Thursday, March 27, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA). The ESPA-2014 Grants call is for 'blue skies' research projects designed to significantly advance global understanding on the way that ecosystem services contribute to poverty alleviation. Deadline: May 14, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Agroforestry Systems Scientist for WCA Region. The Scientist is responsible for leading the scientific research enhancing on-farm productivity of trees and agroforestry systems in West and Central Africa region, including the humid tropics. Deadline: April 10, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: Kathmandu-Based Opportunities with ICIMOD. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. Deadline: April 13-22, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: Lecturer in International Forestry, University of British Columbia. The faculty of forestry at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a lecturer to be involved in the teaching, coordination, and development of graduate courses in the new course-based Master of International Forest program. Deadline: April 15, 2014

PUBLICATION: Special Issue on Land, Gender, and Food Security. The journal Feminist Economics has published a special issue on Land, Gender, and Food Security. Several of the articles are open-access.

PUBLICATION: Can government-allocated land contribute to food security? An IFPRI Discussion Paper provides an Intrahousehold analysis of West Bengal’s microplot allocation program.

PUBLICATIONS: 2 SIANI Briefs on Agroforestry and Food Security. The Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative has published two agroforestry-focused briefs as part of their work on the theme of “Forests, Landscapes and Food Security”.

 

PUBLICATION: Can government-allocated land contribute to food security?

An IFPRI Discussion Paper provides an Intrahousehold analysis of West Bengal’s microplot allocation program.

Secure land rights are a critical, but often overlooked, factor in achieving household food security and improved nutritional status in rural areas of developing countries. This study evaluates the impact of India’s land-allocation and registration program in West Bengal, a program that targets poor populations and promotes the inclusion of women’s names on land titles. We use mixed methods data collected between 2010 and 2012 to examine the program’s selection of beneficiaries and a set of outcomes that are expected to lay the foundation for future food security, as well as short-term food security indicators. Our results indicate that the program’s implementation at the block level allowed for considerable variation in the processes used to select beneficiaries, to demarcate plots, to distribute titles and to provide infrastructure support. Although we were unable to detect statistically significant program effects on current household food security, we find that the land-allocation and registration program has had an impact on a range of outcomes that are expected to lead to future food security: beneficiary households report stronger security, and they are more likely to take loans for agricultural purposes, to invest in agricultural improvements, and to involve women when making decisions related to food and agriculture. These effects vary with plot size—larger plots lead to larger benefits—and depend on whose names are included on the land documents; the effects are larger if women’s names are recorded on the land titles.

Available here.

 

PUBLICATIONS: 2 SIANI Briefs on Agroforestry and Food Security

The Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI) has published two agroforestry-focused briefs as part of their work on the theme of “Forests, Landscapes and Food Security”.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)

The ESPA-2014 Grants call is for 'blue skies' research projects designed to significantly advance global understanding on the way that ecosystem services contribute to poverty alleviation, with specific emphasis on generating new understanding that can benefit poor people in low-income countries (LICs). Research funded under ESPA-2014 is expected to inform thinking and practice over, at least, the next decade, representing a step-change in the knowledge and evidence that will underpin future activities in ESPA's sphere of activity.

Applications are invited for funding in the range of between £50,000 and £150,000 Full Economic Cost (FEC). This call has been allocated a total available budget of up to £1·5m, which may be revised at the discretion of the Programme Executive Board (PEB). Projects will be funded for a maximum duration of 12 months, with an expected start date between 1 December 2014 and 1 February 2015.

More information.

Deadline: May 14, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: Lecturer in International Forestry, University of British Columbia

The faculty of forestry at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a lecturer (term appointment) to be involved in the teaching, coordination, and development of graduate courses in the new course-based Master of International Forest program (MIF).

The lecturer will develop, coordinate and lead instruction in a new course on forests and livelihoods, and contribute to the instruction of courses in social, community and indigenous forestry (FRST 522), forest business enterprise (FRST 560), and natural resource planning (FRST 559), as required. The lecturer will work with the MIF instructor group on development, marketing and continual improvement of the program. We expect up to 40 students per year in this program and this will be an international student group that includes recent graduates as well as early and mid-career professionals.

Teaching will include on-line material, classroom-based lectures, seminars and project work, field-based exercises, and field trips, including a week-long trip in late August/early September each year. The lecturer will assist in mentoring and advising individual students.

