Monday, February 28, 2011

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: the 2011 ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award

The Prosper.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development is given annually to young scientists or researchers, based in the Asia-Pacific region, who have made significant contributions in the area of Sustainable Development.

For 2011, awards will be given in each of three areas:

1. ICT for Sustainable Development

Application of ICT in areas such as: 

2. Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management 3. Science & Technology with a Focus on Poverty Eradication
Eligibility and Application Process
The award is open to those engaged in graduate education and research activities that emphasize sustainable development in any of the above three areas. Candidates are expected to be employed at institutions of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding USA and Canada), and should have completed their PhD. degree between 1 July 2006 and 1 July 2011.

Candidates may be put forth by nomination or direct application. Nominations and applications must be supported by two letters of recommendation.

More information.

Deadline: April 30, 2011

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EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Senior Research Fellow/Agriculture Extension (Ethiopia)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Senior Research Fellow/Agricultural Extension and Research Program in its Development, Strategy and Governance Division. This is a two-year, fixed term, exempt, renewable appointment based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The candidate will work in the newly-created Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), which is an initiative of the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) with the primary aim of promoting agricultural sector transformation by supporting existing structures of government, private-sector and other non-governmental partners to address systemic bottlenecks and deliver on a priority national agenda to achieve growth and food security.

More information.

Deadline: March 22, 2011

 

VIDEO: Two Degrees Up: climate change photofilms

The Two Degrees Up photofilms mark the recent launch of the CGIAR’s research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), led by CIAT, which is working to find scientific solutions to the issues of climate change adaptation and mitigation for small farmers around the world. Produced by Neil Palmer and Andy Jarvis of CIAT, and narrated by Andy Jarvis, the videos outline the Two Degrees Up concept, and gives an overview of three case studies that look at the impact of climate change on smallholder farmers in Colombia, Ghana and Kenya.

Watch the series here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT GIS Expert/Crop Modeler – Associate Scientist or Scientist

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is looking for a crop modeler/GIS expert to join their international team of scientists working on improving the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world. The expert will work as a member of CIMMYT’s Socioeconomics Program and in close collaboration with the Global Wheat and Maize, Genetic Resources and the Conservation Agriculture Programs. You will contribute to the spatial analysis and characterization of production environments, targeting of innovations, and understanding of climate change impacts and adaptation and mitigation strategies. The position will preferably be based at the CIMMYT office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Posting at CIMMYT locations in India, Nepal, or Zimbabwe is negotiable.

More information.

Deadline: March 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Chief Technical Advisor within Mekong River Commission. The role of MRC is to co-ordinate and promote co-operation in all fields of sustainable development, utilisation, management and conservation of the water and related resources of the Mekong Basin. Deadline: March 2, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: New Opportunities with IFPRI’s Environment & Production Technology Division in Ethiopia. IFPRI’s EPTD division seeks qualified candidates to serve as Senior Research Fellows for three programs based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Deadline: March 22, 2011

FELLOWSHIPS: United Nations University -- Research Fellowships 2011. UNU supports research programs for PhD and postdoctoral researchers in themes related to climate change, biodiversity conservation, bio-diplomacy, environmental policy, governance of natural resources, traditional knowledge, marine and coastal management, and others. Deadline: February 28, 2011

CALLS FOR PROPOSALS: 2 DFID-Supported Research Programs in South Asia. DFID has released calls for proposals for 2 DFID-supported research programs in South Asia:  one on climate change and agriculture; the other on agricultre and nutrition linkages. Deadline: March 14, 2011.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Management of the Guarani Aquifer System: An Example of Cooperation. Availabe also in Spanish and Portuguese. Deadline: April 30, 2011

TRAINING: Workshops in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation and Gender Analysis (Canada). Mosaic.net International is conducting 2 interesting training workshops in Canada in July, 2011.

PUBLICATIONS: Two New IFPRI Discussion Papers on Decentralization. IFPRI has released two new discussion papers presenting case studies of decentralization efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and India.

PRESENTATION: The Commons: Governance and Collective Action. An informative presentation from the recent IASC conference in Hyderabad.

