Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Aid and Gender Equality

This call for papers seeks to generate research to improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying aid effectiveness in fostering gender equality and women’s empowerment across the broad spectrum of donor practices (bilateral and multilateral, as well as initiatives involving NGOs and community-based organizations that are supported by aid donors). We encourage the submission of innovative theoretical and empirical research papers on the relationship between donor assistance and changes in gender equality and female empowerment. Country case studies, as well as studies with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America, are especially welcome.

UNU-WIDER invites original papers to document the existing and emerging knowledge on what works, what could work, what is scalable, and what is transferable for sustainable improvements in gender equality and aid for development co-operation. The papers should establish clear links between foreign aid and gender equality, women’s empowerment, and other gender-related development outcomes. We are particularly interested in exploring foreign aid through various pathways including (but not limited to):

More information.

Deadline: March11, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Moore Foundation Program Fellow, Andes-Amazon Initiative

The Andes-Amazon Initiative’s goal is to conserve the Amazonian forests, which provide habitat for biodiversity and regulate the regional climate cycle. To achieve this goal, the Foundation supports work that addresses the following elements:

The Initiative is currently active in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The initiative team also makes a small number of grants outside of these areas to support basin-wide research and new approaches that will benefit its target geographies.

The Program Fellow will:

More information.

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Post Doctoral Fellow, Equitable Benefit sharing for Sustainable Forestry

This post doctoral fellow position will contribute to research that seeks to understand the factors that condition equitable benefit sharing in forestry settings that are characterised by multiple uses, users and values. Key issues for investigation include: a) sustainable use and conservation of production forestry, especially interactions between forest concession management and adjacent communities’ rights and benefits to forest resources; and b) the role of property rights/tenure regimes in enhancing equitable benefit sharing within and among communities involved in REDD+ schemes. The research aims to strengthen policy makers and relevant actors’ capacities to develop and implement strategies and processes that are inclusive of women and disadvantaged groups and that enhance their rights and access to forest resources, decisions and benefits.

The Post Doctoral Fellow will contribute substantially to research design, data collection management, data analysis and production of research deliverables, as well the dissemination of research findings.

Main tasks comprise the following:

More information.

Deadline: March 10, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: 53rd Annual Conference of the German Society of Economic and Social Sciences in Agriculture (GEWISOLA)

The conference will take place at Humboldt-Univer­sität zu Berlin, Germany, from September 25-27, 2013. The topic of the conference is: “How much market and how much regulation does sustainable agricultural development need?”

With regard to this topic, the Organizing Committee invites contributed papers to be presented at the conference. We also invite poster contributions which will be displayed during the conference. We expect contributions from the economic and social sciences of agriculture as well as from related disciplines.

In addition, contributed papers or posters may address topics beyond the conference topic which contribute to the state of knowledge in the economic and social sciences of agriculture. Theory oriented work and empirical analysis based on quantitative and qualitative methods are equally welcome.

The Annual Conference will also allow for self-organized sessions in which topical policy questions related to the general conference topic will be discussed. The Organizing Committee invites proposals for such self-organized sessions.

More information.

Deadline: March 4, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: IUCN Manager, Forest and Landscape Restoration. IUCN is seeking a senior results-focused professional to spearhead a knowledge programme aimed at facilitating the restoration of 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 – also known as the Bonn Challenge. Deadline: February 28, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) Program Director. SANDEE is seeking a Programme Director who can provide leadership in developing research programmes on regional environmental and development challenges faced in South Asia and liaise with researchers, donors, and policy makers to identify and broadcast pragmatic solutions. Deadline: March 10, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Foundation Executive Secretary. The Executive Secretary has broad responsibilities for the implementation of the Foundation’s strategic goals and the management of its resources. Deadline: March 10, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: 3rd International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment, and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium (ELCAS-3). Papers related to analysis tools, Exergy-based assessments, Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Risk Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Planning, Environmental Auditing, Cost benefit analysis, Health Risk Analysis are welcomed. Deadline: February 25, 2013

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: BASIS Assets and Market Access Collaborative Research Support Program. The goal of BASIS is to build resilience and assets for food security by designing and rigorously testing financial technologies and other complementary innovations that lay the foundation for inclusive agricultural growth. Deadline: March 1, 2013

AWARDS: Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC). The AMC is an award scheme giving awards in the categories of most innovative development project, outstanding research on development, and medals for completed research on development. Deadline: March 11, 2013

PUBLICATION: IIED Guide to Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry. A tool from IIED provides guidance on how to structure enabling investments and prepare the ground for asset investments that yield acceptable returns and reduced risk for all stakeholders.

PUBLICATIONS: New CAPRi Working Papers on Climate, Gender, and Community-Based Legal Aid. We have recently published several new CAPRi Working Papers you may find interesting.

