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International Conference on Organic Agriculture and Food Security
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, through its Inter-Departmental Working Group on Organic Agriculture, in partnership with: Associazione Italiana per l’Agricoltura Biologica (AIAB), Centre International de Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM), International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Third World Network (TWN), Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and Worldwatch Institute (WWI).
Date: May 3 - 5, 2007
Venue: AO’s Headquarters (Green Room) in Rome, Italy
Please read more FAO's website.


Conference: Water Productivity in Agriculture and Horticulture - How can less water be used more efficiently?

The objective of the conference is to focus on the important subject of Water Productivity, presenting and discussing the most actual advances on how to optimize water productivity with less water resources available.The conference is divided into two parts, part one being a Master Class directed towards phd students and young scientists, and part two a Researchers Workshop for the international society.
Date: July 2 - 5,  2007
Venues: LIFE (Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen (KU), Copenhagen
             DJF (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Research Centre Foulum, AAU), Viborg
Please read the conference description.


Call for concept notes: Action research on 'Value chains and the rural poor in disadvantaged regions'

The International Development Research Centre (IDCR) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are now launching a call for concept notes concerning four separate research projects under the theme of 'Value chains and the rural poor in disadvantaged regions'. IDCR and ODI are calling for concept notes from researchers, civil society and entrepreneurs wanting to undertake action research on one or more pro-poor, natural resource-based value chains in a disadvantaged region in Africa and Asia.

Deadline for presentation of concept notes: Friday, June 29. 2007.

Please download the concept note.


New research collaboration and funding opportunity The Platform for African-European Partnerships on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) is expected to be financed through the incoming FP7 and EDF10. The coordinator of DDRN will follow the project through the PAEPARD steering committee of which she is a member.

If your organisation or department is interested in this opportunity please fill in the electronic survey that is available online at www.paepard.net. Deadline: August 15, 2007. The online survey will be followed by online consultations and proposal development in August-September 2007. Read more on PAEPARD.


Fair Trade/Sustainability Initiatives and Coffee Production

The Coffee Club and Centre for Business and Development Studies at CBS invite you to a seminar and debate on the significance of Fair Trade/Sustainability Initiatives for coffee producers in developing countries.

Date: September 26, 2007 - 15.00-17.30
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, room 201 (Danske Bank Auditorium), at Solbjerg Plads
Information and registration: www.kaffeklubben.net  


Experiences and future prospects for tree seed supply in Agricultural Development support

Danida has launched a new publication on tree seed supply in agricultural development support based on lessons learnt in Danida supported programmes from 1965 to 2005. To read the report, please follow this link.

 


First Global Workshop on Improving Agroforestry Education

A global workshop to address issues in forestry education and to articulate strategies to resolve them is proposed. The primary focus of the workshop will be forestry education in Africa, but the workshop will be structured with an eye on applicability to other regions of the world and will include sessions specifically focused on other regions.

Date: September 25-27, 2007
Venue: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya 
For more inforamtion and registration, please visit the ANAFE website
 


Tropentag 2007 - Utilisation of diversity in land use systems: Sustainable and organic approaches to meet human needs

The annual Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management (TROPENTAG) is jointly organised by the universities of Bonn, Göttingen, Hohenheim and Kassel-Witzenhausen as well as by the Council for Tropical and Subtropical Research (ATSAF e.V) in co-operation with the GTZ Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF).
The target of the conference is: Meeting, exchange of knowledge and experience and interdisciplinary, scientific discussions on global challenges - to balance the production of sufficient, high quality food for an ever increasing world population.

Date: October 9-11, 2007
Venue: Witzenhausen, Germany
More information about the conference is available at the Tropentag website.


8th African Crop Science Society Conference

Themes of this conference arranged by the African Crop Science Society (ACSS) and the Faculty of Agriculture, Minia University, are: Crop research, technology dissemination and adoption to increase food supply, reducing hunger and poverty in Africa.

Date: October 27-31, 2007
Venue: El-Minia, Egypt
For more information, please visit the ACSS website.


Biofuels, Opportunity or Threat to the Poor?

Issue paper about biofuels elaborated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The paper stresses that the vast range of issues and diverging interests related to biofuels require careful mapping of the topic. Please note that the document is not a policy or position paper of SDC. Follow the link to download the paper [PDF].


Gender Differentiation in the Analysis of Alternative Farm Mechanization Choices on Small Farms in Kenya
Research Paper No. 2007/15 (March 2007), United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

The paper analyses factors that influence the choice of mechanization technologies in Nyanza Province. The results show that farmers are aware of the attributes of the mechanization technologies, and that animal traction is the most commonly used. Gender, formal and informal training of the household head, and technology attributes influence the choice of mechanization technology. The document is available online. Please follow this link.


Boost to agricultural research in Uganda from the World Bank

In August 2007 the World Bank's board of directors approved a loan of US$ 12 millions for Uganda's Second Agricultural Research and Training Project (ARTP II). ARTP II is part of the World Bank's long-term assistance programme to agricultural research in Uganda. Its objectives are to generate new knowledge, strategies and technologies in support of the Ugandan government's Plan for the Modernisation of Agriculture. Please read more on the Scidev.net website.
[Source: www.scidev.net]


Job: Senior agricultural economist and team leader at ILRI

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Senior Agricultural Economist and Team Leader as part of the ILRI Research Theme on Livestock Market Opportunities. The Team Leader will lead a group of economists and other scientists researching on issues related to changing demand and market institutions in livestock products in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The position is based at ILRI’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Extensive travel to other countries and regions will be required, particularly South and Southeast Asia.

Closing date  is September 1, 2007. For further information, please visit the ILRI website.  


Job: Economist to join the Livestock, Poverty, and Livelihoods research project at ILRI 

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Economist to join its Livestock, Poverty, and Livelihoods research project within the Targeting and Innovations Theme. Outputs from this Theme facilitate priority setting at ILRI, sharpen the poverty focus of the research agenda within the institute and its research and development partners, and influence the global livestock development agenda. Duty station  Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to areas where there are ILRI activities.

Closing date is September 30, 2007. For further information, please visit the ILRI website


Global Warming and Agriculture: Impact Estimates by Country

Book by Cline, William R., September 2007. This study seeks to 1) provide a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation of whether the aggregate global agricultural impact should be expected to be negative or positive by late in this century and of how large the aggregate impact is likely to be, and 2) provide more detailed and systematic stimates than previously available for the differential effects across ountries, and in particular between industrial and developing countries.

The book is available online. Please follow this link.


Changes in the Governance of Global Value Chains of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Opportunities and Challenges for Producers in Sub-Saharan Africa

Research Paper No.12, South Centre, by Temu, A.E and Marwa, N.W, June 2007. The the paper provides recommendations on copping mechanisms, private sector strategies, and public policy responses that would enable developing countries’ producers, taking into account ownership and equity considerations, to appropriate a fair share of the rents in the fresh fruits and vegeetables (FFV) value chains. The paper is available online. Please follow this link.