SURVEY: Help RECOFTC Improve their Forestry Training Courses. If your organization or association participates in forestry trainings, the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) would like your input to help them improve their training service in the future.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Management of the Guarani Aquifer System: An Example of Cooperation

In August 2010 Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, countries that share the Guarani Aquifer System (GAS), signed a new agreement for the management of this complex system. The four countries are now involved in the ratification process and in the negotiations of instititutional aspects, including discussions regarding an annex to the Agreement on arbitration procedures. Against this background, the management of the GAS can benefit from a debate about the steps that have been taken until now, and about the challenges that lay ahead. The conference “The Management of the Guarani Aquifer System: An Example of Cooperation” provides this opportunity and the organisers invite researchers, consultants and water management experts to submit an abstract for one of the three sessions of the conference:

  1. An assessment of the scientific knowledge on the Guarani Aquifer system
  2. Current use and protection of the Guarani Aquifer System
  3. The Guarani Aquifer System and regional cooperation

More information (pdf). Also available in Spanish and Portuguese.

Deadline: April 30, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: New Opportunities with IFPRI’s Environment & Production Technology Division in Ethiopia

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks qualified candidates to serve as Senior Research Fellows for the following three programs in its Environment and Production Technology Division (EPTD):

These are two-year, fixed term, exempt, renewable appointments based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Deadline: March 22, 2011

 

TRAINING: Workshops in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation and Gender Analysis (Canada)

Mosaic.net International is conducting 2 interesting training workshops in Canada in July, 2011.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Chief Technical Advisor within Mekong River Commission

The role of MRC is to co-ordinate and promote co-operation in all fields of sustainable development, utilisation, management and conservation of the water and related resources of the Mekong Basin. MRC Secretariat is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Chief Technical Advisor for Initiative on Sustainable Hydropower (ISH) Project, to be based in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The central objective of the ISH is to enable MRC to help Member Countries better integrate decisions about hydropower management and development with basin-wide integrated water resource management (IWRM) perspectives, through the established MRC mechanisms and national planning systems, consistent with the 1995 Mekong Agreement. The Chief Technical Advisor will be responsible for the provision of policy, strategy and technical support to implementation of ISH Work Plan Document Activities of the ISH, advice and support to the overall coordination and management of the programme.

More information.

Deadline: March 2, 2011

 

PUBLICATIONS: Two New IFPRI Discussion Papers on Decentralization

IFPRI has released two new discussion papers presenting case studies of decentralization efforts that may be of interest to CAPRi readers.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

 

SURVEY: Help RECOFTC Improve their Forestry Training Courses

If your organization or association participates in forestry trainings, the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) would like your input to help them improve their training service in the future.

Let them know about the type of training that works best for you in this short, 10-question survey, which will take less than five minutes to complete.

The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) holds a unique and important place in the world of forestry. It is the only international not-for-profit organization that specializes in capacity building for community forestry and devolved forest management. The Center engages in strategic networks and effective partnerships with governments, nongovernment organizations, civil society, the private sector, local people, and research and educational institutes throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. With over 20 years of international experience and a dynamic approach to capacity building—involving research and analysis, demonstration sites, and training products—the Center delivers innovative solutions for people and forests.

 

PRESENTATION: The Commons: Governance and Collective Action

in January, Ruth Meinzen-Dick and Leticia Merino gave an informative presentation on “The Commons: Governance and Collective Action” at the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) in Hyderabad. The presentation is now available online
 

FELLOWSHIPS: United Nations University -- Research Fellowships 2011

UNU supports research programs for PhD and postdoctoral researchers in themes related to climate change, biodiversity conservation, bio-diplomacy, environmental policy, governance of natural resources, traditional knowledge, marine and coastal management, and others. The research will be conducted at UNU in Japan, where fellows will work in English.

More information.

Deadline: February 28, 2011

 

CALLS FOR PROPOSALS: 2 DFID-Supported Research Programs in South Asia

DFID has released calls for proposals for 2 DFID-supported research programs in South Asia:  one on climate change and agriculture; the other on agricultre and nutrition linkages.

