Wednesday, April 30, 2014

 

CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)

The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) has received grant funds from several development partners, which it intends to use to implement integrated regional agricultural research and development projects.

ASARECA, therefore, announces its first call for concept notes in 2014, for regional research projects under the following proposed titles:

This Call is open to applications from national public and private sector entities (such as National Agricultural Research Institutes, Universities, farmer organizations, agribusiness enterprises, NGOs, etc) operating in any of the 11 ASARECA member countries of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. While the lead entities must be national organizations from within the ASARECA countries, they may seek, and are encouraged, to include other national, regional and/or international organizations, from within the eastern and central Africa region, as partners in the proposed projects.

Successful concept notes will be followed by invitations for proposals.

More information.

Deadline: May 13, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: ILRI Senior Social Scientist–Gender

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Senior Social Scientist to lead gender and livestock research and a team of scientists within the Livelihoods, Gender, Impact and Innovations Program under the Integrated Sciences unit.

ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in East, West and Southern Africa and South, Southeast and East Asia. www.ilri.org.

CGIAR is a global agricultural research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead ILRI’s research on gender and livestock across the thematic areas of value chains, markets, and the environment to improve the impacts of ILRI’s work on livelihoods. Specifically;
  • Supervise scientists and staff working in gender research, and provide guidance to integrating gender in ILRI programs and projects;
  • Coordinate staff capacity development in gender and gender analysis;
  • Build collaborations with relevant institutions and organizations internationally and nationally to conduct research on gender and disseminate evidence for influencing policy and practice;
  • Support research and development projects led by ILRI and other partners including NGOs to integrate best practice in gender and to generate evidence for scaling out;
  • Develop proposals to raise resources to support gender research.
  • Provide leadership to the gender theme of the CGIAR research program on livestock and fish;
  • Contribute to ILRI inputs on gender research in the CGIAR research programs;
  • Develop and lead an evolving research agenda on gender and livestock in Africa and Asia.

More information.

Deadline: May 15, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: IWMI Researcher-Social Sciences (Gender, Poverty and Institutions)

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), seeks a social science researcher to be based at IWMI headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) explores and supports a paradigm shift in sustainable intensification of agricultural production systems through placing natural resources at the forefront of our production systems. WLE is organized into five Strategic Research Portfolios (SRPs): Irrigated systems, Rainfed systems, Resource recovery and reuse, River basins, and Information systems. The two crosscutting themes of Ecosystem services and resilience (ESS&R), and Gender, poverty and institutions underpin the program. The scope of WLE is global, with a large proportion of the research efforts concentrated in four priority focal regions: Nile, Niger/Volta, Ganges and Greater Mekong.

As set out in WLE’s Gender Strategy, achieving the program’s vision demands transformative research and action grounded in improved understanding and recognition of the importance of the influence of social relations and institutions in shaping women’s and men’s roles and capacities in agriculture and their relationship to water, land and ecosystems, both as stewards and consumers. The Researcher – Social Sciences (Gender, Poverty and Institutions) will provide social science perspectives, methodologies and analysis to carry out components of research projects related to water, land and ecosystems under the themes of gender, poverty and institutions.

The position holder will report to the Coordinator - Gender, Poverty and Institutions, WLE, and be based at the headquarters of IWMI in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The successful candidate will:

  • conduct research and/or lead component(s) of research projects;
  • conceive of and define research projects, approaches and related activities independently or in consultation with senior researchers and  project leaders;
  • oversee successful integration of social science research with biophysical research findings and understanding;
  • ensure preparation of high-quality research products, including review of the work of others to ensure that quality standards are met;
  • mentor junior researchers and students; and
  • initiate, develop and sustain partnerships with WLE collaborators.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 22, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO). The Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO) announces its 2014 call for proposals, “Innovations for Family Agriculture Adaptation to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Deadline: May 21, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: Research Associate in Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy with a focus on Governance and Natural Resources. This position is within a newly founded department in the Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences of the Faculty of Natural Sciences within the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Deadline: April 30, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Poverty and Social Inclusion Specialist. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center seeks a social scientist to strengthen their core gender and social inclusiveness team within their multidisciplinary research-for-development. Deadline: May 2, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: Director, International Land Coalition Secretariat. The International Land Coalition (ILC) is looking to recruit a new Director for the Secretariat of the ILC, to be based in Rome, Italy. Deadline: May 25, 2014

EVENT: International Workshop on Payments for Environmental Services in Public Policies. CIRAD, the Mission Économie de la Biodiversité of the CDC, and their scientific partners are organizing an international workshop on: “Combining Payments for Environmental Services to legal and economic instruments in the South and in the North?”. Deadline: June 1, 2014

PUBLICATION: Conservation Payments under Uncertainty. A forthcoming paper in Land Economics analyzes simulated payments under REDD in Brazil.

PUBLICATION: Exploring local perceptions of climate change. A recent IFPRI Discussion Paper looks at local perceptions of climate change impact and adaptation in rural Bangladesh.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO)

The Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO) announces its 2014 call for proposals, “Innovations for Family Agriculture Adaptation to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

This call for proposal 2014 is jointly conducted by FONTAGRO and the "Climate Technology Transfer Mechanisms and Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)" project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This project aims at promoting the development and transfer of environmentally appropriate technologies in LAC that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerability to climate change in specific sectors.

The call for proposals is aimed at supporting innovation platforms or similar coordination mechanisms that promote competitiveness and sustainability. Platforms are formed by public and private partners which share vision, mission and objectives, and thus facilitate the innovation process in the region.

More information.

