Friday, May 31, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: The Hunger Project Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist. THP’s Senior M&E Specialist focuses on achieving high quality impact assessment for participatory, gender-focused, capacity-building activities in rural villages across Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: Forest Peoples Programme Project Officer - Africa Programme. FPP is looking for a Project Officer to support their Africa programme work in Cameroon and the Congo basin. Deadline: June 15, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Social Scientist, Latin America. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is seeking a dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and results-oriented social scientist (Scientist/Senior Scientist) to work on improving the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world and particularly in Latin America. Deadline: June 21, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Senior Researcher – Economics, Ghana. The Senior Researcher will develop a research portfolio on macroeconomics of water use and management at basin, country and regional level in West Africa, and on the broader global economic implications of water flows through trade and foreign direct investment in agriculture. Deadline: June 23, 2013

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2nd Global Land Project Open Science Meeting. The conference will synthesize and discuss the role of the land system as a platform for human-environment interactions, connecting local land use decisions to global impacts and responses. Deadline for abstracts: June 30, 2013

FUNDING: The Veolia Environment Foundation. The Veolia Environment Foundation supports community-oriented nonprofit initiatives in thematic areas that include development aid and environmental conservation on a worldwide basis. Deadline: June 30, 2013

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Legal pluralism in Madagascar: Can customary and statutory law be reconciled to promote women’s land rights? Experts from the FAO, International Land Coalition (ILC), Landesa, and the Observatoire du Foncier in Madagascar will facilitate an online discussion through the Land Portal from June 3 to 14.

PUBLICATION: ActionAid report on the potential of land rights to contribute to gender equality. ActionAid conducted research in three countries with rural marginalized women; the dalit women in India, women affected by HIV in Sierra Leone and Indigenous women in Guatemala, as part of an on-going project on Enhancing poor and excluded women’s access to and control over land as a strategy for empowerment and fighting hunger.

 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

 

ONLINE DISCUSSION: Legal pluralism in Madagascar: Can customary and statutory law be reconciled to promote women’s land rights?

Experts from the FAO, International Land Coalition (ILC), Landesa, and the Observatoire du Foncier in Madagascar will facilitate an online discussion through the Land Portal from June 3 to 14.

Launched in 2010, the Gender and Land Rights Database (GLRD) was developed with civil society organizations, national statistics authorities, academics and other sources to highlight the major political, legal and cultural factors that influence the realization of women’s land rights throughout the world. The GLRD is a practical tool for policy makers and advocates of women’s land rights, providing relevant arguments and information to support processes aiming at more gender-equitable land tenure.

Expert and civil society contributions are essential to the proper functioning of the database as they help generate quality information to users. To this end, you are invited to take part in the on-line discussion that will be held through the Land Portal on 3-14 June 2013.

The subject of the discussion will be “Legal pluralism in Madagascar: can customary and statutory law be reconciled to promote women’s land rights?”.

As Madagascar is moving into Phase II of its tenure reform, it provides an interesting case study of how legal pluralism may restrict or promote women’s access to land.

Your contributions are expected to provide valuable input from the field that will feed relevant sections of the database. In particular, the discussion should help identify key initiatives in Madagascar that preserve and promote women’s land rights in the context of legal pluralism.

The discussion will be facilitated by experts from FAO, ILC, Landesa and the Observatoire du Foncier in Madagascar. The discussion will be run in French but we welcome contributions in English. Contributions in English will be synthesized and translated on a regular basis.

How can I contribute?
If you already have an account, log-in on the Land Portal and answer to one or more questions posed by the facilitators. If you are not a member yet, sign-up before posting your comments.

For more information on the Gender and Land Rights Database, please visit the website or contact Naomi.Kenney@fao.org or AnaPaula.DelaOCampos@fao.org

 

FUNDING: The Veolia Environment Foundation

The Veolia Environment Foundation supports community-oriented nonprofit initiatives in thematic areas that include development aid and environmental conservation on a worldwide basis. Projects must be sponsored by a current or retired Veolia employee. There is no maximum or minimum grant amount, although it cannot exceed 50% of the project budget.

More information.

Deadline: June 30, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: ActionAid report on the potential of land rights to contribute to gender equality

ActionAid conducted research in three countries with rural marginalized women; the dalit women in India, women affected by HIV in Sierra Leone and Indigenous women in Guatemala, as part of an on-going project on Enhancing poor and excluded women’s access to and control over land as a strategy for empowerment and fighting hunger.

The study’s findings offer a detailed account of the link between land rights and empowerment, an innovative venture given the notable lack of literature and evidence linking these issues. In this sense, the study aims to build a better understanding of this relationship. As part of the study, the women from the three social groups in the three countries were invited to articulate their own sense of the empowerment that came with their access to, control over or ownership of land. An analysis of these responses indicated that:

In a nutshell,  land access in itself is not empowering to women if such access is insecure, if the land is insufficient or infertile, if their control is constrained, or if they lack the resources, support or input to maximize its productive value.

Available here.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2nd Global Land Project Open Science Meeting

The aim of the Global Land Project (GLP) 2nd Open Science Meeting “Land Transformations: between global challenges and local realities” is to bring together large parts of the international research community working on land change issues, showcase the width and scope of ongoing research, help build a community in this highly interdisciplinary field, inspire new research and facilitate review, theory building and extrapolation. The conference will synthesize and discuss the role of the land system as a platform for human-environment interactions, connecting local land use decisions to global impacts and responses.