Deadline for both proposals is March 14, 2011.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: IFAD Senior Technical Adviser – Gender, empowerment and social inclusion for rural development. The incumbent will work under the management of the Director of the Policy and Technical Advisory Division (PTA). Deadline: March 11, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: RECOFTC Senior Program Officer: People, Forests and Climate Change. The successful applicant will be based at RECOFTC’s Bangkok headquarters. The contract duration is for two years with a possibility of extension. Deadline: March 15, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Adoption and Impact Assessment Economist – Scientist or Senior Scientist. The successful candidate will lead the targeting of innovations and analysis of adoption and impacts of various interventions at the global level, and preferably be based at the CIMMYT office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Deadline: March 15, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Ashoka Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs in Rural Innovation and Farming in East Africa. The search is open to all individuals in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda working to serve small-holder farmers or innovating in rural development. Deadline: March 5, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP: Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change. The International Fellowship in Graduate Research for Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change is intended to provide opportunities for graduate education that prepare students for interdisciplinary careers within the vision and objectives of the Livestock Climate-Change CRSP. Deadline: March 31, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: New CDKN Research Call on Climate Compatible Development. The five-year £12.5m research investment will support highest quality, applied research defined by demand from developing country governments. Deadline: March 31, 2011

EVENT: 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture. The Congress will be held in Brisbane, Australia, from September 26 to 29, 2011. Deadline for early registration: April 30, 2011

PUBLICATION: Women at the Center of Climate-friendly Approaches to Agriculture and Water Use. A new paper from IATP examines proven agricultural practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen resilience to climate change through a case study of the Tamilnadu Women’s Collective in India.

PUBLICATIONS: Fact sheets on land and natural resources tenure in West Africa (English and French). A set of instructional briefs on land and natural resource tenure in West Africa has been produced by the Technical Committee on “Land Tenure & Development” and the “Land Tenure Policy Elaboration Support” mobilizing project. Most are available in both French and English.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Food Security Portal. The new Food Security Portal, facilitated by IFPRI, offers new tools to support the global food security discussion.

VIDEO: The Commons. A video produced by On The Commons and The New Press offers an informative and entertaining introduction to the commons.

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Food Security Portal

The new Food Security Portal, facilitated by IFPRI, offers new tools to support the global food security discussion.

Key sections of the Portal include:

Read more about the Portal here.

Visit the Food Security Portal.

 

PUBLICATION: Women at the Center of Climate-friendly Approaches to Agriculture and Water Use

In a new paper, Shiney Varghese of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) examines proven agricultural practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen resilience to climate change through a case study of the Tamilnadu Women’s Collective in India. The collective, a federation of village-level women’s groups with over 150,000 members—the majority of which belong to the lowest caste—follow three principles for food security: 1.) empowerment of women; 2.) democratic local governance; and 3.) multifunctional agriculture.

Download the paper (pdf).

 

EMPLOYMENT: RECOFTC Senior Program Officer: People, Forests and Climate Change

RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests holds a unique and important place in the world of forestry. It is the only international not‐for‐profit organization that specializes in capacity building for community forestry and devolved forest management. With over 20 years of international experience and a dynamic approach to capacity building – involving research and analysis, demonstration sites, training products and services, and strategic communications – RECOFTC delivers innovative solutions for people and forests.

RECOFTC is currently seeking a Senior Program Officer (SPO) to lead the thematic area People, Forest and Climate Change (PFCC). The successful applicant will be based at RECOFTC’s Bangkok headquarters. The contract duration is for two years with a possibility of extension.

The Senior Program Officer works as a key member of the Capacity Building and Technical Services (CBTS) Unit, and will contribute to the development and implementation of activities of RECOFTC’s People, Forest and Climate Change (PFCC) program, relating to community involvement in both mitigation and adaptation.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: March 15, 2011

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change

The International Fellowship in Graduate Research for Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change is intended to provide opportunities for graduate education that prepare students for interdisciplinary careers within the vision and objectives of the Livestock Climate-Change CRSP (see LCC CRSP Research Strategy).

Fellows will be expected to become specialists who can contribute to research regarding the adaptation of livestock systems to climate change in the LCC CRSP countries of focus (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, Nepal, and Tajikistan). Selected fellows must propose to conduct research in one or more of the focus countries. In this way, the LCC CRSP aims to build research capacity.

The Fellowship program provides a maximum of two years of support for M.S. study and three years of support for a Ph.D. program, with annual renewal based on a positive review of progress, continued applicability to the Livestock-Climate Change CRSP research goals, continued funding availability, and a high level of academic performance.