The lecturer will be involved in reviewing applicant files, interviewing applicants and guiding admitted students in choosing elective courses, and monitoring student progress. The lecturer will assist the student services team in recruitment and promotional activities for the program.

More information.

Deadline: April 15, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Agroforestry Systems Scientist for WCA Region

Under the supervision of West and Central Africa Regional Coordinator, the Agroforestry Systems Scientist is responsible for (i) leading the scientific research enhancing on-farm productivity of trees and agroforestry systems in West and Central Africa region, including the humid tropics. The task includes development of research projects and co-ordination among technical units and strengthening partnerships for enhancing science of agroforestry for better on-farm productivity in terms of both economics and environment. He/She will be engaged in the co-ordination and synthesis of related projects in WCA, mobilizing resources, managing staff and budget and liaising with partners, donors, ICRAF staff in HQ, WCA and other regions involved in similar research activities, government agencies, and civil society organizations.

The scientist will be an integral member of Humidtropics, ‘the CGIAR Research Programme (CRP) on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics ‘, and will contribute to closely linked aspects of the ‘Smallholder Production Systems and Markets’ component of ‘the Forests, Trees and Agroforestry’ CRP.

The position will be administered through ICRAF and will be based at the West and Central Africa Regional Office, Yaounde, Cameroon.

More information.

Deadline: April 10, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: Kathmandu-Based Opportunities with ICIMOD

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. ICIMOD is currently hiring for a number of positions based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Click on the links below for more information (deadlines listed in parentheses).

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Special Issue on Land, Gender, and Food Security

The journal Feminist Economics has published a special issue on Land, Gender, and Food Security. Several of the articles are open-access, such as “Transnational Land Deals and Gender Equality: Utilitarian and Human Rights Approaches” and “Who Owns the Land? Perspectives from Rural Ugandans and Implications for Large-Scale Land Acquisitions”. From the introduction to the issue:

Since 2008, a surge in large-scale land acquisitions, or land grabs, has been taking place in low- and middle-income countries around the globe. This contribution examines the gendered effects of and responses to these deals, drawing on nine studies, which include conceptual framing essays that bring in debates about human rights, studies that draw on previous waves of land acquisitions globally, and case studies that examine the gendered dimensions of land dispossession and loss of common property. Three key insights emerge: the evolving gender and land tenure literature provides valuable information for understanding the likely effects of land deals; some of the land deal issues transcend gender-equity concerns and relate to broader problems of dispossession and loss of livelihoods; and huge gaps remain in our knowledge of gender and land rights that require urgent attention and systematic integration of gender analysis into mainstream research.

Complete list of articles available here.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime. The Conference will take place from 5-7 September 2014 at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Deadline: April 20, 2014

FELLOWSHIP: Community Forestry: Trees and People – John G. Bene Fellowship. IDRC offers this fellowship annually to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a Canadian university. Candidates must have an academic background that combines forestry or agroforestry with social sciences. Deadline: April 2, 2014

AWARD: IDRC Doctoral Research Awards. IDRC offers these awards to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. These awards are intended for field research in one or more developing countries. Deadline: April 2, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment. The Head of the ME&I Unit will provide leadership to drive the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on evaluation and impact activities of the Centre. Deadline: April 4, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture Program Leader, CATIE. CATIE is an international organization with the mission to increase sustainable and inclusive human well-being in Latin America and the Caribbean. The organization is seeking an Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture Program Leader. Deadline: April 24, 2014

PUBLICATION: Will the Private Sector Tip the Scales for Community Land Rights? (RRI). The Rights and Resources Initiative has released its annual review, examining the state of rights and resources for Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture Program Leader, CATIE

CATIE is an international organization with the mission to increase sustainable and inclusive human well-being in Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting education, research and innovation for development, sustainable management of agriculture and conservation of natural resources. The organization is seeking an Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture Program Leader.