Abstracts are invited for presentations and posters for this leading global conference in Land Science. Contributions should reference one of the conference sessions. In case you do not identify any appropriate session, you may submit to the ‘open session’ that will be structured by the scientific committee.

Main conference themes

  1. Rethinking land change transitions: drastic changes in land cover and subtle changes in land management.
  2. Local land users in a tele-connected world: the role of human decision making on land use as both a driver and response to global environmental change.
  3. Impacts and responses: land systems changes to mitigate global environmental change impacts and adapt to increasing demands for food, fuel and ecosystem services.
  4. Land governance: the ways in which alternative approaches to governance of land resources can enhance the sustainability transition.

More information.

Deadline for abstracts: June 30, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Senior Researcher – Economics, Ghana

The Senior Researcher will develop a research portfolio on macroeconomics of water use and management at basin, country and regional level in West Africa, and on the broader global economic implications of water flows through trade and foreign direct investment in agriculture. In addition, candidates should have a good grounding in microeconomics and economic modeling. The successful candidate will be based at the West Africa Office of IWMI in Accra, Ghana, and will report to the Theme Leader for the Institute’s research theme on ‘Water and Society’.

The successful candidate will:

Apply here.

Deadline: June 23, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: The Hunger Project Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

The Hunger Project (THP) is a global, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, Asia and Latin America, The Hunger Project empowers millions of women and men to end their own hunger. The Hunger Project has pioneered low-cost, bottom-up, gender-focused strategies in each region where hunger persists. These strategies mobilize clusters of rural villages to create and run their own programs that achieve lasting progress in health, education, nutrition and family income.

The Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist is a full-time position at The Hunger Project (THP) Global Office under the supervision of the Executive Vice President. The Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist is accountable for coordinating and overseeing THP’s program Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities worldwide. THP’s Senior M&E Specialist focuses on achieving high quality impact assessment for participatory, gender-focused, capacity-building activities in rural villages across Africa, South Asia and Latin America.

Working closely with Global Office and worldwide staff, the Senior M&E Specialist will identify program evaluation needs and priorities; establish protocols; analyzes, interpret, and communicate results to key stakeholders including program and partner country staff, current and potential investors, as well as the Global Board of Directors. The Senior M&E Specialist will provide technical leadership to field staff to ensure that THP’s M&E systems are based on THP’s theory of change and fully integrated into all THP programs activities worldwide.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: open

 

EMPLOYMENT: Forest Peoples Programme Project Officer - Africa Programme

Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) supports the rights of peoples who live in forests and depend on them for their livelihoods.

FPP is looking for a Project Officer to support their Africa programme work in Cameroon and the Congo basin. Successful applicants will speak and write fluently in French and English, and have a master’s degree (or higher) that is relevant to their work. S/he will join our work on the ground with forest peoples and their support organisations to help indigenous and local forest communities protect their forests and exercise their self-determination. The successful candidate must be committed to the principle of self-determination for indigenous peoples and local communities. S/he must be prepared to travel often and be competent in providing technical support to FPP’s project teams around the Congo basin region, including reporting on activities and events, and monitoring budgets.  

Experienced candidates wishing to transfer skills and recent graduate students looking to gain more field experience with forest communities and policy makers in Africa are encouraged to apply.

More information.

Deadline: June 15, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Social Scientist, Latin America

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is seeking a dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and results-oriented social scientist (Scientist/Senior Scientist) to work on improving the livelihoods of maize and wheat farmers in the developing world and particularly in Latin America.

The position focuses on social science research to raise agricultural productivity, profitability and sustainability, particularly through improved seed and crop husbandry. You will explore technological and institutional innovations that increase productivity and improve access to markets for resource-poor farmers. You will also help CIMMYT and policy makers understand the key constraints to agricultural development. You will support the innovative Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) initiative in Mexico and will work as a member of CIMMYT’s Socio-Economics Program in close collaboration with CIMMYT’s Global Maize Program and Global Conservation Agriculture Program and with local and international partners.

The position will be based at CIMMYT’s Main Campus (located 45 km northeast of Mexico City, Mexico) and will work mainly in Mexico and Central America but will interact with CIMMYT´s regional offices world-wide on a regular basis.

Duties and responsibilities of the position are to perform applied and strategic social science research for development to enhance technology and policy interventions. Specific research topics include:

More information.

Deadline: June 21, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

TRAINING PROGRAM ON THE COMMONS—Your input needed. Please take this short survey to help CAPRi and partners develop a training program on the commons.

EMPLOYMENT: Science Coordinator—AWARD (ICRAF). The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) hosts African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills through tailored fellowships. Deadline: June 7, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: IIED Researcher – Agroecology, sustainable food and agricultural systems. The postholder will contribute to projects on the theme of sustainable / agro-ecological agricultural systems and their potential and challenges, as compared to agro-industrial systems, analysing experience and evidence from across the developing world, including Africa. Deadline: June 12, 2012

EMPLOYMENT: IAMO Senior Researcher or Post-Doc. The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe’s department of Structural Development of Farms and Rural Areas seeks to strengthen its capacity within its working group Entrepreneurial Strategies and Organization. Deadline: June 15, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of International Journal of Water Resources Development. The Special Issue is on the topic of IWRM Revisited: From concept to implementation. The special issue aims to analyze in-depth the state of implementation of the IWRM concept at local, basin, regional and national levels. Deadline: June 30, 2013

PUBLICATION: Monitoring payments for watershed services schemes in developing countries. A recent publication from IIED on schemes that use funds from water users (including governments) as an incentive for landholders to improve their land management practices.

