Thursday, May 31, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: IIED Senior Researcher, Forest Team. The rationale for this post is that it is essential to research and spread models of locally controlled tree-based enterprise that deliver more integrated and intensified production of food, energy and construction materials in ways that are climate-smart. Deadline: June 8, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Economic Affairs Officer (Regional Land Expert), Land Policy Initiative. The Land Policy Initiative is looking for Regional Land Expert. This position is located in the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), Food Security and Sustainable Development Division (FSSDD), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Deadline: June 11, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: UNEP Program Officer--Facilitating Implementation Readiness for Mitigation (FIRM). The aim of the FIRM (Facilitating Implementation and Readiness for Mitigation) project is to help participating countries strengthen their national mitigation plans and strategies and get a ‘quick-start’ on technology-based mitigation activities whilst responding to national development priorities. Deadline: June 27, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: World Agroforestry Centre Economist/Adaptation Specialist. The main purpose of the position will be to: a) learn from existing community and farmer practices to identify and map current and future vulnerabilities to climate change; b) analyze impacts of development projects and develop robust adaptation strategies and climate smart practices; c) identify the limits of adaptation to weather extremes in agroforestry systems and devise opportunities for complementary safeguard systems. Deadline: June 30, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CGIAR Research Programme on Wheat 2012 Competitive Grants Initiative. WHEAT represents the revised long-term strategy for the CGIAR centers engaged in wheat research. By pursuing 10 "Strategic Initiatives", WHEAT aims to be the catalyst and apex of an emergent, highly-distributed, virtual global wheat innovation network. Deadline: June 8, 2012

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: India Biodiversity Awards. Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India; and the United Nations Development Programme, India, announce the call for nominations for the India Biodiversity Awards, which will recognize contributions that embody outstanding governance models of biodiversity management. Deadline: June 10, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants (LACREG). The purpose of this program is to strengthen international partnerships and consolidate emerging networks among academic researchers from Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Deadline: June 29, 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Foreign Direct Investment in Land, Land Markets and Land Institutions, and Development of the Agricultural Sector in Africa (AGRODEP). AGRODEP Modeling Consortium is issuing its first annual call for competitive grant proposals to support research on emerging issues in Africa that have previously  received little or no attention. Deadline: July 16, 2012

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Dissertation Research Fellowships on Gender and Agriculture. IFPRI and its partners announce a call for applications for Ph.D. dissertation research fellowships on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). The purpose of the Index is to understand why women in developing countries face persistent obstacles and economic constraints to inclusion in the agriculture sector though they play a critical role in agricultural growth. Deadline: July 31, 2012

PUBLICATIONS: Global Analyses of Tenure Reform and Impacts Since the 1992 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RRI). The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) announces the release of 2 new global analyses of tenure reform (and impacts) since the 1992 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants (LACREG)

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2012 Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants (LACREG) program. This program has been managed by the AUCC with financial support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) since 1995. 

The purpose of this program is to strengthen international partnerships and consolidate emerging networks among academic researchers from Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.  It is designed to support small collaborative research activities which will contribute to the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge in the development process in at least one of IDRC’s programming areas.

Projects must address one or more of IDRC’s four broad program areas:

More information.

Deadline: June 29, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: UNEP Program Officer--Facilitating Implementation Readiness for Mitigation (FIRM)

The Programme Officer will perform the following functions:

  1. Coordinate implementation of projects and activities undertaken by the Unit: Strengthen institutional infrastructures for climate change mitigation in developing countries; Promote development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments and other tools to assist in decision making; Analyze experience and drawing lessons on UNEP efforts to transfer climate relevant technology in support of the United Nations Framework on Convention on Climate Change objectives; Identify opportunities for coordination with other UNEP initiatives and collaborating partners; Contribute to knowledge management activities.
  2. Participate in development of climate change mitigation projects; collect and analyze information including technology; policy, regulatory developments, trends and recommendations; create links between existing technology transfer and institutional projects and National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) developed in the framework of the international negotiations; Review and suggest ways of reorienting the work programme and workplan(s); respond to new priorities and external feedback.
  3. Coordinate communication and outreach to donors, partners and stakeholders; Ensure efficient internal and external communications; Enhance UNEP’s role in promoting information exchange of information on energy issues and links to environment and development agendas; Communicate with partners about common positions and joint activities.

More information.

Deadline: June 27, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Foreign Direct Investment in Land, Land Markets and Land Institutions, and Development of the Agricultural Sector in Africa (AGRODEP)

African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium is issuing its first annual call for competitive grant proposals to support research on emerging issues in Africa that have previously  received little or no attention.   

The selected topic of this year’s GAPS IN RESEARCH grant is: Foreign Direct Investment in Land (FDI), Land Markets and Land Institutions, and Development of the Agricultural Sector in Africa. Proposals can address any or all of the aspects of the main topic. 