Responsibilities: provide leadership for CATIE’s research, resource management and technical assistance initiatives in topics related to coffee and cacao agricultural and agroforestry systems, in order to reach a critical mass of resources and gain recognition for the excellence and applicability of our technological development focuses related to the sector’s production and management techniques.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 24, 2014

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime

The 2014 Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime will take place from 5-7 September 2014 at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. The Conference is organized by Yale University and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United National Development Programme (UNDP), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, as well as other interested partners. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge concerning the following themes at the nexus of  human rights and the environment:

  1. Constitutional Environmental Rights: A Driver for Environmental Policy Making?
  2. Human Rights and Environmental Justice: Cases from Countries and the Field
  3. Procedural Environmental Rights: Why and How Do They Matter?
  4. Human Rights, Environment, and Corporate Responsibility
  5. Effective Participation of Civil Society and Vulnerable Groups
  6. Environmental Rights, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime

The Conference will feature a combination of policy discussions in plenary and parallel sessions to discuss contributions and topics in more depth. The organizers invite policy experts, scholars, and practitioners to submit abstracts for three types of papers:

The outcomes and conclusions of the Conference are expected to inform: (1) the discussion on sustainable development goals and a post-2015 development agenda by the 69th UN General Assembly in 2014/2015; (2) the negotiation of a new climate change regime by the end of 2015 under the UNFCCC; (3) the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and (4) the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment whose mandate was initiated by the Human Rights Council in 2012.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 20, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Will the Private Sector Tip the Scales for Community Land Rights? (RRI)

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has released its annual review, examining the state of rights and resources for Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

The report, Lots of Words, Little Action: Will the private sector tip the scales for community land rights?, reveals a sharp global decline in the legal recognition of community and resources rights in tropical forested countries, despite many high profile commitments and pledges from governments, international institutions, and the private sector to safeguard these rights.

In fact, the report reveals that the area of forestland secured for community ownership since 2008 is less than 20 percent of the area that was recognized in the previous six years.

One possibility for reversing this decline is the private sector. An enlightened private sector can shift the balance decisively away from a corporate land rush and towards community and indigenous land rights. Real change on the ground, however, can only be achieved in cooperation with other key actors -- including governments and international organizations -- and by moving from words to actions.

The report can be downloaded here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment

The Head of the ME&I Unit will provide exceptional leadership to drive the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on evaluation and impact activities of the Centre. He/She will have functions related both towards the coordination of monitoring and evaluation of research activities implemented by centre scientists and partners, the acceleration of impact of centre research as well as in promoting more and better quality assessments of that impact. Key among his/her responsibilities is to help deliver the ICRAF corporate strategy, particularly the goals of accelerating the use of agroforestry innovations and transforming agroforestry impacts to large scale.

Responsibilities will include improving the culture of impact and dissemination of best practices on moving from knowledge to action. In terms of promoting impact assessment, the Head of the ME&I Unit will support scientists in planning, evaluation and impact research through dissemination of guidelines and methods. He/she will also undertake impact assessment studies related to Centre research and to Agroforestry.

More information.

Deadline: April 4, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 

FELLOWSHIP: Community Forestry: Trees and People – John G. Bene Fellowship

DRC offers this fellowship annually to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a Canadian university. Candidates must have an academic background that combines forestry or agroforestry with social sciences. We offer this fellowship to facilitate field research on the relationship between forest resources and the social, economic, cultural, and environmental welfare of people in developing countries. The successful candidate will be the one whose work most benefits less privileged people in developing countries.

More information.

Deadline: April 2, 2014

 

AWARD: IDRC Doctoral Research Awards

IDRC offers these awards to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. These awards are intended for field research in one or more developing countries. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to current IDRC thematic priorities.

Award tenure corresponds to the period of field research. In general, it will be no less than 3 consecutive months in each developing country researched and no more than 12 months. IDRC is responsible for field research expenses occurring only after the announcement of the results and from the date indicated in the official notification to successful candidates. The award is not retroactive: field research expenses that took place before the results announcement will not be covered.

The award will cover justifiable field research expenses up to CA$20,000 a year. The budget covers one return trip from Canada to the developing country or countries. It also covers housing, food, insurance, travel within the country(ies) of research, and several field research expenses.

More information.

