadline: January 30, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIPS: CSRP Fellowships in African Climate Science

African climate researchers and applied scientists are invited to apply for CSRP Fellowships in African climate science.

The fellowships are offered as part of the Climate Science Research Partnership (CSRP) between the Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK government. The CSRP aims are to improve the understanding and prediction of African climate on monthly, seasonal and decadal timescales and to strengthen climate science capacity in Africa.

The Call for Applications is extended to climate researchers and applied climate scientists/practitioners working in the field of African climate variability and change. Applicants must be resident nationals of an African country and the fellowship must be hosted at an African institute.

Three types of Fellowships are available:

Through the CSRP Fellowships, successful applicants will have the opportunity to use CSRP research outputs (e.g. output from Hadley Centre climate and seasonal prediction models) to further their own research or applications project, interact with MOHC scientists and contribute to the overall CSRP research objectives.

More information.

Deadline: February 4, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Living Realities of Legal Pluralism’

The Jubilee Congress of the Commission on Legal Pluralism will be held at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 8-10 September, 2011. The commission has issued a call for papers on the theme of “Living Realities of Legal Pluralism”.

The disciplines of anthropology and law have long recognized the existence of other law-like phenomena than those created and maintained by national governments. The Commission on Legal Pluralism was established in 1981 for the purpose of investigating ‘folk law’ and the interactions taking place between legal systems that often originated under colonialism. In the years since its founding, the Commission has held fifteen international conferences and branched into topics including religious law, property law, project law, global law, the study of dispute resolution, and governance. It has interacted with indigenous, ethnic and social groups, and given voice to practitioners. Most of all, it has striven to further knowledge and understanding on ‘living realities of legal pluralism’.

This jubilee congress will highlight the state-of-the-art in legal pluralism studies, looking back on the achievements of thirty years, and looking ahead to developments in the coming decades. It brings together a range of international scholars from many countries, and academics and practitioners from the southern African region, who are grappling with the realities of plural law.

The conference distinguishes six sub-themes that stand at the interface of past and present. These include:

  1. Reappraising legal pluralism – models and practices
  2. Governance and the politics of order: negotiating legitimacy
  3. Property relations
  4. Human rights and development
  5. Law, custom and religion
  6. Legal Pluralism, Science, and Technology

More information (pdf).

Deadline: February 15, 2011

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PUBLICATION: Gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: Differentiated pathways out of poverty

A new United Nations interagency report on the gender dimension of agricultural work says women still benefit less than men from rural employment and face new challenges due to the current economic and food crises.

The publication is structured into three main parts: Part 1 is an overview provided by Marzia Fontana (Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex) with Cristina Paciello (University of Rome “La Sapienza”) presenting issues related to gender equality and rural employment for poverty reduction, that includes the construction of a gender analytical framework across regions and contexts. This section also identifies appropriate policy responses and gender based constraints to the achievement of decent work for all. Part 2 outlines and analyses key issues from the forty papers presented at the workshop, and provides abstracts of all those papers. Finally Part 3 offers a selection of six workshop papers that cover thematic areas of particular relevance to discussions about gender and rural employment.

Download the full report or its accompanying policy briefs at this site.

 

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.

In principle, IDRC supports research on all parts of the developing regions of the world. At this time, Fellowships and Awards is not supporting awards which involve research in Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Eastern Europe or Central Asia.

More information.

Deadline: March 1, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Executive Director, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests

RECOFTC – the Center for People and Forests ‐ is an international not‐for profit organization that specialises in capacity building for community forestry and devolved forest management. RECOFTC engages in strategic networks and effective partnerships with governments, non‐governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, local people, and research institutions throughout the Asia‐Pacific Region and beyond. RECOFTC focuses its efforts on six countries – Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

RECOFTC has a policy of term limits for its Executive Director – currently two successive five year terms. As the current Executive Director is nearing the end of his final term, RECOFTC is currently seeking a new Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and build on its more than 20 years of experience in capacity building through targeted training, research and analysis and demonstration projects.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: March 6, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: SANDEE Sir Partha Dasgupta Fellowship in Environment and Development Economics

