Friday, July 26, 2013

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Impact of Development Interventions in the Areas of Agriculture, Climate Change, and Property Rights & Land Policy

3ie (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) invites proposals for systematic reviews that investigate the impact of development interventions in the areas of agriculture, climate change, and property rights and land policy. 3ie funds systematic reviews to examine the existing evidence on a particular intervention or programme in low- and middle-income countries, drawing also on evidence from developed countries when pertinent.

3ie and its partners have developed seven systematic review questions for this call:

  1. What are effective modes of delivery of information (for example, on markets, weather, soil conditions) to improve farmer decisions and uptake of improved seeds, better soil management practices and technologies?
  2. What are effective types of contractual arrangements (for example, fair trade schemes, cooperatives formation) to increase smallholders’ market power, food security, marketed surplus and net returns?
  3. What are the most cost-effective interventions (for example, participatory breeding, village-level agro dealers, post-harvest management) to incentivise smallholders to adopt improved seeds, and better practices and technologies?
  4. What combinations of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) technologies are most cost effective in increasing agricultural productivity and smallholder incomes?
  5. What are effective interventions in promoting upgrading in agriculture (using investments and/or innovations that add value to products or services at the farm or value chain levels) that foster economic growth and benefits the poor?
  6. What are effective economic interventions to reduce mal-adaptation and vulnerability to climate change (for example, living in flood plains, developing coastal areas, irrigating deserts for crop production) and to incentivise investments that promote climate change resilience?
  7. What property rights and land-policy interventions are most cost-effective at promoting economic development (i.e., reducing costs and increasing productivity and incomes)? These interventions can include, but are not limited to, legal and policy reforms, institutional reforms, decentralisation of land-related services, improvements to land mapping and surveying systems, formalization of property rights and improved dispute resolution facilities.

More information.

Deadline: August 30, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). 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. Deadline: August 9, 2013

CALL FOR EXPERTS: Gender Expert Network on Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development. The IUCN Global Gender Office is the institutional anchor of IUCN’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and is establishing a gender expert network on environment, climate change, and sustainable development. Deadline: August 15, 2013

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Barriers to the expansion of agriculture and agroindustry in Africa. The African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium is issuing its second annual call for competitive grant proposals to support research on emerging issues in Africa that have previously received little or no attention. Deadline: August 30, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Research for Development Scientist - Central America and the Caribbean. The Research for Development Scientist will coordinate and focus research on developing Research for Development (R4D) and Innovation Platforms, involving local, national and international partners and other stakeholders. Deadline: August 20, 2013

EVENT: New Challenges for Community Forestry: Sharing Scientific Knowledge in a South – North Perspective. An international conference on New Challenges for Community Forestry will be held in Remscheid, Germany, on 23-25 September, 2013. Deadline: August 30, 2013

EVENT: Yale University Conference on Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue. The conference will take place on September 14–15 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

PUBLICATION: Providing Agri-Environmental Public Good through Collective Action. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment has released a report on collective action and agri-environmental public goods with a significant set of country case studies.

BRIEF: Landscapes for public goods: Multifunctional mosaics are fairer by far. IIED has published a brief by Duncan Macqueen on how to get the most public goods from forest landscapes when various publics in varying places make conflicting claims.

 

PUBLICATION: Providing Agri-Environmental Public Good through Collective Action (OECD)

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment has released a report on collective action and agri-environmental public goods with a significant set of country case studies.

Previous studies on public goods and agri-environmental policies have focused on individual farmers rather than on collective action. However, some public goods need to be provided by farmers cooperatively. For example, maintaining landscape usually requires the participation of several farmers working within the same area. This means that in addition to implementing policies that target individual farmers as a means to overcome market failure associated with public goods and externalities, different approaches may be needed to promote collective action.

The purpose of this study is to analyse the promotion of collective action for agri-environmental public goods and addressing externalities by reviewing the experience of various OECD member countries. Twenty-five cases from 13 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) are examined. The study shows that collective action should be given serious consideration as a means of addressing many agricultural and natural resource issues, and in some cases collective action should be actively promoted.

Available here (pdf).