Deadline: May 21, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Conservation Payments under Uncertainty

A forthcoming paper in Land Economics:

The decision of whether to retain forest or convert to another land use is affected by uncertainty over future land-use returns. This paper examines the design of conservation payments to landowners under uncertainty. Payments are indexed to the returns from forest conversion (agriculture), or to a market value associated with forest non-use benefits. Payment size depends on the dependency structure between the two competing returns and their relative volatility. In simulating payments for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) in Brazil, low correlation and greater volatility are shown to have opposing effects on landowners’ returns from market-based carbon payments.

Available here.

 

PUBLICATION: Exploring local perceptions of climate change

A recent IFPRI Discussion Paper looks at local perceptions of climate change impact and adaptation in rural Bangladesh:

This paper reports on findings from 30 focus group discussions and 30 key informant interviews conducted in 12 districts of Bangladesh in May 2012. The discussions and interviews draw attention to perceptions of climate change and how climate-related trends influence people’s lives, both directly and indirectly. The findings also identify how people adapt to and cope with these changes. This paper aims to improve our understanding of local people’s perceptions of these changes, explore the ways they are affected by them, and how well they are adapting to them. In order for policymakers to plan responses to climate change in Bangladesh, it is essential to understand how people understand and cope with these trends.

The research showed that most respondents had a clear understanding of what was directly affecting their lives and livelihoods in terms of climate trends and the wider environment over the long term. Most respondents were also aware of the usually limited options available to them to adapt to the changes they experience. However, the respondents were less able to understand differences between climate variability and climate change or the causes of the trends they observed.

The respondents reported that adaptation allowed them to cope with declining groundwater levels for agriculture and domestic use, hotter weather, reduced and unpredictable rainfall at key times of the year, more intense extreme weather events such as storms, cyclones, floods, and tornados, and increased salinity of groundwater in coastal areas. Adaptation and coping varied according to location, livelihood, and the assets and endowments people have at their disposal.

Participants were particularly concerned that agricultural productivity is being undermined by increased input costs, increasingly scarce irrigation water, and diminished crop yields. They report changed cropping patterns and that many poorer households formerly supported by agriculture were moving into small, nonagricultural businesses or migrating to urban centers or internationally—mainly in the Middle East—for work.

Households with low incomes and few assets are the most vulnerable. The interviews and focus groups reports of this group showed poorer health due to problems associated with access to clean groundwater and higher temperatures and other unseasonable weather affecting dwellings, trees and crops. Women in low-income households were more concerned than men with accessing clean drinking water, the health of their families, livestock health, and food security. The research provides evidence that some vulnerable people are being excluded as clean water becomes more scarce and costly to extract.

There is a wide range of successful group activity in rural Bangladesh associated with nongovernmental organization microfinance and the management of irrigation. There are opportunities for strengthening group activities to help vulnerable households cope with new climate -related changes, particularly, new crops and cropping patterns, extreme climate events, ensuring access to domestic and agricultural water. Women are particularly vulnerable when households divide or livelihoods change—particularly with migration. Group-based activities are likely to help strengthen women’s position when faced with these circumstances. For the most vulnerable with low incomes and few assets, programs that reduce risk and build up assets will provide more security, particularly in times of crisis.

Full paper Available here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: Research Associate in Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy with a focus on Governance and Natural Resources

The Professorship of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy with a focus on Governance and Natural Resources is a newly founded department in the Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences of the Faculty of Natural Sciences III within the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

We offer a vacancy for a Research Associate (100%). The desired starting date of the candidate is after June 1, 2014. This full-time position is initially for 3 years. A prolongation is foreseen. The salary is based on German federal public service scale according to qualification and tasks up to E13 TV-L.

Tasks:

  • Participation and research in the current research program at the department related to the land-water-energy nexus, sustainable resource use, as well as environmental governance and commons research.
  • Application, administration and organization of third party research proposals and projects.
  • Establishing a new research focus in the frame of the themes covered by the department and related acquisition of funds.
  • Teaching in BSc and MSc classes in related subjects of agricultural, environmental and food policy. Supervision of students.
  • Organizational and administrative tasks of the research group.

Requirements:

  • The preferred candidate has a Master of Science in Agricultural, Political or Environmental Sciences, Resource Economics or related field.
  • PhD with relevance to social-ecological, social-technical or political systems.
  • Background in qualitative and quantitative empirical methods to be applied to institutional analysis, political analysis and/or resource economics.
  • Experience in acquisition of third party funds and the organizational processing of projects is an asset.
  • Experience in international collaborations.
  • Interest to work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Teaching experience is desired.
  • The candidate should be highly motivated and a team player.
  • Fluent levels of English and German languages are required.

Possibilities for further qualification are offered.

Salary:

The salary will be in accordance with regulations of § 12 ff. German federal public service scale (TV-L) and § 17 TVÜ-L. We specifically encourage qualified female researchers to apply. Preference will be given to disabled persons with equal qualifications.

Information:

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Insa Theesfeld, Tel.: 0151 53635407.

Application:

Applicants are requested to submit a full CV including a list of teaching experience and acquisition of third-party funds, list of publications, research concept (possible research themes, research questions and methodological approach) or concrete project ideas that the candidate wants to cover in the next three years (max 3 pages), copies of relevant certificates.

Applications can be sent in German or English, before 30.04.2014 mentioning the reference number 5-2835/14-H to: Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Faculty of Natural Sciences III, Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, Chair of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy, Frau Prof. Dr. Insa Theesfeld, 06099 Halle (Saale). We appreciate if you send your application-package in a single PDF file by e-mail to: itheesfeld@yahoo.de.

This vacancy is under the conditions of possible budgetary restrictions. Travel expenses and daily allowance in relation to the job interview will not be covered.

Deadline: April 30, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIMMYT Poverty and Social Inclusion Specialist

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT, is seeking an experienced, dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and results-oriented social scientist to strengthen their core gender and social inclusiveness team within their multidisciplinary research-for-development.

