Tuesday, January 31, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: New CAPRi Book on Collective Action & Property Rights for Sustainable Development

Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction

We at CAPRi are pleased to announce the publication of a new CAPRi book, Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction: Insights from Africa and Asia, edited by Esther Mwangi, Helen Markelova, and Ruth Meinzen-Dick. The book draws on a CAPRi Research Project that began in 2004 involving 4 CGIAR centers (AHI, CIFOR, ICRISAT, and IFPRI) and 2 German universities (Humboldt University of Berlin and Philipps-Marburg University). The policy briefs that emerged over the course of the project have been among our most popular publications and now we’re pleased to be able to offer a longer and more detailed set of insights from the project.

The book is available for purchase through the University of Pennsylvania Press. For a limited time you can receive a 20 percent discount by using the promotion code P2F8. Order here.

Read the description below for more information on this volume.

 

 

Description:

To improve their well-being, the poor in developing countries have used both collective action through formal and informal groups and property rights to natural resources. Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Reduction: Insights from Africa and Asia examines how these two types of institutions, separately and together, influence quality of life and how they can be strengthened to improve the livelihoods of the rural poor.

The product of a global research study by the Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, this book draws on case studies from East Africa and South and Southeast Asia to investigate how collective action and property rights have contributed to poverty reduction. The book extends the analysis of these institutions beyond their frequently studied role in natural resource management by also examining how they can reduce vulnerability to different types of shocks.

Essays in the volume identify opportunities and risks present in the institutions of collective action and property rights. For example, property rights to natural resources can offer a variety of advantages, providing individuals and groups not only with benefits and incomes but also with assets that can counter the negative effects of shocks such as drought, and can make collective action easier. The authors also demonstrate that collective action has the potential to reduce poverty if it includes more vulnerable groups such as women, ethnic minorities, and the very poor. Preventing exclusion of these often-marginalized groups and guaranteeing genuinely inclusive collective action might require special rules and policies. Another danger to the poor is the capture of property rights by elites, which can be the result of privatization and decentralization policies; case studies and analysis identify actions to prevent such elite capture.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Ford Foundation Program Officer, Expanding Community Rights over Natural Resources (Beijing)

The Program Officer will develop, monitor, and coordinate grant-making that enhances community access to natural resources in fragile environments in China, particularly among communities in Western China. The goals of this Foundation-wide program are to give poor and marginalized groups greater control over natural resources, and to ensure that government investments in natural resources respond to local needs. The assumption underlying the program is that communities and natural resources are both well served when communities in environmentally sensitive areas have a stake in decisions affecting their lives and livelihoods. In China, these goals are pursued through a number of approaches including research, communications, community participation, education, and government engagement at all levels.

More information.

Deadline: March 12, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a grant making and advocacy foundation that is part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. Its headquarters is in Dakar and it has offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry.

OSIWA calls for proposals that seek to:

  1. Foster building of strong governance institutions, processes and structures that are transparent, accountable and intolerant of impunity;
  2. Build the capacity of civil society organizations and increase citizen participation in decision-making processes and
  3. Promote the protection of fundamental rights and citizenship groups exposed to discrimination.

The programs will be implemented in one or more of these countries: Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

More information.

Deadline: February 27, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Tapping the Turn: A Conference on Water’s Social Dimensions

The Household Water Researchers Network is calling for papers for Tapping the Turn: A Conference on Water’s Social Dimensions.

This international conference, to be held at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, on November 15-16 2012, offers a rare opportunity to present your research and professional work in an international forum dedicated entirely to social and cultural water research.

In recent years, social scientists have imagined ‘social natures’ - naturecultures and natural-technical and sociotechnical assemblages - where nature is not autonomous of human endeavour and human agency and all elements of the environment are understood to imbue, and be imbued by, human cultural activity.

In the modern expert view of water as a scientific element (H2O) this vital and physical ‘resource’ became an exploitable commodity, heroically engineered to supply urban citizens living far from its source. This worldview posited a fundamental separation between the natural realm of water and the social contexts within which it is used, represented and controlled. Modernity has robbed water of its history and geography, severed people’s connections with sources of a vital element and constrained our imaginative capacities to learn and ‘think with’ water.

In spite of that dominant worldview, a revolution in the way people know and represent water is underway. A growing body of literature suggests that ‘water is what we make of it’: its meanings go well beyond scientific definitions.

THEMES

Papers submissions are particularly welcome that address the following themes:

  1. Living with Water - City, country, farm, home, body, spirit Household water use; rural and remote issues; cultural meanings and spiritual values of water; water and well-being.
  2. Water Geographies, Histories and Futures - Tracing, writing, mapping, modelling Water heritage; integrated and participatory water planning; site-specific water management.
  3. Water Security and Insecurity - The hydropolitics of fear Social aspects of water sustainability; demand management planning; predictability, unpredictability and complexity.
  4. Water Genders, Cultures, Politics - Water governanceinside and outside the home. Different cultural meanings; gendered water use; masculinity, femininity, water governance.

More information.

Deadline: February 24, 2012

 

TRAINING: PhD Course on International Forestry and Global Issues

The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), AgroParisTech- ENGREF, the Nancy centre and the European Forest Institute’s Central European Regional Office and the Observatory for European Forests (EFICENT-OEF) will conduct a PhD course on 'International Forestry and Global Issues' 16-20 April, 2012 in Nancy, France.

This course will address a wide range of forest issues and topics, which rank high on the international and national forest and environmental research and policy agendas. The course will offer PhD students and young scientists an excellent opportunity to interact with internationally renowned experts from various fields of forest science and policy.

The following themes will be discussed:

The 'International Forestry and Global Issues' course is addressed to young scientists doing their research on forest related topics. Within the course trans-disciplinary topics and approaches will be discussed and students with different research backgrounds are welcome to participate.

More information.

Deadline: February 15, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: PhD Opportunities under the BESTTuna Project at Wageningen University

Four PhD vacancies are available under the BESTTuna project at Wageningen University. BESTTuna is a major research programme funded by the Interdisciplinary Research and Education Fund (INREF) that supports cooperative research between research groups at Wageningen University (The Netherlands), Bogor University (Indonesia), The University of the Philippines, the University of the South Pacific (Fiji) and the WWF-Coral Triangle Initiative. The objective of BESTTuna is to study the design of effective and equitable state and market-based governance arrangements to achieve sustainable trans-boundary tuna management in the Coral Triangle and Western Pacific. PhD students in the field of fish biology, policy science, and resource economics are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: March 1, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Disaster Risk Reduction in South Asia

Global Change SysTem for Analysis, Research, and Training (START), with funding from CDKN, is announcing a Call for Proposals for research on integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for resilient development in South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). Grants are a maximum US$110,000 for up to 19 months. Each proposal must involve a team of at least three scientists across different disciplines and the principal investigator should be based in South Asia. Multi-national teams are encouraged.