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

 

BRIEF: Landscapes for public goods: Multifunctional mosaics are fairer by far

IIED has published a brief by Duncan Macqueen on how to get the most public goods from forest landscapes when various publics in varying places make conflicting claims

How do we get the most public goods from forest landscapes when various publics in varying places make conflicting claims? One approach, caricatured as ‘monotypic masses’, says big ‘single use’ corporate blocks are best. But that brings ecological and social challenges (especially displacement) that may eventually undermine economic viability. A better approach is ‘multifunctional mosaics’ of smallholder forest-farm enterprises that offer both local and distant public goods. These can help ensure all publics receive a share of all public goods. The international Forest Connect alliance has shown that smallholders themselves generally favour multi-functional mosaics because these balance long and short term risks and returns. But making such mosaics viable at scale is an economic challenge that requires unprecedented ‘enabling’ investment.

Available here.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Barriers to the expansion of agriculture and agroindustry in Africa (AGRODEP)

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

The selected topic of this year’s GAPS IN RESEARCH grant is “Barriers to the expansion of agriculture and agroindustry in Africa”. 

The grant will support research that promises to fill the existing research gap by shedding light on at least one of the following key aspects of the topic, of course in an African context: impact evaluation of government policy in development of infrastructure for agriculture production, irrigation, and transportation; access to fertilizers; advisability of seed and fertilizer subsidies; case studies concerning rural and agricultural structural projects; impact of regional integration; value chain analysis for key agricultural commodities (moving up the value chain, diversifying exports, enhancing value addition, job creation and economic development).

More information.

Deadline: August 30, 2013

 

EVENT: New Challenges for Community Forestry: Sharing Scientific Knowledge in a South – North Perspective

An international conference on New Challenges for Community Forestry will be held in Remscheid, Germany, on 23-25 September, 2013.

Community Forestry (CF) aims to improve the livelihood of local people as well as the condition of natural resources on which they depend for their living. It is assumed that if local people are involved in decision-making processes concerning natural resources, they develop a sense of ownership and start using the natural resources in more conservative way. The involvement of local natural resource users will contribute to sustainable practices, leading to various positive outcomes for the direct users and natural resources.

Various community forestry programs were and continue to be implemented around the world. The idea of community forestry started to develop after the 1970s, when researchers and policy makers realized that conventional centralized management practices were not the right approach for tackling environmental protection issues involving local people. In addition, many researchers have started to look more closely at the problem of how to solve natural-resource related problems when these involve local users. Many of them have concluded that this requires power devolution to the local users. Furthermore, many other investigations were conducted. It appears that, at least, community forest approaches deliver on their promises in that positive ecological outcomes are achieved.

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.

More information.

Deadline: August 30, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Research for Development Scientist - Central America and the Caribbean

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) develops technologies, innovative methods, and new knowledge to enhance eco-efficiency of crop-livestock systems. Eco-efficient agriculture improves livelihoods of farmers and offers solutions to environmental degradation and climate change in the tropics.

Humidtropics, an exciting and challenging systems research initiative of the CGIAR, is aimed at improving overall agricultural productivity, and transforming the lives of rural poor in the humid tropics region, in the framework of Integrated Agricultural Research for Development. PIM, the program on Policies, Institutions and Markets, generates knowledge on how these three areas can be improved to help smallholder farmers and poor consumers live better lives. Humidtropics and PIM are collaborating in the management and functioning of R4D (Research for Development) platforms, and in the generation of research through these platforms in the Central America Action Area.

CIAT is seeking a visionary scientist, as joint position of Humidtropics and PIM, to coordinate and carry out research towards developing Research for Development and Innovation Platforms in Central America and the Caribbean.

The Research for Development Scientist will coordinate and focus research on developing Research for Development (R4D) and Innovation Platforms, involving local, national and international partners and other stakeholders.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: August 20, 2013

 

CALL FOR EXPERTS: Gender Expert Network on Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (IUCN)

The IUCN Global Gender Office is the institutional anchor of IUCN´swork on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Office is based in Washington D.C. and operates at global, regional and national levels, providing technical support to institutions as diverse as multilateral development banks, United Nations agencies, the secretariats of international conventions, international development agencies, ministries of national governments, and women’s and environmental organizations.

Responding to these new opportunities, the Office is establishing a gender expert network on environment, climate change, and sustainable development. The network will be made up of gender experts already active in key developing countries—individuals who are motivated to exchange strategies, information, and build momentum across countries and regions. The gender expert network will anchor the Office’s work in key countries, connecting international commitments on gender in the environmental and sustainable development arena to national level policies and programmes. In some cases and as necessary, gender experts may be offered the opportunity to provide professional support to IUCN’s activities—including technical inputs; advocacy; research; training; strategic networking and communications.

