Tuesday, May 31, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Ecologist/Soil Scientist

TheEcologist/Soil Scientist will be responsible for implementing land health surveys and greenhouse gas measurements in land management projects in Africa.The work will also contribute to the new CG Consortium Research Projects, especially CRP5 on Water, Land and Ecosystems, and CRP7 on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. The main role includes the following responsibilities:

More information.

Deadline: June 10, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICRISAT Scientist-Agroforestry and Tree Domestication

ICRISAT seeks applications for a Scientist-Agroforestry and Tree domestication, to be based at ICRISAT, Niamey, Niger. The Scientist will be a member of the multi-disciplinary research team of ICRISAT, to develop crop-tree-livestock based systems in collaboration with ILRI-ICRAF.  The responsibilities include:

More information.

Deadline: June 10, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Research Positions at WorldFish Center

The WorldFish Center, a member of the Consortium on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), seeks three researchers with interests in climate change impact, and adaptation or mitigation policies and practices applicable to developing countries. The successful applicants will develop and implement work on two major cross-CGIAR research programmes: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) (http://www.ccafs.cgiar.org) and the Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) programme (http://www.worldfishcenter.org/wfcms/HQ/article.aspx?ID=1195). Although WorldFish focuses on fisheries and aquaculture, we work with people whose livelihoods also include crop and livestock agriculture and we take a broad systems approach, in collaboration with other CGIAR centers.

The three positions are:

  1. Senior/Principal Scientist – Climate Change impact, adaptation and mitigation, based in Penang, Malaysia. The successful candidate will lead the Center’s programme on climate change research and represent us in the CCAFS programme. Successful project and programme leadership experience and a track record of securing research funding is required.
  2. Postdoctoral fellow: Economics of climate change: with a focus on impact assessment and costs and benefits of adaptation, based in Penang. Applicants should have strong econometric or economic modeling skills.
  3. Postdoctoral fellow/Scientist: Climate change impacts and adaptation in coastal Bangladesh. This position demands good research design and field-based implementation skills, and is based in Dhaka, with fieldwork in Khulna District, Bangladesh.

To learn more and/or to apply, click here.

Deadline: June 22, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Postdoctoral Fellow, Climate Change

If you possess a PhD or equivalent academic qualification in a field related to global change or agricultural development, and have at least three years’ research experience, ideally in an interdisciplinary environment, you could be the person we are looking for. This position reports to the Regional Program Leader of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) (www.ccafs.cgiar.org) and will be based at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI’s) New Delhi Office in India.

CCAFS is a new major collaborative endeavor between the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP), research communities, and their respective partners. Research over a ten-year period starting in 2010 is aimed at overcoming the additional threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing livelihoods and improving environmental management in the developing world.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 15, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with IFAD

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is accepting applications for several positions that may be of interest to CAPRi members.

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Gender and Climate Change Expert

ICIMOD is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. We are working to develop an economically and environmentally sound mountain ecosystem to improve the living standards and livelihood 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.

Under the overall guidance of the Programme Manager Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction (SLPR) and the direct supervision of the Gender and Governance Division Head, the Gender Expert will contribute to enhancing and strengthening ICIMOD’s capacities to address gender and climate change issues in mountain development and dissemination of knowledge on gender and sustainable development particularly for the HICAP project.

More information.

Deadline: June 19, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Director, WRI’s Aqueduct project. WRI is seeking a Director to lead its Aqueduct project, an initiative to develop a publicly available, online global database of local-level water risks related to scarcity, pollution, regulatory pressure, governance, and socio-economic dynamics. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health (IFPRI-led CRP4). The new research and development platform will work to accelerate progress in improving the nutrition and health of poor people by re-shaping agriculture and food systems through new, creative policies and investments that take an interdisciplinary perspective. Deadline: June 17, 2011

FELLOWSHIP: Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. The program is designed to help strengthen Third-Sector capacity in the Fellows' home countries. Deadline: June 10, 2011