Presentation of three Development Projects sponsored by the Public Private Partnership Programme

The three scientific lectures presented at this seminar have been made possible through The Danish Agricultural Council Scholarships under the Public Private Partnership programme (PPP) with an agreement between The Danish Agricultural Council (Landbrugsraadet), Danida and The Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen. The development projects to be presented are:

  • Improving Food Security with Cassava
  • Gene flow between cultivated and wild Rice - potential consequences
  • The Fight against Mites to protect Flower production

Date: October 29, 2007
Venue: Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Please download the seminar programme [PDF] and the presentations [PDF].


African Fellows Programme:  7th call for Pre-Proposals

The Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme (AFP) is now inviting pre-proposals under its 7th Call. The aim of the African Fellows Programme (AFP) is to support sustainable agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by catalysing innovative solutions needed to achieve food security. Projects should aim to develop lasting partnerships and strategic alliances that will help in developing local scientific capacity relevant to sustainable agricultural production. The potential impact of the project will be taken into account during proposal assessment.  African scientists will carry out research projects in a partner European research institute, or university,  for periods normally of 6 to 8 months. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis in a two stage assessment process.

Pre-proposals should be submitted by 17:00 hours (GMT) on  Monday, February 11, 2008, preferrably by email. For further information, please visit the Rothamsted International website, or download the AFP Guidelines [PDF], Assessment Criteria [PDF] and Pre-Proposal Form [Word].


Global Warming and Agriculture: New Country Estimates Show Developing Countries Face Declines in Agriculture Productivity

Center for Global Development (CDG) Brief by Cline, William, September 2007. This CGD brief, based on Global Warming and Agriculture: Impact Estimates by Country, explores the implications of global warming for world agriculture, with special attention to China, India, Brazil, and the poor countries of the tropical belt in Africa and Latin America.

The brief is available online on the CGD website.


Banana and plantain in Africa - Harnessing international partnerships to increase research impact

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is organizing an Africa-based conference that will focus on banana and plantain research across Africa: lessons learnt and the way forward. Fostering international partnerships is a major objective of the conference, with particular emphasis to establish the role of research in promoting future commercial activities and trade in banana, plantain and ensete.

This conference is being organized in partnership with Bioversity International, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute (KARI).

Date: April 7-10, 2008
Venue: Mombasa, Kenya
For further information, please visit the event's website.


Workshop report: Workshop for development of a network of Environmental friendly and sustainable livestock production in Vietnam

Workshop report included in the October Newsletter of SUSANE - Sustainable, sanitary and efficient management of animal manure for plant nutrition, by Anya B. Vinstrup and Sven G. Sommer.

The workshop was held in October 2007 and was a response to the recommendation of the January 2007 Workshop about
“Sustainable, sanitarian and efficient management of animal manure in Vietnam”. The Forum could also be a site for creating contact to support collaboration when carrying out farm research and giving advises for an environmentally friendly and sustainable management of animal manure.
The SUSANE research project, therefore, organised this workshop with invited researchers and institutes. At the workshop five projects was presented and new contacts and collaborative opportunities were established. The content of the presentations, including a short presentation of the new Danida initiative and a summing up of the conclusions drawn after the discussion, are referred in the workshop report [PDF].


Legislators and Livestock: Pastoralist Parliamentary Groups in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda

Report published by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in June 2007. There is a serious information gap on the role of parliamentarians in natural resource management and development. This report looks at the potential of specialist groupings of Members of Parliament for promoting pastoral development and overcoming pastoral poverty and vulnerability in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

The report is available online on the IIED website.


Job: Products Quality & Market Development Programme Adviser

The Products Quality and Markets Development Adviser will provide Environment Africa (EA) with technical assistance to build the knowledge and capacities of staff to develop, improve and increase markets and quality of products respectively. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Deadline for application: November 2, 2007. For further information, please download the vacancy announcement [pdf] or visit Progressio website.


Job: Adviser on research management, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute

NIRAS is searching for candidates for a position as Adviser on research management, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), towards the implementation of the EDF funded
"Technical Assistance to the Kenya Arid and Semi-Arid Land Research Programme".

Full-time position for three years between  1.1.2008 and 31.12.2010. Application deadline: November 26, 2007. For further details, please read the full announcement [pdf]. 


Job: Short term expert at Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

The Short term expert will support the Secretariat of the Global Donor Platform on various aspects during the upcoming 10 months. He/she will collaborate on aid effectiveness activities in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD), which aim to deepen insights on how to translate the Paris Declaration into practical reality in agriculture and rural development programs.
Closing date: December 7, 2007. Please read the ToR [pdf].


Irrigated urban agriculture and the public health dilemma: Challenges and initiatives to address food safety concerns in Ghana

Research meeting organised by the Danish Research Network for International Health. Presentation by Bernard Keraita, Dept. of International Health and IWMI West Africa, Ghana.

Date: December 18, 2007, 13:30 – 15:00
Venue: Room 16.2.55 (CISU), Department of International Health, Immunology & Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, Bd 16, Entrance L

For detailed information, please see the letter of invitation [pdf].


Biofuels, Agriculture and Poverty Reduction. ODI Natural Resource Perspectives 107, by Leo Peskett, Rachel Slater, Chris Stevens and Annie Dufey, June 2007.


PAEPARD progress report May–October 2007

PAEPARD is a European and African Platform on ARD which aims to enhance collaboration among the European and African agricultural research stakeholders by enabling mutual learning and knowledge sharing. It will also increase the number and efficiency of joint research projects for African ARD aimed at achieving the MDGs, to be financed through the incoming FP7 (2007-2013) and EDF10 (2008-2012). The next couple of months, the phase 1 of PAEPARD will be winding up.

Stakeholders who participated in all the PAEPARD consultations i.e. June transcontinental consultation and online survey and others can get an update on the status of the project through the progress report [pdf].


Recommendations from International Conference: Policies against Hunger VI - Bioenergy and Food Security

This conference was held in December 2007 in Berlin, Germany, and provided a forum to discuss options for action and draw up recommendations on securing the right to food against the background of rising demand for biomass and bioenergy. Besides furthering public debate, recommendations that are formulated are intended to create an awareness among policy makers of the opportunities and risks involved in promoting bioenergy.

You can read the conference recommendations and further information on the conference's website


Report: Informal International Consultation on Farmers´ Rights, 18 - 20 September 2007, Lusaka, Zambia

Co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, and the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. The report was published in October 2007 and summarises the presentations, discussions and conclusions of the consultations.

The report is available online on the website of the Norwegian Government [pdf].


Fremtiden for bæredygtighed i kaffebranchen [in Danish]

Workshoppen er arrangeret af Kaffeklubben og giver deltagerne mulighed for at tilegne sig ny viden og diskutere emner som: ”Hvad er bæredygtighed?”, ”Kaffehandel og bæredygtig udvikling” samt ”Fremtiden for bæredygtige produkter i Danmark”.