In recent years, land markets and land institutions have been characterized by new developments that have not yet received adequate attention by research. Among these, foreign direct investment in land and its potential impact on agricultural development and food security in Africa has drawn special attention. Given that data is sporadic and little research has been conducted on the topic, AGRODEP—through this grant—hopes to contribute to addressing the research gap that currently exists.

The GAPS IN RESARCH grant will support quantitative research that addresses any or all aspects of the main topic. AGRODEP encourages researchers and research organizations worldwide to apply, especially if they have already engaged in some capacity in addressing these issues, but could use the funds to complement their efforts and produce high quality research on the topic.

More information.

Deadline: July 16, 2012

 

PUBLICATIONS: Global Analyses of Tenure Reform and Impacts Since the 1992 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RRI)

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) announces the release of 2 new global analyses of tenure reform (and impacts) since the 1992 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

These timely studies are being released just before the world comes together at the Rio+20 Conference on June 20-22, and include recommendations to build on the last twenty years of progress and complete the work necessary to attain truly fair and sustainable development.
 

EMPLOYMENT: Economic Affairs Officer (Regional Land Expert), Land Policy Initiative

The Land Policy Initiative is looking for Regional Land Expert. This position is located in the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), Food Security and Sustainable Development Division (FSSDD), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The LPI is a joint Initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB), tasked with assisting member states in the implementation of the AU Declaration on land issues and challenges in Africa (Declaration), in accordance with the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa, in order to achieve socio-economic development, peace and security, and environmental sustainability.

More information.

Deadline: June 11, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: IIED Senior Researcher, Forest Team

The rationale for this post is that food, energy and climate crises hit the poor hardest. Growing demands for food, energy and construction materials also puts added pressure on forests. It is therefore essential to research and spread models of locally controlled tree-based enterprise that deliver more integrated and intensified production of food, energy and construction materials in ways that are climate-smart.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Help develop and steer a programme of policy research on tree-based enterprise to meet growing demands for food, fodder, fuel and fibre within sustainable and equitable landscapes.
  2. Contribute more broadly to the identification and development of new research themes that contribute towards the Forest Team’s objective of locally controlled forestry: securing livelihoods, justice and sustainability in flourishing forest-linked communities that are able to shape key policies and institutions and adapt to change. This may involve working in partnership with other teams in the Natural Resources Group, and other teams within the Climate Change Group, Sustainable Markets Group and Human Settlements Group as appropriate.
  3. Direct and contribute to broader publication processes through which research findings are converted into a variety of communication outputs - including peer-reviewed journal articles, IIED synthesis reports, workshop reports, newsletters, policy briefing notes, web articles, radio or film transcripts etc.
  4. Contribute to the preparation of other Forest Team concept notes, funding proposals and grant applications under the overall coordination of the Forest Team leader so as to raise on average more than a senior researcher salary annually.
  5. Organise, or assist in organising, and participate in seminars and workshops on issues of policy and practice, project development, dissemination of research findings and capacity strengthening.
  6. Liaise with government, academia/research institutions, private agencies and NGOs on forest and land use issues, and help the Forest Team develop appropriate responses. This will include responding to enquiries from the media and general public.
  7. Contribute to the preparation and management of annual work plans and budgets and report to donors in connection with all of the above.

More information.

Deadline: June 8, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CGIAR Research Programme on Wheat 2012 Competitive Grants Initiative

Climate-­change-­induced temperature increases are likely to reduce wheat production in developing countries by 20–30%. As a result, prices will more than double in real terms, eroding the purchasing power of poor consumers and creating conditions for widespread social unrest. This scenario is worsened by stagnating yields, soil degradation, increasing irrigation and fertilizer costs, and virulent new disease and pest strains.

WHEAT represents the revised long-term strategy for the CGIAR centers engaged in wheat research. By pursuing 10 "Strategic Initiatives", WHEAT aims to be the catalyst and apex of an emergent, highly-distributed, virtual global wheat innovation network:

  1. Technology targeting for greatest impact.
  2. Sustainable wheat-based systems.
  3. Nutrient- and water-use efficiency.
  4. Productive wheat varieties.
  5. Durable resistance and management of diseases and insect pests.
  6. Enhanced heat and drought tolerance.
  7. Breaking the yield barrier (Wheat Yield Consortium)
  8. More and better seed.
  9. Seeds of Discovery.
  10. Strengthening capacities

CAPRi members may be especially interested in the following activity listed in the call:

More information.

Deadline: June 8, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: World Agroforestry Centre Economist/Adaptation Specialist

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

The main purpose of the position will be to: a) learn from existing community and farmer practices to identify and map current and future vulnerabilities to climate change; b) analyze impacts of development projects and develop robust adaptation strategies and climate smart practices, with special focus on agroforestry systems and derive possible transition pathways; c) identify the limits of adaptation to weather extremes in agroforestry systems and devise opportunities for complementary safeguard systems.

