Deadline: 31 July 2013 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM: see www.ruforum.org) is keen to document case studies where institutions and individual actors could share their experiences of working downstream with farmers; what are some of the lessons and skill mix that universities would need to take into account in terms of strengthening their academic programmes to produce graduates with a blend of necessary skills and competences that will facilitate change processes at community level. Further, what institutional arrangements need to be addressed to more effectively reach smallholders to enable them improve their agricultural productivity and enterprises?
Comparative Research Networks: call for proposals for 2013 Deadline: 31 May 2013 CODESRIA invites proposals from researchers based in African universities and centres of research for the constitution of Comparative Research Networks (CRNs) to undertake studies on or around any of the themes identified as priority research themes: Higher education and ICTs; Climate change and natural resources; Gender and youth; etc. More information.
‘Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agricultural Interventions´: Request for Letter of Interest Deadline: 7 June 2013 The Gates Foundation announced a new funding opportunity for the development of a consortium with both agricultural and nutrition expertise to optimize nutrition outcomes from investments in agriculture. More information.
Intra-ACP academic mobility scheme 2013 Deadline: 10 June 2013 The third Call for Proposals under the Intra-ACP academic mobility scheme was launched. The general objective of the programme is to promote sustainable development and poverty alleviation by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. More information.
Agricultural Research Connections Workshop 2013 Deadline: 10 June 2013 The goal of these workshops is to catalyze new research partnerships among high-caliber scientists who could then compete for funding through calls for proposals such as the upcoming Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARLs), with projects led by scientists in African national programmes. More information.
Young Innovators Competition 2013 Deadline: 30 June 2013 ITU is looking for the next generation of social technopreneurs – young people aged between 18 and 26 with an inspirational ICT-based solution to developmental challenges. Ten winning finalists will be selected to attend ITU Telecom World 2013. More information.
Research on pastoral meat value chain Deadline: 30 April 2013 The University of Nairobi, the National Museums of Kenya and the German Institute for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics (DITSL) are offering:- 4 PhD scholarships for Kenyan applicants on topics related to pastoral meat value chains- 1 PostDoc position (3 years, for candidates from any country) on transdisciplinary research to reduce post-harvest losses and to add value in (animal) food value chains, based at DITSL / University of Kassel, Germany, as part of the subproject 'Transdisciplinary research: Stakeholder processes, knowledge integration and collaborative learning'.The PhDs and PostDoc will take part in the GlobE (Global Food Security) project RELOAD: 'Reduction of Post Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains' funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). This collaborative project builds a research network between partners in Germany, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Call for submissions on the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus No deadlines. The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus is the featured topic at the IWA Water Wiki in conjunction with the IWA/IUCN Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions. The initiaitive is looking for articles, case studies, reports and poster presentations between 500 and 2000 words. More information.
Call for project proposals 2013 - Resources for thesis research Deadline: 6 May 2013 A bursary programme to support the strengthening and consolidation of research potential in developing countries, implemented by IRD. More information.
Scientific and technological exchange 2013 Deadline: 6 May 2013 The BEST program promotes the acquisition of new skills for researchers, engineers and technicians in developing countries, through their home within research institutions and higher education located outside their country of residence.
For download, the announcement for the 2013 intake of students to the University of Cape Town's Post Graduate Diploma in Pesticide Risk Management.