Tid: Den 28. februar 2008 kl. 9-16
Sted: Life - det biovidenskabelige fakultet, Københavns Universitet, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1870 Frederiksberg C
Læs mere på Kaffeklubbens hjemmeside.


CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) - Travel Grants 2008 

By providing training to developing country scientists to advance research, the Programme is designed to foster and strengthen links within and across GCP projects. The Programme is for scientists in developing country national research programmes working at—or collaborating with—a GCP Consortium member institution.

Application deadline: January 31, 2008.
For further information, please visit the website of the Programme


The Agribusiness: Sustainably harnessing African’s Green Gold to tackle Poverty

Quarterly Newsletter of Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP) Issue 7, December 2007. The newsletter can be downloaded from ASNAPP's website.


SUSANE Research to date and vision for the future research activities

Sustainable, sanitary and efficient management of animal manure for plant nutrition (SUSANE) Newsletter No. 7, November 2007 [pdf].


DanSeed Symposium [in Danish]

Andet symposium arrangeret af DanSeed, Center for Frøvidenskab. Den første dag vil der være mange oplæg. På dag to vil de otte temagrupper, der blev etableret ved symposiet i 2007, rapportere om årets aktiviteter. Samtidig vil der blive en drøftelse af planer for det kommende år.

Tid: 26. - 27. februar 2008
Sted: Kobæk Strand Konferencecenter, Skælskør, Danmark
For mere information og registrering se venligst DanSeeds hjemmeside.


CGIAR GCP Fellowships 2008 - Deadline for applications extended

Following last month's call for applications for the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) 2008 Fellowship Programme, CGIAR is pleased to announce that the deadline has been extended for six themes.

New application deadline: February 29, 2008. For more information, please follow this link


SUSANE Survey on using animal manure for vegetable production

Sustainable, sanitary and efficient management of animal manure for plant nutrition (SUSANE), Newsletter No. 8, February 2008 [pdf].


ILAC Newsletter March 2008

The Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative newsletter keeps those who are committed to learning, change and performance improvement in agricultural research organizations abreast of developments in this dynamic field. The March 2008 Edition is now available online on the ILAC website.


Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme

The Programme aims to provide problem-focused training in Europe for mid-career African scientists.

The purpose of the programme is to assist in capacity building, institutional strengthening and knowledge transfer in order to find relevant solutions to the problems of achieving sustainable agricultural production, as well as improving rural development and conservation of biodiversity.

Deadline for pre-proposals: August 6, 2008. For more information, please visit the website of Rothamsted International


Fellowship Positions Announcement: African Biosafety Network of Expertise

To build capacity and experience and effective networking among the available expertise and institutions on the continent on biotechnology and biosafety, NEPAD OST is establishing an African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) under the African Biosciences Initiative (ABI).

As part of kick-off activities for this network, ABNE would like to support the development of professional career in the areas of biosafety by awarding four fellowship positions of up to one year duration in the following areas: a) Food Safety; b) Environmental Biosafety; c) Socioeconomic considerations; and d) Legal aspects of biosafety.

Application deadline is May 9, 2008. For further information, please read the Terms of Reference [pdf]. 


Job: Post-doctoral Fellow (Agricultural Economist)

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) are seeking a post-doctoral fellow in agricultural economics for a joint appointment to conduct research on marketing and agricultural economics aspects of horticultural systems in the Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) region.

The review of applications will begin June 9, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. To read more about this position, please follow this link..


OECD Research Programme on Biological Resources in Agriculture

Multi-disciplinary agri-food research addresses the gaps in knowledge, deepens understanding and enhances the scientific base of policy.

To that effect, the Co-operative Research Programme (CRP) annually awards Research Fellowships and sponsors Conferences focusing on 3 research areas :

- The Natural Resource Challenge
- Sustainability in Practice
- The Food Chain

Next application deadline: September 15, 2008. For more information, plase visit the website of OECD.


Low-cost measures for reducing health risks in wastewater-irrigated urban vegetable farming in Ghana

Ph.D. defence by Bernard N. Keraita, Kenya.

Date: June 16, 2008 at 14.00
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Center for Sundhed og Samfund, Room 18.01.11, Øster Farimagsgade 5, Copenhagen.


Job: Two vacancies at newly established International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS)

ICROFS, the former Danish Research Centre for Organic Food and Farming (DARCOF), offers two job vacancies to boost the international work:
1. CORE Organic assistant coordinator
2. Assistant to the International Board

Application deadline is June 23, 2008. To read more, please visit the website of ICROFS.


World Conference on Agricultural Information and IT

Joint 2008 conference of International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD), Asian Federation of Information Technology in Agriculture (AFITA), and World Congress on Computers in Agriculture (WCCA).

Date: August 24-27, 2008
Venue: Tokyo, Japan
For more information, please visit the website of the conference.


Agroforestry - The Future of Global Land Use

The 2nd World Congress on Agroforestry will assess opportunities to leverage scientific agroforestry in promoting sustainable land use worldwide. The Congress will serve as a forum for agroforestry researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to:
1) Share new research findings, lessons, experiences, and ideas that will help influence decisions that impact on livelihoods and the global environment;
2) Explore new opportunities and cement exiting partnerships in agroforestry research, education, training, and development; and
3) Form new networks and communities of practice, and nurture old ones.

Date: August 23-28, 2009
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya.


African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellowships

The Gender and Diversity CGIAR programme invites applications for the first round of fellowships under the AWARD Program. The fellowship will support African agricultural women scientists from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia with PhD degrees, including those in post-doctoral positions, and women scientists with MA/MSc/MPhil/BA/BSc degrees.

Application deadline: July 18, 2008
For more information, please visit the website of the Programme.


Women in science competition

This competition seeks to identify and recognize women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) who are engaged in innovative and pioneering research and communicating the outputs (knowledge, technologies, approaches) for enhancing agricultural performance in SSA.

Organised by ACP-EUFARARUFORUMNEPADAGRA and ATPS.
Deadline: August 15, 2008. For more information, please follow this link.


Young professionals in science competition

This competition is open to all young professionals (18-35 years) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It seeks to promote scientific excellence and recognize and reward outstanding young professionals who are undertaking innovative research, technology development or agriculture related activities and communicating the outputs (knowledge, technologies and approaches) to improve agricultural performance in SSA.

Organised by the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (ACP-EU), the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the Alliance for a Green revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS).

Deadline: August 15, 2008. For more information, please follow this link.



Livestock and Global Warming on Andean Ecosystems 

Regional workshop organised by University La Molina, Peru. The workshop is oriented to identify and priorize possible research and intervention activities. It is targeted  to those interested in animal science, animal production, climate change and  integrated production systems.

Date: October 13-14, 2008
Venue: Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima, Peru
For more information, please read the workshop announcement [pdf].