The specialist will contribute to and enhance the poverty reduction potential and social inclusiveness of maize and wheat innovations across the developing world. You will work as a member of CIMMYT’s Socio-Economics Program in close collaboration with CIMMYT’s other programs, the WHEAT and MAIZE Consortium Research Programs, and with local and international partners.

The position will be based in Mexico at CIMMYT’s headquarters (located 45 km northeast of Mexico City, Mexico). Frequent travel to rural intervention areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America is required.

Specific duties of this position include:

More information.

Deadline: May 2, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: Director, International Land Coalition Secretariat

The International Land Coalition (ILC) is looking to recruit a new Director for the Secretariat of the ILC, to be based in Rome, Italy.

ILC is a global alliance of 150 civil society and intergovernmental organizations working together to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men through advocacy, dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building. . .

ILC members share the common vision that secure and equitable access to and control over land reduces poverty and contributes to identity, dignity, and inclusion. The main governing bodies of the ILC are the Assembly of Members (AoM) and the Coalition Council (CC). . .

The Secretariat of the ILC is hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), one of the ILC members, with headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Secretariat, headed by a Director, is responsible for the execution of the programme of work and budget. It reports to the CC. . .

The Director of the ILC Secretariat is responsible for providing leadership to the CC in establishing the multi-year strategic framework and institutional policies and to manage the operations, programmes, and institutional relationships involved in achieving the mission of the ILC. The Director of the ILC Secretariat has major representational responsibilities and networking roles with senior policy makers at national, regional, and international levels. The Director of the ILC Secretariat reports directly to the CC.

More information.

Deadline: May 25, 2014

 

EVENT: International Workshop on Payments for Environmental Services in Public Policies

CIRAD, the Mission Économie de la Biodiversité of the CDC, and their scientific partners are organizing an international workshop on: “Combining Payments for Environmental Services to legal and economic instruments in the South and in the North?”.

Under the general issue of “PES in mixes of instruments and policies in developing and industrialized countries – which policy recommendations can be made on the use of PES in public policies in both the industrialized and developing countries?”. The workshop will focus on the following topics:

  • Nature of PES: What is the nature of PES and of the numerous and various PES-like arrangements which are implemented throughout the world? Can they be classified as “market-based instruments” or can they be assimilated to more familiar instruments, such as Integrated Conservation and Development Projects (ICDP) or a kind of easements? What are the relationships between economic valuation of ecosystem services and PES? Is the “PES/economic valuation” couple an instrument for the commodification of nature?
  • Economic models: What “business models” of PES and PES-like are being implemented? What is the relationship between the business model and the type of services delivered? Are PES private or public instruments?
  • REDD+ and PES: REDD+ is sometimes portrayed as an international PES. What supports this assertion and what does not? Are “REDD+ projects” a local version of PES schemes for delivering carbon services, or do REDD projects endorse more traditional conservation approaches such as ICDPs?
  • Cross-sectoral and South-North lessons: PES has mainly been implemented in the South to manage water quality and forest-related services. The implementation of PES in agriculture is less advanced, but the CAP plans to use them on a large scale in the EU. What lessons can be derived from these experiences?
  • Efficiency and poverty: PES and PES-like are interacting with other instruments from territorial development and management policies. These interactions often lead to “hybridization” of the PES instrument, so as to endorse objectives other than strictly environmental ones. Are such hybrids realized at the expense of the initial objective of PES? To ensure efficiency, economists are often reluctant to embark more than one objective in an instrument. Is such a position of principle still workable when governments in developing countries lack the means to address policy objectives other than environmental ones, e.g. poverty alleviation?
  • Land-use restriction or assets-building? : More and more PES-makers claim they combine these two dimensions, but apparently only a few PES succeed in truly combining both dimensions. Thus, a dividing line can still be drawn between the land-use restricting and the assets-buildings PES. What are the differences regarding payment vehicles and contracting schemes between the two PES types? Should PES be used as sustainable investment channels in new generations of “green” rural development programs, or should they be used exclusively for conservation purposes?
  • PES and command-and-control regulations: the PES basic principle is to remunerate producers for halting negatives externalities and/or adopting environment-friendly practices. However, legal provisions often exist for such purposes. Are incentives always more efficient? Can PES coexist with a constraining regulation?
  • Institutional conditions for implementing PES programs: Concluding contractual agreements and obtaining conditional remunerations seems easier with individual owners than with communities, especially when defining rights and duties (and possibly rendering sanctions). Several issues should be clarified: the nature of the services contracted the identity of the services’ providers, and the duration of contracts.

A simultaneous French/English translation will be provided at the workshop. The access to the conferences will be free.

More information (English translation is available via the link on the right-hand side of the page)

Please confirm your participation before June 1st by contacting the organizers at: pesmix2014@cirad.fr. Additional information will be provided.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR COMMENTS: REDD+ Practical Guide to Participatory Governance Assessment. The UN-REDD Program invites comments on its draft guide to the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA). Deadline: May 1, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Director of Governance Research. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is seeking a visionary and dynamic Director of Governance Research. Deadline: April 30, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Forestry Officer (Team Leader). The officer will be responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating the technical and operational delivery of the Department’s work on forest products and industries in the context of the organization’s strategic framework and related forestry priorities. Deadline: April 30, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: 2 Program Officer Positions with The African Forest Forum (Nairobi). AFF is recruiting for the positions of Senior Programme Officer (SPO) and Programme Officer for the “Strengthening Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” project, to be based at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Deadlines: May 6th (Senior Programme Officer) and May 10th (Programme Officer), 2014

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Project Manager, HarvestChoice and Africa RISING. IFPRI seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Project Manager at the Environment and Production Technology Division for a two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Deadline: May 14, 2014

PUBLICATIONS: CAPRi Working Papers on PAR for Carbon Projects, Institutions for Climate-Smart Agriculture, and Gendered Impacts of a Dairy Project. We have published several new CAPRi Working Papers over the last few months that you may find interesting.