Responsibilities

More information.

Deadline: June 30, 2012

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Dissertation Research Fellowships on Gender and Agriculture

IFPRI and its partners are pleased to announce a call for applications for Ph.D. dissertation research fellowships on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). The first of its kind to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector, the purpose of the Index is to understand why women in developing countries face persistent obstacles and economic constraints to inclusion in the agriculture sector though they play a critical role in agricultural growth.

Released on February 28, 2012, the Index is a partnership among IFPRI, the USGovernment’s Feed the Future initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) of Oxford University. Read more about the Index here.

The threefold goal of the fellowship is to strengthen understanding and evidence of the WEAI; expand understanding of WEAI dynamics through complementary qualitative and ethnographic work; and support promising researchers interested in gender and agriculture. Research proposals supported under this call must be focused entirely or mostly on one or more of 19 Feed the Future countries, listed here.

More information.

Deadline: July 31, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: India Biodiversity Awards

India has a rich heritage of biodiversity that it is committed to protect, as it provides ecological, economic, social, cultural, spiritual, educational, scientific and aesthetic services for millions of people. India also has vast experience in natural resource conservation and there are diverse models of biodiversity management in operation, ranging from officially managed protected areas to community-led conservation. The valuable work done by biodiversity managers at the grassroots has remained unsung, even as the value of biodiversity itself has begun to be widely recognised. It is felt that national recognition of these outstanding biodiversity management efforts will provide an additional impetus to them, as well as spread awareness for improved biodiversity management across the country.

Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India; and the United Nations Development Programme, India, are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the India Biodiversity Awards, which will recognize contributions that embody outstanding governance models of biodiversity management. The Awards will be presented during the 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to be held in October 2012 in Hyderabad.

One nomination in each of the following four categories will be selected for the award:

  1. Community stewardship – Community-led biodiversity management by autonomous community institutions
  2. Decentralised governance – Biodiversity management by local self-governments and local level statutory institutions
  3. Co-management – Biodiversity jointly managed by communities and the Government
  4. Protected Areas – Effective and innovative management practices by management agencies of Protected Areas

Each of the four recipients of the India Biodiversity Awards will receive a cash prize of INR 100,000 and a citation.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 10, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: CARE Gender and Livelihoods Advisor. The Advisor will have two main functions (i) support CARE’s efforts to design, implement, learn from and disseminate information about the issues of gender justice within a livelihoods, nutrition and food security context and (ii) work with the Pathways Women in Agriculture Program in Tanzania, Malawi, Ghana, Mali, India and Bangladesh to promote the empowerment of women in agriculture. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Social Scientist: Gender and Development. CIMMYT seeks an enthusiastic quantitatively-oriented social scientist with a strong interest in gender to join their international team of highly qualified and motivated scientists working to improve the livelihoods of resource-poor maize and wheat farmers in the developing world. Deadline: May 20, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Researcher–Water Management and Institutions. IWMI seeks a scientist who is practiced in the analysis of social and physical interaction of water processes for this Cairo-based position. Deadline: June 10, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Senior Scientist: Land Policy. CIAT is looking for a creative and innovative scientist to lead research in the areas of political ecology of land use and social processes resulting in identification of options that create or accelerate positive change and transformation in livelihood strategies with positive benefit to the rural poor. Deadline: June 15, 2012

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Global Environmental Change and Human Security Conference (GECS 2012). The conference is structured around the three key themes of Identification of Challenges, Impacts, and Vulnerabilities; Identification of Dynamics, Adaption, and Mitigation Options; and Features of a New Vision. Proposals are invited that address these topics. Deadline: July 15, 2012

AWARD: The Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food. The prize aims to recognize individuals and groups for their exemplary and promising contribution in promoting innovation through research, development and capacity building in the North, South or in the Mediterranean, in order to improve food and agricultural systems sustainability as well as contribute to addressing food security and poverty reduction. Deadline: July 16, 2012

PUBLICATION: Land institutions, investments, and income diversification. A new IFPRI discussion paper examines land reform in Brazil’s quilombo communities.

PUBLICATION: The Custodians of Biodiversity: Sharing Access to and Benefits of Genetic Resources. This IDRC publication addresses threats to local and indigenous approaches to biodiversity conservation, crop improvement, and managing precious natural resources under threat.

NEWS: An Interview with Elinor Ostrom on Climate Change. Readers may enjoy this recent interview with Nobel Laureate and longtime CAPRi friend and Steering Committee member Elinor Ostrom on the subject of climate change.

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Global Environmental Change and Human Security Conference (GECS 2012)

The conference, as a major knowledge consolidation initiative, is structured around three key themes and under each of these a number of session topics are listed. Proposals (presentations, sessions, panels and roundtables, etc.) are invited that address these topics.

