Friday, April 24, 2015


This Week’s Posts

RESOURCES: New version of AGROVOC, integrating land governance and tenure

In partnership with the Land Portal Foundation, the Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS) project, facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has released a new version of AGROVOC, the world’s most comprehensive multilingual agricultural vocabulary.  This version includes 100 new concepts related to land tenure and governance. Read more about this exciting new development here.

EMPLOYMENT: Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture, Purdue university

The Purdue University College of Agriculture is seeking to hire a visionary, entrepreneurial individual as Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture to provide creative leadership for its globally recognized international programs in learning, discovery, and engagement.  Please see full details here.

PUBLICATIONS: Greening Agrarian Studies, Special Issue

The Journal of Peasant Studies has released a special issue that brings together 40 articles on various environmental themes that speak to critical agrarian studies (e.g., climate change, biodiversity, biotechnology, conservation, agroecology, and so on). All 40 articles are open access from 17 April 2015 (International Day of Peasant Struggle) to 31 December 2015 and available here.

AWARDS: Jagdeesh Rao Puppala of the Foundation for Ecological Security receives the 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

We want to congratulate CAPRi collaborator Jagdeesh Rao Puppala and the Foundation for Ecological Security for receiving a 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders who are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale change, and are poised to make an even greater impact on the world. Jagdeesh Rao Puppala and the FES team have long promoted the idea that the well-being of rural communities depends on the balance of social and ecological systems. FES helps villagers secure community rights to publicly-owned land and support regulations to manage it in a more sustainable and productive way. The result of this collaborative work has been higher quality of soil, water, and biodiversity, leading to improved agricultural productivity and economic security for the rural poor. To date, FES has secured community rights to nearly 4 million acres of land in India, providing communities a solid foundation on which to build local democracies, sustainable livelihoods and better futures. Read more about the work of FES here and about the Skoll Foundation Award here.

PUBLICATION: Water-Smart Agriculture in East Africa

This Sourcebook on Water-Smart Agriculture in East Africa offers a collection of case studies from soil conservation to building resilience, including farmers’ own innovative practices, that further develop the Water-Smart Agriculture approach in East Africa aimed at a specific group of users- development managers, educators, local administrators and policy makers.  These are the people who can utilize such practical research outputs, thereby enabling impact at scale at both local and national levels. The sourcebook is available here.

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