Knowledge for Development

Dear readers, The upcoming August/September newsletter is being prepared and will be sent tto you in the second week of September. If you don’t yet receive the newsletter, please subscribe to it on the Knowledge for Development website (, we're sharing a number of recent developments we spotted during out web research. We like ASARECA’s  Situation analysis of the current status of tissue culture application in the Eastern and Central Africa region an...   read more >>

Dear colleagues,First, I wanted to share three developments which are directly linked to universities. One is Bill Gates' acceptance speech given in July 2014 at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Notable keywords: "the countries of Africa are learning from each other", "support programs developed by Africans, for Africans", "emphasize two things: health and agricultural development", "modernized approach to development finance"... Well, an o...   read more >>

Judith's pick - July 2014

20/07/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear readers, The  upcoming July/August newsletter is being prepared: it will feature a new dossier on the sorghum value chain with two commissioned articles on the subject and relevant recent developments. We have updated our newsletter mailing system and are excited to test it! You will receive a shortened version of the newsletter in your inbox and be able to download the extended content in a PDF file (it's not an email attachment any more). Below, we're sharing a number of...   read more >>

Judith's Pick - End of June 2014

25/06/2015 - Judith Francis

Dear colleagues,Please find here below a selection of recent developments and publications that may be of interest to you. The LEI report on food waste in the EU highlights the need for ACP governments to mandate their national and regional universities to find similar evidence that can support decision-making. As explained in Hauff and Nguyen's paper, universities are potential actors for sustainable development. For undergrad students in food science for example, collecting data on food was...   read more >>

Judith's pick - June 2014

11/06/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear all,A number of interesting developments we wanted to share with you.--Funding: 'Sustaining Health – second call for entries now open'The deadline for Concept Notes is 25 July 2014.See: 'Agriculture and Climate Change – Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty'15 - 17 February 2015, NH Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.Abstract submission deadline: 17 October 2014See: ...   read more >>

Judith's pick - Early June 2014

01/06/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear colleagues,The May 2014 newsletter is being readied: it will include new feature articles on post-harvest management of cassava and pumpkin, and also a new dossier on nutrition research. Please find here below a selection of recent developments and publications.--Discussion paper: What is a sustainable healthy diet?In this paper, Tara Garnett, of the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN, UK), considers the increasingly topical question of 'What is a sustainable healthy diet?' She begins b...   read more >>

Judith's pick – May 2014

20/05/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear colleagues,Here below a short selection of recent developments that may be of interest to you. More information on th--Horizon 2020 opportunities The Work Programme on ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ offers opportunities in finding diverse  and innovative solutions to well-identified challenges in key EU policy priorities. Through generic or dedicated topics, a broad multidisciplinary parti...   read more >>

Judith's pick – Early May 2014

12/05/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear colleagues,Some recent developments of note. African science, technology and innovation plan cleared for adoption"Africa’s 10-year blueprint for science, technology and innovation has been cleared for adoption by heads of state next month. African science ministers met in April to sign off the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) ahead of the continent’s presidential summit scheduled for 20-27 June in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. However, some delegates...   read more >>

Judith’s pick – End of April 2014

25/04/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear colleagues,Find below a short selection of recent developments and publications relevant to agricultural research and development in ACP countries: work on soil data is going global while diets around the world are losing their diversity, putting the agricultural systems' capacity for resilience at risk.The next K4D newsletter will feature new lead articles on "Research Collaboration in a Globalised World".The expert meeting 'CTA Top 20 agricultural innovations for ACP smallhol...   read more >>

Judith’s pick – End of March 2014

26/03/2014 - Judith Francis

Dear colleagues,Another short selection that may be of interest to your work. Don't forget to register to the newsletter, as the next one (March 2014) will feature, among other things, the extended abstracts of the 3rd Africa-wide science competitions.--UNESCO's 'Women in Science' interactive toolWomen in Science, a new interactive tool produced by the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS), presents the latest available data for countries at all stages of development. The tool allows for explo...   read more >>