Global Environmental Change and Human Security: Identification of Challenges, Impacts, and Vulnerabilities:

Global Environmental Change and Human Security: Identification of Dynamics, Adaptation, and Mitigation Options:

Global Environmental Change and Human Security: Features of a New Vision:

More information.

Deadline: July 15, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: Land institutions, investments, and income diversification

A new IFPRI discussion paper examines land reform in Brazil’s quilombo communities:

Efforts to distribute land titles to low-income rural Afro-Brazilian communities, known as quilombos, have been disappointing despite the provision of ample government resources. Until now, research on the implications of Brazil‟s land reform policies has not considered quilombo communities in an economic context. The unique case of the quilombo communities provides an interesting context to advance the understanding of the role of land titles in rural income generation. The impact of land tenure security in the cycle of assets, activities, and income is explored to identify the importance of institutions for land dependent agricultural enterprises. We find evidence of land titles contributing to desirable welfare outcomes through their impact on production and investment behavior. Income diversity from various production activities is found to positively contribute to higher income levels, particularly for producers earning more than the minimum wage, once conditioned on secure land rights and productive investments.

Available here.

 

NEWS: An Interview with Elinor Ostrom on Climate Change

Readers may enjoy this recent interview with Nobel Laureate and longtime CAPRi friend and Steering Committee member Elinor Ostrom on the subject of climate change. A sample:

Q: You are a great believer in ordinary people's ability to organize and use their commonly shared resources wisely, but I take it that does not work all the time? But ultimately collective action at the grassroots can force change at the top?

A: I am a believer of the capabilities of people to organize at a local level. That does not mean that they always do. There are a wide variety of collective action problems that exist at a small scale. The important thing is that people at a small scale, who know what the details of the problems are, organize, rather than calling on officials at a much larger scale.

Officials at a larger scale may have many collective-action problems of their own that they need to address. They do not have the detailed information about problems at a small scale that people who are confronting those every day do have. Thus, the solutions that are evolved by local people have a chance of being more imaginative and better ways of solving these problems than allowing them to go unsolved and eventually asking a much larger scale unit to solve it for them.

The full interview is here. Many of the ideas Ostrom discusses in the interview are spelled out in greater detail in her paper from 2009, “A polycentric approach for coping with climate change”.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

 

AWARD: The Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food

The Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food aims to recognize individuals, or a group of individuals, for their exemplary and promising contribution in promoting innovation through research, development and capacity building in the North, South or in the Mediterranean, in order to improve food and agricultural systems sustainability as well as contribute to addressing food security and poverty reduction.

The Prize consists of two categories:

More information.

Deadline: July 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: The Custodians of Biodiversity: Sharing Access to and Benefits of Genetic Resources

This IDRC publications, edited by Manuel Ruiz, Ronnie Vernooy, is freely available online.

Globally, local and indigenous approaches to conserving biodiversity, crop improvement, and managing precious natural resources are under threat. Many communities have to deal with “biopiracy,” for example. As well, existing laws are usually unsuitable for protecting indigenous and traditional knowledge and for recognizing collective rights, such as in cases of participatory plant breeding, where farmers, researchers and others join forces to improve existing crop varieties or develop new ones, based on shared knowledge and resources.

This book addresses these issues. It outlines the national and international policy processes that are currently underway to protect local genetic resources and related traditional knowledge and the challenges these initiatives have faced. In particular these themes are addressed within the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The authors broaden the policy and legal debates beyond the sphere of policy experts to include the knowledge-holders themselves. These are the ‘custodians of biodiversity’: farmers, herders and fishers in local communities. Their experience in sharing access and benefits to genetic resources is shown to be crucial for the development of effective national and international agreements. The book presents and analyzes this experience, including case studies from China, Cuba, Honduras, Jordan, Nepal, Peru and Syria.

Download here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Senior Scientist: Land Policy

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is looking for a creative and innovative scientist to lead research in the areas of political ecology of land use and social processes resulting in identification of options that create or accelerate positive change and transformation in livelihood strategies with positive benefit to the rural poor. The work will have a focus on incentives for change to build into solutions strategies, and will require utilization of a variety of participatory approaches. This new position comes at a time of great opportunity within the CGIAR for more integrated and impact oriented research for development, and offers wide scope for development.

Candidates must have a strong desire to bring research to bear on important development questions, and ensure impact of our work on poverty alleviation. They must also have an interest in engaging in global discussions on the role of institutions, policy research and incentives to achieve development objectives. Initial responsibility will be to contribute to planning and implementation of research on incentive mechanisms to support improved natural resources management in agroecosystems managed by smallholder farming communities within the framework of the CGIAR Research Program Water, Land and Ecosystems. S/he will contribute to cross cutting research on policy, institutions and gender within that program.