Awards will be given to both M.S. and Ph.D. students through their host institutions, pending available funds, with the majority for M.S. students studying in their home country or region. Ph.D. awards may also be given for study in the home country, region, or in the U.S. Selected fellows must be students from Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, Nepal, or Tajikistan in order to build capacity in these countries.

More information.

Deadline: March 31, 2011

 

EVENT: 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture

The 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture will be held in Brisbane, Australia, from September 26 to 29, 2011.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) joined forces to propose that the 5th WCCA and 3rd FSD be held in Australia in September 2011. The combination of 5th WCCA and 3rd FSD effort brings a unique opportunity to discuss the application of conservation agriculture principles from a farming systems perspective. At this meeting we will discuss conservation agriculture principles in both large-scale, high-tech commercial farms, and small-scale low-cost smallholder farms from developing regions in the world in the context of food security concerns, increasing food demand and climate change.  The Congress expects to attract over 700 scientists, students, farm managers, policy makers, conservationists and others interested in sustainability, conservation and farming systems.

More information.

Deadline for early registration: April 30, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

 

PUBLICATIONS: Fact sheets on land and natural resources tenure in West Africa (English and French)

A set of instructional briefs on land and natural resource tenure in West Africa has been produced by the Technical Committee on “Land Tenure & Development” and the “Land Tenure Policy Elaboration Support” mobilizing project finaced by the Agence Française de Développement. Most are available in both French and English.

See the Land Tenure & Development website for more information.

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Adoption and Impact Assessment Economist – Scientist or Senior Scientist

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks a highly qualified agricultural economist to join our international team of scientists working on improving the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world. As a member of the CIMMYT Socioeconomics Program and in collaboration with public, private, local and international partners, you will undertake strategic adoption and impact studies across target regions. You will lead the targeting of innovations and analysis of adoption and impacts of various interventions at the global level, and preferably be based at the CIMMYT office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Posting at any of the other major CIMMYT locations in India, Nepal, Mexico or Zimbabwe is negotiable.

More information.

Deadline: March 15, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: Ashoka Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs in Rural Innovation and Farming in East Africa

Ashoka is recognizing outstanding social entrepreneurs in the field of rural innovation and farming throughout East Africa. The search is open to all individuals in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda working to serve small-holder farmers or innovating in rural development.

Benefits of the Ashoka Fellowship include:

More information.

Deadline: March 5, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFAD Senior Technical Adviser – Gender, empowerment and social inclusion for rural development

As a Senior Technical Advisor, the incumbent will work under the management of the Director of the Policy and Technical Advisory Division (PTA). The incumbent shall carry out the duties and responsibilities described below:

More information.

Deadline: March 11, 2011

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: New CDKN Research Call on Climate Compatible Development

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is launching a new research programme on climate compatible development (CCD). The five-year £12.5m research investment will support highest quality, applied research defined by demand from developing country governments. The first round of international funding invites applications for projects of £100-£200K in value, and of between 12 and 24 months’ duration. The themes are:

This call is open to all researchers, requiring South-South or North-South partnerships to be developed and strengthened through research institution collaboration and strong links with policy-makers in-country.

More information.

Deadline: March 31, 2011

 

VIDEO: The Commons

A video produced by On The Commons and The New Press offers an informative and entertaining introduction to the commons.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow/Senior Research (Nigeria-based). IFPRI seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow and Leader of its country strategy support program in Nigeria for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Deadline: open until filled.

EMPLOYMENT: UNDP Consultant for Assessment of methodologies linking Climate Change to Poverty Reduction. The focus of this initiative is on Climate Resilient Development, and its specific aim is twofold: a) conceptualize and assess the linkages between climate risks/vulnerabilities and pro-poor growth/human development and b) provide a menu of potential policy options for countries to consider for effectively managing the transition to pro-poor LECRD. Deadline: February 16, 2011.