 

PUBLICATION: IIED Guide to Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry

A recent publication from IIED.

This Guide to Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry (ILCF) emerged out of 11 international dialogues that assembled more than 400 people to discuss how to make ILCF happen. It is a primarily a tool for practical action – providing guidance on how to structure enabling investments and prepare the ground for asset investments that yield acceptable returns and reduced risk, not only for investors, but also for local forest right-holders, national governments and society at large. After providing strong justification for this approach, the guide sets out a framework for structuring investments with tactical advice for building the partnerships necessary for successful ILCF. The core of the guide is a roadmap to successful ILCF that covers the business stages of proposition, establishment, validation, preparation, negotiation and performance management – with practical advice for both investors and forest right-holder groups. Case studies of successful ILCF and a range of useful templates and sources of further information are provided. The guide is produced by the Growing Forest Partnerships initiative, supported by the FAO, IIED, IUCN, TFD and the World Bank.

Available here.

 

PUBLICATIONS: New CAPRi Working Papers on Climate, Gender, and Community-Based Legal Aid

We have recently published several new CAPRi Working Papers you may find interesting. 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 109: Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change: A Theoretical Framework, Overview of Key Issues and Discussion Of Gender Differentiated Priorities and Participation. Elizabeth Bryan and Julia Behrman.

This paper provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of community-based adaptation (CBA) efforts. To start, it develops and describes a framework on adaptation to climate change used as the basis for this research. The paper then defines the characteristics or principles of CBA and describes why it is an essential part of the adaptation process. Following this, it identifies the limitations of or constraints to CBA in practice, including the need to link CBA to the larger adaptation and development processes and discusses institutional arrangements for CBA. The paper also explores institutional barriers to successful adaptation at the community level in more detail, focusing on issues of participation in group-based approaches to adaptation and the extent to which men and women have different priorities or needs for adaptation. The paper concludes with observations on effective types of group-based approaches to CBA and recommendations on how to promote equal participation in community responses to climate change in order to ensure that both men and women increase their resilience to climate change and to maximize the effectiveness of adaptation efforts. [Download here]

CAPRi Working Paper 108: Evaluation of Grassroots Community-Based Legal Aid Activities in Uganda and Tanzania. Julia Behrman, Lucy Billings, and Amber Peterman.

Progressive legislative actions in Uganda and Tanzania have improved women's legal rights to land, however significant gender disparities persist in access, control, inheritance, and ownership of land at the grassroots level. One promising mechanism to improve the implementation of laws is through Community-based Legal Aid (CBLA) programs, which are typically designed as pro-poor to enhance legal empowerment of marginalized groups. CBLA programs targeting gender and land-rights issues aim to improve knowledge of existing laws, attitudes toward women's ability to own or control land and practice on how land is administrated and distributed in rural communities. To date, there is little rigorous evidence on how effective these programs are in meeting these objectives. A qualitative study of CBLA programs in Uganda and Tanzania was conducted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to assess the efficacy of CBLA activities, understand challenges faced by CBLA implementing organizations, and document opportunities and potential for scaling-up. Results demonstrate clear demand for enhanced CBLA services in program areas. Policy implications point to a number of opportunities for scale-up efforts from the programmatic level to the national policy level to improve the coverage and quality of CBLA services. [Download here]

CAPRi Working Paper 107: Institutions for Agricultural Mitigation: Potential and Challenges in Four Countries. Elizabeth Bryan, Alessandro De Pinto, Claudia Ringler, Samuel Asuming-Brempong, Mohamed Bendaoud, Luís Artur, Nicia Givá, Dao The Anh, Nguyen Ngoc Mai, Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, Daniel Bruce Sarpong, Khalid El-Harizi, Teunis van Rheenen, and Jenna Ferguson.

The agriculture sector has great potential to contribute to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions through changes in agricultural management and land use. However, the technical potential for agricultural mitigation has yet to translate into actual emission reductions due to considerable constraints to the generation of emission offsets through agricultural projects. These constraints include national and subnational policies and institutional structures as well as institutional and resource constraints at the local level, such as lack of knowledge, organizational capacity, and start-up finance. This paper explores the institutional barriers to agricultural mitigation in four developing countries: Ghana, Morocco, Mozambique, and Vietnam. The findings show that the institutional environment greatly influences the capacity to engage in agricultural mitigation activities. In particular, the centrally planned system in Vietnam provides little space for local, community-based organizations to act collectively around issues of mutual interest, making it difficult to engage numerous smallholders in agricultural mitigation projects. At the same time, government-led mitigation projects may be more feasible in Vietnam compared to the African case studies, where the governments lack well-defined and coordinated strategies and regulations to support mitigation. Governance of contractual obligations is also a challenge to agricultural mitigation. While several organizations in the case study countries have relevant experience for organizing smallholder farmers, most of these organizations lack technical expertise in carbon markets, have limited knowledge of strategies for agricultural mitigation, and lack resources needed for start-up and implementation of mitigation projects. [Download here]

CAPRi Working Paper 106: A Literature Review of the Gender-Differentiated Impacts of Climate Change on Women's and Men's Assets and Well-Being in Developing Countries. Amelia H. X. Goh.