More information.

Deadline: February 29, 2012

 

CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Climate Change in Vietnam (Danida)

The Danish International Development Agency (Danida) is calling for research concept notes for Vietnam. Project leaders in Vietnam should choose research partners in Denmark. The theme is climate change. Projects of up to three years will be funded with grants of up to DKK 5 million, including the costs of the Danish participation.

More information.

Deadline: February 17, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow, Malawi. IFPRI seeks a qualified candidate for a two year, fixed term, renewable appointment for its Development Strategy and Governance Division (DSDG). The fellow will contribute to the Strengthening Evidence-Based Agricultural Policy (SEBAP) project in Malawi by conducting research and capacity building activities. Deadline: February 23, 2012

SCHOLARSHIP: PhD fellowship in Effectiveness & Equity in Payments for Ecosystem Services. An opportunity for a young, motivated person willing to develop a PhD at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Deadline: January 29, 2012

FELLOWSHIP: Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. BIGSSS invites applications to its Ph.D. program, which will commence on September 1st, 2012. Deadline: March 15, 2012

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: UNU-INRA Visiting Scholars Program 2012. The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa wishes to provide qualified scholars an opportunity to undertake research on topics related to the development and management of natural resources in Africa, to participate in UNU-INRA activities, and to contribute to UNU-INRA publications. Deadline: March 15, 2012

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Online Discussion on “How can women’s land rights be secured?” This discussion aims to gather inputs to enrich the discussion at a side-event at the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

AWARD: Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to a select few social entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s most pressing problems. Deadline: March 1, 2012

PUBLICATION: Realizing Forest Rights in Vietnam: Addressing Issues in Community Forest Management. A publication from RECOFTC—The Center for People and Forests.

PUBLICATION: Sharpening the understanding of socio-ecological landscapes in participatory land-use planning. A case study in Lao PDR. A recent paper published in Applied Geography.

PUBLICATION: FAO State of Food and Agriculture Report: Women in Agriculture, Closing the gender gap for development. The latest State of Food and Agriculture, FAO’s major annual flagship publication, examines how to close the gender gap in development.

ONLINE RESOURCE: “Gender in Ag” Online Portal. This platform - genderinag.org - was supported through funding by the Gender Action Plan (GAP) and is designed to provide a space for practitioners to access resources, tools and information which can help mainstream gender into agricultural development initiatives.

 

PUBLICATION: Realizing Forest Rights in Vietnam: Addressing Issues in Community Forest Management

A publication from RECOFTC—The Center for People and Forests.

In Vietnam, forests have been under state stewardship for a long time. Degradation of forest resources under state management together with the high costs of forest protection has led to increased involvement of local people in forest management. Since the early 1990s, the Government of Vietnam (GOV) has been promoting the allocation of forest rights to local people as the foundation for development of community forest management (CFM). The initiative, known as Forest Land Allocation (FLA), has been undertaken in various parts of the country, with mixed results. This raises an important question: how can forestland allocation be improved so that community forestry can both support local livelihoods and provide environmental protection?

Available here.

 

FELLOWSHIP: Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. program. The program will commence on September 1st, 2012. Successful applicants for the Ph.D. and Post-doc fellowships will pursue a topic in one of BIGSSS' five Thematic Fields:

Founded upon the core disciplines of political science, sociology and psychology (but also integrating bordering disciplines) and supported by a solid foundation in social-science methodology, BIGSSS offers advanced interdisciplinary training, thus preparing fellows for leading professional positions inside and outside of academia, both nationally and internationally.

More information.

Deadline: March 15, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Postdoctoral Fellow, Malawi

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) for a two (2) year, fixed term, renewable appointment for its Development Strategy and Governance Division (DSDG). Working within a multidisciplinary research team the PDF will contribute to the Strengthening Evidence-Based Agricultural Policy (SEBAP) project in Malawi by conducting research and capacity building activities.

The PDF will be expected to perform various tasks, ranging from analysis of household survey data to sector performance evaluation. The PDF will also play a leading role in supporting capacity building in the field of monitoring and evaluation and agricultural statistics. This position is based at IFPRI’s Malawi Strategy Support Program (MaSSP) located in Lilongwe, Malawi.

More information.

Deadline: February 23, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Sharpening the understanding of socio-ecological landscapes in participatory land-use planning. A case study in Lao PDR

A recent paper published in Applied Geography:

In the two decades since the 1992 Rio Conference, land-use planning (LUP) has become recognized as a key instrument in putting discourses on sustainable development into practice. In Lao PDR, despite the implementation problems, it is still seen as a lever for securing land tenure, rationalizing extension services provision, and more recently, for implementing ‘Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation’ (REDD) schemes. Impact assessments of past LUP have revealed weaknesses of local institutions in the effective implementation of land policies. In order to avoid the blind trust placed in delusive LUP success stories, methods for monitoring community participation and understanding of LUP activities have been developed in order to assess the quality of the process.

Expanding on this perspective, this article proposes a method to assess the quality of LUP outputs and to visualize the gap between planning objectives and their actual achievements. This method, based on a refined analysis of past and present land zoning practices in Lao PDR, gives full prominence to the complexity of landscape mosaics and the way local populations actually use the land. Furthermore, this approach, developed and tested under real planning conditions, can also be seen as a safeguard and support for inexperienced implementers in their land-use planning practices, as a diagnostic instrument for quality assessment, i.e. level of accuracy of a land-use plan, and may finally pave the way toward becoming a tool for land-use planning certification.

Download here (pdf).

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: UNU-INRA Visiting Scholars Program 2012

The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) wishes to provide qualified scholars an opportunity to undertake research on topics related to the development and management of natural resources in Africa, to participate in UNU-INRA activities, and to contribute to UNU-INRA publications. The program is also designed to enhance the dissemination of UNU-INRA research and to contribute to the UNU-INRA’s outreach program. The program will NOT support any field work aimed at collecting data. It is suitable for researchers who have data available and need workstation facilities and financial support to analyze and publish the results of their research.

UNU-INRA’s work focuses on sustainable management of Africa’s natural resources. Specifically, the Strategic Plan 2011–2014 identifies three (3) program areas:

The 2012 VSP will focus on theme 2: Promoting conservation and developing a green economy.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit proposals that address this theme. Details about this program area can be found in the UNU-INRA Strategic Plan 2011- 2014 and the flyer of the Africa Green Economy Initiative, which can be both downloaded from the publication section of the Institute’s website. Female scholars from Africa and abroad are highly encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants are expected to:

  1. have a PhD degree in agricultural science, economics, agricultural economics, natural resource economics, social science, environmental science, international relations, law or related discipline;
  2. have a good publication record;
  3. spend a minimum of three (3) months at UNU-INRA in Accra (applicants should indicate in their application when they are able to come to UNU-INRA);
  4. interact with the staff at UNU-INRA;
  5. present a minimum of two (2) seminars on their research;
  6. prepare one or more papers to be considered for publication in the UNU-INRA Research Paper series; and
  7. undertake other duties that may be assigned by the Director.