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Certificate of Advanced Studies in Management of Development Projects. The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is organizing a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Management of Development Projects targeted at project managers, engineers, architects, social scientists and other equivalent university graduates. Deadline: 31 July 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on “Carbon Markets: An International Perspective”. Call for papers for a special issue of International Journal of Global Energy Issues  (IJGEI). Deadline: September 1, 2011

AWARD: PDMA/IDRC Research Award for Young Scholars 2011. PDMA and IDRC invite young researches to submit papers exploring the challenges of innovation in the field of impacts of climate change, in particular on the water sector, including water resources and water services and systems. Deadline: June 20, 2011

COMPETITION: Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works. Changemakers and eBay Foundation invite you to participate in their international competition: Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works. Deadline: June 15, 2011

ONLINE RESOURCE: Google Earth Engine. Google Earth Engine is a new technology platform that puts an unprecedented amount of satellite imagery and data—current and historical—online for the first time.

PUBLICATION: Foresight Project Global Food and Farming Futures. The Foresight project Global Food and Farming Futures examined how a rapidly expanding global population can be fed in a healthy and sustainable way.

PUBLICATION: Gendered dimensions of disaster risk management, natural resource management, and climate change adaptation in the Pacific

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on “Carbon Markets: An International Perspective”

Call for papers for a special issue of International Journal of Global Energy Issues  (IJGEI).

Recently, carbon markets have been spreading both regionally and internationally. While there is increasing public interest in so-called emissions markets to regulate the environment, there is an even greater need for researchers to analyse the sphere of carbon markets in its globality and to encompass its complexity. This special issue of IJGEI aims at developing various applications incorporating energy- and environmentally-related issues of carbon markets.

We encourage submissions of original theoretical and empirical research papers, meta-analytic reviews, and narrative literature reviews on new developments in the sphere of carbon markets, its relationship to other energy markets and regulations, and the consequent new uses of carbon markets that may be proposed at an international and/or regional scale.

We aim to report the latest advancements in the highly interdisciplinary research and development area of carbon markets, with applications in the fields of economics, econometrics, statistics, finance, engineering, management, geography, environmental policy, climate policy and political science.

In view of this, this issue expects to enhance the state-of-the-art in instrumentation and the political insight required for managing the various problems and challenges in designing efficient and effective carbon market regulation.

More information.

Deadline: September 1, 2011

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ONLINE RESOURCE: Google Earth Engine

Last December at the International Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Google launched a new product called Google Earth Engine.

Google Earth Engine is a new technology platform that puts an unprecedented amount of satellite imagery and data—current and historical—online for the first time. It enables global-scale monitoring and measurement of changes in the earth’s environment. The platform will enable scientists to use our extensive computing infrastructure—the Google “cloud”—to analyze this imagery. Last year, we demonstrated an early prototype. Since then, we have developed the platform, and are excited now to offer scientists around the world access to Earth Engine to implement their applications.

Why is this important? The images of our planet from space contain a wealth of information, ready to be extracted and applied to many societal challenges. Scientific analysis can transform these images from a mere set of pixels into useful information—such as the locations and extent of global forests, detecting how our forests are changing over time, directing resources for disaster response or water resource mapping.

More information about Google Earth Engine is available in this post on the Google blog. Google also released several product videos, such as the one below.

 

PUBLICATION: Foresight Project Global Food and Farming Futures

The Foresight project Global Food and Farming Futures examined how a rapidly expanding global population can be fed in a healthy and sustainable way. The project's new report helps identify a wide range of possible actions to meet the challenges facing food and farming, both now and in the future.

More information.

 

PUBLICATION: Gendered dimensions of disaster risk management, natural resource management, and climate change adaptation in the Pacific

Disasters and climate change result in numerous impacts on people, their communities, and their environments...An understanding of the gendered dimensions of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and natural resource management will help illuminate social and cultural vulnerability". Cheryl Anderson's SPC Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin examines the intersection of disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, and natural resource management with a lens towards gender.

Full text available here (pdf).