VIDEO: Managing Water for Climate Resilience in Africa. The is about the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) in Africa, which the Global Water Partnership implements for the African Minister's Council on Water.

 

EMPLOYMENT: IIED Researcher – Agroecology, sustainable food and agricultural systems

The postholder will contribute to the full portfolio of research projects of the Agroecology objective. In particular they will contribute to projects on the theme of sustainable / agro-ecological agricultural systems and their potential and challenges, as compared to agro-industrial systems, analysing experience and evidence from across the developing world, including Africa. The postholder will support IIED staff and partners throughout the research, publication and dissemination process.

To succeed in this role you must have a post-graduate qualification in agricultural sciences or another relevant social, economic or environmental science discipline, as well as demonstrable experience working on agricultural production or other food and agriculture related issues in Africa, Asia and/or Latin America. You must have experience of writing and editing for a range of audiences and a demonstrated ability to support and manage projects.

More information.

Deadline: June 12, 2012

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of International Journal of Water Resources Development

The Special Issue is on the topic of IWRM Revisited: From concept to implementation.

The concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been around in one form of another for at least 60 years. Especially over the past two decades, most donors and international organizations have promoted IWRM very heavily with the objective of solving the world´s water problems. While hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to implement the IWRM concept, this has been very difficult to achieve anywhere in the world for macro- and meso-scale water policies, programmes and projects.

The special issue aims to analyze in-depth the state of implementation of the IWRM concept at local, basin, regional and national levels. Discussions will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following topics:

Interested authors are encouraged to submit 1-2 pages of extended abstracts to Dr. Cecilia Tortajada, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Water Resources Development, e-mails: Cecilia.tortajada@gmail.com and authorqueries@tandf.co.uk, by 30 June 2013 at the latest.

Final papers for publication consideration must be received by 30 October 2013. The special issue will be published by June 2014.

For further information on the Journal, please visit http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cijw20/current

Deadline: June 30, 2013

 

VIDEO: Managing Water for Climate Resilience in Africa

The video below is about the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) in Africa which the Global Water Partnership implements for the African Minister's Council on Water. WACDEP has been created to support the integration of water security and climate resilience into development planning processes and the design of financing and investment strategies. Water is the principal medium through which people, ecosystems and economies will experience the impacts of climate change.

WACDEP can enable successful planning for better water use in a world that would otherwise be severely affected by climate change and poor development planning.

Watch the video here in English and in French.

More information: www.gwp.org/wacdep and www.amcow-online.org

 

 

PUBLICATION: Monitoring payments for watershed services schemes in developing countries

A recent publication from IIED:

Payments for watershed services (PWS) are schemes that use funds from water users (including governments) as an incentive for landholders to improve their land management practices. They are increasingly seen as a viable policy alternative to watershed management issues, and a means of addressing chronic problems such as declining water flows, deteriorating water quality and flooding. In some places, local governments, donor agencies and NGOs are actively trying to upscale and replicate PWS schemes across the area. While their apparent success and progress in launching new initiatives is encouraging, there is still much to be learned from formative experiences in this field, especially with regard to monitoring and evaluation. In this paper we discuss the monitoring and evaluation criteria behind compliance or transactional monitoring, which ensures that contracts are followed, and effectiveness conditionality, which looks at how schemes manage to achieve their environmental objectives regardless of the degree of compliance. Although the two are usually linked, a high degree of compliance does not necessarily ensure that a scheme is effective. This is because a poorly designed scheme may target the wrong land managers and land that is at least risk, meaning that payments do not generate the desired hydro-ecological or conservation benefits. As the levering capacity to demand payments for better watershed management increases, so does the need to understand the dynamics of such activities and demonstrate their impacts. While the growing interest in such schemes shows that participants believe in the principle of land management, evidence of their impact is needed to determine which initiatives genuinely add value and are worth pursuing.

Available here.

Monday, May 20, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: IAMO SENIOR RESEARCHER OR POST-DOC

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO) is a leading international centre of expertise for the scientific analysis of agricultural, agribusiness and rural development in transition economies. The department of Structural Development of Farms and Rural Areas seeks to strengthen its capacity within its working group Entrepreneurial Strategies and Organization with an outstanding

Senior Researcher or Post-Doc

The Entrepreneurial Strategies and Organization group analyses the strategic adaption of actors in the agri-food sector in changing framework conditions that are induced by global driving forces, as well as transition-specific characteristics. Currently, the group focuses on analysing managerial strategies and farm performance, vertical coordination and farm cooperation, strategic decisions on input and output markets, investment, large farm management and agroholdings. Methodological approaches include computational economics (agent-based models; genetic algorithms; stochastic simulations), experimental economics, econometrics, as well as efficiency and productivity analysis. Results are expected to be published in high-quality international journals as well as disseminated to decision-makers in the business and policy spheres.

More information.

Deadline: June 15, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Science Coordinator—AWARD (ICRAF)

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. Located in Nairobi, the Centre’s headquarters hosts African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), a preferred service provider of the CGIAR.

AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills through tailored fellowships. AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.

Since 2008, 325 women agricultural scientists from 11 sub-Saharan African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia) have benefited from AWARD’s successful career development fellowships. AWARD recently launched a pilot program for women in five francophone countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal).  