Job: Post Doctorial Scientist in Market Economics at ILRI

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a post-doctoral scientist in market economics to join a new regional project on in-situ conservation of endemic ruminant livestock in West Africa funded by the Global Environmental Fund.

The position will play a key role in this four-country project (Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea) in implementing the component of the project dealing with commercialization and marketing systems of endemic ruminant livestock and
livestock products. 

Closing date: September 1, 2008. For more information, please follow this link.


IFPRI on Facebook

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has joined Facebook. Members of Facebook can become a fan of IFPRI, find selected IFPRI publications, videos and events and interact and connect with others interested in agricultural development issues.

To enter the site, follow this link..


Job: Director for ILRI Biotechnoloty Research  

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks  a Director to lead its Biotechnology research theme. This is a senior leadership position within ILRI, as part of the senior management team of the institute. The Director will be a scientist of outstanding vision who will lead the multi-disciplinary team in the achievement of bioscience research outputs that will contribute to livestock development for the poor.

Closing date: August 31, 2008. To read the position announcement, please follow this link.


Job: Research Scientist - Fisheries Management and Development (WorldFish Center)

The WorlsFish Center is seeking a Research Scientist to, among other tasks, design and lead applied research projects in collaboration with national and regional partners that address change as it affects communities reliant upon small-scale fisheries and wetlands.

The initial screening of applicants will close on August 26, 2008, but the position will remain open until filled. For more information, please read the full announcement.


ClimAdapt: Innovative Responses in Sustainable Agriculture

OpenSpace event organised by AGRECOL, the Association for AgriCulture & Ecology, a German-based non-profit organisation supporting Sustainable Agriculture in developing countries.

Date: November 5-7, 2008
Venue: Bonn, Germany
For more information, please visit the website of the event.


Pre-Announcement: 1st Coordinated Call for a Transnational Research Activity under the ERA ARD Net: Bioenergy – an opportunity or threat to the rural poor

The official launch of the Coordinated Call will be: September 1, 2008. The major objective of the call is to contribute to exploring the opportunities and threats that bioenergy production poses for the rural poor in terms of food security, poverty alleviation and rural development and to investigate how bioenergy production influences land use and affects natural resources.

This pre-announcement is to provide you with an opportunity to begin to think of the possibilities of a research proposal and building a research consortium. You can address suggestions for improvements or questions of clarification to Alex Percy-Smith, ERA ARD CAll Secretariat.

For detailed information, please read the Pre-Announcement and the related email from Mr. Percy-Smith.


1st ERA ARD Call on Bioenergy

The major objective of the call is to contribute to exploring the opportunities and threats that bioenergy production poses for the rural poor in terms of food security, poverty alleviation and rural development and to investigate how bioenergy production influences land use and affects natural resources.

Researchers and research consortia are invited to submit proposals addressing one or more of the topics and objectives below.

  1. Bioenergy production and food security
  2. Bioenergy production and poverty alleviation and rural development
  3. Bioenergy production and natural resources (land, water, ecosystems, biodiversity)

Deadline for Submission to Call Secretariat: October 31, 2008. For more information, please visit the ERA ARD website.


WOCAT Symposium: Promoting Sustainable Land Management (SLM) for its Local and Global Impacts

The symposium is organised by the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Techniologies (WOCAT) and will bring together various partners and donors, and those interested in SLM and natural resource management. International development and agricultural professionals and institutions as well as the public are invited.

Date: October 20, 2008
Venue: Bern, Switzerlad
Registration deadline: October 6, 2008. For more information, please visit the website of WOCAT.


3rd Call of the FP7 Theme - Food Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology

7th Research Framework Programme call for proposal published on September 3, 2008, by the European Commission.

Deadline: January 15, 2009 at 17:00 (Brussels local time). To read more, follow this link. 


Practicing Agricultural innovation in Africa: A Platform for Action

Travel report to DDRN by Karsten N. Kryger on “Forum on Developing Agriculture and Agribusiness Innovation in Africa” held in Dar es Salaam, May 12-14, 2008, organized by WB Institute (WBI) in collaboration with Danida and six African Governments, including the Governments of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda and Ghana.

To read abou the Forum, please download the report [pdf, 29kB].


Workshop on Gender Dimensions of Rural Employment

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nations announce a call for papers addressing "Gaps, trends and current research in gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated pathways out of poverty", to be presented at a three-day technical workshop.

Date: 3 days during week of 30 March - 3 April 2009 (exact dates to be announced later)
Venue: Rome, Italy
For more information, please follow this link


Call for Proposals: The Integration of Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in the Context of Climate Change, the Energy Crisis and Food Insecurity

This international Conference, as the outcome of joint efforts, is aimed at independent research organizations, universities, government agencies, policy-makers, public policy advocates, nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and corporate representatives from developing and developed countries. All of these stakeholders are interested in looking critically at the ways in which research is - and can be - used to create change worldwide.

Date: November 12-14, 2009
Venue: Agadir, Morocco
Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 15, 2009. For more information, please visit the website of the conference.


SUSANE Identification of needs for development of biotechnologies for climate friendly and sustainable manure management in Vietnam – opportunities for a SUSANE II. Sustainable, sanitary and efficient management of animal manure for plant nutrition, Newsletter No. 11, October 2008.


Improving Agriculture Knowledge Sharing, Education and Learning through Collaboration and Partnerships

The ICT-KM Program of the Consultative Groups on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) along with other partners are organizing a workshop to discuss priorities and develop an agenda for action through global collaboration. The objective: improving agricultural knowledge management, education and learning.

Date: December 4-5, 2008
Venue: Maputo, Mozambique 
For more information, please follow this link.


Global Food Situation: Challenges for Humanitarian Assistance

Copenhagen Symposium hosted by the Danish Foreign Ministry and DanChurchAid in relation to the revision of Denmark’s Strategy for Humanitarian Assistance.

Date: November 11, 2008
Venue: The 1001 Hall, Islands Brygge 89, Copenhagen S.
For more information, please follow this link.


How to ensure food security today and tomorrow? Agriculture in the face of new and urgent global needs

Conference on the world food situation, organised by the North-South Centre of the ETH Zurich and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture.

Date: Friday, December 12, 2008
Venue: Auditorium Maximum, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
For more information, please visit the website of the conference


E-conference: The role of agricultural biotechnologies for production of bioenergy in developing countries

Conference 15 of the FAO Biotechnology Forum organised in collaboration with the FAO Working Group on Bioenergy considers the potential role that agricultural biotechnologies can play for production of bioenergy in developing countries, with a major focus on liquid biofuels.

Date: November 10 - December 7, 2008
For more information, please follow this link


Paepard News 9. News from the Platform for African–European Partnerships for Agricultural Research and Development (PAEPARD), November 2008.


Lessons from Kampala: Will urban farming make a difference? Collective Action News, Alliance of the CGIAR Centres, Updates from agricultural research in Africa Issue No 3, October 2008.