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Certificate of Advanced Studies in Management of Development Projects

In the current context of globalization, most countries face major social, economic, technological, political and institutional changes. In order to successfully implement a project, be it a development project, a public action or a private business, scientists, technicians and academics from the North and South will increasingly have to work together. The need to integrate different kinds of expertise will also be a necessity. In addition to the specialized skills in their respective fields, professionals will have to be able to understand specific historical and cultural backgrounds, to face new and changing situations and environments, different ways of thinking and implementing projects.

To help professionals to adapt to these situations and promote an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to these problems, the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is organizing a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Management of Development Projects (MaDePro) targeted at project managers, engineers, architects, social scientists and other equivalent university graduates. 

More information.

Deadline for Applications: 31 July 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Director, WRI’s Aqueduct project

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is seeking a Director to lead its Aqueduct project, a high-profile initiative to develop a publicly available, online global database of local-level water risks related to scarcity, pollution, regulatory pressure, governance, and socio-economic dynamics.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and use of the Aqueduct database and its derivative analytical applications for more efficient and sustainable water resources management.

The Aqueduct Director will oversee the implementation of the project, its deliverables, and its budget of over $4 million. She/he will lead a team of 4 staff and 2 interns. The position is located at WRI’s headquarters in Washington DC and reports to the Director of the Markets and Enterprise Program.

This is a challenging position that offers a unique opportunity to inform and inspire responsible business engagement in water policy reforms for a more efficient, sustainable and equitable use of increasingly scarce water resources.

More information.

Deadline: open

 

AWARD: PDMA/IDRC Research Award for Young Scholars 2011

The Center on Law and Environment (PDMA) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are co-hosting a Research Awards for Young Scholars, which will take place at the XIV World Water Congress, from 25-29 September, 2011 in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil.

PDMA and IDRC invite young researches to submit papers exploring the challenges of innovation in the field of impacts of climate change, in particular on the water sector, including water resources and water services and systems. Among the range of crosscutting issues related to climate change and water, the Research Awards for Young Scholars will focus on the proposed topics for the IWRA Conference:

  1. Adaptive water management;
  2. Water resources and global change;
  3. Governance and water law; and
  4. Knowledge systems.

Each of these subjects will alter the way water is managed; together, they will require fundamentally new priorities for technology and infrastructure, management and policy, allocation and pricing, laws and institutions, and above all, a new future outlook for water resources professionals.

More information.

Deadline: June 20, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health (IFPRI-led CRP4)

The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health (CRP4) is a research and development platform that that will work to accelerate progress in improving the nutrition and health of poor people by re-shaping agriculture and food systems through new, creative policies and investments that take an interdisciplinary perspective.  Led by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in close collaboration with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), CRP4 brings together 12 CGIAR centers and multiple partners from agriculture, nutrition, and health communities from around the world. 

We are looking for a visionary, dynamic and creative Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health (CRP4).  The Director will report to the Director General of IFPRI and will be based in Washington, DC.

More information.

Deadline: June 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

 

COMPETITION: Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works

Changemakers and eBay Foundation invite you to participate in their international competition: Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works.

This competition seeks market-based innovations that are developing employment opportunities for vulnerable populations. The best entries will be those that have demonstrated impact, are prepared to scale-up, and have sought partners to expand their reach. The top five solutions will each win US $50,000.  Selected entries will have the opportunity to establish a longer term partnership with eBay Foundation. Winning solutions may include those that create:

More information.

Deadline for ideas: June 15, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP: Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society's Senior International Fellows Program provides an opportunity for the professional development of grantmakers and other Third-Sector community philanthropy practitioners who are decision-makers in their professions. The program is designed to help strengthen Third-Sector capacity in the Fellows' home countries.

Fellows are based at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where they attend weekly seminars, explore the work of key agencies and foundations, meet with nonprofit leaders and study U.S. and international community foundation models.

More information.