Main Purpose of the Job

AWARD requires expertise to provide strategic, tactical, and operational support to the AWARD Director in relation to four critical areas:

  1. Coordination of AWARD’s Science Cornerstone, including smooth implementation of the advanced science training (especially regarding research attachments) and training in science skills (research proposal and science writing, as well as presentation skills), and development of appropriate training material, including gender-responsiveness in agricultural research.
  2. Design and implementation of a specific training course on gender-responsiveness in agricultural research for development (ARD)that is focused on the collection and interpretation of gender-disaggregated data, preferably in partnership with renowned capacity-building institutions, and preferably to be delivered by African facilitators to be trained in this subject.
  3. Support for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of the Science Cornerstone activities in AWARD’s Phase II grant.
  4. Representation of AWARD in science/research-related forums, with a view to building and strengthening AWARD’s partnerships with relevant sub-regional, regional, and international stakeholders in ARD in order to support the sustainability of the AWARD approach.

The Science Cornerstone is critical for AWARD’s success, particularly in the areas of gender-responsiveness in ARD, and in the planning and implementation of its advanced science training for AWARD Fellows, including research attachments, as well as the development of a strategic plan for sustainability. The AWARD Team requires support in the design, coordination, and implementation of these activities, including selection of partners and trainers, selection of host institutions and follow-up, planning and implementation of science skills courses, and organization of reflection/planning exercises.

Given the current Science Cornerstone team composition (the Science Coordinator is supported by a Science Cornerstone Officer and a Science Cornerstone Assistant), this role requires a full-time regionally recruited position.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the leadership of the AWARD Director, the AWARD Science Coordinator will:

Qualifications and Experience

Terms of Offer

We offer a collegial, diverse, and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This position is on regional terms and will be for an initial period of three (3) years, renewable subject to nine (9) months’ probation period, assessment of performance, continued relevance of the position, and availability of resources.

How to Apply

Please prepare and submit:

All correspondence will be via email only, addressed to the Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) at icrafhru@cgiar.org. Applicants should indicate “Application for Science Coordinator –AWARD” on their application cover letters and in the subject line of their email submissions.

Deadline: June 7, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

 

Training Program on the Commons—Your input needed

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) is considering developing a training program on the commons, in collaboration with Countryside and Community Research Institute of the University of Gloucestershire (UoG), the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales-UNAM, and the CGIAR Program on Collective Action and Property Rights Program (CAPRI).

This course grows out of a recognition that more training on commons issues will ensure that these issues have appropriate and informed voices and that the increasing number of researchers and practitioners addressing commons issues in their work have the necessary theoretical and empirical background. A tentative list of topics to be covered may be found below.

To help inform the design of this course we have produced a short survey, which we invite you to take either in English or Spanish. Your participation in the survey will help these organizations to design a training program that is suitable and interesting to potential participants.

Take the survey in English.

Take the survey in Spanish.

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Proposed list of topics (tentative):

I. Introduction to the Commons.

II. Biodiversity and forests. Covering issues such as: ecological principles, biodiversity as a “commons”, forest rights, indigenous utilization, and the capacity for multi-functional use, Valuing biodiversity and influencing policy, and Carbon sequestration and the role of forests in climate change and environmental management

III. Water. Covering issues such as: water as a finite and shared resource, application of commons concepts to water management under different conditions (trans-boundary management; inter-basin movement; within catchment management), legal regimes, water rights, and ‘markets’ for water

IV. Marine resources. Covering issues such as: marine resources (fisheries, energy, minerals, navigation), Law of the Sea, Fisheries as closed and open access resources (includes range of case studies from different parts of the world), Regulating inshore and offshore fisheries as commons resources (inshore fisheries as community resources; social and economic impacts of regulatory regime change)

V. Advanced Commons Theory and Practice. Including Alternative approaches to commons management and governance, Game theory, 'new commons' and complex systems, Analyzing political and economic structures; exploring hierarchical systems

VI. Climate change and the management of global commons. Including climate as a shared resource, the science of climate change, international law, analyzing international institutions

Thursday, May 16, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Coordinator: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems. The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator will play an essential role in developing and integrating an outcome-based approach to research planning and the establishment of a performance management system. Deadline: May 31, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with the Land Policy Initiative (Addis Ababa). The Land Policy Initiative, a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has several vacancies in its Addis Ababa-based secretariat. Deadline: June 6, 2013

SCHOLARSHIP/EMPLOYMENT: University of Goucestershire Research Assistants (2) in Environmental Dynamics and Governance. The part-time position comes with four years of guaranteed tuition fee and supervision for undertaking a PhD in a suitable field of study relevant to the Countryside & Community Research Institute’s areas of interest. Deadline: May 31, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Natural resources grabbing: Erosion or legitimate exercise of State sovereignty? A workshop on this theme will be held on the 4th and 5th of October, 2013, at the University of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy)Aula Magna del Rettorato. Deadline: June 15, 2013

TRAINING: International Legal Pluralism Course 2013. In August 2013 the Commission on Legal Pluralism will organize a course on Legal Pluralsim preceding the 17th IUAES conference in Manchester, UK. Deadline: May 31, 2013

PUBLICATION: Interventions for Achieving Sustainability in Tropical Forest and Agricultural Landscapes. A new CAPRi Working Paper from Peter Newton, Arun Agrawal, and Lini Wollenberg.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Journal of Peasant Studies Publications Freely Available. The Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and has created a virtual special issue: '40 Classics in Peasant Studies'.