Opportunities

Members of the Gender Expert Network will be exposed to the following opportunities:

More information.

Deadline: August 15, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

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 Fellows benefit from two-year fellowships focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity. Fellows stay in their institutions, continue their research, and travel to AWARD training courses held in various locations in Africa. Women agricultural scientists who are citizens of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia, who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree are eligible to apply. There is no age restriction.

More information.

Deadline: August 9, 2013

 

EVENT: Yale University Conference on Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue

The conference will take place on September 14–15 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

A fundamentally contested concept, food sovereignty has — as a political project and campaign, an alternative, a social movement, and an analytical framework — barged into global agrarian discourse over the last two decades. Since then, it has inspired and mobilized diverse publics: workers, scholars and public intellectuals, farmers and peasant movements, NGOs and human rights activists in the North and global South. The term has become a challenging subject for social science research, and has been interpreted and reinterpreted in a variety of ways by various groups and individuals. Indeed, it is a concept that is broadly defined as the right of peoples to democratically control or determine the shape of their food system, and to produce sufficient and healthy food in culturally appropriate and ecologically sustainable ways in and near their territory. As such it spans issues such as food politics, agroecology, land reform, bio-fuels, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), urban gardening, the patenting of life forms, labor migration, the feeding of volatile cities, ecological sustainability, and subsistence rights.

Sponsored by the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University and the Journal of Peasant Studies, the conference “Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue” will be held at Yale University on September 14–15, 2013. The event will bring together leading scholars and political activists who are advocates of and sympathetic to the idea of food sovereignty, as well as those who are skeptical to the concept of food sovereignty to foster a critical and productive dialogue on the issue. The purpose of the meeting is to examine what food sovereignty might mean, how it might be variously construed, and what policies (e.g. of land use, commodity policy, and food subsidies) it implies. Moreover, such a dialogue aims at exploring whether the subject of food sovereignty has an “intellectual future” in critical agrarian studies and, if so, on what terms.

More information.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR PAPERS: Cooperatives and Alternative Food Systems Initiatives. The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development calls for papers on a wide range of topics (and geographic areas) that explore the intersection of cooperatives with alternative food systems initiatives. Deadline: August 1, 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Family Farming in Mountains: Institutional and Organizational Arrangements in the Context of Globalization. Mountain Research and Development (MRD) plans to contribute to the UN’s International Year of Family Farming are seeking policy- and practice-oriented, well-validated insights into effective arrangements for advancing and enhancing family farms. Deadline: August 15, 2013

CALL FOR EXPERTS: Gender Expert Network on Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development. The IUCN Global Gender Office is the institutional anchor of IUCN’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Deadline: August 15, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Senior Research Fellow—Policies, Institutions and Markets. The International Food Policy Research Institute seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Senior Research Fellow for a two-year, fixed-term, exempt, renewable appointment for its CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). Deadline: August 11, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: Economist, World Bank PREM Gender and Development Group. The PREM Gender and Development Group (PRMGE) is looking to recruit an economist with excellent technical and analytical skills. Deadline: August 12, 2013

PUBLICATION: The global land grab: The new enclosures. A piece by Liz Alden Wily puts the current state of global land deals in historical perspective.

ONLINE RESOURCE: LandWise: A Women & Land Library. The Landesa Center for Women's Land Rights has just launched a free online resource containing land-related laws, information about relevant customary practices, and explanatory materials.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: Economist, World Bank PREM Gender and Development Group

The PREM Gender and Development Group (PRMGE) is looking to recruit an economist with excellent technical and analytical skills. 

The Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network plays a key role in organizing knowledge across the World Bank and bringing it to its  staff and clients, as well as implementing the HR agenda for the professional development of their constituents. The network comprises 627 staff across the World Bank HQ (Washington DC) and in Country Offices. The PREM VPU comprises of the Office of the President and Head of the Network and five sectoral groups: Economic Policy and Debt, Governance and Public Sector Reform, Poverty Reduction and Equity, Trade, and Gender and Development.

PRMGE is the central point in the World Bank with responsibility for oversight of gender issues in its operations and promoting progress towards gender equality at country level. The World Bank has promoted gender equality in its work for some time as a core development objective: “Gender equality is smart economics”, and an effective vehicle to enhance productivity, improve prospects for future generations, and make institutions and societies more representative.