UNU-INRA will provide a monthly stipend of $US1,500 as a contribution towards travel, accommodation, medical, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

There is no standard application form. Those interested in this program should submit:

  1. a written letter of application which includes the preferred period for the sabbatical;
  2. a research proposal not to exceed 20 pages (double-spaced);
  3. a detailed curriculum vitae, including contact details and a list of publications; and
  4. a letter of support from the candidate’s institution of affiliation.

Applications should be submitted electronically by March 15th, 2012 to: andoh@inra.unu.edu and copied to unuinra@gmail.com (applications will not be assessed until after the closing date) or by regular mail to the following address:

United Nations University- INRA
Private Mail Bag; Kotoka International Airport
Accra, Ghana
Inquiries may be made by e-mail to: andoh@inra.unu.edu or unuinra@gmail.com

Deadline: March 15, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: “Gender in Ag” Online Portal

The Gender and Rural Development of ARD, in collaboration with FAO and IFAD, announces the launch of its new, online portal dedicated to gender and agriculture. This platform - genderinag.org - was supported through funding by the Gender Action Plan (GAP) and is designed to provide a space for practitioners to access resources, tools and information which can help mainstream gender into agricultural development initiatives. Genderinag.org is dedicated to raising gender awareness and improving gender mainstreaming to promote improved gender equality and gender equity in development. For more information please visit www.genderinag.org

 

AWARD: Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to a select few social entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s most pressing problems. The Skoll Award includes a core support grant to the organization, to be paid over three years, and a noncash award to the social entrepreneur presented at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship every spring. The application process for the 2013 Skoll Awards is open from January 4 – March 1, 2012. To be considered, organizations must meet this specific Awards criteria: Winners have a tested and proven social innovation that addresses an issue of critical importance and is positioned for large-scale impact.

More information.

Deadline: March 1, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIP: PhD fellowship in Effectiveness & Equity in Payments for Ecosystem Services

Dr Esteve Corbera is looking for a young, motivated person willing to develop a PhD at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

The 3-year PhD fellowship (14,000 Euros/year approx.) will focus on analysing the effectiveness and equity implications of carbon and biodiversity offsets in Mexico, informed by qualitatitve and quantitative methods. The candidate should have an undergraduate in environmental sciences, geography, development studies or economics, as well as an MSc in a related discipline. She/he must speak Spanish (even if basic) and write and speak English very competently. The candidate should ideally have fieldwork and publication experience in the topic of the fellowship, and skills in software such as NVivo and/or SPSS/Stata. She/he will work in a team involving another post-doctoral researcher and myself, and will be integrated into the international project INVALUABLE, funded by the BIODIVERSA programme (http://www.biodiversa.org/118).

More information.

Deadline: January 29, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: FAO State of Food and Agriculture Report: Women in Agriculture, Closing the gender gap for development

The latest State of Food and Agriculture, FAO’s major annual flagship publication, examines how to close the gender gap in development. This report was prepared in close collaboration with Ruth Meinzen-Dick and other CAPRi members and collaborators.

Women make significant contributions to the rural economy in all developing country regions. Their roles differ across regions, yet they consistently have less access than men to the resources and opportunities they need to be more productive. Increasing women’s access to land, livestock, education, financial services, extension, technology and rural employment would boost their productivity and generate gains in terms of agricultural production, food security, economic growth and social welfare. Closing the gender gap in agricultural inputs alone could lift 100–150 million people out of hunger.

No blueprint exists for closing the gender gap, but some basic principles are universal: governments, the international community and civil society should work together to eliminate discrimination under the law, to promote equal access to resources and opportunities, to ensure that agricultural policies and programmes are gender-aware, and to make women’s voices heard as equal partners for sustainable development. Achieving gender equality and empowering women in agriculture is not only the right thing to do. It is also crucial for agricultural development and food security.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Online Discussion on “How can women’s land rights be secured?”

There is a lot of awareness on the discrimination women face in terms of their land rights and growing recognition that women’s land rights is a priority topic in food security, rural development, and women’s empowerment. The International Land Coalition (ILC), FAO and IFAD, will organise a side-event entitled “How can women’s land rights be secured?” at the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to identify and learn from policies, projects and processes through which women’s land rights have been secured. This discussion aims to gather inputs to enrich the debate in New York and raise the profile of women’s land rights issues in the CSW more generally. Your contributions on the following topics are requested:

  1. successful examples of women claiming their rights;
  2. examples of policies and tools that promote women’s land rights;
  3. the role of women’s organisations;
  4. the wider policy context.

ILC is looking forward to a stimulating debate, and hope that you will share your experience and views, as well as many concrete examples of rural women claiming their land rights to inform and motivate all of us!

More information.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Program Leader for the WordFish-CGIAR Research Program More Meat, Milk and Fish by and for the Poor. WorldFish is seeking a scientist and leader with experience in science management to lead their contribution to this CGIAR Research Program. Deadline: January 31, 2012

FELLOWSHIP: Future Agricultures Consortium’s Early Career Fellowship Programme. The ECFP 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 include mentorship support from a senior FAC researcher affiliated with a FAC partner institution. Deadline: February 17, 2012

FELLOWSHIP: UNU Institute of Advanced Studies. The UNU Institute of Advanced Studies offers Ph.D. and Postdoctoral fellowships to provide young scholars and policymakers — especially those from the developing world — a multidisciplinary context within which to pursue advanced research and training that is of professional interest to the successful applicant and of direct relevance to the research agenda of UNU. Deadline: February 29, 2012

SCHOLARSHIP: International Center for Excellence in Water Resource Management (Australia). ICE WaRM offers a scholarship programme to attract high quality international students to education and training in water resources management, delivered by ICE WaRM partner institutions. Deadline: February 24, 2012

FUNDING: USAID Grants on Innovations in Gender Equality (IGE) to Promote Household Food Security. The purpose of this effort is to pilot and collect evidence of impact from innovative and bold interventions that increase women’s leadership in the agriculture sector, improve women’s access to and utilization of technology to increase agricultural productivity, increase labor saving technologies, strengthen gender equality in land, credit and other policies, and enhance nutritional outcomes for women and children. Deadline: April 6, 2012

TRAINING: Landesa’s Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program. The program will boost visiting professionals’ capacity to effectively strengthen women’s land rights, foster motivation and ability to actively participate in this network, and reinforce the commitment to working on women’s land rights. Deadline: February 29, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm calls for abstracts and event proposals. Water Week 2012 will explore global “Water and Food Security”, taking a closer look at the political, social and scientific implications of increasing inequalities, growing demands and climate change on food production and water efficiency. Deadline: February 15, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: ICARUS III: “Scales, Frameworks and Metrics”. The third ICARUS meeting to be held at Columbia University from Thursday May 17 through Sunday May 20, 2012. Deadline: February 28, 2012

PUBLICATIONS: New CAPRi Working Papers on Conflict in Water and Forest Management. We have recently published two new CAPRi Working Papers in our series related on the role of collective action and property rights in environmental conflict. One paper examines water management in Nicaragua and the other covers forest conflicts in Asia.