EMPLOYMENT: UNDP Consultant for the Integration of Sustainable Land Management in Guyana’s Secondary School Curriculum. Objective: To integrate sustainable land management into related subjects in the school curriculum, thereby enhancing the capacity of the young population to use methodologies and practices that promote good land management practices. Deadline: February 18, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: Consultancy to Study the poor adoption of proven agricultural technologies and innovations in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA). ASARECA seeks to recruit a consultant to undertake a study that will examine low adoption of proven agricultural technologies in the ECA sub-region and come up with recommendations on how to improve adoption. Deadline: February 24, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Field Programme Officer, Turkey. The incumbent will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and monitoring of complete project cycles, from inception to closure, for projects operated by SEC and will contribute to field programme development in the Subregion. Deadline: February 25, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: AATF Executive Director. The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates and promotes public-private partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate proprietary agricultural technologies for use by resource-poor farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Deadline: February 28, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: FAC’s Early Career Fellowship Programme. The Early Career Fellowship Programme supports talented young researchers working on African agricultural policy and is available to early career professionals working in Africa and the UK. Deadline: February 15, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: The Crawford Fund Fellowship for 2011. This award provides an opportunity for the successful candidate to spend a period of focused study and training in Australia, with resulting benefits to the Awardee as well as to their country’s agriculture and to Australia. Deadline: April 1, 2011.

FUNDING: IFAR’S Professional Development Program 2011. IFAR annually provides small grants to professionals from national agricultural research systems in developing countries (NARS). Nominations for these awards must be sponsored by one or more CGIAR Centers and the work programs proposed by applicants must be closely linked with the program of a CGIAR Center. Deadline: March 15, 2011

PUBLICATION: PUSHBACK: Local Power, Global Realignment (RRI). The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) announces the release of its 2010-2011 annual report.

PUBLICATION: The gender implications of large-scale land deals (IFPRI Discussion Paper)

 

FELLOWSHIP: The Crawford Fund Fellowship for 2011

The Crawford Fund Fellowship has been set up to provide further training for an agricultural scientist whose work has shown potential. This award provides an opportunity for the successful candidate to spend a period of focused study and training in Australia, with resulting benefits to the Awardee as well as to their country’s agriculture and to Australia.

Candidates should be below the age of 35 and from one of the following developing countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Is, Tonga, Tuvalu and Kiribati, Vanuatu or Vietnam. 

The training will take place at an Australian institution and will emphasise the application of knowledge to increase agricultural production in the Fellow's home country. The closing date for nominations is April 1, 2011.

More information.

Deadline: April 1, 2011.

 

PUBLICATION: The gender implications of large-scale land deals (IFPRI Discussion Paper)

This paper strives to introduce a discussion of the gender dimensions into the growing debate on large-scale land deals. It addresses the current information gap on the differential gender effects of large-scale land deals through (1) an overview of the phases of large-scale land deals and discussion of related effects on rural men and women based on new literature on large-scale land deals and past literature on the gender effects of commercialization and contract farming; (2) a presentation of further evidence using several recent case studies on the gender effects of large-scale deals; (3) an identification of knowledge gaps and areas where further research is needed; and (4) a recap of promising initiatives, followed by recommendations and conclusions.

Full paper available here.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: AATF Executive Director

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates and promotes public-private partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate proprietary agricultural technologies for use by resource-poor farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Established seven years ago, and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, AATF has developed a strong and wide network of partners in developed and developing countries aimed at access, development and delivery of appropriate proprietary agricultural technologies for use by resource-poor smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Foundation enjoys financial support from a number of development partners and technology providers that have enabled it launch a suite of project activities in some 15 countries across Africa.

AATF seeks to recruit from nationals of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa a visionary and passionate leader with experience in building and managing successful public-private partnerships for the benefit of smallholder farming in Africa, who has a track record of breakthrough results in both the private sector and the world of government and development organisations, and who is experienced in African agriculture and culturally compatible with Africa from the smallholder level to senior government officials to serve as the Executive Director of the Foundation.

More information.

Deadline: February 28, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Field Programme Officer, Turkey

Under the overall managerial and administrative supervision of the Subregional Coordinator for Central Asia, SEC and the functional guidance of the Senior Field Programme Officer in the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia the incumbent will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and monitoring of complete project cycles, from inception to closure, for projects operated by SEC and will contribute to field programme development in the Subregion. In particular, he/she will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: February 25, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Consultancy to Study the poor adoption of proven agricultural technologies and innovations in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA)

The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is a non-political organization of the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) of ten countries: Burundi, D. R. Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. It aims at increasing the efficiency of agricultural research in the region so as to facilitate economic growth, food security and export competitiveness through productive and sustainable agriculture.