Climate change increasingly affects the livelihoods of people, and poor people experience especially negative impacts given their lack of capacity to prepare for and cope with the effects of a changing climate. Among poor people, women and men may experience these impacts differently. This review presents and tests two hypotheses on the gender-differentiated impacts of climate change on women and men in developing countries. The first hypothesis is that climate-related events affect men's and women's well-being and assets differently. The second hypothesis is that climate-related shocks affect women more negatively than men. With limited evidence from developing countries, this review shows that climate change affects women's and men's assets and well-being differently in six impact areas: (i) impacts related to agricultural production, (ii) food security, (iii) health, (iv) water and energy resources, (v) climate-induced migration and conflict, and (vi) climate-related natural disasters. In the literature reviewed, women seem to suffer more negative impacts of climate change in terms of their assets and well-being because of social and cultural norms regarding gender roles and their lack of access to and control of assets, although there are some exceptions. Empirical evidence in this area is limited, patchy, varied, and highly contextual in nature, which makes it difficult to draw strong conclusions. Findings here are indicative of the complexities in the field of gender and climate change, and signal that multidisciplinary research is needed to further enhance the knowledge base on the differential climate impacts on women's and men's assets and well-being in agricultural and rural settings, and to understand what mechanisms work best to help women and men in poor communities become more climate resilient. [Download here]

 

EMPLOYMENT: IUCN Manager, Forest and Landscape Restoration

IUCN is seeking a senior results-focused professional to spearhead a knowledge programme aimed at facilitating the restoration of 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 – also known as the Bonn Challenge. The Bonn Challenge is an initiative of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR), for which IUCN provides the Secretariat. Fifty million hectares of pledges and pre-pledges to this target have been secured in its first year.

The successful candidate will lead the delivery of new knowledge, tools and capacity to support practitioners and policy makers in successfully and credibly implementing the Bonn Challenge. S/he will therefore not only be an experienced programme manager but also have a strong technical background on issues related to land-use dynamics and the restoration of forest landscapes. A solid understanding of knowledge uptake pathways is also essential.

This position offers great opportunities to engage with and be recognized as a leader among a wide range of partners at both the national and international levels. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization with more than 1,200 member organizations including 200+ government and 900+ non-government organizations, almost 11,000 voluntary scientists and experts in some 160 countries, more than 1,000 staff in 45 offices, and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. The GPFLR has more than 30 members drawn from government, international and non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

More information.

Deadline: February 28, 2013

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: BASIS Assets and Market Access Collaborative Research Support Program

The BASIS Assets and Market Access Collaborative Research Support Program is a virtual institute comprised of researchers from around the globe that operates in support of USAID’s Bureau for Food Security. The goal of BASIS is to build resilience and assets for food security by designing and rigorously testing financial technologies and other complementary innovations that lay the foundation for inclusive agricultural growth. In this round of proposals BASIS will give special priority to USAID Feed the Future focus countries.

BASIS invites researchers from US Universities to submit proposals for research project of up to four years. Project awards are expected to average approximately $700,000. Projects must be collaborative and have genuine linkages with researchers in the country where research takes place, and contribute to capacity building in the host country. Letters of intent must be submitted by 1 March 2013, proposals submitted by 8 April 2013, and final selection decisions will be made by 1 May 2013. Project implementation may begin immediately at that time.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: March 1, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

 

AWARDS: Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC)

The Global Development Awards and Medals Competition is an innovative award scheme launched by GDN with generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, and other donors. Since its inception in 2000, GDN has provided US$ 3.6 million in research and travel grants to finalists and winners. Winners are chosen by an eminent jury at 14th GDN’s Global Development Conference; an event attended by over 500 practitioners in the field of development to whom the finalists present their proposals/papers.

The competition accepts submissions in three categories:

Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP). MIDP is a competitive grant program that provides development practitioners with the opportunity to compete for grants worth US$ 45,000 to help scale up their innovative project. The grants are awarded to projects and/or non-governmental organizations that are supporting improved service delivery, in particular, innovative approaches and meet certain set criteria. These projects are not theme based. However, the projects need to contribute to sustainable development.

Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD). ORD is awarded to an organization/researcher(s) whose proposal to conduct research on any one of the three research themes of (1) inequality, (2) social protection and social policies, or (3) inclusive growth holds the greatest promise for improving our understanding of the relevant development issues and puts forth clear, articulate and well researched policy implications to address these development problems.