PUBLICATION: Gender, control, and crop choice in northern Mozambique. A new IFPRI Discussion Paper.

ONLINE RESOURCE: JPS Virtual Special Issue: Peasants and Politics. The Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary by publishing virtual special issues, starting with the 40 Classics in Peasant Studies. The articles will be free to access until 30 June 2014.

 

PUBLICATION: Gender, control, and crop choice in northern Mozambique

A new IFPRI Discussion Paper:

Women play an important role in the agricultural production process in developing countries, yet their role in making decisions about what to grow and the resulting implications for household welfare remain poorly understood. This paper studies women’s empowerment in northern Mozambique as it relates to agriculture, considering in particular the factors that lead to women’s managing the plots that they nominally control. Women control about 30 percent of the plots in the data but manage only about 70 percent of those plots. Using a unique panel dataset, the study finds that women are more likely to manage plots when households have historically had access to off-farm labor, typically completed by men. When women manage plots, they tend to grow crops with less complicated production techniques and are less likely to grow the area’s main cash crop. However, conditional on historical access to offfarm labor, their farm incomes are the same as those among men.

Available here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Director of Governance Research

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is seeking a visionary and dynamic Director of Governance Research.

The new Director will be responsible for the development, management, delivery and scientific quality of CIFOR’s engagements in governance research. This includes institutional arrangements, public and private finance, gender, legal frameworks, law enforcement, land and forest tenure reforms, collaborative forest and landscape management, and climate change — all of which will be addressed from a cross-sectoral and broad development perspective.

The Director will ensure coordination with CIFOR’s portfolios on livelihoods and environmental research as well as with relevant CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). S/he will manage a team at HQ and supervise the scientific work of researchers globally. As a member of CIFOR’s senior management, the Director will also fulfill center-wide roles, such as managing strategic partnerships, convening conferences and representing CIFOR at key events.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the overall leadership of CIFOR as a member of the senior management group, including strategy development and resource mobilization and the maintenance and development of relationships with strategic partners.
  • Be responsible for planning, budgeting, expenditure management, delivery and reporting for the Governance research portfolio, including delegation of budget holder responsibilities and CRP components leadership as necessary.
  • Lead, manage and enhance the performance of a multidisciplinary and multicultural research team at headquarters.
  • Support the scientific performance in the Governance field of CIFOR scientists and CIFOR-associated experts stationed outside headquarters.
  • Lead the development of partnerships for Governance research.
  • Provide strategic direction and lead the development of research methods relevant to the Governance research portfolio to be deployed across CIFOR’s priority research components, and be responsible for assuring the quality of new research initiatives and publications.
  • Contribute to the management and implementation of CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and the components and activities led and/or coordinated by CIFOR, notably those relating to the management of conservation of forest and tree resources as well as the impacts of trade and investment on forests and people.
  • Identify and support progress along impact pathways to ensure the relevance of research to target policy arenas and practitioner communities.
  • Foster collaboration with other CIFOR research domains, regional offices, and partner organizations.
  • Represent CIFOR in relevant international forums.

More information.

Deadline: April 30, 2014

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: JPS Virtual Special Issue: Peasants and Politics

The Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013-14. Part of their series of initiatives to commemorate the anniversary of JPS is the publication of virtual special issues, starting with the 40 Classics in Peasant Studies. The second in the series is JPS 40: Peasants & Politics. This collection highlights some of the key articles that have been published in the journal over the past four decades on peasant politics.

The articles share one common feature: they all remain extremely relevant, especially in the context of today’s massive, worldwide revival of critical agrarian studies. We hope academics will find the virtual special issue useful in their courses. We hope students of contemporary critical agrarian studies and critical environmental studies, among others, will find it useful in building their theoretical foundations. We hope policy practitioners will find it relevant in informing policy debates. We hope agrarian, food and environmental activists will find it relevant in their political struggles.

The articles will be free to access until 30 June 2014 via this URL:

http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/bes/fjps-peasants-and-politics-vsi.

 

PUBLICATIONS: CAPRi Working Papers on PAR for Carbon Projects, Institutions for Climate-Smart Agriculture, and Gendered Impacts of a Dairy Project

We have published several new CAPRi Working Papers over the last few months that you may find interesting. Please see the abstracts below and share with any colleagues who may be interested. Browse the full selection of CAPRi Working papers here.

CAPRi Working Paper 113: Development of a participatory action research approach for four agricultural carbon projects in east Africa. Seth Shames, Quinn Bernier, and Moses Masiga.

This paper describes an action research process undertaken with four African agricultural carbon projects—CARE's Sustainable Agriculture in Changing Climate Initiative in Western Kenya; World Vision's Assisted Natural Regeneration Project in Humbo, Ethiopia; Vi Agroforestry's Western Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project; and ECOTRUST's Trees for Global Benefits in Uganda—to explore their institutional changes as project managers and communities work to build local capacity for project management. It describes the research protocol as well as the process by which it was collaboratively developed by researchers and carbon project managers. The paper also reports the results of the field work in each of the projects, which will be used to identify actions that they will implement in the next step of the action research process. The tools were generally successful in gathering the desired data, although modifications could allow future efforts to target questions to interviewees more effectively, include additional stakeholder groups such as government agents and project service providers, develop capacity for local-level data collection and analysis, and focus additional attention on local-level innovations and landscape-level coordination. The research yielded diverse topics for action across projects, as the projects are structured differently and are at different stages of development. Common themes included the need for partnership development, enhanced training of trainer programs, improvements in the sense of community ownership of projects, and stronger foundations for collective action throughout project and community institutions. [download here]

CAPRi Working Paper 114: The six "ins" of climate-smart agriculture: Inclusive institutions for information, innovation, investment, and insurance. Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Quinn Bernier, and Eric Haglund.