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) announces the Sir Partha Dasgupta Fellowship in Environment and Development Economics for 2011. Sir Partha Dasgupta is one of the founders of SANDEE, a research network hosted by ICIMOD in Kathmandu, Nepal. SANDEE's mandate is to support research and training in environment and development economics in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

In honor of Prof. Dasgupta's contribution to Environment and Development Economics in South Asia, SANDEE is offering an annual Research and Writing Fellowship. The objective of the Fellowship is to provide researchers with space and time to think and write about issues Sir Partha has worked on in environment and development economics, including game theory, welfare economics, poverty, and nutrition.

The Fellowship will include: a) an honorarium for the duration of 2 months to cover living, accommodation, and related expenses in Nepal; b) economy-class return air fare; c) desk space in the SANDEE office.

The Fellowship is open to individuals with a Ph.D. in Economics and a demonstrated research record. We would also consider proposals from small teams of researchers who want to undertake joint research. Researchers working on South Asian environmental issues will be given priority. The Fellowship can be used to finish papers or to start new research. Researchers are expected to participate in a limited manner in on-going SANDEE activities during their stay in Nepal. This may include reviewing a few papers or making presentations on their work. While researchers are expected to spend the Fellowship with SANDEE, we would consider requests to split time between SANDEE and any other appropriate institution in South Asia.

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application by February 21st 2011 to application@sandeeonline.org by e-mail. Your application should include (i) a cover letter indicating your interest and period of availability, (ii) a one or more page description of the research you plan to undertake, and (iii) a short CV indicating your research publications.

Deadline: February 21, 2011

 

VIDEOS: Competing For Water

Several months ago we posted 2 videos from the Competing for Water Programme of the Danish Institute for International Studies showing some of the findings of their research on water-related conflict and cooperation. A third video has since been made available. All three are highly relevant to CAPRi so we post the whole series below. The Competing for Water programme is a collaborative research programme which has documented the extent, intensity and nature of water-related conflict and cooperation occurring over a 10-year period in one district in each of the following countries: Bolivia, Mali, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Zambia.

Competing for Water - when more water leads to conflict.

Competing for Water - when new powerful users emerge.

Competing for Water - the challenge of local water governance. (Available in Spanish)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: ILC Global Study on Commercial Pressures on Land

A new set of research studies – available now on the International Land Coalition (ILC) website – explores the growing wave of large-scale international and domestic land acquisitions and the factors that are driving demand for investments in land. The studies examine how changes in demand for food, energy and natural resources, along with liberalisation of trade regimes, are making the competition for land increasingly global and unequal.

The studies aim to shed light on the implications of various trends and practices -- such as rising food consumption, increasing commodity prices, demand for feedstock for agrofuels, carbon-trading mechanisms, and rent seeking and speculation – for small-scale producers and communities.

Through partnerships with a broad group of research institutions, civil society organizations and independent researchers, ILC led the development of over 30 studies under its Commercial Pressures on Land Initiative.  The research project began in 2008 in response to the growing food price crisis and rising concerns expressed by many ILC members. Two ILC members – Agter and CIRAD - respectively developed the initial conceptual framework and provided technical assistance to all the parties involved throughout the process. The release of the individual studies will soon be followed by the publication of a global synthesis report.

The research was developed in collaboration with the populations concerned and civil society organizations in the countries affected was emphasized. For an overview of the project and to download the studies, please visit: http://www.landcoalition.org/cplstudies

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Transformation of the role of the State and new instruments of public action

An international seminar on “Transformation of the role of the State and new instruments of public action” will be held on 5-6 May 2011 at University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.

Several recent evolutions in the public sphere have translated into major changes regarding the definition and implementation of public policies. They are characterized by renewed, multi-actor and multi-level institutional and governance frameworks. The seminar aims at responding to:

Abstracts for paper proposals (400 words maximum) should be send to:

More information (pdf).

Deadline for abstracts: February 15, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Ethiopian Agricultural Cooperatives in an Era of Global Commodity Exchange: Does Organisational Form Matter?