Deadline: April 2, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

AWARDS: Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC). The AMC recognizes excellence in policy-oriented research, supports research capacity development of researchers in developing countries, and funds innovative social development projects benefiting marginalized groups in the developing world. Deadline: March 20, 2014

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 6th International AESOP-Sustainable Food Planning Conference. This is a multidisciplinary call focusing on urban food systems and the role of urban agriculture, focusing on design, policy, and agricultural innovations and implementations. It will take place on 5-7 November, 2014 in Velp/Arnhem, the Netherlands. Deadline: April 15, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: Program Manager for Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale. The Governance, Environment & Markets (GEM) Initiative seeks a Program Manager for their growing research center at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Deadline: open

EMPLOYMENT: 2 Postdoctoral Research Assistant Positions, LSE Grantham Research Institute. The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics has vacancies for two postdoctoral research assistants. Deadline: March 30, 2014

FELLOWSHIP: 40 Chances Fellows Program in Social Entrepreneurship. The program will fund four 40 Chances Fellows with the most innovative social enterprise plans to address issues of hunger, conflict, or poverty in Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Malawi. Deadline: May 31, 2014

PUBLICATION: IFPRI 2013 Global Food Policy Report. The report reviews major food policy developments and trends from the past year, documents emerging issues, examines key challenges and opportunities, describes the rising political commitment to food and nutrition security, and sets an agenda for action for 2014 and beyond.

PUBLICATION: Investing in locally controlled forestry in Mozambique. A new publication from IIED.

 

EMPLOYMENT: 2 Postdoctoral Research Assistant Positions, LSE Grantham Research Institute

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics has vacancies for two postdoctoral research assistants.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (SAHEWS - Southern Africa’s Hydro-economy and Water Security)

From £27,115 – £31,385 pa incl.

Fixed term for two years

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is pleased to invite applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work with Professor Declan Conway. SAHEWS is a two-year collaborative research program, which aims to realise opportunities for more effective water management in Southern Africa by addressing crucial knowledge gaps and integrating climate information with better understanding of economic linkages in water, food and energy. SAHEWS is a collaboration between the Climatic Research Unit and Water Security Research Centre (University of East Anglia, UK), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI, CGIAR, USA), and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, South Africa).

The position is based in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI). Candidates should have a PhD in Geography, Climate Change, Environmental Economics, or a related discipline, or be very close to completion of their PhD by the post start date. Good communication skills are essential, as are experience in quantitative data collection and statistical analysis. Experience of multi- or interdisciplinary research in one or more areas of climate, water, energy and food and qualitative (including interviews) data collection and analysis are desirable.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy; adaptation and decision-making in the water sector)

From £27,115 – £31,385 pa incl.

Fixed term for two years

The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy is pleased to invite applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher based in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI). The successful applicant will work in collaboration with Professor Declan Conway (GRI) and Dr Dave Stainforth (GRI) and Professor Suraje Dessai (Leeds University, Sustainability Research Institute, SRI).

Candidates should have, or be very close to completing, a PhD in Environmental Science, Geography, Climate Change Adaptation (or related disciplines) with a focus on water. Good communication skills are essential, as are experience in quantitative data collection and analysis. Familiarity with modelling, either programming or using established software packages is desirable. Experience of multi- or interdisciplinary research in one or more areas of climate, water, energy and food and qualitative (including interviews) data collection and analysis are desirable.

The appointees will be expected to play an active intellectual role in the life of the Grantham Research Institute and with staff at LSE and other universities.

In addition to a good salary the benefits that come with these jobs include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further details and to apply for either post please go to this page and follow the link to “Vacancies”.

Deadline: March 30, 2014

 

AWARDS: Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC)

The Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC) is an innovative award scheme launched by GDN with generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, and other donors. The AMC recognizes excellence in policy-oriented research, supports research capacity development of researchers in developing countries and funds innovative social development projects benefiting marginalized groups in the developing world. Since its inception in 2000, GDN has provided US$ 3.6 million in awards and travel grants to finalists and winners. The winners of the current round will be chosen by an eminent jury at GDN’s 15th Annual Global Development Conference to be held in Accra, Ghana from 18-20 June, 2014; an event attended by over 500 practitioners in the field of development where finalists will present their proposals and papers.

The competition accepts submissions in three categories:

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

Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD). ORD is a competitive research grant program that identifies and funds outstanding research proposals in developing countries and transition economies with high potential for excellence in research and clear policy implications for addressing development issues in any of the three research sub-themes: (1) Determinants of growth, industrial and trade policies; (2) Environmental sustainability, management of natural resources and structural transformations; and (3) Political, institutional, social and governance transformations.

Medals for Research on Development (Medals). This grant program identifies and awards completed research papers that have engaged path-breaking approaches in addressing contemporary development issues. Two prizes will be given in each of the three research sub-themes of (1) Determinants of growth, industrial and trade policies; (2) Environmental sustainability, management of natural resources and structural transformations; and (3) Political, institutional, social and governance transformations.