This paper reviews the central role of institutions for climate-smart agriculture (CSA), focusing on the role of institutions in promoting inclusivity, providing information, enabling local level innovation, encouraging investment, and offering insurance to enable smallholders, women, and poor resource-dependent communities to adopt and benefit from CSA. We discuss the role of state, collective action, and market institutions at multiple levels, with particular attention to the importance of local-level institutions and institutional linkages across levels. [download here]

CAPRi Working Paper 115: The gendered impacts of agricultural asset transfer projects: Lessons from the Manica Smallholder Dairy Development Program. Nancy Johnson, Jemimah Njuki, Elizabeth Waithanji, Marinho Nhambeto, Martha Rogers, and Elizabeth Hutchinson Kruger.

This paper looks at the gendered impacts of a development project that provided improved dairy cattle and training as part of a broader effort to develop a smallholder-friendly, market-oriented dairy value chain in Manica province, Mozambique. The project targeted households, registered cows in the name of the household head, and, initially, trained registered cow owners in various aspects of dairy production and marketing. Subsequently training was expanded to two members per household to increase the capacity within households to care for cows, a change which resulted in a significant number of women being trained. Using qualitative and quantitative data on dairy production and consumption and on gendered control over income and assets, the paper explores how men and women participated in and benefited from the project. We find that despite being registered to men, in practice dairy cattle are in some cases viewed as jointly owned by men and women. Beneficiary households dramatically increased dairy production and income, with men, women, and children all contributing labor. Women’s incentives for participation in dairy are less clear. Despite their recognized rights and responsibilities related to dairy cow management, women exercise relatively little control over milk and milk income as compared to men. Various explanations related to monetary and nonmonetary benefits of MSDDP and dairying for women are explored, along with their implications for women’s level of effort and overall project outcomes. [download here]

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Forestry Officer (Team Leader)

Under the supervision of the Director of the Forest Economics, Policy and Products Division (FOE), the incumbent will be responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating the technical and operational delivery of the Department’s work on forest products and industries in the context of the organization’s strategic framework and related forestry priorities. In particular, the incumbent will:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 30, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Project Manager, HarvestChoice and Africa RISING

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Project Manager at the Environment and Production Technology Division for a two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Under the direct supervision of the team leaders of HarvestChoice (http://harvestchoice.org) and Africa RISING (http://africa-rising.net) projects, the Project Manager will assist and manage operation, representation, and research outputs of the projects. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, DC.

Essential Duties:

More information.

Deadline: May 14, 2014

 

CALL FOR COMMENTS: REDD+ Practical Guide to Participatory Governance Assessment

The UN-REDD Program invites commonts on its draft guide to the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA).

The PGA is one of several tools developed by the UN-REDD Programme that countries can use to address governance challenges related to their REDD+ processes. The PGA is an inclusive and multi-stakeholder process that aims to produce robust and credible governance information as a first step in addressing weaknesses in governance and eventually, as a basis for policy reform. 

Formulated in response to UN-REDD Programme partner country demand for practical guidance on Participatory Governance Assessments (PGAs), the purpose of this guide is to outline the main steps of a PGA process, while allowing flexibility for variances across regions, countries, peoples, communities and circumstances. The guide also draws on lessons, challenges and practical solutions drawn from the experience of the four PGA pilots within the UN-REDD Programme to date: Ecuador, Indonesia, Nigeria and Vietnam. The intended primary users of this guide are national stakeholders who are or who will be engaged in a PGA process, including civil society, government, academia and private sector actors in general, and PGA coordinators in partner countries in particular.

The draft is available here in English, French, and Spanish. If you wish to comment you may send them to Tina Sølvberg, UN-REDD Programme: tina.solvberg@undp.org by Friday, May 1st.

 

EMPLOYMENT: 2 Program Officer Positions with The African Forest Forum (Nairobi)

The African Forest Forum (AFF) is an association of individuals who share the pursuit and commitment to the sustainable management, use and conservation of the forest and tree resources of Africa for the betterment of the socio-economic wellbeing of its people and for the stability and improvement of its environment. The purpose of AFF is to provide a platform and create an enabling environment for independent and objective analysis, advocacy and advice on all relevant policy and technical issues pertaining to achieving sustainable management, use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources as part of efforts to reduce poverty, protect the environment and promote economic and social development.

The African Forest Forum is recruiting for the positions of Senior Programme Officer (SPO) and Programme Officer for the “Strengthening Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” project, to be based at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Deadlines: May 6th (Senior Programme Officer) and May 10th (Programme Officer), 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons. The Award, created to honor and develop the legacy of Elinor Ostrom, aims to acknowledge and promote the work of practitioners, young and senior scholars involved in the field of the commons. It will award work already done, for scholars as well as practitioners. Deadline: May 25, 2014

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: International Photo Competition on “Forest–Agriculture Interface through a Gender Lens”. CIAT’s Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) gender integration program is taking a different look at science by publishing a photo book. The photo book will reproduce the best 100 photos and accompanying storylines submitted to the 2014 International Photo Competition. Deadline: May 31, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS & PARTICIPATION: Roskilde University Seminar on “Beyond Landgrabbing”. Roskilde University is hosting a seminar on “Beyond landgrabbing: New perspectives on large-scale land acquisitions in Africa and South-East Asia on May 20, 2014. Deadline: open

CALL FOR PAPERS: Transforming Capacity for African Development. The African Development Bank and partners plan to host a high level conference on “Transforming Capacity for African Development” in the fourth quarter of 2014. Deadline: May 2, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Post-Doctoral Fellow - Ecological-Economist / Decision Analyst. The World Agroforestry Centre seeks a post-doctoral fellow to contribute to their work on decision analysis. Deadline: April 30, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Senior Social Scientist–Livelihoods. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development is hiring a Senior Social Scientist to work on their Livelihoods Thematic Area. Deadline: May 4, 2014

PUBLICATION: Pursuing gender equality in land administration. A policy brief from the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS).