PUBLICATION: Decentralised Land Governance: Case Studies and Local Voices from Botswana, Madagascar and Mozambique (PLAAS). An important new book from the Institute for Poverty Land, and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is now available online.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Woman and Land (IDRC). IDRC has made a collection of videos and other resources on the topic of women and land conveniently available on a single website.

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Woman and Land (IDRC)

In September 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, IDRC hosted the policy symposium, Gendered Terrain: Women's Rights and Access to Land in Africa. At this symposium, researchers from across Africa shared their findings and engaged with policymakers. Eleven short videos, beginning with the one below, present valuable insight from some of the symposium's participants. All the videos are available here. More IDRC resources on women and land are available here.

 

FUNDING: USAID Grants on Innovations in Gender Equality (IGE) to Promote Household Food Security

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking registered U.S. and non-U.S. non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations willing to forego profit that have experience promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the agriculture sector. The purpose of this Annual Program Statement (APS) is to pilot and collect evidence of impact from innovative and bold interventions that increase women’s leadership in the agriculture sector, improve women’s access to and utilization of technology to increase agricultural productivity, increase labor saving technologies, strengthen gender equality in land, credit and other policies, and enhance nutritional outcomes for women and children.

At the discretion of USAID, concept papers received after the first round of evaluations may be considered on a rolling basis or as part of another round of evaluations.

More more information, go to this site and search by Funding Opportunity Number: APS-OAA-11-000003

Deadline for concept papers: April 6, 2012

 

FELLOWSHIP: Future Agricultures Consortium’s Early Career Fellowship Programme

The Future Agricultures Consortium announces the third call of its grant programme to support talented young researchers working on African agricultural policy:  FAC’s Early Career Fellowship Programme (ECFP). The ECFP 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 include mentorship support from a senior FAC researcher affiliated with a FAC partner institution. The awards will support original field-based and policy-oriented research on African agriculture.

Three types of award available: 

Applications should be in line with one of FAC’s eight thematic areas: Climate Change; Commercialisations; Growth & social protection; Land; Pastoralism; Policy Processes; Science, Technology and Innovation; and Young People and Agriculture.

More information.

Deadline: February 17, 2012

 

FELLOWSHIP: UNU Institute of Advanced Studies

Each year, the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies offers Ph.D. and Postdoctoral fellowships to provide young scholars and policymakers — especially those from the developing world — a multidisciplinary context within which to pursue advanced research and training that is of professional interest to the successful applicant and of direct relevance to the research agenda of UNU.

The Fellowship Programmes provide successful applicants with a unique opportunity to:

The Fellows will be resident at UNU-IAS in Yokohama or the UNU-IAS operating unit in Kanazawa, Japan, for the full term of the fellowship.

More information.

Deadline: February 29, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: ICARUS III:“Scales, Frameworks and Metrics”

The Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences (ICARUS) is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the third ICARUS meeting to be held at Columbia University from Thursday May 17 through Sunday May 20, 2012. ICARUS-III follows on the highly successful ICARUS-I and II meetings organized at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. The theme of the ICARUS-III meeting is “Scales, Frameworks and Metrics.”

ICARUS III Theme “Scales, Frameworks and Metrics”

Climate change is caused, takes place, and is responded to on multiple temporal, geographical, social, political and economic scales. How do social sciences frame and study climate change phenomena across scales? How do metrics enable, shape and limit discourse and action, including policies and programs? At ICARUS III we aim to place our particular concerns – whether about networks and institutions or discourses and identities, in multi-scalar framings and in multi-scaled context. We are conscious as well of the time scales, and frameworks, that have emerged as a result of the Durban COP and of the Occupy movements. The panel themes listed at the end of this message are suggestive. The ICARUS III organizers will use them to help organize independent papers into panels.

List of ICARUS III Panel Themes

  1. Networking organizations to support adaptation
  2. Adaptation policy and financing in a post-Kyoto world
  3. The emperor’s new clothes: the lack of validation of climate adaptation metrics, and what to do about it
  4. Adaptation talk: the spread of the term “adaptation” beyond major UN languages
  5. Adaptation and time scale: the forces that shape the time horizons of adaptation efforts
  6. Integrating climate data into adaptation plans and projects
  7. The coordination and spread of adaptation plans and programs among cities
  8. Adaptation, water and scale
  9. Climate change and identity politics in the Arctic, low-lying islands and other sites of vulnerability
  10. REDD dawn: Climate change, land grabs, and the commodification of nature
  11. Causal structures of vulnerability
  12. Adaptive development and sustainable adaptation
  13. The triple win: adaptation, mitigation and sustainable adaptation
  14. Rights, resources and representation under a changing sky
  15. Occupy the sky: climate as public space

More information.

Deadline: February 28, 2012

 

PUBLICATIONS: New CAPRi Working Papers on Conflict in Water and Forest Management

We have recently published two new CAPRi Working Papers in our series related on the role of collective action and property rights in environmental conflict. Please see the abstracts below and share with any colleagues who may be interested. Browse the full selection of CAPRi Working papers here.

CAPRi Working Paper 101: Power, Inequality, and Water Governance: The Role of Third Party Involvement in Water-Related Conflict and Cooperation. Ligia Gomez and Helle Munk Ravnborg.

Water governance reforms are underway in many parts of the developing world. They address the principles, institutions, and legal and administrative practices through which decisions are made on the development, allocation, and conditions of use of water resources at all levels of society. As such, water governance—and efforts to reform it—is shaped by and helps to shape the way in which decisions are taken and authority is exercised in fields that extent well beyond water. Based upon research conducted in Condega district, Nicaragua, this paper argues that community-specific power constellations may lead to the existence of radically different water governance regimes among neighboring communities, despite these communities sharing the same national and district-level water policy and associated legal and administrative framework. Moreover, the involvement of community-external third parties to mediate in situations where people's legitimate access to water is challenged provides a promising avenue towards ensuring more equitable water governance. However, institutions potentially serving as such community-external third parties are often too poorly staffed or their staff too poorly supported—technically, economically, and institutionally—to attend to calls for support. Furthermore, in contexts characterized by economic, social, and political inequality, the community-specific power constellations may limit opportunities available to different segments of the rural population for calling upon community-external third parties in cases when their legitimate access to water is hampered by the locally powerful. Ensuring that all rural citizens enjoy equal opportunities for calling upon third party institutions constitutes a challenge to local water governance. [Download here]

CAPRi Working Paper 102: Forest conflict in Asia and the role of collective action in its management. Yurdi Yasmi, Lisa Kelley, and Thomas Enters.