Duties:

More information.

Deadline: August 12, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Senior Research Fellow—Policies, Institutions and Markets

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Senior Research Fellow for a two-year, fixed-term, exempt, renewable appointment for its CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).  This position will report to the PIM Director.  The Senior Research Fellow will work with the Director in management of the PIM portfolio with special focus on review of quality of research products and monitoring impact.  The Senior Research Fellow will also contribute directly to research efforts with particular emphasis on assessing impact and returns to research.  The Senior Research Fellow will work with the Director in representing the PIM program to donors, clients, and partners and building constructive relationships with them.

The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets works to facilitate identification and adoption of institutional and policy reforms that will contribute to improved agricultural performance, reduced rural poverty, and better management of natural resources.  Led by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), PIM brings together CGIAR centers and multiple partners from the agricultural and development communities from around the world. 

Essential Duties:

More information.

Deadline: August 11, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: The global land grab: The new enclosures

A new piece by Liz Alden Wily puts the current state of global land deals in historical perspective.

In short, economic crises and shifts in the balance of political power once again produce seismic shifts in who owns and controls land, resources and production. But where are the poor and the commons in all this?

The answer is quite simple. Much of the lands being sold or leased to entrepreneurs are commons. This is not surprising because lands defined as commons in the modern agrarian world generally exclude permanent farms and settlements. Governments and investors prefer to avoid settled lands as their dispossession is most likely to provoke resistance. They also want to avoid having to pay compensation for huts and standing crops, or for relocation. Only the unfarmed commons – the forest/woodlands, rangelands and wetlands, can supply the thousands of hectares large-scale investors want. But most of all, the commons are deemed “vacant and available.” For the laws of most host lessor states still treat all customarily-owned lands and unfarmed lands in particular as unowned, unoccupied and idle. As such they remain the property of the state. This makes their onward sale or lease to private investors perfectly legal. Indeed, without such legality in domestic land law, and investor-friendly international trade law to take their side in international courts if needed, no international or local investor would proceed.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Cooperatives and Alternative Food Systems Initiatives

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development calls for papers on a wide range of topics (and geographic areas) that explore the intersection of cooperatives with alternative food systems initiatives.

Papers could include topics related to:

More information.

Deadline (full manuscripts): August 1, 2013

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: LandWise: A Women & Land Library

The Landesa Center for Women's Land Rights has just launched LandWise, a free online resource containing land-related laws, information about relevant customary practices, and explanatory materials. LandWise is an important new tool for policymakers, researchers, legal practitioners, and women's advocates working to strengthen women's land rights around the world.

Visit the site.

Monday, July 15, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Family Farming in Mountains: Institutional and Organizational Arrangements in the Context of Globalization

Mountain Research and Development (MRD) plans to contribute to the UN’s International Year of Family Farming 2014. They are seeking policy- and practice-oriented, well-validated insights into effective arrangements for advancing and enhancing family farms. MRD is also calling for sound analyses of organizational aspects of family farming in the political, economic, and environmental mountain context.

Download the call for papers (pdf).

Deadline: August 15, 2013

 

CALL FOR EXPERTS: Gender Expert Network on Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

The IUCN Global Gender Office is the institutional anchor of IUCN´swork on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Office is based in Washington D.C. and operates at global, regional and national levels, providing technical support to institutions as diverse as multilateral development banks, United Nations agencies, the secretariats of international conventions, international development agencies, ministries of national governments, and women’s and environmental organizations.

In recent years, requests to the Office for technical support at the national level have multiplied, necessitating an additional layer of expertise and expanded human resources.  At the same time, IUCN’s global partners are investing in the Office’s expansion to new countries.

Responding to these new opportunities, the Office is establishing a gender expert network on environment, climate change, and sustainable development. The network will be made up of gender experts already active in key developing countries—individuals who are motivated to exchange strategies, information, and build momentum across countries and regions. The gender expert network will anchor the Office’s work in key countries, connecting international commitments on gender in the environmental and sustainable development arena to national level policies and programmes. In some cases and as necessary, gender experts may be offered the opportunity to provide professional support to IUCN’s activities—including technical inputs; advocacy; research; training; strategic networking and communications.

More information.