Deadline: June 10, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Statistician, Greenhouse Gas Assessment Framework. The full title of the position is Statistician (Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Assessment Framework for emissions and mitigation potentials in agriculture, forestry and fisheries). The incumbent will undertake the gathering, standardization, compilation and analysis of the data and information provided from member states and partners and oversee the upload of the data and information onto the central data portal. Deadline: May 18, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: DFID Senior Research Fellows. DFID is seeking to recruit leading scientists, academics and researchers in various fields of the natural and social sciences to serve as Senior Research Fellows to undertake specific tasks to be agreed in the design and execution of research programmes. Deadline: May 20, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP: Forestry Scholarship at Bangor University. Ten fully-funded scholarship grants are available for an MSc in Forestry by distance learning. The scholarships are worth £12,000 to cover tuition fees plus a £2,000 bursary to enable scholars to attend a study tour which will be held overseas in July/August. Deadline: May 31, 2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: DFID-ESRC Growth Programme. The DFID/ESRC Growth Programme will fund world class scientific research on issues relating to inclusive economic growth in Low Income Countries (LICs), with high potential for impact on policy and practice. Deadline: May 26, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: LACEA and LAMES meetings in Santiago, Chile. The 2011 Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society (LAMES) meetings will take place in Santiago, Chile, from November 10th to12th, 2011. Deadline: June 1, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: UNU-INRA International Conference on Sustainable Development of Natural Resources in Africa. This four-day bilingual (French/English) conference will be held on 5 - 8 December 2011, Accra, Ghana. It will focus on evolving approaches, tools, methods and principles addressing the challenges associated with increasing natural resource use and sustainable development in Africa. Deadline: July 31, 2011

TRAINING: CSDi Program on Integrated DRR, Community Based Adaptation and Rural Development. CSDi is announcing the May launch of a diploma program of online field courses integrating community-based adaptation to climate change, disaster risk reduction, and rural development.

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Linking Gender, Poverty, and Environment. The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) would like to invite you to participate in an online discussion titled Linking Gender, Poverty, and Environment to Promote Sustainable Development, that will run from May 2 through June 14, 2011

ONLINE RESOURCE: Updated Bibliographies on Biofuels, Land Rights in Africa & Global Land Grabbing. Ahead of the recent International Conference on Global Land Grabbing, several helpful bibliographies related to biofuels, land rights in Africa, and global land grabbing were prepared.

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Updated Bibliographies on Biofuels, Land Rights in Africa & Global Land Grabbing

Ahead of the recent International Conference on Global Land Grabbing, Robin Palmer of Mokoro prepared several helpful bibliographies related to biofuels, land rights in Africa, and global land grabbing.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: DFID-ESRC Growth Programme

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are partnering in a new programme on economic growth in developing countries. The DFID/ESRC Growth Programme will fund world class scientific research on issues relating to inclusive economic growth in Low Income Countries (LICs), with high potential for impact on policy and practice.   

There will be three themes under the call. Applications which are not deemed to address these themes sufficiently will be rejected as ineligible. The themes are: 

More information.

Deadline: May 26, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: UNU-INRA International Conference on Sustainable Development of Natural Resources in Africa

The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of Africa's universities and research institutions to conduct research and produce well-trained, well-equipped and motivated individuals. These individuals should be capable of developing, adapting and disseminating technologies that advance food security and promote conservation and the efficient use of the continent's natural resources for sustainable development. To this end, UNU-INRA is issuing a call for papers for an international conference that it wishes to organize to highlight new research and community engagement on sustainable natural resource management and use. The conference will be held on 5 - 8 December 2011, Accra, Ghana.

This four-day bilingual (French/English) conference is a landmark event focusing on evolving approaches, tools, methods and principles addressing the challenges associated with increasing natural resource use and sustainable development in Africa. It will feature keynote speakers from across the continent and from other parts of the world. The conference will also provide a space for creative exchange of ideas, for networking and for forging collaboration between African researchers, corporate leaders, policy makers, media, and civil society groups.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: July 31, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: DFID Senior Research Fellows

DFID is seeking to recruit leading scientists, academics and researchers in various fields of the natural and social sciences to serve as Senior Research Fellows to undertake specific tasks to be agreed in the design and execution of research programmes. Experts and researchers in the private sector and non-governmental organisations are also encouraged to apply.