Forest conflict in Asia is on the rise as various stakeholders have different views about and interests in the management of increasingly scarce resources. Unfortunately, in many instances, local communities and indigenous peoples suffer the most when such conflicts play out. The biggest challenge is finding acceptable, fair, and lasting solutions. Focusing on how rights (or a lack thereof) instigate conflict and how collective action plays a role in conflict management, this paper examines eight cases from six countries: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. Participatory methods including semi-structured interviews, field observation, focus group discussions, and multistakeholder workshops were performed. Conflict was found to emerge in the context of the rapid economic development, where communities' deep connection to the forest and land is being cut by the influx of investors or government agencies. Land historically managed and used by local people becomes contested when investors are granted the rights to develop such land (for example, for oil palm plantations, agricultural production, and mining) or government agencies designate new protected areas. Findings illustrate that conflict can strengthen collective action and enhance the voices of the less powerful actors. However, it may also weaken collective action particularly when local institutions are inadequate. To reduce the incidence of future conflict, local and traditional rights need to be properly respected and strengthened legally. In addition, economic development policies need to have built-in social and environmental safeguards to minimize negative impacts at the local level. While conflict can either make or break collective action (and collective action can either escalate or assuage conflict) the need to strengthen local institutions seems to be a key priority to ensure positive conflict outcomes. [Download here]

 

TRAINING: Landesa’s Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program

The Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professional Program is cultivating a network of qualified professionals who are strongly committed to strengthening women’s land rights.  The program will boost visiting professionals’ capacity to effectively strengthen women’s land rights, foster motivation and ability to actively participate in this network, and reinforce the commitment to working on women’s land rights.

Landesa’s experience working with multi-cultural programs suggests that a hands-on, intensive program working alongside peers from different countries and with different fields of expertise will be beneficial to all parties.  It will create a fertile ground for learning and will promote the level of group cohesion required to sustain the long-lasting network of professionals we aim to develop.

More information.

Deadline: February 29, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIP: International Center for Excellence in Water Resource Management (Australia)

International Center for Excellence in Water Resource Management (ICE WaRM) offers a scholarship programme to attract high quality international students to education and training in water resources management, delivered by ICE WaRM partner institutions.

The ICE WaRM scholarship programme aims to:

More information.

Deadline for July entry: February 24, 2012

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm calls for abstracts and event proposals

The 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm now launches its 1st Announcement, inviting organisations, institutions and individuals to submit event proposals and abstracts. The upcoming Week will explore global “Water and Food Security”, taking a closer look at the political, social and scientific implications of increasing inequalities, growing demands and climate change on food production and water efficiency.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the World Water Week’s workshops are welcome from experts and actors in different disciplines. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit an abstract in English for review by the Scientific Programme Committee. Read more

Proposals are also welcome from organisations and institutions who wish to host a seminar or a side event at the 2012 World Water Week. In line with the thematic focus of the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm on Water and Food Security, SIWI especially welcomes proposals on issues that relate to food security and water that are not covered by the workshops. Read more

Deadline: February 15, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Decentralised Land Governance: Case Studies and Local Voices from Botswana, Madagascar and Mozambique (PLAAS)

An important new book from the Institute for Poverty Land, and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is available online.

The purpose of this project was to develop an accessible book for policy makers and practitioners which locates selected country case studies within a broader theoretical and practical discussion on decentralised land governance in the context of increasing commercialisation of rural land.

The book sets out to give voice to local people, land rights activists and decentralisation practitioners in Botswana, Madagascar and Mozambique and to stimulate collaborative conversations among different sets of actors in the land sector in order to reflect on the different approaches and practices of decentralised land governance in the region.

The three cases aim to:

  • contribute to a shared understanding of changing local country contexts;
  • identify emerging country trends, highlighting the increasing competition for resources and the implications for the rural poor;
  • examine the evolution of approaches to decentralisation and the roles of state and non- state actors and institutions in the process;
  • explore gender differentiated impacts of decentralised land governance initiatives; and
  • identify approaches which practically strengthen rural people’s rights and ensure that their voices are heard in decision making process which impact on the changing use and management of land.

Overall the authors seek to:

  • facilitate debate among rural communities and civil society organisations about how to best respond to their fast changing environments and engage in collective action to balance power relations and secure their rights;
  • contribute to improving capabilities to support communities affected by tenure insecurity and deals involving land which communities depend upon for their livelihoods; and
  • provide space for reflection on practice.

The book is divided into three sections:

  1. An introduction to decentralised land governance, which sets the scene, provides contextualisation, and presents a brief review of the different approaches to decentralisation and their respective institutional and operational frameworks.
  2. In depth country case study reviews.
  3. A reflection on the issues and trends arising from the different country experiences which can inform an agenda for action.

The three case studies are located against the backdrop of changing land governance, tenure policy and legislation in each country. The case studies examine how power and authority over decision-making and resources or functions is distributed between central, regional and local levels of governance. They explore the roles and perspectives of other actors such as non-governmental bodies, traditional governance institutions, user associations or village committees, the private sector and other organisations of civil society.

Local voices identify lessons for policy and practice and highlight advocacy actions required to secure the land rights of vulnerable people in poor communities.

The cases collected in this book represent an important resource for researchers, policymakers, land reform practitioners and organisations working to strengthen democratic and downwardly accountable governance of land and natural resources.

Download the book (pdf).