ASARECA seeks to recruit a consultant to undertake a study that will examine low adoption of proven agricultural technologies in the ECA sub-region and come up with recommendations on how to improve adoption.

The study will provide ASARECA and its stakeholders with better understanding why the numerous proven agricultural technologies and innovations are not widely adopted by intended users.  It will also provide recommendations for improving adoption including some best practices and promising approaches and methods for scaling out adoption of technologies and innovations in the EC sub-region.

More information.

Deadline: February 24, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: PUSHBACK: Local Power, Global Realignment (RRI)

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) announces the release of its 2010-2011 annual report, PUSHBACK: Local Power, Global Realignment.

If 2009 was the end of the hinterland and the beginning of a new globalized forest era, 2010 was a year of pushback. Worldwide, the news was full of reports of forest communities and Indigenous Peoples pushing back at land grabs and shaping policy at the national and global levels, and of governments countering and trying to contain community rights. Some governments and private investors accepted or even embraced the new players at the table and began to promote fairer business and conservation models. There was also new soaring rhetoric about the centrality of tenure reform to efforts addressing climate change. Unfortunately, none of this added up to significant global progress in the recognition of local land and resource rights.

As we look ahead to 2011, we see higher risks of climate-driven disaster, food insecurity, and political upheaval, and a world realigning. Yet, at the same time, shifts in markets, technology and policy offer tremendous opportunity, and 2011 offers more potential than ever to advance the rights and livelihoods of forest communities. With multilateral arrangements weak and wobbly, the arena for action has shifted to the national level. Will the rhetoric on rights be matched by recognition on the ground? Now that Indigenous Peoples and forest communities have more seats at the table, will they be allowed to speak and, if they are, will they be listened to? Who will ally with forest communities and help them advance their own aspirations and, more important, who will the forest communities choose as allies?

This report takes stock of the current status of forest rights and tenure globally, assesses the key issues and events of 2010 that shape possibilities to improve local rights and livelihoods, and identifies key questions and challenges that the world will face in 2011.

Download the full report here.

Monday, February 07, 2011

 

FUNDING: IFAR’S Professional Development Program 2011

IFAR is a results-oriented foundation that supports partnerships, collaboration, and awards as a means of fostering scientific excellence in agriculture and related fields.

IFAR’s mission is to:

In support of its mission, IFAR annually provides small grants to professionals from national agricultural research systems in developing countries (NARS). Nominations for these awards must be sponsored by one or more CGIAR Centers and the work programs proposed by applicants must be closely linked with the program of a CGIAR Center. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with Center scientists when preparing their project proposals for submission to IFAR.

More information.

Deadline: March 15, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: FAC’s Early Career Fellowship Programme

The Future Agricultures Consortium’s call for its Early Career Fellowship Programme is now open, and candidates are asked to apply by 15 February 2011.

The Early Career Fellowship Programme supports talented young researchers working on African agricultural policy and is available to early career professionals working in Africa and the UK. Both full-time and part-time appointments are available and all fellowships will have a senior FAC researcher affiliated with a FAC partner institution. The awards will support original field-based and policy-oriented research on African agricultural policy.

The Programme has three types of awards available

  1. One-year full-time post-Masters or post-doc appointment (£10,000 each). Four positions are available for African nationals conducting research in Africa.
  2. One-year part-time post-Masters or post-doc appointment (£5,000 each). Three positions are available for African nationals conducting research in Africa.
  3. Six-month full-time post-doc appointment (£12,500 each). Two positions available for researchers based in the UK.

Successful applicants will link up with FAC members who will provide mentoring support during the fellowship. Applications will be in line with one of FAC’s eight thematic areas:

  1. Climate Change
  2. Commercialisations
  3. Growth & social protection
  4. Land
  5. Pastoralism
  6. Policy processes
  7. Science, technology and innovation
  8. Youth

More information.