A new article in the Journal of African Economies examines whether organizational form matters in the performance of Ethiopia’s agricultural cooperatives.

In Ethiopia, agricultural cooperatives are expected to play a key role in linking smallholder farmers to the recently established commodity exchange system. Recent research has found, however, that the commercialisation levels of cooperative members do not differ significantly from those of non-member farmers in Ethiopia. We argue though that the impact of cooperative membership on commercialisation may vary significantly depending on the type of cooperative organisations considered. Applying propensity score matching as well as regression analysis to a set of farm household living in rural areas where the commodity exchange system was to become operational, we consistently find significantly higher commercialisation rates, when compared with non-member famers, for farmers belonging to marketing cooperatives. Livelihood cooperatives, on the other hand, appear to have insignificant or negative impact on Ethiopian farmers’ commercialisation. We conclude that the selective inclusion of marketing cooperatives in the commodity exchange system has the potential to simultaneously reduce the rural poverty and maximise agro-commodity commercialisation in Ethiopia.

Available here.

 

FELLOWSHIPS: Hertie School of Governance -- Post-Docs in Governance and Methodology

The Hertie School of Governance invites applications for two Hertie School Post-Doc Fellowships
in the field of Governance and Methodology. The two fellowships offer an opportunity for qualified post-docs or advanced pre-docs to contribute to the development of original governance indicators as part of the annual Hertie School Governance Report. The fellowships are for one year, but are renewable, and carry a stipend of €30.000 each.

The Hertie School of Governance offers a rapidly expanding research environment and encourages post-doc participation in multiple projects and research seminars. The fellowships advertised here are an especially rich opportunity for individuals whose research focuses connects to issues of governance and methodology. The fellowships can be assumed any time until 1 June 2011. Early start dates are a plus.

More information.

Deadline: January 31, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Project Coordinator, Forest- Geo- and Hydro- Sciences at Institute of International Forestry Products Technische Universität Dresden. The research activities aim at contributing to the assessment of adaptation and mitigation strategies of traditional farmers of the Tropical Andean Region by establishing an International Network on Climate Change (INCA). Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Africa Related Research Opportunities at the Brookings Institution. The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. Brookings’ Africa Growth Initiative is currently accepting applications for the positions of Fellow and Africa Research Fellow. Deadline: January 21, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Project Coordinator, Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) in the Great Lake & Southern Africa. The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is seeking to fill the position of Project Coordinator for the project Increasing smallholder farm productivity, income, and health through widespread adoption Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) in the Great Lake Regions and Southern Africa. Deadline: January 31, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Manager, Strategy and Policy Development, Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme, UNFCCC. The Strategy and Policy Development Unit supports the development of current and future market-based mechanisms, including through supporting intergovernmental negotiations and interactions with other national and regional developments related to emissions trading and offset mechanisms. Deadline: February 2, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Director General. ICIMOD’s mission is to contribute to the reduction of the scientific uncertainty around the changing climate, to enhance the knowledge of regional and global decision makers about mountain ecosystem services, and to strengthen the resilience of the communities of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. Deadline: February 11, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Position for University of Michigan’s Great Lakes Cities Climate Adaptation Integrated Assessment. The fellow hired into this position will work with a multi-disciplinary group of faculty members, students, and urban decision makers to improve the understanding of, and decision making related to climate adaptation in Great Lakes cities. Deadline: February 15, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: ICARUS II- Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation: Marginal Peoples and Environments. The Second Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences Conference (ICARUS II) will be held from May 5-8, 2011 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.  Deadline: February 15, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sixth Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics. The conference on “Nature, Economy and Society: Understanding the Linkages” will be held during 20-22 October, 2011 at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad. Deadline: February 28, 2011

ONLINE RESOURCE: Free Online Course in “Communicating for Food Security”. The course provides guidance on how to design and implement a communication strategy for food security information.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: ICARUS II- Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation: Marginal Peoples and Environments

The Second ICARUS (Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences) Conference will be held from May 5-8, 2011 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.  The conference theme is: Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation: Marginal Peoples and Environments.