Thursday, January 12, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Agriculture Program Director, Winrock International. The Program Director for the Agriculture unit is responsible for leading Winrock's development and implementation of its strategic vision for the agriculture and food security sector; including development in the fields of sustainable production, marketing, and agriculture technology in Winrock's global programs. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with Landesa. Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute) works on land rights issues around the world and currently has several vacancies that may be of interest to CAPRi memebers. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Program Leader for the WordFish-CGIAR Research Program More Meat, Milk and Fish by and for the Poor. WorldFish is seeking a scientist and leader with experience in science management to lead their contribution to this CGIAR Research Program. Deadline: January 31, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Director General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). CIFOR is looking for a DG who shares the organization’s passion for enhancing the role of forests in human well-being and environmental conservation, and their commitment to professionalism, innovation, impact, and collaboration. Deadline: February 29, 2012

SCHOLARSHIPS: Open Society Foundations / University of Nottingham Scholarships. The scholarships aim to provide opportunities for postgraduate study in a MPA Public Health, MPH Public Health (International Health), MA Environmental Management, LLM in Human Rights Law, LLM International Law, MA Social and Global Justice, MA Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights, MA International Social Policy. Deadline: February 6, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Deadline Extended for IASC 1st Thematic Conference on the Knowledge Commons. The conference on “Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources: Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and genetic Resources” will be held in the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve , Belgium, from 12th to 14th of September, 2012. Deadline: January 15, 2012

CALL FOR CASE STUDIES: Community Based Adaptation. Case studies in CBA are solicited for an Earthscan/Routledge book. Deadline: January 31, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Community-based Climate Change Action Grants (AusAID). AusAID has made available grants for Australian and international NGOs to work with local organizations to scale up current successful community-based climate change activities or to build a climate change component into existing community development activities in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. Deadline: February 10, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS & GRANT APPLICATIONS: Inclusive Agro-Enterprise Development. Inclusive Agro-Enterprise Development is the topic of a Joint FAO/Cornell University – IAAE Pre-Conference Symposium at the 28th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists in Foz do lguaçu, Brazil, August 18-24, 2012. Deadline: February 28, 2012

PUBLICATION: Common-pool resources, livelihoods, and resilience: Critical challenges for governance in Cambodia. A new IFPRI discussion paper from a CAPRi Steering Committee member.

PUBLICATIONS: UNEP’s Ecosystem Services Economics Working Papers. These Working Papers are available online.

 

PUBLICATIONS: UNEP’s Ecosystem Services Economics Working Papers

UNEP’s Ecosystem Services Economics Working Papers are available online.

The UNEP Ecosystem Management sub-program helps countries use the ecosystem approach to enhance human well-being and adapt to challenges of climate change. We are pleased to provide a forum for disseminating working papers reflecting the broad range of research activities on economics of ecosystem services. Papers in this series are not formal publications of UNEP. They are circulated to encourage thought and discussion and make results of some ecosystem services economics related research available to other economists, scientists and policy makers working in this area.

The working papers are available for download here. A list of titles is below.

List of Working Papers:

  1. Revisiting the Relationship between Equity and Efficiency in Payments for Environmental Services
  2. Making Payments for Ecosystem Services Work
  3. Valuing Ecosystem Services: Benefits, Values, Space and Time
  4. Managing Trade-offs in Ecosystem Services
  5. The “Ecosystem Service Framework”: A Critical Assessment
  6. Evaluating the Economic Impacts of Water Harvesting in Burkina Faso
  7. Accounting for Regulating Services
  8. Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Coastal Ecosystems: Asian and European Perspectives
  9. European Forests and Carbon Sequestration Services: AnEconomic Assessment of Climate Change Impacts
  10. Institution and Ecosystem Functions: The Case of Keti Bunder, Pakistan
  11. Towards a Unified Scheme for Environmental and Social Protection: Learning from Payments for Environmental Services and Conditional Cash Transfer Experiences in Developing Countries
  12. Are The Amounts of Payments for Environmental Services Enough to Contribute to Poverty Alleviation Efforts in Developing Countries?
  13. Cost-Benefit Analysis in the Context of Ecosystem Services for Human Well-Being: A Multidisciplinary Critique
  14. Exploring the Potential of Payments for Ecosystem Services for in-situ Agrobiodiversity Conservation
  15. The Precautionary Principle and Global Environmental Change
  16. The provision of international environmental public goods
  17. Paying for International Environmental Public Goods
 

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with Landesa

Landesa’s mission is to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. Recognizing that the lack of secure land rights is a root cause of global poverty, Landesa’s land law and policy experts help poor countries develop and implement land laws, policies, and programs that provide ladders out of poverty for their citizens and promote long-term economic growth.

Landesa currently has several vacancies that may be of interest to CAPRi memebers.

Deadline: open

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Deadline Extended for IASC 1st Thematic Conference on the Knowledge Commons

The conference on “Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources: Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and genetic Resources” will be held in the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve , Belgium, from 12th to 14th of September, 2012.

The 1st Global Thematic IASC Conference on the Knowledge Commons aims to bring together leading people from a number of international scientific research communities, social science researchers, practitioners and policy analysts, to discuss the rationale and practical feasibility of institutional arrangements designed to emulate key public domain conditions for collaborative research. A variety of initiatives and policies have been proposed that are going beyond “open access”, and aim to facilitate more effective and extensive (global) sharing on local and global pools of not only scientific information and data but also genetic resources and cultural expressions. There is thus a need to examine a number of these proposals’ conceptual foundations from the economic and legal perspectives and to analyze the roles of the public domain and commons in facilitating sharing of scientific and technical data, information and materials. But it is equally important to examine the available evidence about actual experience with concrete organizational initiatives in different, and to devise appropriate, contextually relevant methods of assessing effectiveness and identifying likely unintended and dysfunctional outcomes.

More information.

Deadline: January 15, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

 

CALL FOR CASE STUDIES: Community Based Adaptation

Case studies in CBA are solicited for an Earthscan/Routledge book.

Do you have a community-based adaptation to climate change project that you would like to feature in a new Earthscan book from Routledge? 'A Field Guide to Community-Based Adaptation' is being written by Tim Magee for development practitioners and will include clear, step-by-step descriptions of successful project activities. We look forward to receiving contributions from actors at all levels—and we especially welcome contributions from practitioners themselves.

More information.

Deadline for 200 word abstracts: January 31, 2012

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Community-based Climate Change Action Grants (AusAID)

AusAID has made available grants for Australian and international NGOs to work with local organizations to scale up current successful community-based climate change activities or to build a climate change component into existing community development activities in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. The fund is open to NGOs with expertise in the implementation of community-based adaptation and/or mitigation activities.

The grants fall into two main categories:

  1. Community-based adaptation grants, which will help build the resilience of communities to the impacts of climate change; and
  2. Community-based mitigation grants, which will help communities reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions, while also addressing key development priorities.

Organisations are invited to submit concept proposals for the grants program.  AusAID will co-fund the detailed design of activities for successful organisations.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: February 10, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Program Leader for the WordFish-CGIAR Research Program More Meat, Milk and Fish by and for the Poor

The WorldFish Center is seeking a scientist and leader with experience in science management to lead our contribution to the CGIAR Research Program More Meat, Milk and Fish by and for the Poor (the MMF CRP). The CGIAR is in the midst of major reform and has launched fifteen new research programs that integrate across the research Centers. The MMF CRP, led by the International Livestock Research Institute, is the major site of animal-focused research in the system.