Deadline: August 15, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

 

This Week’s Posts

EMPLOYMENT: Planning support for the 2014 Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. The land tenure team in the Agriculture and Rural Development Group in the World Bank’s Research Department seeks a consultant to assist in planning and managing preparation for the 2014 Conference on Land and Poverty. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: International Land Coalition Asia Regional Facilitator. There is a vacancy for the position of the Asia Regional Facilitator of the ILC Asia Regional Platform, based at the KPA office in Jakarta from September 2013. Deadline: July 20, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Postdoctoral Fellow, Soils and Agroecosystem Science. The Soils Research Area of International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to carry out research on soil and agroecosystem management to provide sustainable options that improve benefits for smallholder farming communities in Latin America and the Caribbean, while minimizing and mitigating negative impacts on agricultural ecosystems and the environment. Deadline: July 26, 2013

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Senior Gender Specialist. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development is looking for a gender expert who is capable of providing strategic and intellectual leadership on gender and natural resource management issues. Deadline: July 31, 2013

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Gendered Access to Forest and Small Farms in Latin America. A learning workshop on this topic will take place at CIAT Headquarters in Cali-Palmira, Colombia on 21-22 August 2013. Deadline: July 15, 2013.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Universities working with Rural Communities. This call for papers comes from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, a Network of 32 African Universities in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Deadline: July 30, 2013

PUBLICATION: Community Participation and Benefits in REDD+: A Review of Initial Outcomes and Lessons. A recent publication in the open-access journal Forests.

PUBLICATION: Journal of Peasant Studies Forum on Global Land Grabbing Part 2: On Methodologies. A set of JPS publications are free for a limited time.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Gendered Access to Forest and Small Farms in Latin America

A learning workshop on “Gendered Access to Forest and Small Farms in Latin America” will take place at CIAT Headquarters in Cali-Palmira, Colombia on 21-22 August 2013.

Access to forestland and land tenure for small-scale farms is most often gender biased. Women and men have different access and tenure rights which in turn impact their ability to participate in sustainable management of natural resources. Aim of this learning workshop is to share experiences and document gender disparities in access to forests, trees, and farmland for marginalized groups in Latin America.

The two-day learning workshop will be convened by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) under the CGIAR Gender in Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Research Program. We expect to bring together a small but dynamic group of 20-30 participants from research institutes, universities, NGOs, indigenous people’s representatives, among others. We would like to provide a platform to share methods and approaches in forest land tenure research in relation to gender. This will be substantiated by your experiences on local rights related to forest governance, agrarian reforms, and indigenous territories from gender dimension. In brief the objective is to better understand the sex-disaggregated data related to tenure rights, access, participation, citizenship, representation, livelihoods among others.

Cost: The participants will cover their own travel, accommodation and other expenses such as visa, and medical insurance. The program will be free of registration cost.

Kindly email your abstract (experience and/or research) in maximum 500 words explaining context, methods and key findings. Please provide author(s) full name, affiliation and contact details. Abstract acceptance will be notified in the week of July 15, 2013.

Expected output: the selected papers will be considered for peer-reviewed publication and in addition a working document will be compiled.

Kindly e-mail abstract and contact to Dr. Purabi Bose: p.bose@cgiar.org

Deadline: July 15, 2013.
 

EMPLOYMENT: Planning support for the 2014 Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The land tenure team in the Agriculture and Rural Development Group in the World Bank’s Research Department leads Bank research on land tenure and governance (including large scale acquisition of land) as well as the impact evaluation of scalable land interventions. In an environment where the importance of land issues is increasingly recognized at global level (including the G8 and the discussion on MDGs post-2015, and private sector debates on responsible land-based investment), the Bank’s Annual Conference on Land and Poverty (click here for the 2013 website that includes links to earlier years) has become an important venue.

By bringing together representatives from key partners in government, the development community, civil society, academia, and the private sector, has emerged an important avenue to identify new challenges, disseminate innovative approaches and best practice, and strengthen collaboration and networking between partners in this field. The 2013 event featured 750 participants and more than 200 presentations, from academia, governments, civil society, and the private sector.

The 2014 conference is scheduled for March 31 – April 4, 2014 in the World Bank’s Main Complex (1818 H Street NW) in Washington, DC. The event is organized around several themes, and presentations are organized into six parallel “tracks” according to theme. In addition, the conference typically includes a Pre-Conference Workshop on land governance and several side events hosted both within and outside the World Bank Main Complex, as well as sponsor booths hosted in the Main Atrium for the duration of the conference.