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons

The Award, created to honor and develop the legacy of Elinor Ostrom, aims to acknowledge and promote the work of practitioners, young and senior scholars involved in the field of the commons. According with Ostrom’s large legacy the scope of the Award aims to be broad, including academic and applied work on traditional commons (forests, water bodies, pasture lands, fisheries, etc.), local commons, interlinked commons (forests and watersheds, fisheries and coastlines, etc), global commons, knowledge, cultural and virtual commons.

The Ostrom Prize will award work already done, for Scholars as well as for Practitioners.

Only members of the International Association for the Study of the Commons or of one of the Institutional Supporters of the Award (here is a list of the institutional Supporters) may nominate. The nomination process will be divided into two phases: the pre-screening process and the assessment process.

More information.

Deadline: May 25, 2014

 

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: International Photo Competition on “Forest–Agriculture Interface through a Gender Lens”

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) gender integration program is taking a different look at science by publishing a photo book. The photo book will reproduce the best 100 photos and accompanying storylines submitted to the 2014 International Photo Competition, titled “Forest–Agriculture Interface through a Gender Lens”. Science has a stronger impact when we communicate our research findings — both successes and failures — to a wider audience, which we can reach by using a range of media. We believe that photos break down language barriers and connect people, whether they are farmers, middle-class urban families, public enterprises, donors or policymakers. In our photo book, we will acknowledge and showcase your extraordinary efforts in capturing images that reveal successes and failures in integrating gender into forestry, agroforestry and smallholders’ activities.

More information.

Deadline: May 31, 2014

 

PUBLICATION: Pursuing gender equality in land administration

A policy brief from the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS):

Ensuring gender equality with respect to land rights is hailed as a key element of the recent land reforms, but actual results in this respect are limited.  Achieving gender equality requires a comprehensive focus on land, family and other laws, including customary, pertaining to land and on their implementation on the ground.

This DIIS Policy Brief summarises the findings from a series of reports made to review progress made and the challenges remaining to achieve gender equality with respect to land rights. On that basis, it proposes the following five recommendations for policy and practice:

  • Ensure that provisions ensuring non-discrimination in family law and customary law accompany recent provisions for gender equality in land legislation.
  • Strengthen the focus on comprehensive implementation and enforcement of land legislation. In doing so, draw upon the lessons learned by civil society organisations in their efforts to promote gender equality in land administration and dispute resolution.
  • Explore and institutionalise ways to enhance the effective accessibility to women of statutory as well as customary land administration and dispute resolution institutions at all levels – irrespective of their social and economic status – e.g. through promoting female representation in customary as well as statutory land administration and dispute resolution institutions.
  • Monitor and measure success of land administration institutions at all levels in terms of their contribution to achieving gender equality in land administration, e.g. through ensuring the registration of gender-disaggregated data.
  • Document and analyse the social, economic and political impacts of gender (in)equality on land access and land administration on a regular basis.

Available here.

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICRAF Post-Doctoral Fellow - Ecological-Economist / Decision Analyst

The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or
ICRAF) seeks a post-doctoral fellow to contribute to their work on decision analysis.

Working within the decision analysis team of ICRAF’s Science Domain on Land Health and supporting Information Systems Research across the CGIAR Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), the incumbent will contribute to the development and application of probabilistic decision analysis methods for improving intervention designs, better targeting research to where information values are high, and identifying priority metrics for impact assessment.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Other Responsibilities

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: ICIMOD Senior Social Scientist–Livelihoods

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. They are hiring a Senior Social Scientist to work on their Livelihoods Thematic Area.

The Livelihood Thematic Area focuses on promoting diversified and sustainable livelihood options in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region and strengthening social dimensions within the work of ICIMOD and its partners. In order to enhance the social and development relevance of its work, ICIMOD’s Strategic Framework and Mid Term Action Plan III (2013 – 2017) have provided strong direction to promote transdisciplinary work. The Centre is looking for a highly qualified Social Scientist who has sound understanding of social systems, social analytical tools, approaches, and methods and experience in integrating social dimensions into natural and biological sciences research.

Responsibilities and tasks:

  • Conceptualize and operationalize social analysis and social research frameworks in the context of mountains in order to find holistic and integrated solutions;
  • Provide frameworks for social analyses that can be implemented across regional programmes;
  • Develop theories of change from a social science perspective for regional programmes as part of ICIMOD’s impact pathway process;
  • Communicate foundational social science concepts, frameworks, and theories of change in language that is accessible to colleagues from other disciplines and that thereby promotes true transdisciplinary research approaches in the Centre;
  • Look for larger social science-related research questions in the areas of ICIMOD work and means of answering them in collaboration with regional programmes;
  • Write position papers on emerging issues for the Centre;  
  • Integrate social dimensions, i.e. equity, social inclusion, poverty, and vulnerability, into emerging  environmental and developmental issues;
  • Mentor young staff to strengthen their capacity in transdisciplinary research and their ability to develop innovative solutions, ideas, and frameworks;
  • Strengthen rigor in social analysis by promoting and guiding both quantitative and qualitative social science research and, wherever possible, seek to deepen the practical implications and policy relevance of ICIMOD-sponsored research by combining qualitative and quantitative approaches;
  • Provide inputs in project and programme development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation in order to strengthen the social dimensions of ICIMOD's programmes and projects. Contribute to the development of the strategic plan of the Livelihoods Thematic Area by identifying potential long-term livelihood strategies that strengthen current programmes and projects;
  • Train and build capacity of junior team members, partners, field researchers on social research methods and implications; and
  • Reach out to social scientists in regional and global universities and research partners to strengthen ICIMOD’s current network (including the Himalayan University Consortium) and to develop opportunities to involve student researchers and their professors in longer-term collaborative field research and analysis.