Medals for Research on Development (Medals). Medals are given to researchers for their completed research work that demonstrates academic excellence on the three research themes of (1) inequality, (2) social protection and social policies, and (3) inclusive growth.

More information.

Deadline: March 11, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: 3rd International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment, and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium (ELCAS-3)

Papers related to analysis tools, Exergy-based assessments (e.g. exergy analysis, entropy generation minimization and thermo-economics), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Environmental Risk Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Planning, Environmental Auditing, Cost benefit analysis, Health Risk Analysis are welcomed. Engineering and other disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, economics and management are covered by the tools analysis environment and sustainability issues. Climate Change, Renewable Energy Systems, Sustainable Energy Systems, Smart Energy Systems etc are issues that very much effect the sustainability of countries, regions and cities. Also, welcome are studies devoted to method, modeling, theory, computational simulation, design, experiment, and measurement.

More information.

Deadline: February 25, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) Program Director

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is a regional network that brings together researchers and decision makers from different countries in South Asia to address environment and development problems. By providing funds, training, and mentorship, SANDEE enables individuals and institutions to undertake research on the interlinkages among economic development, poverty, and environmental change.  SANDEE builds on research results to disseminate practical information that can be applied to development policies. SANDEE is hosted by The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). More information about SANDEE can be found at www.sandeeonline.org.

SANDEE is seeking a Programme Director who can provide leadership in developing research programmes on regional environmental and development challenges faced in South Asia and liaise with researchers, donors, and policy makers to identify and broadcast pragmatic solutions. This is an excellent opportunity for an innovative research leader or research manager to advance key priorities for regional research and capacity building. The Programme Director will be responsible for developing strategic areas of research, identifying new partnerships across countries and managing complementary research and training activities.

Responsibilities and tasks:

Technical support for research and training

Policy dialogue and dissemination

Programme management

More information.

Deadline: March 10, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Foundation Executive Secretary

The ICIMOD Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports ICIMOD’s activities and efforts. The Foundation’s objective is to make a significant contribution to the stability of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, through ICIMOD’s work of supporting the development of economically and ecologically sound ecosystems in the mountain regions and improving the living conditions of the rural mountain people.

The ICIMOD Foundation is seeking a suitable candidate for the position of Executive Secretary. 

The Executive Secretary of the ICIMOD Foundation has broad responsibilities for the implementation of the Foundation’s strategic goals and the management of its resources. The Executive Secretary must liaise closely with the Director General (DG) of ICIMOD (or the liaison person identified by the DG) and must give direction and leadership to the achievement of the Foundation’s goals and objectives and the development of its strategy. He/she supports the Board by informing it of all matters that should be brought to its attention. The Executive Secretary effectively manages the resources according to the approved policies and procedures of the ICIMOD Foundation in close coordination with ICIMOD.  

Responsibilities and tasks

The powers, duties and functions of the Executive Secretary are determined in the ICIMOD Foundation – Revised Rules of Procedures (dated November 2011) and subject to amendments by the Board of the ICIMOD Foundation. They will comprise of looking after the day-to-day activities of the Foundation, including the following tasks:  

The Executive Secretary will further contribute to shaping the Foundation Strategy. He/She will also review the current ICIMOD Foundation fundraising activities with the private sector and existing Foundation guidelines in order to prepare strategic inputs for the decisions of the Board of the Foundation.

The Executive Secretary will report to the ICIMOD Foundation Board.

More information.

Deadline: March 10, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Forest Stewardship Council Regional Director for Africa. The FSC Regional Director will establish the FSC African Regional Office in South Africa and lead all activities of this Office. Deadline: February 28, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Program Coordinator, Hanoi. The Program Coordinator will have the overall responsibility to perform a wide variety of technical / administrative tasks contributing to the efficient operation of the CIAT SE Asia Regional Office. Deadline: February 28, 2013

AWARDS: Forests for People. The United Nations Forum on Forests seeks nominees for the 3 awards to be presented at the UNFF meeting in Istanbul, Turkey later this year: the Forest Hero Awards, Short Film Awards, and Photo Awards. Deadline: February 22, 2013

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Chairperson, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research. Nominations and applications are invited for the role of GFAR Chairperson, for a 3‐Year period from April 2013. Deadline: February 16, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: New Challenges for Community Forestry: Sharing Scientific Knowledge in a South-North Perspective. This conference will be held in Remscheid, Germany on September 23-25, 2013. Deadline: February 28, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Handbook of Sustainable Water Use and Management. The handbook will be edited by Walter Leal Filho (HAW Hamburg, Germany) and Vakur Sumer (Selcuk University, Turkey). Deadline: March 30, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on Implications of Low Carbon Products for Producers, Consumers & Governments. The International Journal of Global Warming invites papers for a special issue. Deadline: March 30, 2013

PUBLICATION: Policies to Shape Agricultural Investments and Markets in Favor of Small-Scale Farmers. A research report from IIED and Oxfam compiles four country case studies to examine polies to shape agriculture investments and markets to favor small-scale farmers.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: New Challenges for Community Forestry: Sharing Scientific Knowledge in a South-North Perspective

This conference will be held in Remscheid, Germany on September 23-25, 2013.