The Call for Papers is open until February 15, 2010. Papers should address the posted panel themes. The panel organizers will select papers from among the proposals targeted at their panels. High quality papers that do not fit into panels they are targeted at or that do not target a panel will be regrouped into panels.

The Panel themes are as follows.

Climate change vulnerability and adaptation

Livelihoods and Adaptations

From Coping to Adapting

Adaptations and Institutions

5. Tracking adaptation: Systematic and innovative methods for measuring and evaluating global adaptation

6. Mapping, analyzing, modeling institutional actors and policy formation network dynamics

7. Methodological Challenges for Vulnerability Reduction: Research and Practice

8. Vulnerability, local adaptive capacities and public policies

9. Assessments of External Intervention to Reduce Vulnerability & Facilitate Adaptation

10. Comparing vulnerabilities: why non-climatic factors need an equal platform as climate change

11. Adaptation across time and implications for sustainability

12. Adaptation: What’s in a Name?

13. Hidden transcripts and Adaptations

More information.

Deadline: February 15, 2011

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EMPLOYMENT: Manager, Strategy and Policy Development, Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme, UNFCCC

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the focus of the political process to address Climate Change. The Convention secretariat supports the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol by a range of activities, including substantive and organizational support to meetings of the Parties.

The Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme supports the implementation of the Kyoto mechanisms, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint implementation (JI). The Strategy and Policy Development Unit supports the development of current and future market-based
mechanisms, including through supporting intergovernmental negotiations and interactions with other national and regional developments related to emissions trading and offset mechanisms.

More information.

Deadline: February 2, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Director General

ICIMOD is the leading international institute for sustainable mountain development and expertise on the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. The Headquarters are in Kathmandu, Nepal. ICIMOD is a dynamic regional intergovernmental organisation with a growing circle of stakeholders. Its mission is to contribute to the reduction of the scientific uncertainty around the changing climate, to enhance the knowledge of regional and global decision makers about mountain ecosystem services, and to strengthen the resilience of the communities of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region. ICIMOD looks for a dynamic and forward looking successor to the present Director General to lead the centre through the challenging tasks of the coming years.

The position requires a highly experienced professional who has:

More information.

Deadline: February 11, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Sixth Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics

The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) on “Nature, Economy and Society: Understanding the Linkages” will be held during 20-22 October, 2011 at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad. The conference shall address a diverse repertoire of issues at the interface of nature, economy and society and explore how to use the understanding for policy formulation. The discussion of issues is expected to cover cutting-edge conceptual and methodological advances being made in the different disciplines and also address current policy relevant problems in the area of environment, development and social justice. Papers of the following genres in all sub-themes are especially welcome:

List of themes:

More information (pdf).

Deadline for 400-word abstracts: February 28, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Project Coordinator, Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) in the Great Lake & Southern Africa

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is seeking to fill the position of Project Coordinator for the project Increasing smallholder farm productivity, income, and health through widespread adoption Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) in the Great Lake Regions and Southern Africa. The position will report to the ISFM Program Leader and Director of CIAT. S/He will be responsible for the overall project coordination in DRC and will serve as the spokesperson for the Project. More specifically, he/she will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: January 31, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Project Coordinator, Forest- Geo- and Hydro- Sciences at Institute of International Forestry Products Technische Universität Dresden

Applications are being accepted for the position of Project Coordinator (Research Associate) at the Faculty of Forest- Geo- and Hydro Sciences at the Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, Technische Universität Dresden.

Project description: The research activities aim at contributing to the assessment of adaptation and mitigation strategies of traditional farmers of the Tropical Andean Region by establishing an International Network on Climate Change (INCA). This will be achieved through the understanding of the situation of local Farming and Forestry Systems (FFS) in the tropical Andes, deriving and testing livelihood strategies for small-scale farms and indigenous communities.


Job description: The Project Coordinator will be a team member of the Professorship of Tropical Forestry - Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, of the TU Dresden. He/she will be responsible for the administration and supervision of the implementation of the INCA project and will work closely with the project partners in Peru and Bolivia.