 

PUBLICATION: Interventions for Achieving Sustainability in Tropical Forest and Agricultural Landscapes

A new CAPRi Working Paper from Peter Newton, Arun Agrawal, and Lini Wollenberg:

The rapid expansion of commodity agriculture in tropical forest landscapes is a key driver of deforestation. To meet the growing demand from a more prosperous and expanding global population, it is imperative to develop sustainable commodity supply chains that support higher agricultural productivity, and that enable improved environmental, economic, and social outcomes. Interventions by community, market, and state actors can enhance the sustainability of supply chains by affecting where and how agricultural production occurs. These interventions—in the form of novel or moderated institutions and policies, incentives, or information—can influence producers directly or achieve their impacts indirectly by influencing consumer, retailer, and processor decisions. Global datasets were used to document the trends in deforestation and commodity agriculture production and a framework was developed to facilitate analyses of commodity supply chains across multiple interventions, commodities, and countries. The framework can be used to compare and explain the impacts of different types of supply chain interventions. The paper demonstrates how the framework can be used by generating hypotheses about decisions and choices of different actors and likely effects on commodity agriculture expansion.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Natural resources grabbing: Erosion or legitimate exercise of State sovereignty?

A workshop on this theme will be held on the 4th and 5th of October, 2013, at the University of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy)Aula Magna del Rettorato.

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The Theme addressed
The growing demand for natural resources has triggered a “race” to their exploitation and possession, especially in developing countries. This research project aims at addressing, from an international law perspective, this very complex challenge for the international community.

The more requested resources are water (freshwater and groundwater), land, forests, raw materials (oil, gas, mineral resources and precious stones), fisheries and genetic resources.

Among the “buyers” there are emerging economies and Western States, as well as multinational corporations and international financial institutions. While this demand creates investment opportunities in countries with a low attractive investment profile, on the other side, these initiatives often threaten local communities’ interests and environmental protection. In particular, they aggravate the risks of food, water and energy security and, in the long term, they may generate dangerous imbalances, if they strike at the roots the territorial sovereignty of host countries. Governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-state actors have a key role to play in promoting responsible investments and in developing procedural and substantive principles and rules that contribute to the establishment of a transparent and accountable natural resources governance.

The Call
We welcome submissions that describe new (previously unpublished), cutting-edge research in the following focus areas:

Please submit to francesca.romanin@unimi.it a 500-word abstract in English, French or Spanish, with indication of the author(s), their affiliation and full contact information.

The Workshop
Selected papers will be presented at an international Workshop, which will be held in Cagliari (Sardinia) on the 4th and 5th October 2013. Each session of the workshop will be moderated by an invited keynote speaker and will include 3 additional contributors, selected through this call. There will be no registration fee for participants in the workshop.
Researchers and practitioners from developing countries are welcome and we will be able to contribute in part to their travelling and accommodation expenses in Cagliari.

The Publication
By January 2014, the Editorial Board (Professor Francesco Seatzu, Dr. Angelica Bonfanti and Dr. Francesca Romanin Jacur) will submit the selected papers for peer-review for inclusion in a collective publication by an international legal publisher.

Timeline
Closing date for abstracts’ submission: 15 June 2013
Acceptance of abstracts: 30 June 2013
Deadline for draft papers’ submission: 15 September 2013
Deadline for selected final drafts’ submission: December 2013

Organizing Committee
Francesco Seatzu, University of Cagliari; Angelica Bonfanti, University of Milan; Francesca Romanin Jacur, University of Cagliari

Should you have any questions about the call or the workshop, please contact Dr. Romanin Jacur at francesca.romanin@unimi.it.

Deadline: June 15, 2013

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Journal of Peasant Studies Publications Freely Available

The Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and, as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations, the journal has created the virtual special issue: '40 Classics in Peasant Studies'. This collection highlights some of the key articles that have been published in the journal over the past four decades. 

These articles are available for free until the end of 2013. Simply register on the website or sign in to access the free content.

Available here.

 

TRAINING: International Legal Pluralism Course 2013

In August 2013 the Commission on Legal Pluralism will organize a course on Legal Pluralsim preceding the 17th IUAES conference in Manchester, UK.

The course will be about theories, knowledge and methodologies of legal pluralism. The purpose of the 3½-day course, which precedes the IUAES 17th World Congress, is to familiarize the participants with the current international debates and insights in socio-legal studies and legal pluralism and to offer them a comparative perspective allowing them to rethink their own research and practical work. At the center of the discussion will be issues pertaining to rights protection, gender, natural resource management and land tenure, and dispute management in the context of globalizing economic, political and legal developments.

More information (pdf). Note that although the deadline is listed as May 15th is has been extended to May 31.

Deadline: May 31, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Opportunities with the Land Policy Initiative (Addis Ababa)

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Its purpose is to enable the use of  land to lend impetus to the process of African development. The programme is governed by a Steering Committee that meets periodically, while a joint secretariat implements day to day activities. The secretariat is assisted by an African Taskforce on Land.

After having developed the Framework and Guidelines (F&G) on land policy in Africa, and received the mandate from the African Union (AU) to use it in support of national and regional land policy processes, the LPI is now moving towards assisting AU Member States in developing or reviewing their land policies as well as in implementing and evaluating these policies.

LPI is currently accepting applications for the following positions at its Addis Ababa-based secretariat.

Deadline: June 6, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Coordinator: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning  (MEL) Coordinator will play an essential role in developing and integrating an outcome-based approach to research planning and the establishment of a performance management system. This includes aligning WLE with ongoing reforms within CGIAR.