Background: Today, community forestry has gathered a worldwide scientific community and many programs have achieved considerable success in practical terms. Nevertheless, new trends in forest and environmental governance have introduced new challenges that community forestry must face. The objective of the conference is to share the latest scientific knowledge and expertise in community forestry around the world, and it seeks to present innovative ideas in community forestry. A major topic will be the contribution of community forestry toward overcoming current challenges, including community-based forest governance, forest-climate change, the urbanisation of forest owners, biodiversity decline, equity amongst forest users (including gender issues) and the role of community forests as sustainable energy suppliers.

Venue: Klosterkirche Remscheid-Lennep, GERMANY, http://www.klosterkirche-lennep.de

Scientific board: Arun Agrawal (USA), Bas Arts (Netherlands), Peter Cronkleton (Peru), Wolfram Dressler (Netherlands), Max Krott (Germany), Anne Larson (Peru), Melanie McDermott (USA), Hemant R. Ojha (Nepal), Bikash Rath (India), Carsten Schusser (Germany), Renate Spaeth (Germany)

Selected papers and posters are invited to contribute to the special issue of: New Challenges for Community Forestry: Sharing Scientific Knowledge in a South – North Perspective, Forest Policy and Economics 2014

Proposal for papers/posters: Authors are invited to submit their proposal by sending an extended abstract (2 pages, Times New Roman 12, single space) describing both approach and basic empirical evidence, the title of the proposed presentations, authors’ name and affiliation, and 6 keywords. Authors should propose their own keynote or select the keynote that they would like to complement with their own presentation. Alternatively, they can leave this decision to the scientific committee.

The scientific committee will assess the proposals for scientific content and their contribution to the conference's focus areas.

Proposals that arrive late or do not fulfil the formal requirements may be rejected by the committee. Selected authors will be invited either for an oral presentation or a poster presentation.

Please send abstracts to: Dr. Carsten Schusser: cschuss@gwdg.de

Deadline for Submission: February 28, 2013, Information regarding acceptance will be distributed until April 1, 2013.

Conference fees: 450€ for three days all inclusive

Agenda

Sunday evening: welcome snack and drink

Monday
Morning: Opening of the Conference

Afternoon:

Tuesday
Morning:

Afternoon:

Evening:

Wednesday
Morning:

Afternoon

Conference Contact:

Dr. Carsten Schusser
Chair of Forest- and Nature Conservation Policy and Forest History
Georg-August-University Goettingen
Buesgenweg 3
37077 Goettingen
GERMANY
cschuss@gwdg.de
Tel. +49 (0)551-39 19663
Cell:+49 (0)170 6876123
Fax: +49 (0)551-39 3415

Renate Späth, Referat III-3,
Forest- and Nature Conservation Policy
Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection NRW
Schwannstr. 3
40476 Duesseldorf
GERMANY
Renate.Spaeth@mkulnv.nrw.de
Tel.: +49-211-4566-276
Fax.: +49-211-4566-947

Deadline: February 28, 2013

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Chairperson, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research

Nominations and applications are invited for the role of Chairperson, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, for a 3‐Year period from April 2013.

This prestigious and influential role is open to all suitably qualified candidates from countries of the South, i.e. from developing countries.

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) is a unique, inclusive multi‐stakeholder forum, bringing together all those concerned with the future of agriculture and rural development to help strengthen and transform the roles played by agricultural knowledge, research and innovation in meeting key food security and development needs.

GFAR is a mechanism for change. Through the processes established in the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) Roadmap GFAR is catalyzing and facilitating change in agricultural research for development systems around the world, to increase their value and impact. The Forum works through a wide range of implementing bodies at national, regional and international levels and in public, private and civil sectors.