Tasks: In close cooperation with other scientists of the project and local partners and stakeholders, the project coordinator will assume the following tasks:

Qualifications: Postgraduate studies (Ph.D. or Doctoral degree) in agriculture, forestry or social sciences; Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the relevant sector (rural development, climate change, management of natural resources, network building); Excellent communication and team coordination skills; Team leader experience desired; Work experience in South America highly desired; English language skills, fluency in Spanish, working knowledge in German (desirable); advanced IT knowledge required, availability to work abroad. The position will be based in Tharandt, Germany, with regular visits to the field locations in Peru and Bolivia.

For further information please visit the website or e-mail to tropen@forst.tu-dresden.de

Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to disabled people. Please submit your applications including CV, transcript of academic record, plus contact details of at least two referees and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Forest- Geo- and Hydro Sciences, Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, Postfach 1117,01735 Tharandt, Germany

or specified by the topic: Coordinator INCA to tropen@forst.tu-dresden.de (Please note: they are currently not able to receive electronically signed and encrypted data).

Deadline: open until filled

 

EMPLOYMENT: Africa Related Research Opportunities at the Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. Established in 1916, Brookings analyzes current and emerging issues and produces new ideas that matter – for the nation and the world.

Brookings is currently accepting applications for the following vacancies.

Deadline: January 21, 2011

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Free Online Course in “Communicating for Food Security”

The course provides guidance on how to design and implement a communication strategy for food security information. Using several realistic examples, the course illustrates the various components of a communication strategy, and provides concrete and detailed guidelines on how to communicate through the media and how to present information to policymakers in order to influence the policymaking process. It is currently available in English; other languages are planned.

This course is free (though you have to register first). You can download it, do it online, or request a CD-ROM. Face-to-face training materials are also available.

More information.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Position for University of Michigan’s Great Lakes Cities Climate Adaptation Integrated Assessment

The University of Michigan’s Great Lakes Cities Climate Adaptation Integrated Assessment, sponsored by the Graham Institute, seeks applications for a new postdoctoral position. The fellow hired into this position will work with a multi-disciplinary group of faculty members, students, and urban decision makers to improve the understanding of, and decision making related to climate adaptation in Great Lakes cities.  Review of applications will begin February 15. 

More information.

Deadline: February 15, 2011

Thursday, January 06, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Faculty Position at University of Waterloo — Social Aspects of Water Resources. The Department of Environment and Resource Studies (ERS) at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank, in the area of social aspects of water resources. Deadline: Open

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests. In view of recent expansion into focal countries and following a significant funding award, RECOFTC  is looking to fill a number of new and exciting positions. Deadline: January 7-10, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Economist, Investment Centre Division. The Investment Centre Division (TCI) promotes investment in agriculture and rural development in developing countries and countries in transition, assisting governments, international financing institutions and other development partners to achieve growth, poverty alleviation and food security. Deadline: January 14, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Gender Specialist (Nepal). The role of the Gender and Governance Division is to integrate, support and carry out focused work on gender issues within the Centre and the region, as well as to implement ICIMOD’s gender equity policy. Deadline: January 15, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: EcoAgriculture Partners Senior Manager: Knowledge Sharing and Policy Advocacy. The Senior Manager’s principal responsibility during 2011 and 2012 will be to coordinate the planning and implementation of the International Ecoagriculture Conference and Knowledge Exchange. Deadline: January 18, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Programme Manager : Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services (ECES). The Programme Manager is responsible for leading the overall Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services Programme, including ensuring the quality, integration, planning, and implementation of ICIMOD activities in the regional member countries. Deadline: January 20, 2011

Vote for Finalists in Online Competition, “Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All”. Deadline: January 12, 2011

VIDEO: Igniting Change: The Gender Match. Watch videos from a recent event featuring 3 researchers with strong ties to CAPRi.

CAPRi PUBLICATION: Resources, Rights and Cooperation: A Sourcebook on Property Rights and Collective Action for Sustainable Development. Our new sourcebook pulls together much of CAPRi’s research in a format designed for training and educational purposes.

PUBLICATIONS: New PLAAS Pubs on Land, Rural Development, and Small-Scale Fisheries.