The job:

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator will be based at the headquarters of IWMI in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and  report to the Acting Program Director – WLE.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 31, 2013

 

SCHOLARSHIP/EMPLOYMENT: University of Goucestershire Research Assistants (2) in Environmental Dynamics and Governance

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is looking to appoint to the Countryside & Community Research Institute (CCRI) an enthusiastic and suitably-qualified individual who will make a valued contribution to the activities of the CCRI and the Faculty. This will include providing support and assistance to a portfolio of externally-funded research projects, as well as developing and undertaking research towards their own PhD. We welcome applications from postgraduate students with disciplinary backgrounds in social or bio/geo-sciences, economics or related disciplines, with research experience and interests that align well with the work of the CCRI (see www.ccri.ac.uk).

The University is currently investing in a number of areas of research excellence, one of which is Environmental Dynamics and Governance, jointly led by the CCRI and the School of Natural & Social Sciences (SNSS). Active participation in the team that is consolidating and developing this research theme forms a key focus for the post, as well as making a contribution to the wider research, knowledge exchange and consultancy of the CCRI.

The part-time position comes with four years of guaranteed tuition fee and supervision for undertaking a PhD in a suitable field of study relevant to the CCRI areas of interest. It therefore provides a rare and exciting opportunity to undertake advanced study within a dynamic research environment. The CCRI is one of the leading social science rural research centres in the UK, with current programmes of research on rural community development, agro-food systems, resource governance, EU rural policies, and land use. It has an enviable track record in successful sponsored research for the UK Government and its agencies, the European Institutions and other EU member state governments. In addition to a commitment to providing a high quality evidence base for rural policy, CCRI strives to maintain international academic excellence through Research Council funding and publishing activities.

More information.

Deadline: May 31, 2013

Thursday, May 09, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Program Officer – Climate and Land Use. The foundation is seeking an individual to lead its work on Climate and Land Use, with a particular emphasis on work to reduce emissions associated with agriculture. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: ODI Research Fellow, Gender and Climate Change. The Overseas Development Institute seeks a Research Fellow to work with ODI’s Social Development team and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), of which ODI is a founding partner. Deadline: May 17, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore Conference on Public Policy and Management. The special theme for the conference is INFRASTRUCTURE: Hard and Soft. The Conference committee invites papers analysing ‘Infrastructure’ from various perspectives as well as papers on public policy issues. Deadline: May 13, 2013

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Impact Economy Innovations Grant Fund. The Rockefeller Foundation and The Tony Elumelu Foundation invite proposals from organizations interested in receiving support for initiatives aimed at fostering Africa’s Impact Economy, specifically by aiding the growth of the Impact Investing industry and social enterprise sector. Deadline: May 31, 2013

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: ICID WatSave Awards 2013. The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) is inviting nominations for the WatSave Awards 2013 from across the world to recognize outstanding contributions to water saving/conservation in agriculture. Deadline: May 31, 2013

PUBLICATION: The impact of irrigation on nutrition, health, and gender. An IFPRI Discussion Paper reviews literature with insights for Africa south of the Sahara.

PUBLICATION: Resource conflict, collective action, and resilience: an analytical framework. A recent publication by several CAPRi-affiliated authors in the International Journal of the Commons.

ONLINE RESOURCE: Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa. A great deal of information from a March conference on this topic is now available on the conference website.

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa

From 18-20 March a major international conference on “Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa” brought together academics, policy makers, civil society actors and donor organisations to discuss what makes African governments invest in agriculture. A great deal of information from the conference, including articles, videos, and papers, are now available on the conference website. See, for example, the video clip below with Buba Khan explaining why agriculture in Africa must focus on women, youth and climate change.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Impact Economy Innovations Grant Fund

The Rockefeller Foundation and The Tony Elumelu Foundation invite proposals from organizations interested in receiving support for initiatives aimed at fostering Africa’s Impact Economy, specifically by aiding the growth of the Impact Investing industry and social enterprise sector.

Grant Areas: The Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF) will fund projects that seek to:

• enable earlier stage capital solutions
• foster entrepreneurial ecosystems
• promote and establish impact investing industry infrastructure
• develop market ecosystems for specific sectors
• form leadership and networking platforms for common actions

Priority will be given to projects with specific geographic focus. Funding priorities of the IEIF are influenced by the directions set at the Impact Investing forum (IIF), held on April 5, 2013 and co-hosted by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Tony Elumelu Foundation, and The Bertha Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

More information.

Deadline: May 31, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: The impact of irrigation on nutrition, health, and gender

An IFPRI Discussion Paper reviews literature with insights for Africa south of the Sahara:

Agriculture in Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) is still largely rainfed. SSA also exhibits the lowest crop yields for major staples in the world, largely due to low use of irrigation and fertilizer. Rainfed agriculture poses growing production risks with increased climate variability and change. At the same time, smallholder irrigation in the region developed rapidly over the past decade, albeit starting from very low levels. In addition to largely demand-driven irrigation development by smallholders, there is a significant push by donors for large-scale irrigation development, as well as some push for smallholder irrigation. There has also been a long-standing debate about whether irrigation in SSA should be large scale or small scale to achieve its potential. However, given the potentially high rewards, but also high possibility of failure, the assessment of irrigation potential must go beyond large scale versus small scale to integrate concerns regarding environmental sustainability, resource use efficiency, nutrition and health impacts, and women’s empowerment. The hypothesis underlying this review paper is that how irrigation gets deployed in SSA will be decisive not only for environmental sustainability (such as deciding remaining forest cover in the region) and poverty reduction, but also for health, nutrition, and gender outcomes in the region. The focus of this paper is on the health, nutrition, and gender linkage. We find that to date, few studies have analyzed the impact of irrigation interventions on nutrition, health, and women’s empowerment, despite the large potential of irrigation to affect these important variables. Irrigation interventions may have differential effects on different members in the household and in the community, such as irrigators, non-irrigators, children, and women. Measuring and understanding such differences, followed by improving design and implementation to maximize gender, health, and nutrition outcomes, could transform irrigation programs from focusing solely on increased food production toward becoming an integral component of poverty-reduction strategies.