The successful applicant must be widely recognized as a leader and advocate, actively advancing agriculture within public, private or civil sectors at national/regional/global level, with demonstrated engagement with multiple stakeholders and a high profile in generating, supporting, transforming, adapting or using agricultural knowledge, research or innovation in support of development purposes. S/he must have an ability to recognize and value the perspectives of others and build operational consensus for collaborative actions. Women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Chairperson will perform the following functions:

  1. Chair all meetings of the GFAR Steering Committee (SC) and of the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD)
  2. Report progress on implementation of the GCARD Roadmap at the GCARD.
  3. Provide overall leadership for GFAR and in particular the governance function, ensuring that the Steering Committee is adequately addressing its functions.
  4. Serve as an ex‐officio member of all standing committees of the SC.
  5. Provide leadership to the SC in determining and ensuring delivery against the policies under which the Executive Secretary operates, the Secretariat is managed and the medium term plan as well as the annual Programme of Work and budget are developed and effectively implemented
  6. The Chairperson is concerned with both internal and external GFAR matters. In internal matters he/she will interact closely with the Executive Secretary to monitor the development and implementation of GFAR programmes.
  7. In the external dimension, the Chairperson is expected to represent GFAR as appropriate. The Chairperson is also expected to assist in developing and maintaining relations with donors and with all GFAR constituencies, and in advocating for reform of agricultural research and knowledge use to enhance their development impact.
  8. Chair the GFAR Management Team

GFAR is presently undergoing a governance review and the Chairperson will be expected to lead implementation of the review findings, which may lead to change in some of the above functions.

The position is unpaid, but a small honorarium allowance is available in support of the role. It is anticipated that the role will require around 30 days of work per year.

Nominations or Applications with Curriculum Vitae should be submitted by 16 February 2013, to the Search Committee Chair, Ms Xiangjun Yao FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153, Rome, Italy or sent by e‐mail to: (xiangjun.yao@fao.org). Recommendation letters are welcomed and should be attached for reference.

Deadline: February 16, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Handbook of Sustainable Water Use and Management

The "Hanbook of Sustainable Water Use and Management" will be edited by Walter Leal Filho (HAW Hamburg, Germany) and Vakur Sumer (Selcuk University, Turkey).

Papers are now invited for a  new book titled on "Handbook of Sustainable Water Use and Management". Water resources are vital to the well being of individuals, to the environmental balance and the economy as a whole. Apart from its key role  in hydrogeological processes, water is used in agriculture, in the the manufacture of products, for cooling and cleaning, and as a means of transportation. But despite the relevance of water resources and the pressing need to foster their sustainable use, we currently experience situations where both wastage and misuse have being contributing to an exarcerbation of water scarcity. Both in the industrialised world, and especially in developing nations, the need for sustainable approaches towards water use and management is one of the top political priorities, and is often a matter of national security.

On the basis of the need to address the information and knowledge gap in respect of sustainable water use and management, this publication is being produced. The book is meant to document and disseminate experiences, approaches, methods and projects focusing on sustainable water management and the sustainable use of water resources, worldwide, evaluating the sustainability of water sources and identifying potential risks regarding future water supply.

Expressions of interest  should related to mature ideas, initiatives and projects, which can be formulated as book chapters in a relatively short time. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is the 30th  March 2013. Papers are due by the 30th July 2013. The book is to be launched  in late 2013, so a tight schedule has to be followed. Expressions of interest,  should be send to: Dr. Vakur Sümer  at: vsumer@gmail.com.

Deadline: March 30, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on Implications of Low Carbon Products for Producers, Consumers & Governments

The International Journal of Global Warming, a Thomson-Reuters, ISI Indexed journal, invites papers for a special issue on the “Implications of low carbon products for producers, consumers and governments”.

The creation of a sustainable, low carbon society requires reforms in both current industrial practice and social systems. Concerted efforts in these two areas are expected to give rise to new business opportunities and contribute to sustainable economic development. This state of affairs has motivated many countries to engage in moves towards a sustainable low-carbon society, but lack of research on elements such as innovative environmental governance, the use of intelligent finance strategies and market-based mechanisms or an understanding of the importance of green, low carbon products and their acceptance, hinders such efforts.

The concern with how carbon issues have been used by firms to influence consumer behaviour has encouraged several governments to review their green marketing guidelines. However, sustainable development and carbon reduction will not be achieved by governments alone; the entire population has to hold the belief that the contribution of individuals working towards these goals is so significant, that they will adapt their behaviour and contribute to more sustainable patterns of consumption. Thus, it is imperative to enhance understanding of the publics’ current beliefs, the resulting attitudes and perceptions of sustainable development, carbon reduction and new technologies, with a view to developing influencing strategies which secure behaviour change.

Subject Coverage

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Deadlines for Submission

  1. Call for papers: 10th January 2013
  2. Deadline for abstracts: 30th March 2013
  3. Deadline for full papers: 30th June 2013
  4. Deadline for all reviews and changes: 30th September 2013

Abstracts of up to 200 words should be sent to: Prof. Arminda do Paço (apaco@ubi.pt)

Deadline: March 30, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: Policies to Shape Agricultural Investments and Markets in Favor of Small-Scale Farmers

A research report from IIED and Oxfam compiles four country case studies to examine polies to shape agriculture investments and markets to favor small-scale farmers.