The Senior Research Fellows will provide scientific leadership and assist in DFID’s engagement with the research communities in international development. By interfacing with partner governments and users of research, Senior Research Fellows will contribute to DFID’s efforts to enhance the relevance of research and maximise its impact on development policy and practice.

More information.

Deadline: May 20, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

 

TRAINING: CSDi Program on Integrated DRR, Community Based Adaptation and Rural Development

CSDi is announcing the May launch of a diploma program of online field courses integrating community-based adaptation to climate change, disaster risk reduction, and rural development.

These courses begin by introducing basic climate change concepts, participatory disaster preparedness, and mainstreaming them with rural development—and develop as participants identify local community vulnerabilities, identify risks and hazards, investigate appropriate solutions, design participatory M&E plans, develop full projects, launch and manage them.

More information.

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Statistician, Greenhouse Gas Assessment Framework

The full title of the position is Statistician (Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Assessment Framework for emissions and mitigation potentials in agriculture, forestry and fisheries). Under the overall guidance of the Director, NRC, and the supervision of the Programme Coordinator of the project “Making land use and agriculture part of the solution – Building capacities for Agriculture Mitigation” (MICCA) and a Senior Statistician,ESS, the incumbent will undertake the gathering, standardization, compilation and analysis of the data and information provided from member states and partners and oversee the upload of the data and information onto the central data portal. In particular, the incumbent will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 18, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: DFID Senionr Research Fellows

DFID is seeking to recruit leading scientists, academics and researchers in various fields of the natural and social sciences to serve as Senior Research Fellows to undertake specific tasks to be agreed in the design and execution of research programmes. Experts and researchers in the private sector and non-governmental organisations are also encouraged to apply.

The Senior Research Fellows will provide scientific leadership and assist in DFID’s engagement with the research communities in international development. By interfacing with partner governments and users of research, Senior Research Fellows will contribute to DFID’s efforts to enhance the relevance of research and maximise its impact on development policy and practice.

More information.

Deadline: May 20, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

 

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Linking Gender, Poverty, and Environment

The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) would like to invite you to participate in an online discussion titled Linking Gender, Poverty, and Environment to Promote Sustainable Development, that will run from May 2 through June 14, 2011. The discussion will be held in three phases and each phase will focus on a particular topic outlined below.

Phase I. Understanding the Dynamics of the Gender-Poverty-Environment Links: will establish a common frame of reference for discussing gender-poverty –environment links.

Phase II. Promoting a Positive Spiral: will examine potential applications of the study findings and online discussion insights to address issues emerging  from consultations for the forthcoming World Bank Environment Strategy.

Phase III. Developing Tools for Positive Gender Equality-Poverty Reduction-Environment Sustainability Links: will critique and enhance draft tools to guide decision-makers in sustainable development sectors.

Your participation in this discussion will be acknowledged in the final report Linking Gender, Poverty, and Environment to Promote Sustainable Development.

More information.

Monday, May 09, 2011

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Forestry Scholarship at Bangor University

Ten fully-funded scholarship grants are available for an MSc in Forestry by distance learning. The scholarships are worth £12,000 to cover tuition fees plus a £2,000 bursary to enable scholars to attend a study tour which will be held overseas in July/August. The scholarships are currently only available for entrants in September 2011. Applicants may be nationals of: Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

More information.

Deadline: May 31, 2011

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: LACEA and LAMES meetings in Santiago, Chile

The 2011 Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society (LAMES) meetings will take place in Santiago, Chile, from November 10th to12th, 2011. The Meetings will be hosted by Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. The Annual Meetings of these two academic associations will run simultaneously, under a single local organization. By registering to LACEA-LAMES 2011, participants will be welcomed to attend all sessions of both meetings. The deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2011. Authors can submit one paper to each meeting, but the same paper cannot be submitted to both meetings. Authors submitting papers must be members of the respective association at the time of submission.

More information.