The position will be based in Nairobi, but with responsibility to guide researchers in other regions including Latin America and Southeast Asia.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 15, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Researcher–Water Management and Institutions

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks a scientist who is practiced in the analysis of social and physical interaction of water processes. If you have at least 3 years’ post-PhD experience conducting systemic analyses of irrigated agriculture and/or river basin management and can use approaches that combine the technical understanding of water management and farming systems with consideration of institutional or policy dimensions), then you fit our profile perfectly. Your research portfolio will be to conduct original research on water management and institutions, mostly in the Nile Delta in Egypt. You will be based at the IWMI office located at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Cairo, Egypt. You will report to the Principal Researcher based in the Cairo office.

As a Researcher, you will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 10, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: CARE Gender and Livelihoods Advisor

CARE is seeking an experienced Gender and Livelihoods Advisor who will work within CARE USA's dynamic and cross-cutting Gender and Empowerment unit and with close affiliation with the Food, Livelihoods Justice unit in the Program, Partnership, Learning and Advocacy Division. The division’s mandate is to generate, harvest, cross-fertilize and promote the application of knowledge and learning throughout and beyond CARE. The Gender and Livelihoods Advisor will have two main functions (i) support CARE’s efforts to design, implement, learn from and disseminate information about the issues of gender justice within a livelihoods, nutrition and food security context and (ii) work with the Pathways Women in Agriculture Program in Tanzania, Malawi, Ghana, Mali, India and Bangladesh to promote the empowerment of women in agriculture.

More information.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Social Scientist: Gender and Development

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks an enthusiastic quantitatively-oriented social scientist with a strong interest in gender to join our international team of highly qualified and motivated scientists working to improve the livelihoods of resource-poor maize and wheat farmers in the developing world.  As a member of the CIMMYT Socio-Economics Program, and in close collaboration with biophysical scientists and national- and international partners including other centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and research universities you will undertake research on gender issues in relation to wheat- and maize based farming systems and contribute to strengthening the institutional capacity for incorporating social equity in maize and wheat research for development. The position will be based in any of the CIMMYT regional offices in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia.

Primary research areas include:

More information.

Deadline: May 20, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Genetic Resources and Food Security Policy Specialist, Bioversity International. The successful candidate will provide scientific support to the project Strengthening national capacities to implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources Project (GRPI 2). Deadline: May 20, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Gender Officer (Policy). The incumbent will contribute to FAO’s strategic objective on “Gender equity in access to resources, goods, services and decision-making in rural areas”. Deadline: May 23, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: IDRC Director, Agriculture and Environment. The program area focuses on the connection between agricultural development and environmental sustainability in time of global changes. Deadline: May 25, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: Full Professor, Water Resources Management at Wageningen University. The position is chair of the Water Resources Management (WRM) group responsible for the scientific development of interdisciplinary research and education in the field of water resources management, including irrigation, from an integrated socio-technical and socio-ecological perspective. Deadline: May 31, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Fostering Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa in an Age of Global Economic Uncertainty. The 2012 Africa Economic Conference will take place from 30 October to 2 November in Kigali, Rwanda. Deadline: June 1, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: 'Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action' Conference. Scholars from all social sciences, including history, are invited to present papers on the design and long-term evolution of institutions for collective action in comparative perspective. Stress will be laid upon long-term comparative analyses, in a global perspective. Deadline: July 1, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: 6th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of International Organizations. The 6th Annual Conference on The Political Economy of International Organizations will take place from February 7 – 9, 2013. Deadline (full papers): September 30, 2012

PUBLICATION: How Valuing Nature Can Transform Agriculture. An article in the open-source journal Solutions argues for designing payments for ecosystems services (PES) mechanisms through collective action institutions.

ONLINE RESOURCE: EASYPol, FAO’s Repository of Resources for Policymaking. FAO’s Policy Support Unit develops, publishes and hosts freely downloadable resources to assist policy makers and analysts in the assessment and implementation of development policies.

 

PUBLICATION: How Valuing Nature Can Transform Agriculture

An article in the open-source journal Solutions argues for designing payments for ecosystems services (PES) mechanisms through collective action institutions.

Society must increase food production and restore vital ecosystem services or suffer unacceptable consequences. Unfortunately, conventional agriculture may be the single greatest threat to ecosystem function. At the same time, reducing ecologically harmful agricultural inputs or restoring farmlands to native ecosystems threatens food production. We fell into this predicament because we designed agricultural and economic systems that failed to account for ecosystem services, and the path forward requires redesigning both systems. Agroecology—which applies ecological principles to design sustainable farming methods that can increase food production, wean us away from nonrenewable and harmful agricultural inputs, and restore ecosystem services—promises to be an appropriate redesign of agricultural systems. We focus on the example of management-intensive grazing (MIG), which mimics natural grassland-grazer dynamics. Compared to conventional systems, MIG increases pasture growth and cattle production, reduces the use of fertilizers and pesticides, and enhances biodiversity, water quality, nutrient capture, and carbon sequestration. Redesigning economic institutions to reward the provision of ecosystem services and provide the public goods required for the global-scale development and dissemination of agroecology practices still presents a serious challenge. Payments for ecosystem services (PES) are a promising mechanism through which those who benefit from ecosystem services can compensate those who provide them, for mutual gain. Numerous schemes already exist that pay landowners for land uses that sequester carbon, regulate and purify water, and enhance biodiversity, but their effectiveness is debated. We propose a form of PES in which the potential public beneficiaries of ecosystem services at the local, national, and global scales fund the research and development, extension work (i.e., farmer education, usually supported by government agencies), and affordable credit required to scale agroecology up to the level required to provide for a growing global population.