A recent wave of large-scale land acquisitions and other commercial investment in agriculture has raised concerns that small-scale producers are being marginalized. Worldwide, around 500 million small farms support almost two billion people – nearly one-third of the global population. What role can public policy play in ensuring that commercial investment and agricultural markets benefit smallholder producers, both women and men, while respecting the environment?

Oxfam and IIED collaborated on research to take a new look at the role of public policy and market governance at a national level in supporting inclusive sustainable development. This report identifies key policy levers that can tip commercial investments in favour of either small- or large-scale farming. And it shows how policy levers influence market governance to constrain or to support the fair sharing of risk and reward between small-scale producers and the rest of the market. A key element of the report is the examination of policy elements that can specifically contribute to gender-equitable results. Four country case studies, conducted in Guatemala, Nigeria, Tanzania and the Philippines, supported the research.

Available here.

Monday, February 11, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Forest Stewardship Council Regional Director for Africa

FSC is an independent, not for profit, non-governmental multi-stakeholder organization. FSC was established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

The FSC Regional Director for Africa will establish the FSC African Regional Office in South Africa and lead all activities of this Office. He/she supervises directly and/or indirectly all business affairs and all staff of the FSC African Regional Office and reports directly to the FSC Global Network Director.

Key areas of responsibility for the African Regional Office and this position are:

More information.

Deadline: February 28, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Program Coordinator, Hanoi

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) seeks a Program Coordinator for its Hanoi office. The Program Coordinator will have the overall responsibility to perform a wide variety of technical / administrative tasks contributing to the efficient operation of the CIAT SE Asia Regional Office. The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Regional Coordinator, Scientists, Research Area Directors, Head of Corporate Communications and DG’s Office in facilitating the integration of activities. The professional we seek for this job must quickly gain a good grasp of CIAT research in South East Asia.

Main responsibilities include:

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Deadline: February 28, 2013

 

AWARDS: Forests for People

The United Nations Forum on Forests seeks nominees for the following awards to be presented at the UNFF meeting in Istanbul, Turkey later this year.

Forest Hero Awards. A Forest Hero can be ANYONE – from grassroots initiatives and innovative entrepreneurs. If you have made an outstanding commitment to forests, and effected real change, we want to know who you are! Five heroes will be awarded in Istanbul in April.

Short Film Awards. Send us your films, under 5 minutes, that share your forest story. How it inspires you. Shelters you. Nurtures you. The 5 winning films will be awarded and premiered in Istanbul in April, as well as screened at the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in September.

Photo Awards. Share photos that visually capture your relationship to forests. Whether you are a professional nature photographer, eco explorer, expert holidaymaker, amateur adventurer or die-hard conservationist—you have a point of view and we want to see it! Five winners will be awarded in Istanbul in April.

Deadline: February 22, 2013

Thursday, February 07, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: World Resources Institute Senior Manager, Forest and Landscape Restoration. WRI seeks a seasoned senior manager to lead a team of professionals and partners around the world as they embark upon the implementation of an initiative on Forest and Landscape Restoration. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Face the Future Carbon Project Manager (Forests). In order to manage current and future carbon forest projects Face the Future is hiring a Carbon Project Manager, to be located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Deadline: February 22, 2013

AWARD: Rockefeller Foundation Next Century Innovators Awards. The Rockefeller Foundation is inviting the global community for nominations of innovators around the world whose work is improving the situation of poor and vulnerable people. Deadline: February 28, 2013

AWARD: 2013 Land for Life Award. The award will recognize innovation and excellence in sustainable land management, particularly collaborative efforts that promote soil health and benefit people in the drylands. Deadline: March 15, 2013

TRAINING: Landesa 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 28, 2013

ONLINE RESOURCE: Free MIT Online Course on "The Challenges of Global Poverty". MIT professors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, authors of the popular book Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty (2011), are offering an online course on “The Challenges of Global Poverty”.

PUBLICATION: Governing Land for Women and Men: A technical guide to support the achievement of gender-equitable governance of land. A new FAO publication.

PUBLICATION: The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index. A new IFPRI discussion paper details the index that was developed as a tool to reflect women’s empowerment that may result from the United States government’s Feed the Future Initiative.

 

PUBLICATION: Governing Land for Women and Men: A technical guide to support the achievement of gender-equitable governance of land

A new FAO publication:

This technical guide aims to assist implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines by providing guidance that supports the Guidelines’ principle of gender equality in tenure governance. The guide focuses on equity and on how land tenure can be governed in ways that address the different needs and priorities of women and men. It moves away from long-standing debates about gender equality in access to land, towards the mainstreaming of gender issues to achieve more gender-equitable participation in the processes and institutions that underlie all decision-making about land.. Gender-equitable governance of land tenure ensures that women and men can participate equally in their relationships to land, through both formal institutions and informal arrangements for land administration and management. The guide provides advice on mechanisms, strategies and actions that can be adopted to improve gender equity in the processes, institutions and activities of land tenure governance.