Deadline: June 1, 2011

Thursday, May 05, 2011

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: ILRI Post-Doc Fellow, Agro-Ecosystem Scientist. ILRI seeks to recruit a postdoctoral scientist to conduct research on how integration of water management for different landscape components can lead to livelihood and environment benefits in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia. Deadline: May 26, 2011

EMPLOYMENT: HarvestPlus Postdoctoral Fellow. HarvestPlus is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Impact and Policy team.  This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C. Deadline: June 3, 2011

FELLOWSHIP/SCHOLARSHIP: Applied Ecology and Conservation. A post-doctoral research fellow and a Ph.D. student are expected to work on issues related to food and biofuel production, carbon storage and sequestration, conservation of forests, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and rural development. Deadline: open

SCHOLARSHIP: Participatory Rangeland Management Analysis. DITSL is looking for a young scientist to conduct a PhD study in the frame of the collaborative research project “Livelihood diversifying potential of livestock based carbon sequestration options in pastoral and agro-pastoral systems in Africa”. Deadline: May 31, 2011

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Student Conference: Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. NEPAD, in collaboration with its partners, is organizing an International Student Conference on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems to be held in Johannesburg, 15 -17 August 2011. Deadline for scholarship application: May 8, 2011. Deadline for abstracts: May 31, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa. The conference dates are November 1-3, 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Deadline: June 30, 2011

TRAINING: Workshop on Participatory Impact Monitoring. The workshop will take place at the Karl Kübel Institute for Development Education, Coimbatore, India from June, 28th to 30th 2011. Deadline: May 20, 2011

PUBLICATION: Commercial Biofuel Land Deals & Environment and Social Impact Assessments in Africa. A new working paper by The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) and The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)

ONLINE RESOURCE: The Worldwide Extension Network. The Worldwide Extension Study provides empirical data on the human and financial resources of agricultural extension and advisory systems worldwide, as well as other important information.

VIDEO: Pastoralism and Commons – Beyond Sedentarisation and Sustainability. Video of an interesting policy forum from the 2011 IASC conference in Hyderabad.

 

VIDEO: Pastoralism and Commons – Beyond Sedentarisation and Sustainability

A video of an interesting policy forum from the 2011 IASC conference in Hyderabad on the topic of “Pastoralism and Commons – Beyond Sedentarisation and Sustainability” is now available online.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in conjunction with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is organizing a conference on the theme of Increasing Agricultural Productivity & Enhancing Food Security in Africa: New Challenges and Opportunities. The conference dates are November 1-3, 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Conference Subthemes:

More information.

Deadline: June 30, 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

 

PUBLICATION: Commercial Biofuel Land Deals & Environment and Social Impact Assessments in Africa

A new working paper by The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) and The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS).

This paper examines three case studies of proposed biofuel developments in Mozambique and Sierra Leone in terms of their social displacement impacts and the extent to which such impacts can be avoided or minimised. The case studies show that even in areas with low population densities and settlements concentrated in villages where it is easier to minimise displacement impacts, livelihood displacement impacts still cannot be entirely avoided due to communal and scattered land use in most rural areas. Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) processes have changed the location, size and boundaries of developments to reduce displacement impacts, but more mitigation measures — such as outgrower schemes and land dedicated to food production — can provide further livelihood restitution and avoid food security impacts. The three biofuel ventures also highlight the influence of tenure security for local land right holders in determining the nature of the land deals and the consultation processes: cases where land leases are made with central government seem to provide fewer incentives for developers to negotiate directly with local communities and provide them with lower levels of compensation.

Available for download here.

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Participatory Rangeland Management Analysis (DITSL)

The German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL) is looking for a highly motivated young scientist to conduct a PhD study in the frame of the collaborative research project “Livelihood diversifying potential of livestock based carbon sequestration options in pastoral and agro-pastoral systems in Africa” led by the International Livestock Research Institute (IRLI) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Within this collaborative project, DITSL leads the participatory rangeland management component of the project in Ethiopia, and will specifically focus on the participatory assessment of livestock based options for managing carbon fluxes by pastoralists. This entails participatory rangeland mapping, GPS tracking of herds and analysis of pastoral grazing management. Participatory rangeland use scenario analysis will be used to facilitate pastoralists’ assessment of options to manage carbon fluxes within the landscape. The empirical work will take place in southern Ethiopia. The PhD candidate will work closely together with other PhD students from the University of Hohenheim (below ground biomass and carbon fluxes) and Hawassa University (above ground biomass and carbon stocks).