Deadline: February 15, 2011

Saturday, February 05, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: UNDP Consultant for the Integration of Sustainable Land Management in Guyana’s Secondary School Curriculum

Objective: To integrate sustainable land management into related subjects in the school curriculum, thereby enhancing the capacity of the young population to use methodologies and practices that promote good land management practices.

In the context of growing recognition of land degradation in Guyana the the necessity that the young population develop a greater capacity for long-term land management, It is vital that information should be developed for integration of sustainable land management into the existing Secondary School curriculum, and teachers should have information on sustainable land management to promote land management practices by increasing the knowledge base in both theory and practical examples that will impart life-long skills and knowledge in Schools.

The Consultancy will enhance the information in existing subjects such as biology, agriculture and integrated science among others, by integrating information on Sustainable Land Management and add relevant material to the existing curriculum. The material is intended to the information to the various subjects using theoretical and practical examples, illustrating how sustainable land management can be incorporated in existing subjects. The Deliverables from this onsultancy will be also used in vocational activities also.

More information.

Deadline: February 18, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: UNDP Consultant for Assessment of methodologies linking Climate Change to Poverty Reduction

As countries begin to explore opportunities and challenges of transitioning towards low emissions climate resilient development (LECRD), UNDP has aligned a number of support services to assist partner countries to develop LECRD Strategies. The framework that is currently being adopted by UNDP (captured in the 2009 publication Charting a New Low-Carbon Route to Development) is premised on the notion that the process of development - the structural transformation of an economy into a technologically advanced state both in production and consumption - can be done in such a way that it promotes low emissions and ecosystems conservation while meeting the objectives of resilience, sustainability, equity, and above all, multi-dimensional poverty reduction. The framework explicitly entails a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to support nationally owned action, which is part of UNDP's added value given its broad scope of expertise.

In line with this framework, UNDP is implementing a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral initiative involving several of the UNDP's thematic and cross-cutting practice teams from the Bureau of Development Policy: Energy and Environment Group (EEG), Poverty Group (PG), Capacity Development Group (CDG) and Gender Group. The focus of this initiative is on Climate Resilient Development, and its specific aim is twofold: a) conceptualize and assess the linkages between climate risks/vulnerabilities and pro-poor growth/human development and b) provide a menu of potential policy options for countries to consider for effectively managing the transition to pro-poor LECRD. Key to achieving these objectives is capacity development, UNDP's overarching contribution to its partner countries. UNDP will support the strengthening of capacities to operate in a climate resilient context.

More information.

Deadline: February 16, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow/Senior Research (Nigeria-based)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow and Leader of its country strategy support program in Nigeria for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment.  The position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division. Grade level will be determined by demonstrated expertise and experience.

The Nigeria country strategy support program aims to enhance Nigerian capacity for evidence-based policymaking in the areas of agriculture and rural development and poverty reduction.  It supports research and capacity strengthening for the implementation of Nigeria’s national and state development strategies. It addresses policy effectiveness and coherence within the agricultural sector as well as between the agricultural sector and other sectors key to economic growth and poverty reduction in that country.  Key research and capacity strengthening activities will be carried out with a broad array of agricultural sector stakeholders, including Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, other concerned federal and state government departments, key Nigerian research institutes and universities, the National Assembly, and selected private sector and nongovernmental organizations.

More information.

Deadline: open until filled

Thursday, February 03, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Land Portal Coordinator (ILC). The Land Portal Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the implementation, maintenance, visibility and expansion of the Land Portal, currently under construction. Deadline: February 25, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow, HarvestChoice. IFPRI seeks a Research Fellow (research economist) for its HarvestChoice team in the Environment and Production Technology Division. This is a two-year, exempt, renewable appointment depending on performance and funding based at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Deadline: March 3, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). AWARD is a professional development program that strengthens the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. Deadline: March 25, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. The journal announces two special topic calls for Papers on (1) small- and mid-scale food value chain development and (2) food system planning theory and practice. Deadline: February 15 or April 20, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Management of Water in a Changing World: Lessons Learnt and Innovative Perspectives. The International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management will take place on 12-13 October 2011 in Dresden, Germany. Deadline: February 28, 2011

CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund. IDRC is announces the 2011 Call for Concept Notes as part of the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund. Deadline: March 23, 2011

PUBLICATION: World Resources Report, Decision Making in a Changing Climate. The latest World Resources Report is presented on an interactive new website that offers opportunities for comment and feedback before the WRR report is published in April, 2011.