To fully utilize the potential of this event to shape the global agenda, the services of a consultant are needed. Key responsibilities will be in two areas:

The position offers an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and committed individual to be part of a rapidly emerging global agenda that can serve as a foundation for a career in operations or analytical activities in the land sector. Applicants must be fluent in English, be able to professionally communicate with high-level development partner and government representatives, and excel in a fast-paced and multicultural work environment. Prior experience in event planning and project management is highly desirable but not required.

This will be a one-year ETC position with potential of renewal based on successful performance. This position will be based at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Applicants should submit a resume, two references, a writing sample and a brief statement of key qualifications to Pauline Kokila (Pkokila@worldbank.org) with copy to Klaus Deininger (kdeininger@worldbank.org).

Deadline: open

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: Community Participation and Benefits in REDD+: A Review of Initial Outcomes and Lessons

A recent publication in the open-access journal Forests:

The advent of initiatives to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation and enhance forest carbon stocks (REDD+) in developing countries has raised much concern regarding impacts on local communities. To inform this debate, we analyze the initial outcomes of those REDD+ projects that systematically report on their socio-economic dimensions. To categorize and compare projects, we develop a participation and benefits framework that considers REDD+’s effects on local populations’ opportunities (jobs, income), security (of tenure and ecosystem services), and empowerment (participation in land use and development decisions). We find material benefits, in terms of jobs and income, to be, thus far, modest. On the other hand, we find that many projects are helping populations gain tenure rights. A majority of projects are obtaining local populations’ free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC). However, for those projects interacting with multiple populations, extent of participation and effects on forest access are often uneven. Our participation and benefits framework can be a useful tool for identifying the multi-faceted socio-economic impacts of REDD+, which are realized under different timescales. The framework and initial trends reported here can be used to build hypotheses for future REDD+ impact evaluations and contribute to evolving theories of incentive-based environmental policy.

Available here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: International Land Coalition Asia Regional Facilitator

The International Land Coalition (ILC) is a global alliance working to promote access to land for people who are landless or have insecure land rights.

Members of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in Africa, Latin America and Asia are organized into regional platforms. Each regional platform meets once a year to approve ILC’s priority actions for the region, which are subsequently integrated in ILC’s global workplan. For the Asia regional platform, a light regional coordination unit hosted by a member and headed by a Regional Facilitator supports the implementation of the regional component of the ILC work plan, under the oversight of the Asia Regional Steering Committee.

Currently, the ILC Asia platform has entered a transition period.  The new host organization of ILC Asia is the Consortium for Agrarian Reform/Konsorsium Pembaruan Agraria (KPA), based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Accordingly, there is a vacancy for the position of the Asia Regional Facilitator of the ILC Asia Regional Platform, based at the KPA office in Jakarta from September 2013.

The ILC Asia Steering Committee is handling the recruitment and hiring process of the ILC Asia Regional Facilitator.

Terms of Reference

The ILC Asia Regional Facilitator will be accountable to the Steering Committee of ILC Asia. The facilitator will be responsible for enhancing ILC’s role in addressing challenges related to promoting secure access to land for women and men in the Asian region by undertaking the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Implement the ILC strategic framework as approved by the ILC Asia Steering Committee
  2. Prepare the annual work plan and budget for approval by the ILC Asia Steering Committee
  3. Lead the implementation of the approved work plan and budget of the regional co-ordination unit
  4. Serve as the secretariat to the ILC Asia Steering Committee and Regional Assembly by performing the following tasks:
    (a) Support the Steering Committee in the preparation of the agenda
    (b) Prepare and circulate the minutes of the meetings and documentation of the regional assembly within two weeks whenever possible
    (c) Perform other tasks as instructed by the Members and Steering Committee.
  5. Prepare reports of ILC Asia for the Coalition Council Meetings
  6. Link ILC Members to respective country governments, IGOs, and others CSOs involved on land governance
  7. Facilitate regular and timely communication among members and partners in Asia, ILC Asia Steering Committee and ILC Secretariat
  8. Submit monthly activity updates to the ILC Asia Steering Committee and Host Organization
  9. Prepare and submit timely reports/updates/information that may be requested by Members and the ILC Secretariat
  10. Develop proposals and negotiate for resources for the regional platform as approved by the ILC Asia Steering Committee
  11. Supervise local staff or consultants as may be recruited in support of ILC Asia
  12. Facilitate member-to-member action, including collective actions, communication among members and other land-concerned actors at the national, regional and global levels
  13. Operate the regional co-ordination unit in close cooperation with the host organization

More information.