The article is here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Fostering Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa in an Age of Global Economic Uncertainty

The 2012 Africa Economic Conference will take place from 30 October to 2 November in Kigali, Rwanda, on the theme of “Fostering Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa in an Age of Global Economic Uncertainty”. Policy-oriented papers that are linked to the overall theme of the conference are of particular interest. Papers that address the following other themes are also welcome:

More information.

Deadline: June 1, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Genetic Resources and Food Security Policy Specialist, Bioversity International

Bioversity International is soliciting applications for the position of Genetic Resources and Food Security Policy Specialist, funded by through the Netherlands’ Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme.

The Genetic Resources and Food Security Policy Specialist will provide scientific support to the project Strengthening national capacities to implement the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources Project (GRPI 2). GRPI 2 supports efforts in a number of countries, with complementary subregional level activities, to implement the International Treaty’s multilateral system of access of benefit sharing.

The JPO will focus on a) countries’ ability to use the multilateral system to respond to climate-change related challenges to food security, and b) farmers’ capacity to participate directly in the multilateral system.

The JPO will work with teams of researchers comprised of national partners, and staff from Bioversity, the Centre for International Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and numerous universities, and the Treaty Secretariat, to:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 20, 2012

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: 'Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action' Conference

From the 29th of November until the 1st of December 2012 a three-day conference will be held at Utrecht University on the theme of the Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action.

Scholars from all social sciences, including history, are invited to present papers on the design and long-term evolution of institutions for collective action in comparative perspective. Stress will be laid upon long-term comparative analyses, in a global perspective.

Among the questions that will be addressed are:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: July 1, 2012

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: EASYPol, FAO’s Repository of Resources for Policymaking

Among other activities FAO’s Policy Support Unit develops, publishes and hosts freely downloadable resources to assist policy makers and analysts in the assessment and implementation of development policies. EASYPol is their online repository of resources for policymaking.

What's on EASYPol?
Policy findings, methodological guidelines and capacity development are presented through issue papers, analytical tools (software), case studies, and other conceptual and technical materials. [See latest issues]

About our analytical tools
Our software packages assist policy makers and analysts in the effective analysis of policy impacts and implication and in data management. All tools are tested and currently used in various countries, and can be adapted to a specific country's needs. [See all analytical tools]

Who develops EASYPol resources?
FAO technical experts develop resources, often in collaboration with universities and other institutions involved in policy making. Before publication, resources undergo a peer-review to ensure satisfactory content quality standards.

Monday, May 07, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: 6th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of International Organizations

The 6th Annual Conference on The Political Economy of International Organizations will take place from February 7 – 9, 2013.

The PEIO conference will bring together economists, political scientists and other scholars to address political-economy issues related to any international organization, including the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Union, and also other international organizations that have yet received less attention in the academic literature. Questions we seek to address include how IOs are organized and governed, what are the incentives of governments dealing with IOs as well as the incentives of the bureaucrats who staff them, and what are the effects of IOs on policy outcomes. We will also consider the interaction of IOs with transnational actors such as commercial lobbies and NGOs. Finally, we have a particular interest in the interaction of the international political economy with the domestic political economy of IO members.

More information.

Deadline (full papers): September 30, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Full Professor, Water Resources Management at Wageningen University

The full professor is chair of the Water Resources Management (WRM) group responsible for the scientific development of interdisciplinary research and education in the field of water resources management, including irrigation, from an integrated socio-technical and socio-ecological perspective. The WRM group aims at promoting technologies, management practices and policies that contribute to a sustainable use, equitable distribution, and democratic governance of water. Over the last decades, the chair group has evolved from an engineering oriented group focusing on irrigation in developing countries to an interdisciplinary group that looks at interdisciplinary water resources management across scales both in the developed and in the developing world.

The successful candidate is a dynamic person, a recognised authority in the scientific field and a unifying/inclusive team leader. S/he holds a PhD degree in the field of water resources management with a proven track record in interdisciplinary research from a socio-technical and socio-ecological perspective.

For more information. Visit this site and search for vacancy number WU-2012-HL007.