Available here.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: Resource conflict, collective action, and resilience: an analytical framework

A recent publication by several CAPRi-affiliated authors in the International Journal of the Commons.

Where access to renewable natural resources essential to rural livelihoods is highly contested, improving cooperation in resource management is an important element in strategies for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. While researchers have made advances in assessing the role of environmental resources as a causal factor in civil conflict, analysis of the positive potential of collective natural resource management efforts to reduce broader conflict is less developed. Addressing this need, we present a framework on collective action, conflict prevention, and social-ecological resilience, linking local stakeholder dynamics to the broader institutional and governance context. Accounting for both formal and informal relationships of power and influence, as well as values and stakeholder perceptions alongside material interests, the framework aims to provide insight into the problem of (re)building legitimacy of common-pool resource management institutions in conflict-sensitive environments. We outline its application in stakeholder-based problem assessment and planning, participatory monitoring and evaluation, and multi-case comparative analysis.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: ICID WatSave Awards 2013

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) is inviting nominations for the WatSave Awards 2013 from across the world to recognize outstanding contributions to water saving/conservation in agriculture. The Awards are given in the following four categories–

  1. WatSave  Technology Award
  2. WatSave  Innovative Water Management Award
  3. WatSave  Young Professionals Award
  4. WatSave  Farmer Award

The WatSave Awards will be presented during the 1st World Irrigation Forum and 64th meeting of the IEC scheduled to be held from 29 September to 05 October 2013 at Mardin, Turkey.

Nominations are invited for the ‘WatSave Awards 2013’ from individuals/ team of individuals through ICID National Committees/ Committee. The entries are open to all professionals/ teams from ICID member countries as well as non-member countries. In case of an entry from a ‘non-member’ country, the nomination has to be  routed through and validated by an active National Committee of ICID, who should be in touch with the nominee and is aware of nominee’s work’.

All the National Committees/ Committee are requested to send their nominations by inviting contributions on outstanding achievements from all those professionals/ farmers who are engaged in water saving/ conservation activities. The deadline for receipt of the entries from the National Committees along with a completed Nomination Form to the Central Office ICID, New Delhi is 31 May 2013.

More information.

Deadline: May 31, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: ODI Research Fellow, Gender and Climate Change

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) seeks a Research Fellow to work with ODI’s Social Development team and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), of which ODI is a founding partner. CDKN is a five-year initiative funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to assist developing countries respond to the challenges posed by climate change. The Fellow will also work closely with ODI’s Climate and Environment Programme (CEP).

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to develop, fundraise for, conduct and manage high-quality and innovative research on gender, social exclusion and climate change, particularly with regard to climate finance. You will investigate the significant intersection between climate change and core development sectors such as agriculture, urban life and population growth, and the critical perspective and actions related to gender and social development in each of these areas.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • research and policy advisory work: conducting high-quality, innovative research on gender, climate change and climate finance
  • fundraising: attracting funds through bids and marketing, including the development of a substantial personal research portfolio
  • public affairs: disseminating and promoting ODI’s work and ideas on climate change
  • project management: implementation and administrative and financial management of research, advisory and public affairs projects.

More information.

Deadline: May 17, 2013

Monday, May 06, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Program Officer – Climate and Land Use

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is seeking an exceptional individual to lead its work on Climate and Land Use, with a particular emphasis on work to reduce emissions associated with agriculture. The Program Officer will manage an annual grant budget of $10 million, lead the design and implementation of the Foundation’s Climate and Land Use grantmaking strategy, and represent the Foundation on the CLUA Program Team. This position will work closely with grantees to achieve strategic outcomes that slow or reduce net GHG emissions associated with agriculture.

Since 2008, the Foundation has focused its grantmaking in this area through funding of three strategies: promoting a shift from unsustainable to sustainable biofuels, promoting U.S. and state climate policy that supports agricultural greenhouse gas emission reductions, and promoting U.S. federal policy and industry practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen pollution.

Looking forward, the Foundation’s program will continue to implement that strategy, but will expand somewhat to include two new strategies for agricultural emissions reduction:

  1. Supply chain innovations: Within the U.S., the Foundation will increase its support for supply-chain approaches to agricultural emissions, including work with major retailers and other purchasers of agricultural commodities on voluntary policies that will lead to decreased agricultural emissions.
  2. International opportunities: The Foundation will focus on identifying and funding projects to reduce agricultural emissions outside of the United States. In the near term, this will include the expansion of a current project focused on palm oil in Indonesia. The Foundation anticipates that a regional focus on Asia will be an ongoing part of this strategy.

More information.