The Program goal is to increase productivity of small-scale livestock and fish systems so as to increase availability and affordability of meat, milk and fish for poor consumers and, in doing so, reduce poverty through greater participation by the poor along animal source food value chains. WorldFish participation in the program includes our work on genetics and fish improvement, and value chain development, which during this start up phase is in Egypt and Uganda.

The post will be based in a CGIAR office in Africa.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: January 31, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Agriculture Program Director, Winrock International

The Program Director for the Agriculture unit is responsible for leading Winrock's development and implementation of its strategic vision for the agriculture and food security sector; including development in the fields of sustainable production, marketing, and agriculture technology in Winrock's global programs. The position is also responsible for developing and meeting new program funding targets as well as leading the design and submission of project/program proposals to potential donors, in both government and private sectors.

More information.

Deadline: open

Monday, January 09, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Open Society Foundations / University of Nottingham Scholarships

The Open Society Foundations / University of Nottingham scholarships aim to provide opportunities for postgraduate study in a MPA Public Health, MPH Public Health (International Health), MA Environmental Management, LLM in Human Rights Law, LLM International Law, MA Social and Global Justice, MA Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights, MA International Social Policy

Each scholarship provides twelve months' tuition fees at the University of Nottingham, a stipend to cover living costs (for one person only), and return air travel from the scholar's home country.

More information.

Deadline: February 6, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Common-pool resources, livelihoods, and resilience: Critical challenges for governance in Cambodia

A new IFPRI discussion paper from a CAPRi Steering Committee member:

Common-pool resource management is a critical element in the interlocked challenges of food security, nutrition, poverty reduction, and environmental sustainability. This paper examines strategic policy choices and governance challenges facing Cambodia‘s forests and fisheries, the most economically important subsectors of agriculture that rely on common-pool resources. It then outlines policy priorities for institutional development to achieve improvements in implementing these goals. The core argument is that (1) policy support for community-based management in forestry and fisheries requires explicit prioritization to protect against threats from other types of private- and public-sector investment; and (2) the success of these initiatives depends on more systemic governance reforms that address issues of stakeholder representation, mechanisms of accountability, and institutional capacity.

Available here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Director General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is one of 15 Centers within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Lead Center of the CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP6). CIFOR’s headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

Not many research centres have a global engagement with a broad range of forest-related issues, stress the perspectives of poor countries and communities, combine policy and research, question conventional wisdom, and constantly focus on how to have an impact. CIFOR is one of those few.

CIFOR is looking for a Director General who shares the organization’s passion for enhancing the role of forests in human well-being and environmental conservation, and their commitment to professionalism, innovation, impact, and collaboration.

More information.

Deadline: February 29, 2012

Friday, January 06, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS & GRANT APPLICATIONS: Inclusive Agro-Enterprise Development

Inclusive Agro-Enterprise Development is the topic of a Joint FAO/Cornell University – IAAE Pre-Conference Symposium at the 28th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists in Foz do lguaçu, Brazil, August 18-24, 2012.

Background

In collaboration with the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Cornell International Institute for Food Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) will host an international symposium on “Inclusive Agro-Enterprise Development”, as part of the technical program of IAAE’s Triennial Conference of 2012.

Agro-enterprises make important contributions to employment and income generation in developing countries. They have key roles in the production, processing and distribution of food and fiber and are central actors in developing sustainable agricultural value chains. The economic performance of agroenterprises—firm growth, profits, and market share—in no small measure depends on the environment in which they operate. In most developing countries, agro-enteprises and in particular small and medium agro-enterprises (SMAEs) face critical gaps in their day to day operations in terms of capacities, infrastructure, finance, market services, access to suitable and affordable technologies, and other requirements that need to be met in order for them to be viable and reliable chain partners . Yet, developing countries SMAEs account for a large and growing share of agricultural sector value addition and employment in developing regions.

To address these challenges, many countries have experimented, tested and implemented innovative approaches for promoting investments, technologies, and attracting capital aimed at engendering the development of agro-enterprises at all levels. They have also implemented risk management mechanisms to enhance the economic welfare of vulnerable actors in the agro-food system. These cases offer lessons that could be usefully adopted by other countries. Accordingly, this joint FAO-Cornell symposium will identify policies, tools and approaches that have been successful in facilitating inclusive development of agro-enterprises, with specific attention to tried and tested examples from developing countries. Beyond identifying the emerging lessons and best practices for development professionals, the symposium will highlight concern for the distributional consequences of global and domestic capital and technology flows and will underscore the need for institutional innovations in markets that can better manage risk and improve access to appropriate support services for agro-enterprises.

Objectives

The symposium aims to bring together leading scholars, government officials, private sector representatives and development practitioners to discuss innovative approaches to promote inclusive agro-enterprise development. The goal is to offer a platform whereby novel international experiences in agro-enterprise development policies and support institutions can be discussed, lessons can be learned and recommendations can be made to improve the effectiveness of agro-enterprise investment promotion initiatives by governments and development organizations. Areas of special interest for discussion include:

Potential contributors to the symposium should send a proposal consisting of an extended abstract (250 – 400 words) and a brief resume to Carlos.DaSilva@fao.org

Grants

Professionals from developing countries who have their contributions accepted for presentation at the symposium are eligible to a grant of a maximum of US$2,500 (two thousand and five hundred dollars), to help defray their costs of participation in the IAAE event. The grants will be provided to a number of selected participants, upon submission of a technical paper to be prepared in accordance with FAO guidelines, to be later communicated to authors. The selected papers and a synthesis of the symposium discussions and deliberations will be published as a joint FAO – Cornell University book.

Authors from non-eligible countries with own funding for participation are also welcome to submit their contributions.

Important Dates

Deadline: February 28, 2012

Thursday, January 05, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Agricultural Economist—South Asia. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks a highly qualified agricultural economist to join an international team of scientists working on improving the livelihoods of farmers and the poor in the developing world. Deadline: January 15, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Senior Livelihood Specialist and Programme Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading ICIMOD’s overall SLPR programme in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) region, assuring the quality, integration, planning, and implementation of ICIMOD activities in the regional member countries. Deadline: January 21, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Vacancies at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). IWMI is accepting applications for the positions of Deputy Director General (Research)and Senior Program Manager. Both positions are based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Deadline: January 31, 2012

FELLOWSHIP: Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP). Borlaug LEAP is a fellowship program to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines as defined by Title XII. Deadline: February 3, 2012

SCHOLARSHIP: International Water Law Scholarship Programme. The Global Water Partnership and partners are looking to build on their successful 2011 International Water Law Programme, and offer scholarships for 30 participants to undertake a module in International Water Law, in Dundee 11-29 June 2012. Deadline: February 3, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: European Commission (EC) -- Strengthening Participation for Governance in Food Security. The EC invites proposals to strengthen the capacity of farmers, pastoralists, fishermen, and other food producers to be able to engage in decision-making with public authorities and development partners. Deadline: February 7, 2012

TRAINING: Course on Economics of Environmental Regime Shifts. A short course on the Economics of Environmental Regime Shifts will be held in conjunction with the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 2012 conference. Deadline: February 1, 2012

ONLINE RESOURCE: AU-ECA-AfDB Land Policy Initiative. The recently launched website makes available a great deal of information about LPI including ongoing activities, announcements about news and events, publications, and databases.