More information.

Deadline: May 4, 2014

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Transforming Capacity for African Development

The African Development Bank (AfDB) through its capacity development department, the African Development Institute (EADI), and in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) envisages, plan to host a high level conference on “Transforming Capacity for African Development” in the fourth quarter of 2014. The aim of this conference is to take stock of issues, frameworks, methods, and lessons for transforming capacity as a key input to achieving sustainable African development. The conference contributions will also highlight best practices and identify knowledge and action gaps in developing capacities for achieving sustainable development in Africa. Addressing these capacity limitations requires looking into various areas including: agriculture and food security, infrastructure development, regional integration, private sector development, skills, technology and job creation, gender and inclusive growth,fragility and socio-economic vulnerability, climate change, environmental sustainability and green growth, governance and accountability, and migration and human security. In the context of the above areas, the conference themes will be arranged in the following six thematic areas:

Each paper should attempt to explicitly define the concepts, contextualize the issues, review the extant literature on the subject, critically interrogate the key issues, and provide empirical evidence in support of all arguments and conclusions. It is important that authors make use of African case studies from different parts of the continent to cover the variety of existing scenarios and to support their conclusions and policy recommendations. Papers are to be written either in English or French. The final paper should be 8,000 - 10,000 words (max) in length, excluding figures, plates, and references.

This call is open to development practitioners and/or researchers/academics, with an advanced academic degree and/or working experience in the social sciences, resources management, agriculture, public policy, development statistics, economics, agricultural economics, development studies or a related field. Submissions from policy think-tanks working on capacity development are also to be considered.

More information.

Deadline: May 2, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

 

CALL FOR PAPERS & PARTICIPATION: Roskilde University Seminar on “Beyond Landgrabbing”

Roskilde University is hosting a seminar on “Beyond landgrabbing: New perspectives on large-scale land acquisitions in Africa and South-East Asia on May 20, 2014.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the theoretical and methodological implications of large-scale land acquisitions. What are the trends and specific mechanisms through which land acquisitions or land grabbing occur? What are the drivers and motivations behind the current wave of large-scale land acquisitions by transnational corporations, financial institutions, and states? Who are the key actors (private individuals, transnational corporations, states and financial institutions, NGOs)? What role do profit, environmental protection, and resource security play? Finally, little is known about the economic and political conditions that lead especially emerging economies and newly industrialized countries (NICs) to enter directly into large scale land acquisition overseas. . .

Researchers, PhD students and advanced Master’s students from Roskilde and other research institutions are invited to participate and will be able to present discussion papers, thesis chapters and research project proposals on the topics of the workshop. Possibilities of joint publications will be explored.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: open

Thursday, April 03, 2014

 

This Week’s Posts

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Climate Change & Population Conference, University of Ghana. The Regional Institute for Population Studies [RIPS], University of Ghana, Legon-Accra invites abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 2014 International Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa. Deadline: April 30, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Postdoctoral Fellow–Gender. The Gender Post Doctoral Fellow will be part of a core cross-center team will be responsible for the oversight of the integration of gender into research under the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Deadline: April 18, 2014

EMPLOYMENT: Partnership Coordinator, EcoAgriculture Partners. EcoAgriculture seeks to hire a Partnership Coordinator to join their team in our Washington, D.C. headquarters. The position could be structured for 50-100%. Deadline: April 23, 2014

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2 Interdisciplinary PhD Positions in Water Governance. The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) has openings for two PhD candidates for interdisciplinary research projects in the area of water governance. Deadline: April 30, 2014

BRIEF: Status of Forest Carbon Rights and Implications for Communities, the Carbon Trade, and REDD+ Investments. The Rights and Resources Initiative announces the release of its latest research on the challenges of establishing carbon rights and its implications on Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

PUBLICATION: Collective action among African smallholders. An IFPRI Discussion Paper looks at trends and lessons for future development strategies.

ONLINE RESOURCE: seedsystem.org aims to improve seed security in high stress & vulnerable areas across the world. An international coalition of organizations has launched a public resource website: SeedSystem.org.

 

BRIEF: Status of Forest Carbon Rights and Implications for Communities, the Carbon Trade, and REDD+ Investments (RRI)

The Rights and Resources Initiative announces the release of its latest research on the challenges of establishing carbon rights and its implications on Indigenous Peoples and local communities. The brief, Status of Forest Carbon Rights and Implications for Communities, the Carbon Trade, and REDD+ Investments, reveals that there are very few legal protections and safeguards regarding forest communities' rights to trade carbon.

This brief presents findings from forthcoming research and examines the status of existing legal frameworks regarding Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ rights to trade forest carbon. There has been limited cross-comparable research on this question, despite its importance, and the lack of information has constrained full understanding of the nature and scope of the issue, thus limiting informed debates and the development of adequate action plans. The World Bank Carbon Fund’s Methodological Framework, for example, does not identify or provide adequate guidance on how to address the risks associated with the existing ambiguity on carbon rights. The Methodological Framework notes, “The status of rights to carbon and relevant lands should be assessed to establish a basis for successful implementation of the emissions reduction program,” but says nothing about the need to respect or enforce those rights. While acknowledging that title to emissions reduction may not be entirely clear in many countries, the guidelines for the transfer of emissions reductions state, “At the time of transfer of the emissions reductions, the Emissions Reductions Program Proponent must be able to demonstrate that it has obtained authority to transfer title to emissions reductions to the Carbon Fund.” It is not clear whether those who wield the “authority” to transfer title and those who hold the rights to these resources are the same entity.

The brief is available here (pdf).

 

PUBLICATION: Collective action among African smallholders

An IFPRI Discussion Paper looks at trends and lessons for future development strategies.