Deadline: open

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore Conference on Public Policy and Management

The Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore invites you to the 8th International Conference on Public Policy and Management. The special theme for the conference is INFRASTRUCTURE: Hard and Soft. The three-day international event aims to bring together scholars, practitioners and experts from different disciples to discuss diverse policy issues. The Conference committee invites papers analysing ‘Infrastructure’ from various perspectives as well as papers on public policy issues.

Creation of world-class infrastructure has been recognised as a key priority and a necessary condition for sustaining the growth momentum of the economy. Hard infrastructure refers to physical components that support our society such as transport, power, communication, land, port, bridges so forth. Soft infrastructure includes rules and regulations governing various systems, service delivery and institutions required for human development.

More information.

Deadline: May 13, 2013

Thursday, May 02, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: IRRI Senior Scientist, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. The successful candidate will be responsible for the design and development of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system and for its implementation at IRRI. Deadline: May 15, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Researcher, Oxford University School of Geography and the Environment. The main role is to undertake the modeling of water quantity and quality of rivers upstream of Bangladesh together with the development of a set of future scenarios on climate and environmental change. Deadline: May 17, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: University of Gloucestershire Research Fellow in Environmental Dynamics and Governance. The University is currently looking to appoint an individual with expertise in one or more areas: general ecology, biogeography, conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, field ecology, impacts of environmental change on natural and human systems, palaeoecology, pollution sciences, especially with respect to ecological and biological impacts, although this is not an exhaustive list. Deadline: May 31, 2013

EVENT: Society in the Anthropocene Conference. The Society in the Anthropocene Conference will take place on 24-25 June at the University of Bristol.

PUBLICATION: The Impact of Extractive Industries on the Collective Land and Forest Rights of People and Communities. The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has released a new report, available in Spanish and English, that analyzes the impacts of the extractive industries on the collective land and forest rights of people and communities in Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, and Panama.

PUBLICATION: Data needs for gender analysis in agriculture. An IFPRI Discussion Paper offers guidelines on how to improve data collection efforts to ensure that women farmers are interviewed and that their voices are heard.

VIDEO: Water from a developmental perspective. On the occasion of the International Year of Water Cooperation, the German non-profit organizations /e-politik.de/ e.V. and edeos-digital education produced a new animated online-video which deals with water from a developmental perspective.

 

VIDEO: Water from a developmental perspective

On January 1st 2013, the United Nations introduced the International Year of Water Cooperation. On this important occasion, the German non-profit organizations /e-politik.de/ e.V. and edeos-digital education produced a new animated online-video which deals with water from a developmental perspective. The video is part of the WissensWerte project and can be viewed below.

As all the other videos of the WissensWerte Series, the clip about water is licensed as Creative Commons and may be used and shared for free.  More information about the project WissensWerte and the other videos of the project available here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: University of Gloucestershire Research Fellow in Environmental Dynamics and Governance

The University is currently investing in areas of research excellence, one of which is Environmental Dynamics & Governance which is jointly led by the School of Natural & Social Sciences (SNSS) and the Countryside & Community Research Institute (CCRI).

We are therefore looking to appoint an individual with expertise in one or more areas that could include general ecology, biogeography, conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, field ecology, impacts of environmental change on natural and human systems, palaeoecology, pollution sciences, especially with respect to ecological and biological impacts, although this is not an exhaustive list. A full profile for the CCRI is available at www.ccri.ac.uk and for the SNSS is available at: http://insight.glos.ac.uk/academicschools/NSS/Pages/default.aspx

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and well qualified individual who will exploit the interface between the CCRI and SNSS, mainitaining a clear focus on bidding and project delivery, high quality outputs, and development of the research profile in Environmental Dynamics & Governance. The post will particularly suit a high achieving postdoctoral researcher who wishes to consolidate their research achievements while also playing a formative role within this investment area. Depending on the interests of the candidate, and the needs of the respective units, there will also be opportunities for research student supervision and examination, postgraduate and undergraduate teaching, representation on Faculty and University committees, and broader contributions to the range of Faculty activities. In particular, the candidate will contribute to the MSc in Sustainable Environments, and planned MSc in Applied Ecology and planned MSc in Science Communication. The undergraduate programmes in Biosciences and Geography will also provide opportunities for undergraduate teaching.

More information.

Deadline: May 31, 2013

 

EVENT: Society in the Anthropocene Conference

The Society in the Anthropocene Conference will take place on 24-25 June at the University of Bristol.

While the physical and natural sciences offer clear contributions to understanding the Anthropocene - the geological age in which humans are the dominant force shaping the planet - the role and value of the social sciences in understanding this agenda have been little explored. 

The Cabot Institute will host a major international conference - Society in the Anthropocene – on 24 and 25 June 2013, to address and discuss these questions across the social science disciplines. 

The conference brings socio-legal, political, sociological, anthropological and geographical perspectives to issues such as global environmental uncertainty, carbon politics, new patterns of urban resilience and global containment, and changing relationships between human and non-human worlds.   Our aim in hosting this conference is to generate innovative understandings of the Anthropocene and its emergent constellations of life and knowledge.  As a participant, there will be numerous opportunities to contribute your views, react to the material presented and form new research relationships.

The conference will take place on 24 and 25 June 2013, at the University of Bristol, and is open to academics from a broad range of disciplines and all career stages.  The event is being supported by the journal Economy and Society and the Cabot Institute.  Professor Wendy Larner(School of Geographical Sciences) and Professor Tom Osborne (School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies) are convening the conference.  Professor Mark Duffield, recently retired head of the Global Insecurities Centre, will give the evening keynote lecture on 24 June.

More information.