 

CAPRi PUBLICATION: Resources, Rights and Cooperation: A Sourcebook on Property Rights and Collective Action for Sustainable Development

We are very pleased to announce the release of a new CAPRi publication. Resources, Rights and Cooperation: A Sourcebook on Property Rights and Collective Action for Sustainable Development pulls together much of CAPRi’s research in a format designed for training and educational purposes.

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The sourcebook is based directly on the experiences and lessons of CAPRi research from around the world. Its content is based on sound underlying research, but the presentation is simple, straightforward, and accessible. The objective of the book is to build capacity of research and development organizations to recognize the importance and relevance of CAPRi concepts and to apply the lessons and methods from CAPRi research to their work with communities, policymakers, and other stakeholders. It is our hope that it will serve not only as a relevant and practical guide for development practitioners, trainers, and policymakers, but will also be used in universities and other institutions of higher learning.

The book’s entire contents are freely available online through CAPRi’s website. If you are interested in obtaining multiple copies for training or educational purposes, please write to us and explain your situation and the nature of your request. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Browse and download Resources, Rights and Cooperation at:

http://www.capri.cgiar.org/sourcebook.asp

 

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests

In view of recent expansion into focal countries and following a significant funding award, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests - is looking to fill a number of new and exciting positions. This is a great opportunity for talented and committed individuals to join a dynamic and growing organization, and to play a key role in building a brighter future for local people and forests in the Asia-Pacific Region.

RECOFTC is seeking to fill the following positions:

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Programme Manager : Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services (ECES)

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. The centre is working to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards of mountain populations - now, and for the future. In line with its current Strategic Framework, ICIMOD is strengthening its capacity to develop new approaches to meet the growing challenges in the region posed by climate change and globalisation.

Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services (ECES) is one of ICIMOD's three strategic programmes. The Programme focuses on strategy and policy issues in relation to natural resources, with a clear focus on ecosystem services and increasing benefits to mountain people and the downstream population.

The Programme Manager is responsible for leading the overall ECES Programme including ensuring the quality, integration, planning, and implementation of ICIMOD activities in the regional member countries. The Programme Manager is expected to be familiar with the international research agenda and practice, and aware of the strategic issues related to ecosystem services particularly in the HKH region. The Programme Manager is part of the management team of the organisation.

More information.

Deadline: January 20, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: EcoAgriculture Partners Senior Manager: Knowledge Sharing and Policy Advocacy

EcoAgriculture Partners (“EcoAgriculture”) is an international non-profit organization that works to advance the science and practice of ecoagriculture—an approach to managing rural landscapes to support sustainable food production, rural livelihoods, and ecosystem conservation. We do so by providing training, research, policy solutions, and support to farmers, communities, and diverse partner organizations at the local, national and international levels.

EcoAgriculture seeks to hire a full-time Senior Manager for Knowledge Sharing and Policy Advocacy (“Senior Manager”) to join our committed team in our Washington, D.C., headquarters as soon as possible. The Senior Manager’s principal responsibility (approx. 70% time) during 2011 and 2012 will be to coordinate the planning and implementation of the International Ecoagriculture Conference and Knowledge Exchange, to be held in Kenya in early 2012, and follow-up publications and policy engagement. In addition, the Senior Manager will work with other staff to develop and implement EcoAgriculture’s communications and policy advocacy strategies.

More information.

Deadline: January 18, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Gender Specialist (Nepal)

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. They are working to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards and livelihoods options of mountain women and men – now, and for the future. In line with its new Strategic Framework, ICIMOD is strengthening its capacity to develop new approaches to meet the growing challenges in the region posed by multiple drivers of change such as climate change, land use change, migration, and globalisation.