More information.

Deadline: May 31, 2011

 

FELLOWSHIP/SCHOLARSHIP: Applied Ecology and Conservation

The post-doctoral research fellow and Ph.D. student are expected to work closely with the principal investigator and other members of the team to develop novel approaches for evaluating the implications and tradeoffs of alternative land-use and development scenarios in relation to food and biofuel production, carbon storage and sequestration, conservation of forests, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and rural development.

More information.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: ILRI Post-Doc Fellow, Agro-Ecosystem Scientist

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a postdoctoral scientist to conduct research on how integration of water management for different landscape components (livestock, crops, trees, and human settlement patterns) can lead to livelihood and environment benefits in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia. Depending on the profile of the successful candidate this position will contribute to (i) developing scenarios for how landscapes might evolve and the implications for water productivity, ecosystem health and livelihoods (ii) analyzing performance and impact of local learning networks and/or (iii) assess the livelihood and poverty impacts of widespread adoption of different rainwater management strategies to support design of positive strategies. The research will be cross disciplinary involving aspects of livestock production, agronomy, soil science, water management and livelihoods analysis. The research will involve close collaboration with the International Water Management Institute.

More information.

Deadline: May 26, 2011

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

 

EMPLOYMENT: HarvestPlus Postdoctoral Fellow

HarvestPlus, a challenge program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), is co-convened by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). It is an international, multi-disciplinary alliance, which seeks to breed and disseminate staple food crops rich in micronutrients as a promising means to reduce micronutrient malnutrition in developing countries.  Current target micronutrient, crop and country combinations are: high-iron bean in Rwanda, high-iron pearl millet in India, high-provitamin A cassava in Nigeria and high-provitamin A maize in Zambia. 

HarvestPlus is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Impact and Policy team.  This position is based at IFPRI headquarters located in Washington, D.C. The position is a two-year, fixed-term appointment, and is renewable depending on performance and funding. Please note that Postdoctoral Fellow appointments at IFPRI have a maximum term of three (3) years, inclusive of any approved appointment extensions

More information.

Deadline: June 3, 2011

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Student Conference: Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems

NEPAD, in collaboration with its partners, is organizing an International Student Conference on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems to be held in Johannesburg, 15 -17 August 2011.

The objectives of the conference are:

The conference themes are:

  1. 1 The Role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation;
  2. 2 Climate change and vulnerable groups (women, children, disabled, etc,);
  3. 3 Climate change, food security and health;
  4. 4 Climate change, Migration and social conflicts;
  5. 5 Climate change, land, water and other natural resources management;
  6. 6 Climate change and biodiversity management and conservation.

The conference provides students and youth with the opportunity to present their research papers at an international level.

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Deadline for abstracts for scholarship application: May 8, 2011

Deadline for abstracts: May 31, 2011

 

TRAINING: Workshop on Participatory Impact Monitoring

The workshop introduces participatory impact monitoring (PIM) in general terms and shares the procedure to start PIM from the very beginning (its concept and guidelines). The project cycle and impact chains will be reviewed to have a common understanding by all participants for practical exercises during the workshop.

The workshop will also share already field tested impact indicators and tools from self help groups and watershed development projects which could be useful for practitioners (experiences from the field).

All sub group works will be carried out with concrete examples (case studies) and the practical exercises are in line with the general concept of PIM.

The workshop will take place at the Karl Kübel Institute for Development Education, Coimbatore, India (www.kkid.org) from June, 28th to 30th 2011.

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Deadline: May 20, 2011

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: The Worldwide Extension Network

The Worldwide Extension Study provides empirical data on the human and financial resources of agricultural extension and advisory systems worldwide, as well as other important information on:

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