Deadline: July 20, 2013

 

PUBLICATION: Journal of Peasant Studies Forum on Global Land Grabbing Part 2: On Methodologies

A set of JPS publications are free for a limited time.

The recent ‘land rush’ precipitated by the convergent ‘crises’ of fuel, feed and food in 2007–08 has heightened the debate on the consequences of land investments. This ‘land rush’ has been accompanied by a ‘literature rush’, with a fast-growing body of reports, articles, tables and books with varied purposes, metrics and methods. Land grabbing remains a hot political topic around the world, discussed amongst the highest circles. This is why getting the facts right is important and having effective methodologies for doing so is crucial. Several global initiatives have been created to aggregate information on land deals, and to describe their scale, character and distribution. All have contributed to building a bigger (if not always better) picture of the phenomenon, but all have struggled with methodology. This JPS Forum identifies uncertainty about what it is that is being counted, questions the methods used to collate and aggregate ‘land grabs’, and calls for a land grab research which abandons the aim of deriving total numbers of hectares in favour of more specific, grounded and transparent methods.

Available here.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIAT Postdoctoral Fellow, Soils and Agroecosystem Science

The Soils Research Area of International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to carry out research on soil and agroecosystem management to provide sustainable options that improve benefits for smallholder farming communities in Latin America and the Caribbean, while minimizing and mitigating negative impacts on agricultural ecosystems and the environment.

Main responsibilities:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: July 26, 2013

Monday, July 01, 2013

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Senior Gender Specialist

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is looking for a gender expert who is capable of providing strategic and intellectual leadership on gender and natural resource management issues; integrating gender dimensions into ICIMOD’s Regional Programmes, initiatives and Thematic Areas; implementing the gender strategy outlined in the Mid-term Action Plan III (MTAPIII); and analysing the development policies, programmes, and strategies of ICIMOD’s regional member countries from a gender perspective with a view to informing policy and ensuring a gender-positive impact.

Under the direct supervision of the Livelihoods Theme Leader and the overall guidance of the Director of Programme Operations, the Senior Gender Specialist will be responsible for:

More information.

Deadline: July 31, 2013

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Universities working with Rural Communities

This call for papers come from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, a Network of 32 African Universities in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (RUFORUM: see www.ruforum.org).

More than ever before is there a great challenge for developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa to improve the quality of life of its citizenry. The larger proportion of this citizenry consists of small-holder farmers whose livelihood is hinged on agriculture. As such, scientists are faced with the task of improving agricultural productivity, farmer incomes and the overall livelihoods of small-holder farmers. To respond to this challenge, universities and other institutions are intensifying efforts of working with rural communities to improve agricultural productivity and livelihoods. A number of universities have established outreach programmes to strengthen entrepreneurship along value chains; to infuse experiential learning for graduate students, academic staff and other actors they interact with including communities. Other agencies notably NGOs and National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs) have well established programmes for reaching not only to farmers but also to emerging to emerging agribusinesses.

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, a Network of 32 African Universities in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (RUFORUM: see www.ruforum.org) is keen to document case studies where institutions and individual actors could share their experiences of working downstream with farmers; what are some of the lessons and skill mix that universities would need to take into account in terms of strengthening their academic programmes to produce graduates with a blend of necessary skills and competences that will facilitate change processes at community level. Further, what institutional arrangements need to be addressed to more effectively reach small-holders to enable them improve their agricultural productivity and enterprises?.

RUFORUM therefore invites interested authors to submit a maximum of 8 page (A 4 size font 12) paper that are in-line with sharing experiences identified above. The papers should bear: title, authors name and contact details, summary (not more than 150 words), background/rationale for study, objectives, methodology and approaches, emerging issues/findings and lessons, conclusion and recommendations for action, acknowledgement, and a list of not more than 10 references. Inclusion of some data such as tables, pictures is highly encouraged. The deadline for submission is 30th July, 2013. The approved papers will be peer reviewed and published in the RUFORUM working document series which will be made available electronically and a few in a peer reviewed journal. Papers may be submitted in English or French, and where feasible include both English and French summary.

Papers should be submitted to secretariat@ruforum.org with a copy to p.nampala@ruforum.org

Deadline: July 30, 2013