The role of the Gender and Governance Division is to integrate, support and carry out focused work on gender issues within the Centre and the region, as well as to implement ICIMOD’s gender equity policy through the following:

  1. Documenting and researching gender issues related to sustainable development, environmental issues, and access to resources in the HKH region
  2. Strengthening capacity of ICIMOD to integrate gender analysis, issues, and equity by
    • developing approaches and methodologies for integrating gender issues in ICIMOD projects and initiatives;
    • organising training to develop the capacity of ICIMOD staff and partners to understand and analyse gender issues and integrate gender equity; and
    • providing technical input into ICIMOD’s action areas, and partner activities.
  3. Promoting gender equity in the HKH region for mountain development by
    • networking with like-minded organisations working to promote gender equity in the HKH region;
    • advocating for gender equity in development and environmental policies and strategies;
    • supporting women’s empowerment and leadership in mountain development.

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2011

 

VIDEO: Igniting Change: The Gender Match

TEDxWashingtonCircle recently hosted an event featuring 3 researchers with strong ties to CAPRi. “Igniting Change: The Gender Match” included presentations by Agnes Quisumbing, Jemimah Njuki, and Ruth Meinzen-Dick.

Agnes Quisumbing spoke about her research on agricultural interventions and reductions in micronutrient deficiencies in Bangladesh:

Jemimah Njuki discussed her research on women, value chains, and collective action in Malawi:

Ruth Meinzen-Dick spoke on how collective action can empower women and improve their communities:

 

Vote for Finalists in Online Competition, “Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All”

Omidyar Network and Ashoka’s Changemakers recently hosted an online competition, “Property Rights: Identity, Dignity & Opportunity for All” to unleash opportunity for individuals and communities worldwide working on this issue as well as bring together stakeholders and solutions for millions. 19 semi-finalists from 9 countries have been selected for their efforts to improve the lives of the poor and transform communities through secure rights to land.

This challenge drew a total of 211 of entries from 47 different countries, nonetheless, the 19 semi-finalists demonstrate innovative approaches that help to provide land to the landless, formalize and document property rights for individuals or communities who lack established rights, or work on legal education to help people understand and benefit from the laws that protect these assets.

Until January 12, 2011, the Changemakers online community will Vote for their preferred semi-finalists to help them emerge as finalists. The finalists will then be evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges to arrive at the three winning solutions.

Please support these ardent social innovations from around the world to win cash prize of USD$50,000 by helping them to emerge as finalist through your Vote. Also encourage your network to do the same. Your simple gesture will mean a lot to the hard work of these semi-finalist organizations, who thrive to make our society a better place to live for everyone!

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EMPLOYMENT: Faculty Position at University of Waterloo — Social Aspects of Water Resources

The Department of Environment and Resource Studies (ERS) at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank, in the area of social aspects of water resources.

ERS is seeking candidates who can contribute to the department’s transdisciplinary focus on sustainability and resilience and who can participate in the activities of the newly created interdisciplinary Water Institute.

Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in the social aspects of water resources. A combination of expertise in one or more of the following areas is particularly desirable —

International perspectives and experiences also are desirable. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching in one or more of these areas.

More information.

Deadline: Open

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Economist, Investment Centre Division

The Investment Centre Division (TCI) promotes investment in agriculture and rural development in developing countries and countries in transition, assisting governments, international financing institutions and other development partners to achieve growth, poverty alleviation and food security. The incumbent will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: January 14, 2011

 

PUBLICATIONS: New PLAAS Pubs on Land, Rural Development, and Small-Scale Fisheries

CAPRi readers may be interested to read three new publications from the PLAAS website and blog:

  1. PLOTTING A NEW COURSE FOR LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT by Ruth Hall and Ben Cousins published in Amandla!
  2. THE MANY FACES OF THE INVESTOR RUSH IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: TOWARDS A TYPOLOGY OF COMMERCIAL LAND DEALS by Ruth Hall, a conference presentation for Africa for Sale: Analysing and Theorizing Foreign Land Claims and Acquisitions held in the Netherlands.
  3. WILL FORMAL GOVERNANCE PROCESSES AND A SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES POLICY IMPROVE SMALL-SCALE FISHERS' LIVELIHOODS, SO THEY ARE LESS VULNERABLE? on the PLAAS blog, with research and orginal report (forthcoming chapter) by Moeniba Isaacs and reported for the blog by Rebecca Pointer.