The combination of increasingly globalizing agricultural markets, rapidly modernizing local value chains, and urbanizing distribution channels presents African smallholders with considerably more complex challenges than those faced by Asian producers during the Green Revolution era. African smallholders today not only need to produce more efficiently but also need to contend with far more logistically complex and competitive markets. Growing specialization in distribution channels and logistics, rapidly changing and differentiated consumer preferences, and increasingly complex norms, standards, and other technical specifications place increasing demands on the production and management skills of the average smallholder. Due to their large number and geographic dispersion, smallholders are facing significant physical, institutional, and technical constraints in accessing technologies, markets, and services.

Available here.

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2 Interdisciplinary PhD Positions in Water Governance

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) has openings for two PhD candidates for interdisciplinary research projects in the area of water governance. The PhD candidates’ work will be part of projects financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), under its programme “Urbanising Deltas of the World”. The positions are based in Delft, the Netherlands, but will require international travel for field work and workshops.

Deadline: April 30, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: Partnership Coordinator, EcoAgriculture Partners

EcoAgriculture Partners is a non-profit organization that works internationally to facilitate sustainable food production, rural livelihoods, and environmental conservation globally (www.ecoagriculture.org). The organization does so by developing and promoting integrative approaches to rural landscape management, by engaging in regional and global policy processes, and by supporting the work of our diverse grassroots and international partners. 

A centerpiece of EcoAgriculture’s work is to facilitate and co-lead the Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Initiative (LPFN)—a collaborative effort with more than 60 partner organizations to advance and scale-up integrated, multi-stakeholder agricultural landscape approaches worldwide. The Initiative develops and communicates the evidence base for such approaches, fosters cross-sectoral dialogue, and implements a global collaborative action agenda. See www.landscapes.ecoagriculture.org, www.blog.ecoagriculture.org

EcoAgriculture seeks to hire a Partnership Coordinator to join our committed team in our Washington, D.C. headquarters as soon as possible. The position could be structured for 50-100% time and will require occasional national and international travel. 

The Partnership Coordinator will assist the President/CEO of EcoAgriculture to: 

More information.

Deadline: April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

 

EMPLOYMENT: CIFOR Postdoctoral Fellow–Gender

The Gender Post Doctoral Fellow will be part of a core cross-center team will be responsible for the oversight of the integration of gender into research under the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP-FTA). Under the supervision of the CRP-FTA gender cross-cutting theme coordinator, the Gender Post Doctoral Fellow will be responsible for ensuring that gender is adequately integrated into CRP-FTA research and that mechanisms and structures needed to improve the quality and volume of gender-responsive research in the CRP-FTA are developed and implemented.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for ensuring that activities identified for integrating gender analysis into existing research and strategic gender research are implemented in a timely and effective manner. The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, but may involve travel to locations where CIFOR (and partners) conduct research.

Duties and responsibilities:

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 18, 2014

 

ONLINE RESOURCE: seedsystem.org aims to improve seed security in high stress & vulnerable areas across the world

An international coalition of organizations has launched a public resource website: SeedSystem.org.

This website is dedicated to strengthening smallholder farmers’ seed systems. SeedSystem.org is for practitioners, researchers, managers, policy-makers and donors working in humanitarian relief and agricultural development. Let us move forward as a Community of Practice that promotes seed system security and puts the needs of women and men farmers fully front and center. This site shares resources (tried-and-tested technical guidance!) and has three main aims:

  • to improve intervention practice;
  • to improve assessment;
  • to improve strategic thinking around seed system response and seed system development.

More concretely, what does the site provide?  Tools and resources to help donors, program managers, and front-line practitioners decide how best to respond to seed system constraints in emergency, recovery, chronic stress and developmental contexts:

  1. Practical advice briefs give guidance on themes needing real-time response. Should we introduce new varieties just after a disaster (and what about hybrids)?  How can we support and not undermine the local seed markets?  Is seed quality an issue? 
  2. Assessment tools, help field staff  identify seed security  constraints and opportunities for the upcoming agricultural season and several to come.
  3. Field assessments and evaluations serve as guides for action planning and as baselines against which to measure aid effectiveness.  
  4. Policy resources tackle the emerging issues in seed security program design. How should system resilience be promoted?  How can seed security response be linked to nutritional gains?

The site promotes some cutting-edge thinking, but is also practical.  With specific toolkits and policy aid, it aims to meet 21st-century needs for evidenced-based seed system responses.  As many seed system security assessments (SSSAs) have occurred in the world’s ongoing disaster hot spot areas — Eastern Congo, Haiti, South Sudan, Horn of Africa — strategies put forward should have repeated applicability.

Visit the website.

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Climate Change & Population Conference, University of Ghana

The Regional Institute for Population Studies [RIPS], University of Ghana, Legon-Accra invites you to submit an abstract for oral and poster presentations, for the 2014 International Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa (CCPOP-Ghana2014). The conference will take place from July 22nd to 25th at the University of Ghana, Legon.

Theme: “Climate Change, Migration and Security in Africa”

Studies have shown that a range of demographic, social, political economic and environmental factors contribute to migration. However emerging findings suggest strong linkages between climate change and increased internal and cross-border human movement. What linkages exist between climate change and migratory patterns within the African context? Thus, the conference is geared towards providing a common platform to pay strong attention to the climate change, migration and security nexus.

Subthemes:

  • Climate change, Migration and conflict
  • Population migration and adaptation to climate change
  • Gender and climate change induced migration
  • Climate Change, water and sanitation, and health
  • Migration, land markets and emissions reduction including REDD+
  • Urbanization and flood risk implications for coping in coastal zones
  • Agriculture, fisheries and food security in the context of climate change
  • Development policies, climate change and migration nexus

More information.

Deadline: April 30, 2014