More information.

Deadline: March 20, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: IFPRI 2013 Global Food Policy Report

IFPRI has released the 2013 Global Food Policy Report, which reviews major food policy developments and trends from the past year, documents emerging issues, examines key challenges and opportunities, describes the rising political commitment to food and nutrition security, and sets an agenda for action for 2014 and beyond. In particular, it calls for ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025.

Ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025 must be a top priority in the post-2015 development agenda.
IFPRI’s 2013 Global Food Policy Report reviews major food policy developments and trends from the past year, documents emerging issues, examines key challenges and opportunities, describes the rising political commitment to food and nutrition security, and sets an agenda for action for 2014 and beyond. This year’s report calls for ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025.

More information.

 

EMPLOYMENT: Program Manager for Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale

The Governance, Environment & Markets (GEM) Initiative seeks a Program Manager for our growing research center at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

The GEM Initiative aims to reorient environmental governance research and practice from short term and single intervention approaches towards durable “results based” problem solving that embraces, rather than bypasses, multi-level complexity. GEM is based at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, one of the world’s leading hubs of research and teaching in environmental policy and governance. Under the leadership of Prof. Benjamin Cashore, a team of scholars and graduate students carry out GEM’s research and programmatic activities in collaboration with a global network of practitioners and scholars based in developed and developing countries. GEM conducts research with partners in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Indonesia, and Tanzania, and other countries around the world. Managing the GEM Initiative is a unique opportunity to engage in environmental policy research that bridges the divide between scholarship and practice on the ground. Please visit http://environment.yale.edu/gem/ for more information.

Job summary

The Program Manager directs the Governance, Environment & Markets (GEM) Initiative through management of all GEM activities, including grants, research projects, partnerships, fundraising, major events and conferences, and communications.

Position is for 4 months with option to extend. Start date May 1.

Key responsibilities

Qualifications

Please submit a cover letter and CV to Sara Dewey at sara.dewey [at] yale.edu.

Deadline: open

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

 

FELLOWSHIP: 40 Chances Fellows Program in Social Entrepreneurship

The 40 Chances Fellows program will fund four 40 Chances Fellows with the most innovative social enterprise plans that use strategies built on the principles of 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.  These social enterprises must seek to address issues of hunger, conflict, or poverty and may be established in any one of the following four countries where the Africa Governance Initiative has a strong presence: Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Malawi.

Each strategy must involve local leadership and management into the operations of the social enterprise by integrating local place-based ownership and relying on locally driven design, development, and deployment in its programs or services.  In addition, these enterprises should fill gaps in existing value chains, or otherwise combine a variety of complementary and existing efforts into a comprehensive and integrated approach to solve the intended challenge.

Each of four fellows will receive $80,000 in start-up funds and $70,000 for living and transportation expenses (a total of $150,000) for one year.

More information.

Deadline: May 31, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Investing in locally controlled forestry in Mozambique

A new publication from IIED.

This report summarises a strategic assessment of the potential of different options for investing in locally controlled forestry (ILCF), with a strong focus on local enterprise development. It looks in particular at the Province of Niassa in Mozambique. This assessment has its origins in mutual engagement by both SIDA and IIED in a dialogue process on ILCF. The process brought together more than 400 investors, local right-holders and forest experts from across eleven different locations, to advance understanding on ILCF. IIED’s long-standing support to the forest sector in Mozambique provided an opportunity to explore what options for ILCF existed in Mozambique, in part to inform Sweden’s new country strategy for Mozambique.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 6th International AESOP-Sustainable Food Planning Conference

This is a multidisciplinary call focusing on urban food systems and the role of urban agriculture, focusing on design, policy, and agricultural innovations and implementations. It will take place on 5-7 November, 2014 in Velp/Arnhem, the Netherlands.

The 6th AESOP conference aims to bring together scientists, practitioners, decision-makers and entrepreneurs to discuss and exchange current knowledge, practical projects and implementation of urban food production in relation to global food systems. Where and how can space be found to realise a sustainable food supply in cities? This is not only a pure spatial question. It requires also social innovation, new finance models, extraordinary concepts, and ‘a good reason’, which can be found in ecological, financial or health benefits. Also what are the innovations and challenges for conventional food systems planning that may work with or against urban agriculture? Finally, the way decisions are taken can make or break local initiatives and therefore deserves attention.

More information.

Deadline: April 15, 2014