Recommenfdations from seminar on "Hunger, health and hope in Africa"

14 recommendations for the Africa Commission resulted from the seminar arranged by Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, which was attended by 130 participants, 
representing academia and civil society. Special attention was given to investments in the agricultural sector in Africa.

The recommendations are available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Reporting from AGM08: A Revitalized CGIAR Approved

The Annual General Meeting 08 held in Mozambique in December 08 marked a historic moment for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The CGIAR Members adopted the proposal for a revitalized CGIAR, ushering in a new era for their work together.

Read about the AGM08 and the change process on the CGIAR Change Management Blog and the website of CGIAR.


Call for nominations: Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life

Prize awarded by the Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF), a humanitarian, non-governmental and international, non-confessional and non-profit organization with United Nations consultative status (ECOSOC, UNFPA and DPI) that works for a new development paradigm with and for women and children.

Deadline for nominations: March 31, 2009. To read more, please follow this link.


6th Global Knowledge Millennium Summit: Bionano - The War on Hunger

Acknowledging the vast potential of the Bio-Nano technology and realizing the opportunities that lie ahead, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) is organizing this Summit as a forum for discussing and providing technological solutions for a hunger free world.

Date: February 12-14, 2009
Venue: New Dehli, India
For more information, please visit the website of the event.


13th ICABR Conference on the Emerging Bio-Economy

Conference organised by the International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research (ICABR).

Date: June 18–20, 2009
Venue: Ravello, Italy.


DanSeed Symposium 2009 [in Danish]

3. symposium organiseret af sekretariatet bag DanSeed, Center for Frøvidenskab. Programmet inkluderer bl.a. indlæg fra Francoise Corbineau, Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6 Physiologie Végétale, Paris, France om to indlæg med titlerne: 
- Barley dormancy and germination: basic and applied aspects
- Seed deterioration and active oxygen species scavenging.

Tid: Den 24.-25. februar 2009
Sted: Kobæk Strand
Læs mere på DanSeeds hjemmeside.


Call for Proposals: ACP Science and Technology Programme

The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP - Secretariat) has launched a Call for Proposals of the “ACP Science and Technology Programme” and invites interested parties to participate herein.

One of the focus areas of the programme is: Agriculture and agro industry addressing food productivity and security, adding value to agro products and encouraging a stronger participation by farmers in production and post-harvest management.

Application deadline: February 27, 2009 at 16:00 hours (Brussels time). For more information, please follow this link


3 PhD-scholarships within Organic Farming and Food Systems

Through financial support from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, three PhD scholarships are available within organic farming and food systems. The three-year studentships are expected to be effective from April 2009 or soon thereafter.

Application deadline: February 13, 2009 at 12.00 noon. For more information, please visit the website of the research School for Organic Agriculture and Food Systems (SOAR).


Call for contributions: Research in  Organic/Agro-ecological Agriculture in Africa

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO, Italy), Tufts University (USA) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (Switzerland) jointly developed the Organic Research Centres Alliance (ORCA) concept, which is now being finalized. The idea is to internationally network and strengthen existing institutions with scientific credentials and empower them to become research centres of excellence in transdisciplinary organic agriculture research.

The initiative is seeking to better understand the degree to which donors, research institutions and organisations are involved in organic agriculture research.  

The International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) received a request from FAO for information on activities related to organic agricultural research in Africa. In order to support FAO in this effort ICROFS have made a questionnaire available on their website to gather information on on-going efforts, as well as existing cooperation and donors’ objectives for advancing organic agricultural research in Africa.

If you are working with research on organic/agro-ecological agriculture in Africa, you are most welcome to fill in the questionnaire available on ICROFS' website.
Questionnaires should be sent to lise.andreasen@icrofs.org no later than April 1, 2009.


Job: Post Doctoral Fellow in Agricultural Economics - South Asia

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is seeking an Agricultural Economics Post-doctoral Fellow (PDF) for the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA).

Closing date: March 31, 2009. For more information, please follow this link.


Call for Applications: Five Fully-Funded One-year Masters Fellowships in GM Crop Risk Assessment

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) is currently offering five biosafety fellowships for a one-year MSc course “Managing the Environment” (specifically the Risk Assessment of GM Crops pathway) at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, UK, commencing on Sept 28, 2009.

Application deadline is: May 15, 2009. For more information, please read the full announcement [pdf, 35kB].


Job: Biosafety Fellowship at ICGEB

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) is currently offering a 2-year biosafety fellowship in the framework of its current capacity building initiative focused on sub-Saharan Africa.

Closing date: May 29, 2009. For more information, please read the vacancy announcement [pdf, 34kB].


Call for Applications: AWARD 2009 Fellowships

African Women in Agricultural R & D (AWARD) is now accepting applications for the AWARD 2009 Fellowships. The CGIAR Gender & Diversity Program warmly invites applications from qualified African agricultural women scientists for this innovative fellowship program.

Deadline for applications: March 30, 2009. For mroe information, please visit the AWARD website.


Joint International Agricultural Conference

ECPA/ECPLF/EFITA Conference organised to form a platform for cooperation between different fields of research and to provide an opportunity to join forces with representatives from the agricultural industry and (EU) policy makers. A second objective will be to exchange research efforts focusing on precision agriculture, precision livestock farming and information technology in agriculture, food and the environment.

Date: July 6-8, 2009
Venue: Wageningen, The Netherlands.


Second Conference: Towards Opening Access to Information & Knowledge in the Agricultural Sciences and Technology in Africa

The conference will discuss initiatives aimed at opening access to AS & T information and knowledge including open access/archives initiatives, the challenges faced by institutions in the agricultural sciences and technology field in Africa, and the way forward.

Date: July 13-17, 2009
Venue: Accra, Ghana.


First African Organic Conference 2009: Fast tracking sustainable development in Africa through harnessing Organic Agriculture and Biotechnology

This Conference will focus on clearly bringing out attributes of Organic Agriculture as a science relevant to food security, poverty alleviation and natural resources conservation in Africa. The workshop on May 22, 2009, is specifically addressed to bringing recent report results on food security and organic farming into focus and future development, and this workshop is supported by DDRN.

Date: May 18-22, 2009
Venue: Kampala, Uganda
For more information, please follow this link.


Agribusiness Forum in Africa

The conference is hosted by the EMRC in partnership with the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and Rabobank. Speakers from agribusiness companies, governments, banks, foundations and international organisations will discuss business, finance and investment opportunities for Africa’s agro-food industry.

Date: June 14-17, 2009
Venue: Cape Town, South Africa. 


Job: Call for position of EFARD co-manager of PAEPARD II

The Platform for African – European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD)  is entering its second phase, with the overall objective to build joint African-European multi-stakeholder partnerships in ARD contributing to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). PAEPARD is now looking for an European co-manager to manage the project.

Application deadline: May 31, 2009. For more information, please read the Call for applicants [pdf, 38kB].