PUBLICATIONS: New Materials on Land Deals, Commercial Pressures, and Gender Implications. Oxfam UK has assembled a helpful list of recent publications related to land rights that is sure to be of interest to CAPRi members, including four recent additions offering new analysis of the ongoing issue of (international) land deals.

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

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Research Fellow, HarvestChoice

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Research Fellow (research economist) for its HarvestChoice team in the Environment and Production Technology Division. This is a two-year, exempt, renewable appointment depending on performance and funding based at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, D.C. HarvestChoice generates data, methods, tools and, increasingly, production, market and socio-economic evaluation that serve to inform strategic, agriculture-related investment choices targeted to raising the productivity and well-being of poor smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

More information.

Deadline: March 3, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Management of Water in a Changing World: Lessons Learnt and Innovative Perspectives

The International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management, Management of Water in a Changing World: Lessons Learnt and Innovative Perspectives, will take place on 12-13 October 2011 in Dresden, Germany.

The conference topics will include the following subjects dealing with water resources management:

  1. Water resources in changing environments
    • Land use dynamics and water resources
    • Climate change, demographic change and other drivers
    • Landscape functionality and conservation management
    • Ecosystem needs and safeguarding aquatic biodiversity
    • Water quality and ecosystem services for human needs
  2. Technologies and implementation
    • Environmental sound technologies
    • Alternative resources (storm water use, aquifer recharge etc.)
    • Pathways for sustainable sanitation
    • Stakeholder participation
    • Economic instruments: water prices for efficiency and equity
  3. Indicators and advanced monitoring
    • Adapted water resources assessment strategies
    • Water management performance indicators at different scales
    • Monitoring the efficiency of environmental improvements
  4. Information and decision support systems for improved knowledge management
    • Conceptual and technical decision support systems
    • Data assimilation and integration
  5. Capacity development for water and waste water management
    • Sustainable concepts for training and education
    • Building public awareness
    • Institutional development
  6. Water governance: actors and institutions
    • Analyses of institutions, laws and rules
    • Water governance and water politics
    • Governance and regulation of water services

Download the call for papers (pdf).

More information on the conference.

Deadline for abstracts: February 28, 2011

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

AWARD is a professional development program that strengthens the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. AWARD is a project of the Gender & Diversity Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
The AWARD Fellowship is a two-year program that offers a series of career-development resources that:

AWARD’s training courses, held over a two-year period, take place in various locations in Africa.

Eligibility:

Women agricultural scientists who are nationals of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia, who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in the disciplines listed below, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be available in Africa throughout the fellowship period. There is no age restriction.

More information.

Deadline: March 25, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: World Resources Report, Decision Making in a Changing Climate

The latest World Resources Report, Decision Making In A Changing Climate, is presented on an interactive new website that offers opportunities for comment and feedback before the WRR report is published in April, 2011.

The timely issue of how national governments make decisions for a changing climate – and specifically how they integrate the risks posed by climate change into planning and policymaking processes – is the topic of the latest World Resources Report (WRR), which has just launched its interactive website www.worldresourcesreport.org.  

The World Resources Report has been jointly published every two years since 1986 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Bank, and the World Resources Institute. This latest edition boasts an innovative, interactive model.

Audiences have been engaged from the outset, creating a broad range of research involving government officials, climate experts, international leaders and practitioners in the field---over 100 from around the world. All the research---expert papers, adaptation case studies, in-country scenario exercises, and targeted issue roundtables---will be available on the site as it is prepared. 

This research, and the comments and contributions provided by visitors to the WRR web site, will inform the findings and recommendations of the WRR Report, to be published in April 2011.

WRR encourages visitors to review the research and provide their comments and reactions.  WRR welcomes additional papers, reports, case histories and personal experiences regarding adaptation decisions.

 

PUBLICATIONS: New Materials on Land Deals, Commercial Pressures, and Gender Implications

Oxfam UK has assembled a helpful list of recent publications related to land rights that is sure to be of interest to CAPRi members. Four recent additions to the list offer new analysis of the ongoing issue of (international) land deals.