Knowledge for Development

Judith's pick - March 2015

11/03/2015 - Judith A. Francis

Changes are coming to K4D website. In our final newsletter, we have captured some of the new thinking and changing dynamics on science, technology and innovation (STI) in agriculture. This is only fitting as STI was the genesis and raison d’être of K4D since it was launched in early 2004. The future looks bright for STI for agriculture and rural development if the momentum is sustained and STI policy and practice are further mainstreamed into national systems which are adequately resourced. L...   read more >>

Judith's pick - Early February 2015

04/02/2015 - Judith A. Francis

Dear colleagues,The February/March 2015 newsletter is being prepared and will be sent out in two weeks’ time. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.For now, we would like to share with some interesting new developments. Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa FARA and partners are leading the development and operationalization of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A). This African-owned and African-led agenda  articulates how Africa needs to  apply science, t...   read more >>

Dear colleagues,While at the highest policy level, many developing countries are committed to the deployment of science, technology and innovation (ST&I) for socio-economic development, commitments need to be translated into tangible products and services which directly impact on people’s lives and livelihood. In June 2014, African Heads of State adopted the Malabo decision EX.CL/39(XXV) which endorsed the continental, Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa-2024 (STISA-202...   read more >>

Dear colleagues –  The International Year of Family Farming is coming to an end. 2015 will be the International Year of Soils. While the buzz will shift from one theme to the other, let's not forget how both family farming and soils, when taken together, are intrinsic to agricultural sustainability and to the people and nations who depend on the economic returns from their endeavour. They serve as invaluable pillars in the quest to elevate the sector to the place it deserves in the moder...   read more >>

Judith's pick - Late November 2014

23/11/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear colleagues,  Our upcoming newsletter will feature three new feature articles, on aflatoxin management, on Makerere's Food Technology and Business Incubation Centre, and on UWI's Faculty of Food and Agriculture.The call for Individual Research Grant applications at the International Foundation for Science (IFS) are open until 31 December. More information available on the IFS website (PDF).The University of Nairobi's Seed Enterprise Management Institute (SEMIs) has seven short course...   read more >>

Judith's pick - Early November 2014

12/11/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear colleagues,The October-November is being prepared and will be send out in a week's time. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.For now, we would like to share with some interesting new developments.---The Universities of Hohenheim and Kassel/Witzenhausen invite applications of German university alumni who are coming from and having their actual residence in a developing country (according to DAC-list) and who are working in the field of organic agriculture. Participants will take pa...   read more >>

Judith's pick - End of October 2014

28/10/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear colleagues,The September-October newsletter will be sent out early next week. In the mean time you are invited to browse through the presentation of CTA International Forum. The Forum was a success: insightful dialogues are paving the way of a sensible pathway to food and nutrition security in the near future. Read the key messages and get to the rpresentaion from this page. Below, a number of interesting developments and publications you should know about:--More action needed to mo...   read more >>

Judith's pick - October 2014

19/10/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear readers,The International Forum  'Unleashing Science, Technology and Innovation for Food and nutrition security', that took place in Arnhem, The Netherlands from October 15-17, was a great success. We will keep you updated on the forum achievements as soon as possible.The 2nd Caribbean Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition closed on Wednesday 8 October during the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA), being held in Paramaribo, Suriname, from October 6-10. The wi...   read more >>

Judith's pick - Early October 2014

05/10/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear readers, Two important CTA events will take place in October 2014. The International forum 'Unleashing Science, Technology and Innovation for Food and nutrition security' will start on 15 October. The programme has been published. Find it here. A cross-learning write-shop on CTA Top 20 innovations starting on 13 October will bring together authors / case owners of the CTA Top 20 innovations, technical experts, editors and designers. The objective of the write-shop is to contribute t...   read more >>

Dear ReadersThe upcoming August/September newsletter will be sent to you mid- September. If you don’t yet receive this newsletter, please subscribe to it on the Knowledge for Development website (, we're sharing a number of recent developments we spotted during our recent web research. We consider EADI’s Policy Paper on North-South research partnerships and SparksforChange’s blogpost on Managing research collaborations highly relevant for inspiring genuine improvem...   read more >>