Future Agricultures Consortium International Conference on Seasonality

The Future Agricultures Consortium, together with the Centre for Social Protection, is convening a 3–day conference on Seasonality. The conference will be global in scope but with a strong focus on Africa. The event aims to think through lessons from the past, examine current research, review good practice and consider policy options for the future.

Date: July 8-10, 2009
Venue: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.


Learning from the past: Successes and failures with agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries over the last 20 years

FAO Biotechnology Forum that will be held to complement a series of sector-specific technical documents that are being prepared for the FAO international technical conference on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries (ABDC-09), which takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico on 2-5 November 2009.

Date: June 8 - July 5, 2009
Venue: Online.


International Foundation for Science Green Water research grants

Applications for IFS Research Grants are welcome from young scientists in developing countries to do research on the sustainable management, use or conservation of biological or water resources.

Application deadline: December 31, 2009. For more information and application forms, visit the IFS website


Global Biosecurity 2010 conference

The Global Biosecurity 2010 is an international conference with focus on agricultural and environmental biosecurity. Effective biosecurity measures are vital to keeping agricultural industries, environment and community healthy, and enhancing market access for food and feed exports.

Date: February 28 - March 3, 2010
Venue: Brisbane, Australia 
For more information, please follow this link.


Enhancing Development Impact from Research - The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD)

The 2010 GCARD conference is organized by the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) in collaboration with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). GCARD aims to develop a new global agricultural research system, driven by tangible development outcomes and bringing together all those involved in agriculture research for development (AR4D).

Date: March 28-31, 2010
Venue: Montpellier, France


The Gateways Partners Symposia on Biosafety

This conference hosted by GenØk – Centre for Biosafety in Norway will explore the frontiers of social, biological, economic, legal and cultural implications of the movement of transgenes. The conference will feature research on evaluating risks to human health and the environment, the legal and socioeconomic impacts of transgene flow in agriculture and perspectives on GMOs from researchers, regulators, civil society and farmers.

Venue: Tromsø, Norway
Date: August 23-26, 2009
For more infromation please follow this link.


The 2010 International Conference on Biotechnology and Food Science (ICBFS 2010)

The aim objective of ICBFS 2010 is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in Biotechnology and Food Science.

Date: February 9-10, 2010
Venue: Bangalore, India


Small Grants for “Enabling Bio-Innovations for Poverty Alleviation in Asia” 

The project aims to stimulate and enable research on bio-innovation in Asia that addresses poverty alleviation, and to initiate and support the building of a network of researchers and scholars committed to understanding and enhancing bio-innovation towards economically progressive and socially responsible goals.
Deadline for submission of Concept Notes: September 15, 2009.


Assistant Technology Manager. The Africa-based, globally networked International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) helps reduce poverty, hunger and environmental degradation by enhancing animal agriculture in developing countries.
The BecA-ILRI Hub seeks to recruit an Assistant to the Technology Manager to provide comprehensive management of the Hub laboratories.
Closing Date: September 14, 2009


Agribusiness and Economic Development

Seminar organised to discuss the role of Agribusiness in development and follow-up on the Africa Commission's recommendations. The presenters are from Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Danish Industry, Cornell University, FAO, Danida, MYC4 and the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen (LIFE).

Date: October 30, 2009
Venue: Lecture Hall 1-01, Bülowsvej 17, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.


Thematic Seminar on Agribusiness in Developing Countries

The aim of this thematic seminar is to:
1) take stock of the existing agribusiness research in Denmark
2) within the DDRN framework to create a network of researchers with a common interest in research and teaching in agribusiness related issues
3) outline an agenda for future research in agribusiness in developing countries.

Date: October 29, 2009
Venue: Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.


Danish Research Themes 2010

Within the framework of Danish development assistance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hereby announces the following strategic themes for development research in 2010:

  1. Climate, Energy and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
  2. Agriculture, Growth and Sustainable Development
  3. Fragile States Conflict and Civil Society

Applicants have the opportunity to apply for support for two types of projects: 1) Larger strategic projects above DKK 5 mill. and; 2) Individual PhD and post-doc projects. All larger strategic projects will go through a pre-qualification round with a deadline with in week 50 of 2009 and the individual projects will have a deadline with in week 6 of 2010.


Interessetilkendegivelse til pilotforskningsprojekter med Tanzania [in Danish]

Danmark indgik i 2008 et forskningssamarbejde med programsamarbejdslandet Tanzania, med henblik på at styrke: 1) opbygningen af forskningskapacitet i Tanzania og; 2) det langsigtede samarbejde mellem danske institutioner og institutioner i Tanzania. Det Rådgivende Forskningsfaglige Udvalg for Udviklingsforskning har anbefalet 2 projekter fra Tanzania til videreudvikling sammen med danske institutioner.

FFU har lige annoncereet det første pilotprojekt: ”Urban-Rural Complementarities for Poverty Reduction: Identifying the contribution of Savings and Credit Facilities”, Sokoine University of Agriculture. Danske forskningsinstitutioner har nu mulighed for at tilkendegive deres interesse i at indgå i et samarbejde med de lokale forskningsinstitutioner om det pågældende projekt.

Deadline for indsendelse af interessetilkendegivelser er onsdag den 7.oktober 2009, kl. 12.00. Interessetilkendegivelser skal sendes til Danida Fellowship Centre på research@dfcentre.dk.


NEW: Call for abstracts: Scientific and Technical Information and Rural Development - Highlights of Innovative Practices

The congress organized by International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) and Agropolis International will focus on innovative practices in the agricultural information sector. It will promote fruitful exchanges between information specialists and actors of rural development facing the key challenges in agriculture.

Date: April 26-29, 2010
Venue: Montpellier, France
Deadline for submission of abstracts: October 15, 2009


Pesticides, Livelihoods and Health in Smallholder Farmer Communities - CANCELLED!!

Upcoming seminar in the Poverty and Environment Seminar Series organised and supported by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and the Danish Development Research Network (DDRN).

Date: November 5, 2009 - 14:00-16:30
Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, Copenhagen K.
A similar seminar will be held after COP15.


Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa – Lessons Learnt from COMPETE

This international conference is organised to identify cooperation opportunities between stakeholders and policymakers from European and African countries to contribute to the exploitation of bioenergy resources for sustainable development in African countries.

Date: November 24-25, 2009
Venue: Brussels, Belgium


Interessetilkendegivelse til pilotforskningsprojekter med Tanzania [in Danish]

Danmark indgik i 2008 et forskningssamarbejde med programsamarbejdslandet Tanzania, med henblik på at styrke: 1) opbygningen af forskningskapacitet i Tanzania og; 2) det langsigtede samarbejde mellem danske institutioner og institutioner i Tanzania. Det Rådgivende Forskningsfaglige Udvalg for Udviklingsforskning har anbefalet 2 projekter fra Tanzania til videreudvikling sammen med danske institutioner.

FFU har lige annoncereet det andet pilotprojekt: ”Land Management System, Urban Governance and Leadership: The Future of Urban Tanzania”, Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam. 