Deadline: May 31, 2012

Friday, May 04, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Gender Officer (Policy)

Under the overall guidance of the Director and the Principal Officer, ESW, and as leader or member of one or more multidisciplinary task teams, the incumbent will contribute to FAO’s strategic objective on “Gender equity in access to resources, goods, services and decision-making in rural areas”. In particular, the incumbent will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 23, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: IDRC Director, Agriculture and Environment

The Agriculture and Environment (AE) program area focuses on the connection between agricultural development and environmental sustainability in time of global changes.  It recognizes that providing basic goods such as food and water requires increased productivity and environmental sustainability as well as ensuring improved human health and sound economic development. 

The AE program area is composed of four programming units that were launched in April 2010 for a period of five years:

Reporting to the Vice-President Program and Partnership, the Director provides strategic intelligence and promotes its effective utilization in the design and execution of the Program Area; provides intellectual leadership in research for development and in the identification of new research areas; contributes to policy development, planning, management and evaluation of the Program Area at corporate and regional levels; manages a team of professionals and support staff in a matrix environment based in Ottawa and overseas Regional Offices; and strives to enhance and expand partnerships with Canadian and international agencies of other developed and developing regions.

More information.

Deadline: May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 03, 2012

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Research Positions at FEEM’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Research Programme. Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei is looking to recruit motivated and talented researchers to cover open positions within the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Research Programme. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Forest Risk Commodities Researcher, Global Canopy Program. The Forest Footprint Disclosure project is designed to help investors identify how a company’s activities and supply chains contribute to deforestation and use this 'forest footprint' to assist in their evaluation of companies. Deadline: May 10, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: OXFAM Research Consultancies in Tanzania, Ghana, and Zambia. These research positions will examine the gender impacts of corporate land investments in these three countries. Deadline: May 10, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: RECOFTC Senior Program Officer, Livelihoods and Markets. RECOFTC is seeking a Senior Program Officer to work as the focal person for further development and advancement of Livelihoods and Markets. The successful applicant will be based at RECOFTC’s Bangkok headquarters and will be required to travel frequently to RECOFTC’s focal countries and beyond. Deadline: May 25, 2012

FELLOWSHIP: Social Science Post-Doctoral Fellow, Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI). The Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications for this position to be based in the Council’s Executive Secretariat in Dakar. Deadline: May 31, 2012

TRAINING: Course on Land, Property and Conflict. The US Institute of Peace (USIP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will organize their fourth Course on Land, Property and Conflict from 21 to 24 May at the USIP Headquarters in Washington DC. Deadline: open

CALL FOR PAPERS: Natural Resources Forum, a UN Sustainable Development Journal. This quarterly journal issued by the Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations calls for papers for a new series on the themes of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development at its 20th and 21st sessions, over the 2012-2014 period.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Land Matrix: The Online Public Database on Land Deals. The Land Matrix is a valuable new tool that allows users to track, analyze, and produce visualizations on large-scale land deals.

PUBLICATION: IFPRI 2011 Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI has released the first of a new series of annual reports, providing an in-depth, contextualized look at the past year’s major food policy developments and events.

 

FELLOWSHIP: Social Science Post-Doctoral Fellow, Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI)

The Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Fellow in its Responsive Forest Governance Initiative (RFGI). The position will be based in the Council’s Executive Secretariat in Dakar. The Fellow would also be expected to spend part of their time participating in various programs of the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in terms of existing collaboration agreements between CODESRIA and UCAD. The RFGI is a joint programme of CODESRIA, the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy (SDEP) Initiative of the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It is an Africa-wide environmental-governance research and training program focusing on enabling responsive and accountable decentralization to strengthen the representation of forest-based rural people in local-government decision making. Further information on RFGI can be found at www.codesria.org. RFGI project description can also be viewed at: http://sdep.beckman.illinois.edu/files/RFGI_Programme_Summary_and_Introduction.pdf.

Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary and the direct supervision of the RFGI Coordinator, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will be based in Dakar and will work closely with the RFGI Coordinator on the day-to-day scientific management of the RFGI. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will also be required to contribute to the research and training objectives of the RFGI.

The key tasks and responsibilities of the Programme Manager will include:

The Post-Doctoral Fellow is expected to be hands-on, self-motivating and target-oriented individual requiring minimum supervision. She/he must also be capable of leading and motivating research teams and individual researchers.

Requirements

Candidates for this position must:

How to Apply

All applicants wishing to be considered for this position are required to supply the following documents:

  1. A cover letter expressing your interest;
  2. A one-page essay on your research interests and how they may relate to RFGI;
  3. 2 samples of your published work;
  4. A detailed CV describing your professional experience;
  5. Three reference letters, two of which must be academic references.