Download here (pdf).

 

PUBLICATION: The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

A new IFPRI discussion paper details the index that was developed as a tool to reflect women’s empowerment that may result from the United States government’s Feed the Future Initiative.

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) is a new survey-based index designed to measure the empowerment, agency, and inclusion of women in the agricultural sector. TheWEAI was initially developed as a tool to reflect women’s empowerment that may result from the United States government’s Feed the Future Initiative, which commissioned the development of theWEAI. The WEAI can also be used more generally to assess the state of empowerment and gender parity in agriculture, to identify key areas in which empowerment needs to be strengthened, and to track progress over time. The WEAI is an aggregate index, reported at the country or regional level, based on individual-level data collected by interviewing men and women within the same households. The WEAI comprises two subindexes. The first assesses the degree to which women are empowered in five domains of empowerment (5DE) in agriculture. It reflects the percentage of women who are empowered and, among those who are not, the percentage of domains in which women enjoy adequate achievements. These domains are (1) decisions about agricultural production, (2) access to and decisionmaking power about productive resources, (3) control of use of income, (4) leadership in the community, and (5) time allocation. The second subindex (the Gender Parity Index [GPI]) measures gender parity. The GPI reflects the percentage of women who are empowered or whose achievements are at least as high as the men in their households. For those households that have not achieved gender parity, the GPI shows the empowerment gap that needs to be closed for women to reach the same level of empowerment as men. This technical paper documents the development of the WEAI and presents pilot data from Bangladesh, Guatemala, and Uganda, so that researchers and practitioners seeking to use the index in their own work would understand how the survey questionnaires were developed and piloted, how the qualitative case studies were undertaken, how the index was constructed, how various indicators were validated, and how it can be used in other settings.

Available here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Face the Future Carbon Project Manager (Forests)

In order to manage current and future carbon forest projects Face the Future is hiring a Carbon Project Manager, to be located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Carbon Project Manager will be responsible for the carbon aspect of specific projects (mostly in developing countries). The Project Manager acts as the primary contact for both the management as field staff of the project partners.

The following activities and responsibilities will be assigned to the Carbon Project Manager:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: February 22, 2013

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: World Resources Institute Senior Manager, Forest and Landscape Restoration

World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks a seasoned senior manager to lead a team of professionals and partners around the world as they embark upon the implementation of an initiative on Forest and Landscape Restoration.

The initiative aims to catalyse restoration of at least 10 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes in at least 5 countries (including Brazil and Indonesia) by 2017 as a new contribution to The Bonn Challenge. The Senior Manager will be responsible for managing the restoration team of WRI staff, contractors, and partners internationally, working with the Director or WRI’s Forests Initiative to achieve transformative impact.

Specifically the responsibilities include:

Management

Leadership

Fundraising

More information.

Deadline: open

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

 

TRAINING: Landesa 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.

The Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program is an intensive six-week session for practitioners, activists, and government professionals conducted at Landesa’s office in Seattle. This experience is intended to boost their capabilities by:

More information.

Deadline: February 28, 2013

 

AWARD: Rockefeller Foundation Next Century Innovators Awards

In honor of its centennial, the Rockefeller Foundation is inviting the global community for nominations of innovators around the world whose work is improving the situation of poor and vulnerable people. Three nominees will be chosen for the Next Century Innovators Award. Awardees may apply for grants of up to US$100 thousand.

Nominate a person (which may be yourself) or an organization (which may be an organization with which you are affiliated as a founder, director, or employee) applying a specific innovation in a new and different way to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. For purposes of the Competition, "innovation" means a break from previous practice that occurs when different points of view or existing elements are framed, imagined or combined in new ways or when a new pathway is created for solving entrenched social problems, resulting in lasting change within the systems that affect poor and vulnerable people. Subject to these Official Rules, three Awards are expected to be made, including one "Youth Award".

Before submitting an Entry, Nominator should obtain permission from Nominee to submit all information and material contained in the Entry about Nominee and to grant all rights and releases granted on behalf of Nominee in these Official Rules and the Sponsor’s privacy policy.

More information.

Deadline: February 28, 2013

Monday, February 04, 2013

 

AWARD: 2013 Land for Life Award

The Land for Life Award will recognize innovation and excellence in sustainable land management, particularly collaborative efforts that promote soil health and benefit people in the drylands. Three winners will be selected by an expert jury which will grant awards from a total prize fund of up to USD 100,000. Nominations are welcome from individuals, businesses, research and academic institutions, local governments, journalists and civil society organizations.

The application form and background information is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Deadline: March 15, 2013

More information.