Danske forskningsinstitutioner har nu mulighed for at tilkendegive deres interesse i at indgå i et samarbejde med de lokale forskningsinstitutioner om det pågældende projekt.

Deadline for indsendelse af interessetilkendegivelser er mandag den 9. november 2009 kl. 12.00. Interessetilkendegivelser skal sendes til Danida Fellowship Centre på research@dfcentre.dk.


Food, Health and Energy: Challenges for Sustainable Agriculture

The 6th Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture (GCHERA) will avail a forum for international exchange of modern technologies, scientific views and cultural trends in the training of undergraduate and post-graduate students.

Date: November 23-27, 2009
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya


Job: Vacancy at the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems

ICROFS is looking for an academic employee to coordinate European transnational research in organic agriculture and food under the ERA-net CORE Organic II.

Deadline for application: November 15, 2009


NEW: Genotyping Support Service: 3rd call for proposals

Genotyping Support Service (GSS) aims to help spread the benefits of marker technology in the developing world through: i) Technology access: facilitating developing world researchers’ access to top molecular marker technologies for germplasm analysis; ii) Capacity-building: training researchers in data analysis and knowledge application; and, iii) Sustainability and spread: to build a core of researchers who can continue to use the technology

Deadline for applications: January 4, 2010


Opstartmøde om jordrettigheder [in Danish].

MS arbejder med jordrettigheder ud fra et governance perspektiv og synes, det kunne være frugtbart at få kontakt med andre, der har samme interesse. Efter et indledende møde mellem MS, DIIS og Care, er der blevet taget initiativ til at indkalde til et bredere møde med deltagere fra flere NGOer og universiteter.
Der er et behov fra NGO-siden for at styrke det analytiske niveau samt at udvikle metoder til at indsamle viden mhp. evidensbaseret advocacy. Samtidig har forskere brug for at samarbejde med NGOer ifm. deres forskning. Vi ser derfor nogle gode muligheder for at få gavn af hinandens viden og kontakter og dermed styrke kvaliteten af vort arbejde.

Tidspunkt: 8. December kl. 14.30 - 16.30
Sted: MS, Fælledvej 12, 2200 København N


Global Land Project Open Science Meeting 2010 - Land Systems, Global Change and Sustainability

The aim of the GLP 2010 meeting is to bring together large parts of the international research community working on land change issues, showcase the width and scope of ongoing research, help build a community in this highly interdisciplinary field, inspire new research and facilitate review, theory building and extrapolation.

Date: October 17-19, 2010
Venue: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA


Challenges and Innovative Processes for Capacity Strengthening in Agriculture for Development

In occasion of the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2010, Agrinatura, Agropolis, ICA and CTA have joined hands to organise this pre-GCARD workshop fully devoted to the questions of capacity building. The workshop will bring together all stakeholders interested in training and education in agriculture for development.

Date: March 26-27, 2010
Venue: Montpellier, France


Upcoming call for systematic review groups: Systematic Reviews for International Development. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is piloting a systematic review project that aims to strengthen evidence-informed decision making.
DFID will commission 25 systematic reviews on February 1, 2010 focusing on 5 thematic areas: Agriculture and Food, Climate and the Environment, Governance in Challenging Environments, Growth and Human Development.


NEW: Landbrug, uddannelse og beskæftigelse [in Danish]

Andet møde i møderækken arrangeret af Uddannelsesnetværket: Unge, uddannelse og beskæftigelse - nye partnerskaber i dansk bistand? Møderækken har til formål at skabe viden og koblinger mellem NGOer, erhvervssektoren og andre aktører med fokus på unge, uddannelse og beskæftigelse i udviklingslande.

Tid: 27. januar 2010, kl 16:00-18:30
Sted: Ibis, Nørrebrogade 68B, 3. sal, 2200 København N


Call for applications - Expert group for technical advice on organic production. The European Action plan for organic food and farming foresees the setting-up of a group of experts for technical advice. The expert group will ensure an easy access to highly qualified technical expertise in a wide range of fields related to organic production. With a view to select the relevant experts, a call for applications has been published by the European Commission.

Applications must be submitted not later than Friday February 12, 2010.


RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme (CARP)

RUFORUM has launched its first call for concept notes for the RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme (CARP), which aims at supporting the scaling up and out of research outputs in research projects, with focus on action-oriented research, interdisciplinarity and the linking of different stakeholders in agricultural research. CARP will support multi-year university research projects in Eastern and Southern Africa. 

Deadline for submission of concept notes: February 15, 2010


Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010 - Farming the Waters for People and Food

The Global Conference on Aquaculture held by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) will provide a global forum to build consensus to advance sustainable aquaculture development and contribute to the Millennium Development Goals.

Date: June 9-12, 2010
Venue: Bangkok, Thailand


IAALD2010 - Scientific and Technical Information and Rural Development Highlights of Innovative Practices

This Congress, organized by the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) and Agropolis International, will promote fruitful exchanges between information specialists and the actors of rural development who face key challenges in agriculture.

Date: April 26-29, 2010
Venue: Montpellier, France


Revealing the Appeal and Potential of Agricultural Biodiversity for Africa: Status, Trends and Outlook for Future

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), in partnership with its four sub-Regional Organizations (CORAF/WECARD, ASARECA, SADC-FANR, NASRO), and Bioversity International will be organizing a conference on agricultural biodiversity in Africa. The overall goal of the conference is to increase awareness, raise the appeal and generate support for research and development in relation to agricultural biodiversity for development in Africa.

Date: July 19-24, 2010
Venue: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


Exploring Agricultural Research for the future: a dialogue between young researchers from the South and the North

The French Initiative for International Agricultural Research (FI4IAR: a joint venture of Inra and Cirad) in collaboration with Agropolis Fondation and with the support of the Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD) is organizing its first biennial seminar for young researchers working in developed and developing countries.

Date: March 25-30, 2010
Venue: Montpellier, France


Agricultural development and support: Experience from the past, prospects for the future?

Meeting organised by the Evaluation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark in cooperation with the Technical Advisory Services in the MFA and the Danish Development Research Network (DDRN). The meeting will bring together researchers, evaluators and experts in the field of agriculture, including participants from partner countries.

Date: March 18, 2010 - 9:00-17:00
Venue: Eigtveds Pakhus, Copenhagen
Registration deadline: March 15, 2010 by email to ie@ddrn.dk


Sustainable Animal Production in the Tropics - Farming in a Changing World

This conference, organised by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) and CIRAD, will discuss various aspects related to sustainable livestock farming under changing environmental and market conditions, centering on tropical and subtropical humid environments.

Date: November 15-18, 2010
Venue: Gosier, Guadeloupe


APLU/ICA Doctoral and postdoctoral professional development in agricultural and life sciences - Challenges for the next decade

Problems and issues in agriculture and life sciences are becoming increasingly global and multi-disciplinary as proven by the recent food crisis, climate and other environmental problems, the globalization of food standards etc. The goal of the conference is to learn from shared experiences of institutions in the EU and US on how to engage in the professional development of doctoral graduates and post doctoral staff. The conference will provide innovative ideas and models for inclusion in university strategic plans.