Dates: 6–10 May 2013 Venue: University of Nairobi, Chiromo Campus, Kenya Deadline: 1 May 2013 This is an intensive, 5-day course, organised by the Training Centre in Communication (TCC), during which participants will learn about: Writing technical communication, inc. reports, theses, scientific papers, reviews; scientific papers for publication in international peer-reviewed journals, preparing and giving different forms of oral communication for different audiences, preparing posters, writing proposals, communicating in science (conferences, preparing applications, reviewing the work of others), analysing and presenting technical data using graphical methods, designing research projects, managing projects for scientific and international organisations, matters of style in technical communication, communicating to non-experts. http://www.tcc-africa.org/tcc/
Deadline: 4 April 2013 IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) are funding a new programme on climate change adaptation. The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) began in 2012 and will run until 2019. CARIAA invites submissions of joint concept notes for the establishment of research consortia in three climate change hot spots: semi-arid regions, deltas, and glacier and snowpack dependent river basins.Find out more at http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Programs/Agriculture_and_the_Environment/CARIAA/Pages/default.aspx
Deadline: 8 March 2013 The Week on Agricultural Innovation Systems in Africa (WAIA) revolves around a regional fair to celebrate the innovativeness of smallholder farmers: the Eastern African Farmer Innovation Fair (EAFIF) to be held 28–29 May 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. Four Prolinnova County Platforms in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are leading initiatives in their respective countries to identify innovative farmers and to help them prepare for the fair. This competitive call is inviting farmers or their contact organisations to apply to take part in the EAFIF. The top 15 women and men innovators will be selected to go to Nairobi. Priority will be given to women innovators. http://knowledge.cta.int/en/Dossiers/CTA-and-S-T/Fellowships-grants-calls/Week-on-Agricultural-Innovation-in-Africa-WAIA-Competitive-call-for-innovative-smallholder-farmers-for-Eastern-African-Farmer-Innovation-Fair
The Week on Agricultural Innovation in Africa (WAIA) starts in only three months. It revolves around a regional fair to celebrate the innovativeness of smallholder farmers: the Eastern African Farmer Innovation Fair (EAFIF) to be held 28–29 May 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.Four Prolinnova County Platforms in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are leading initiatives in their respective countries to identify innovative farmers and to help them prepare for the fair. Below hyperlinked is the announcement prepared by Prolinnova–Ethiopia together with the Agri-Hub Ethiopia of the AgriProFocus network, inviting farmers or their contact organisations to apply to take part in the EAFIF. This is a competitive call; the top 15 women and men innovators will be selected to go to Nairobi. Priority will be given to women innovators. The focus is on the achievements of smallholder farmers – a term used in a wide sense to include pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, forest dwellers and fisherfolk – in experimenting and innovating to improve their livelihoods and those of their communities. Please study carefully the selection criteria listed in the guidelines and include relevant information in the application. Prolinnova–Ethiopia looks forward to receiving the completed applications at the addresses mentioned in the announcement. Applications by email would be preferred. The deadline for applications is 8 March 2013.More information about WAIA and EAFIF can be found under http://aisa2013.wikispaces.com Guidelines for selecting innovator farmers for EAFIF Ethiopia PE application form for EAFIFVisit Agri-Hub Ethiopia at: http://apf-ethiopia.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
Deadline for manuscript submission: 15 June 2013The aim of this special issue of the International Journal of Biotechnology is to provide the latest evidence of the ecological and health impacts of GM crops. The special issue will focus on providing long-term trends based on assessments of studies on environment and health impacts of agricultural biotechnology. It will also welcome case studies of such impacts providing the best available evidence. Guest editor is Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School, USA.
Deadline for proposals submission: 15 April 2013The goal of the Joint Call is to create long-term research collaboration between EU Member States and/or Associated Countries and Africa. Research collaboration of a high standard between teams from EU Member States and/or Associated Countries and Africa will be supported through open competition. The thematic fields of the Call are: ‘Renewable energy’; ‘Interfacing challenges’; and ‘New ideas’.
Date limite de soumission des candidatures : 4 avril 2013Ce programme est conçu à l’intention des scientifiques des pays d’Afrique subsaharienne qui souhaitent développer un consortium de recherche collaborative avec des chercheurs basés au Royaume-Uni. Les candidats sélectionnés bénéficieront d’une prise en charge des frais de recherche, de voyage, de séjour et de formation (doctorat). Les équipements seront partiellement financés. Les candidatures seront acceptées dans trois domaines de recherche prioritaires, dont l’étude des sols.
Call for pre-proposals for small grants connecting agricultural researchers in sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil is now open. You could benefit from up to USD 80,000 funding and exchange germplasm, innovative knowledge, and technology with counterparts at Embrapa, Brazil, learning from each other’s approaches to increase agricultural productivity. Pre-proposals are due to the Africa--Brazil Marketplace (http://www.mktplace.org) by 28th February 2013 and require only short two page project descriptions.For guidelines on submission, including the thematic areas that will be considered, download the Marketplace Pre-proposals Guidelines. Submissions that focus on maize, rice, sorghum, millet, cassava, yams, sweet potatoes, groundnut, cowpeas, beans, cattle, goats, or chickens are especially encouraged.Early applications are advised to allow plenty of time to identify Embrapa partners and to develop your pre-proposal in collaboration. Earlier rounds of these small grants have enabled exchanges of germplasm, people, and ideas between Brazil and Africa.
Deadline: 31 January 2013The Doctoral Regional Research Grants (DoGs) are a new initiative by the Ruforum secretariat and partners to support doctoral training. The DoGs fall under different categories: the PhD Research Grant, the Doctoral Regional Scholarship, the Doctoral Regional Research Grant and the Doctoral Finalisation Support. Relevant information can be found on this webpage.