PUBLICATION: Outcomes of post-2000 Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe (JPS). The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) has announced the release of their special issue on the Outcomes of post-2000 Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe.

PUBLICATION: Environmental and Gender Impacts of Land Tenure Regularization in Africa. A new UNU-WIDER Working Paper by Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger, and Markus Goldstein.

 

PUBLICATION: Environmental and Gender Impacts of Land Tenure Regularization in Africa

A new UNU-WIDER Working Paper by Daniel Ayalew Ali, Klaus Deininger, and Markus Goldstein.

Although recent developments greatly increased interest in African land tenure, few models to address these issues at the required scale have been identified or evaluated. Rwanda’s nation-wide land tenure regularization programme is of great interest. A discontinuity design with spatial fixed effects that is used to evaluate the pilot for this programme points to three main effects; namely, (i) improved land access for legally married women and better recordation of inheritance rights; (ii) significant and large investment impacts that are particularly pronounced for women; and (iii) a reduction in land market activity rather than distress sales. Implications for programme design and policy are discussed.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: European Commission (EC) -- Strengthening Participation for Governance in Food Security

The European Commission (EC) invites proposals to strengthen the capacity of farmers, pastoralists, fishermen, and other food producers to be able to engage in decision-making with public authorities and development partners. Grants of €300 thousand to €3 million will be made in two lots, one to strengthen organizations and the second to strengthen networks. Eligibility extends to nonprofit organizations (several categories) across the EU, its candidate countries, and the European Economic Area; developing countries (OECD's definition); and international (inter-governmental) organizations. Concept notes are due by 07 February 2012.

More information.

Deadline: February 7, 2012

 

FELLOWSHIP: Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP)

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) is a fellowship program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines as defined by Title XII. LEAP was developed in conjunction with the Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) but operates as a separate program.

The Borlaug LEAP Fellowship supports engaging a mentor at a United States (US) University and at a Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) system center to support and enhance the thesis research and mentoring experience. Awards are made on a competitive basis to students who show strong scientific and leadership potential, have a well coordinated proposal between their home university, a US university mentor, and the CGIAR mentor, and whose research is related to a strong research and support project within the host country. Emphasis is placed on work that has relevance to the national development of the student's home country. 

Applications are requested for sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to USAID's global hunger and food security initiative -- FEED THE FUTURE.  The focus region is sub-Saharan Africa.  All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and the research strategies of the Feed the Future Initiative are admissible.

More information.

Deadline: February 3, 2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

 

SCHOLARSHIP: International Water Law Scholarship Programme

The Global Water Partnership together with IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, under the auspices of UNESCO, at the University of Dundee, is looking to build on their successful 2011 International Water Law Programme, and offer scholarships for 30 participants to undertake a module in International Water Law, in Dundee 11-29 June 2012. The module is aimed at persons working in water resources who wish to acquire specialist knowledge of international water law, especially as it relates to transboundary water challenges in the GWP regions.

More information.

Deadline: February 3, 2012

 

TRAINING: Course on Economics of Environmental Regime Shifts

A short course on the Economics of Environmental Regime Shifts will be held in conjunction with the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) 2012 conference, June 26-27, 2012, at the University of Economics, Žižkov, Prague, Czech Republic.

Description:

Many ecosystems have nonlinear features that can cause them to shift abruptly from one state to another. Human action is typically the trigger for such regime shifts, which can be difficult to reverse and can cause the loss of valuable ecosystem services. Regime shifts have been documented for example in coral reefs, savannahs, and lakes. More details and examples can be found in the Regime shift database (www.regimeshifts.org). Economists have become increasingly interested in understanding how regime shifts affect environmental management and policy decisions.

The course will expose participants to key ecological and economic concepts related to regime shifts, techniques for modeling them, and practical implications. It will be held at the University of Economics in Žižkov, Prague immediately before the 19th European Conference of Environmental and Resource Economists (www.eaere2012.org). Its target audience is researchers from developing and transition countries. It is organized by the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden; www.beijer.kva.se) together with Prof. Jeffrey Vincent and Prof. Aart de Zeeuw, and funded by the Beijer Institute and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Topics:

Instructors:

Cost and scholarships:

There is no fee for the course. The Beijer Institute will provide lunch on both days of the course and dinner on the first day for all participants. In addition, the Institute is offering a limited number of scholarships, which will cover roundtrip airfare, lodging during the course and the Congress, and a reduced registration fee for the Congress. Participants will be responsible for any remaining costs. Scholarships will be allocated preferentially to researchers from the regional environmental economics networks CEEPA, EEPSEA, LACEEP, and SANDEE who have a paper accepted for presentation at the Congress.

Application:

The application deadline is February 1, 2012. An application consists of a single document that contains the following information:

  1. Brief statement (up to 200 words) of your research interests and why you would like to take the course
  2. Title of paper submitted to EAERE 2012
  3. Description of prior involvement (if any) with CEEPA, EEPSEA, LACEEP or SANDEE
  4. List of scientific software (for example, MATLAB, Mathematica, Maple, STELLA) that you have used (if any)
  5. Statement of whether you have ever taken a course in differential equations
  6. Statement of whether you are requesting a travel scholarship
  7. Current CV

Involvement with networks (item 3), knowledge of scientific software (item 4), and prior coursework in differential equations (item 5) are preferred but not required. Applications should be e-mailed to:

Christina Leijonhufvud (course administrator)
The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics
chris[at]beijer.kva.se

The number of participants will be limited to 25. All applicants who are accepted into the course will be required to register for EAERE 2012 by April 30, 2012.

Deadline: February 1, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Vacancies at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

The International Water Management Institute is accepting applications for the positions of Deputy Director General (Research) and Senior Program Manager. Both positions are based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The DDG will work closely with IWMI Science Theme Leaders (TL) in planning, monitoring, and evaluating output and in stimulating ideas and science within the Institute. The position holder will also need to engage strongly with the CGIAR Research Program directors. The DDG-Research will also play a key role in synthesizing and communicating research findings to key stakeholders – policymakers, other researchers, academia and the general public. More information (pdf).

The Senior Program Manager will manage all operational aspects of the new IWMI-led CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (CRP5), which will be launched in early 2012, bringing together all 15 CGIAR centers and extensive, external partners. More information (pdf).

Deadline: January 31, 2012