Both the application and the reference letters should be sent by email by 31st May 2012 to:

The Executive Secretary
CODESRIA
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
P.O. Box 3304 CP 18524
Dakar, SENEGAL

Executive.secretary@codesria.sn

Deadline: May 31, 2012

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Natural Resources Forum, a UN Sustainable Development Journal

Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal, a quarterly journal issued by the Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, calls for papers for a new series on the themes of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development at its 20th and 21st sessions, over the 2012-2014 period:

Articles submitted should be relevant to policymaking, and should address the topics from a sustainable development perspective, i.e. treating economic, social, and environmental aspects in an integrated way. Articles centered on the evaluation of global, national and local policies and programmes are encouraged.

Angles of interest include cross-cutting themes such as poverty eradication, changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production, protecting and managing the natural resource base of development, application of integrated planning and policy tools for decision-making, institutions for sustainable development, sustainable development in a globalizing world, and sustainable development of small islands developing states, Africa, or other regions.

Manuscripts should contain original material and should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length.

Contributions to the journal are accepted at the NRFs manuscript submission site at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nrf

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Land Matrix: The Online Public Database on Land Deals

The Land Matrix is a valuable new tool that allows users to track, analyze, and produce visualizations on large-scale land deals.

The Land Matrix is an online public database of large-scale land deals. It provides a visualisation of records documenting land deals since 2000. The data you can explore represent about 50% of the entire data base. The remaining deals are being crosschecked and added, together with new data provided, on an on-going basis. The visualisations offer overview of the data as well as giving full access to the public database down to the level of an individual deal.

The public interface provides factual information in a systematic, clear, visual and accessible format. It facilitates the collection and representation of data; encourages citizens, researchers, governments, and companies to provide data and improve the quality of and access to data; as well as provide a regular and accessible analysis of the phenomenon.

You can explore data through different entry points, ranging from summaries that give insights to the content of the database, to direct access to the data for more in-depth exploration and analysis.

Visit the Land Matrix site.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

 

PUBLICATION: IFPRI 2011 Global Food Policy Report

IFPRI has released the first of a new series of annual reports. From the preface:

IFPRI’s 2011 Global Food Policy Report—the first in a new annual series—provides an in-depth, contextualized look at the past year’s major food policy developments and events. It both raises and answers these key questions: What happened in food policy in 2011 and why? What challenges and opportunities resulted? What could have been done differently? What should be done in the future?

In 2011, agriculture moved to the forefront of the international development agenda. In addition to producing adequate food, agriculture’s crucial role in improving nutrition and health, sustainably making use of land and other natural resources, and helping to address global threats like climate change has received long-overdue recognition. Investments in the sector are rising, and contributions are coming from industrialized countries as well as emerging and developing economies, the private sector, and philanthropic entities. In addition to higher investments, policymakers also scaled up collaboration across borders, in particular in their efforts to control food price volatility through the provision of better market information. This type of global policymaking must continue to take into account that legislation in one country (particularly trade and environmental policies regarding biofuels) can harm food security in others. International agenda-setting meetings, like the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, cannot neglect the concerns of the poor. As the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa starkly reminds us, however, research agendas and information-sharing are not enough to avert or solve a problem; preventive actions are also needed.

The report and related materials are available here.

 

TRAINING: Course on Land, Property and Conflict

the US Institute of Peace (USIP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will organize their fourth Course on Land, Property and Conflict from 21 to 24 May at the USIP Headquarters in Washington DC.

The course is intended to provide policymakers and practitioners with analytical tools for assessing and addressing an array of complex land and property disputes, from competing ownership claims and restitution to customary land rights and illegal urban settlements. The prime target audience are professionals with past and/or ongoing experience in peace building and/or post-crisis recovery and transition. 

In the past, participants came from national governments and institutions; UN agencies and the World Bank; and national and international NGOs. The number of participants is limited to 25 so as to ensure an effective learning environment. Trainers are experienced practitioners from the US Institute of Peace, the World Bank and IOM, with additional speakers from other international organizations and NGOs.

More information.

Deadline: open

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

 

EMPLOYMENT: Research Positions at FEEM’s Climate Change and Sustainable Development Research Programme

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), a leading research institute on sustainable development (www.feem.it) is looking to recruit motivated and talented researchers to cover open positions within the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Research Programme:

More information.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: Forest Risk Commodities Researcher, Global Canopy Program

The Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) project is designed to help investors identify how a company’s activities and supply chains contribute to deforestation and use this 'forest footprint' to assist in their evaluation of companies. Modelled on the Carbon Disclosure Project, it aims to shed light on the key commercial drivers of deforestation whilst building capacity and knowledge to reduce their impacts.

The project is part of the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), a tropical forest think-tank that acts through its global networks of experts across disciplines to spark insight, convene research and design projects that demonstrate the value of forests as natural capital and can help leverage future large-scale system change.

We are now looking for an experienced analyst with a passion for tropical forests to join our team to push forward thinking on forests, drivers and commodity risks – to provide companies and investors with sound evidence on which to base their shift to sustainable wealth creation.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 10, 2012