Date: April 7-9, 2010
Venue: Gent, Belgium
Deadline for registration: April 1, 2010


IFAR’s Professional Development Program in 2010

In support of its mission, IFAR annually provides small grants to professionals from national agricultural research systems in developing countries (NARS). The
annual IFAR Small Grants Program includes the Ravi Tadvalkar Memorial
Scholarship, and the Wilfried Thalwitz Scholarship.

Application deadline: March 3, 2010


Call for Expression of Interest: Development of FARA’s Capacity Strengthening Strategy in Agriculture and Natural Resources for Africa

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is seeking to engage consultants for the following; A) Undertake targeted Key Informant Interviews and coordinate the development of a continental strategy for Capacity Strengthening for Agriculture & Natural Resources in Africa, and B) Undertake E-consultation for the development of a continental strategy for Capacity Strengthening for Agriculture & Natural Resources in Africa.


The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) - small grant competition

The Land Deal Politics Initiative is a joint effort of research institutes from the South and North investigating the political economy, political ecology and political sociology of land 'grab' deals. The LDPI has launched a call for orginal and policy-relevant papers based on case-specific field studies.

Deadline for submission of research and paper proposals: April 15, 2010


Strategisk Forsknings 2010 - Sundhed, fødevarer og velfærd [in Danish]

Det Strategiske Forskningsråd indkalder fase-1 ansøgninger til forskning indenfor sundhed og fødevarer, inklusiv biologisk produktion, bioressourcer og GMOs mm., i både national og international kontekst.

Ansøgningsfrist: 27. april 2010


Sustainable Food Day

The student organization WELL will be hosting Sustainable Food Day, which is a day dedicated to information and discussion about sustainable food.

Date: March 25, 2010
Venue: Copenhagen Business School (CBS)


International EAAE-SYAL Seminar - Spatial dynamics in agri-food systems

The European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) and Local Agri-Food Systems (SYAL) are hosting an international seminar on agri-food systems, which will explore dynamics of localisation and globalisation of food production and their consequences in terms of sustainability and consumer welfare.

Date: October 27-30, 2010
Venue: University of Parma, Parma, Italy


NEW: Robert Bosch Junior Professorship - Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources

The Robert Bosch Foundation has launched this year's call for the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship, granting independent research on sustainable use of natural resources over a period of five years at a German university or research institute. Research areas may include agriculture, forestry, fisheries, use of biodiversity, water, health and social stability, with focus on developing and emerging countries.

Application deadline: May 12, 2010


ICCAFFE 2011 - Climate change, agri-food, fisheries and ecosystems

The ICCAFFE 2011 conference hosted by the North-South Research Center for Social Sciences (NRCS) will focus on issues related to climate change, agriculture, food security and ecosystems from an interdisciplinary approach and a developing country perspective. It intends to bring together scientists, policy-makers, practitioners, and non-state actors from different regions to share updated research outcomes and relevant experiences and set future research and policy agendas. A call has been issued for presentations, posters and papers relating to conference themes.

Date: May 20-22, 2011
Venue: Agadir, Morocco


NEW: ASARECA Research grant - Transfer and dissemination of proven agricultural technologies in post-conflict and disaster areas in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA)

The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) has issued a call for research concept notes under the project 'Transfer and dissemination of proven agricultural technologies in post-conflict and disaster areas in Eastern and Central Africa'. Research projects should have an action research and lesson learning orientation and should be designed around the relevant commodity chain.

Application deadline: April 30, 2010


Job: Vice President of International Programs at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

The Vice President for International Programs is responsible for a dynamic and extensive set of  activities to strengthen and develop new international programs as an integral part of the modern university and a 21st century global education.

Deadline for applications: March 31, 2010
Location: Washington, DC, US


Agricultural Price Volatility: Prospects, Challenges and Possible Solutions

The seminar will examine current and projected trends in prices, review past policy responses, examine policy options available today and arrive at pragmatic recommendations on addressing volatility in the future. The meeting is being organized by the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC), the University of Barcelona, and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

Date: May 26 - 27, 2010
Venue: Barcelona, Spain


Agricultural risk and food security

The Agricultural Information Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are organising a conference with high level Chinese policymakers and international researchers to discuss agricultural risks and farmer and consumer reactions to food security and food safety concerns.

Date: June 10-12, 2010
Venue: Beijing, China


ISDA 2010 - Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food

This symposium organised by CIRAD (Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement) will discuss prospects for achieving sustainability in agricultural and food systems in light of the economic crisis and growing uncertainties, e.g in relation to climate change. The symposium aims at creating an interface between the different sciences and science and society, and furthering dialogue between researchers from the South and the North.

Date: June 28 - July 1, 2010
Venue: Montpellier, France


International Conference on Environmental and Agriculture Engineering

The aim of the ICEAE conference series is to provide a forum for laying the foundations of a new principled approach to Environmental and Agriculture Engineering. To this end, the meeting aims to attract participants with different backgrounds, to foster cross-pollination between different research fields, and to expose and discuss innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools, and applications.

Date: August 1-3, 2010
Venue: Kyoto, Japan


Lindbergh Foundation: research grants

The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation invite applications for the 2011 grants cycle for research and education within areas pertaining to environment and technological developments, such as agriculture, conservation of natural resources, waste minimisation and management etc.

Application deadline: June 10, 2010


UNESCO-L'OREAL Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme for Young Women in Life Sciences

The UNESCO-L'OREAL Co-Sponsored Fellowships Scheme seeks to promote the contribution of young women from all over the world in research developments in the field of life sciences. Candidates for the fellowship must already be engaged in pursuing research at the doctoral or post-doctoral level in one or allied fields of life sciences including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology.

Application deadline: June 30, 2010


NEW: Teknisk faglig træning og uddannelse inden for landbrug [in Danish]

Workshoppen byder på en kombination af: faglige oplæg om hvordan man designer relevante uddannelsesprogrammer indenfor landbrug, ideer til mulig finansiering, præsentation af konkrete eksempler på NGO’ers projekter indenfor feltet, samt gruppearbejde, hvor vi afprøver og diskuterer mulige programdesign og tilgange.

Tid: 17. juni 2010, kl. 09:30 - 16:00
Sted: DUF, Scherfigsvej 5, 2100 København


Call for Nominations for Chair and Members: CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC)

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is seeking nominations for chair and members of its Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) - CGIAR's primary scientific advisory body, providing independent advice to the funders of the CGIAR and serving as an intellectual bridge between the funders and the consortium of CGIAR centers.
Besides leadership qualities and international eminence, ability to influence key constituencies and the ability to address complex issues in all kinds of fora will be emphasised in the selection of chair and members.

Deadline for submission of nominations: July 30, 2010


Global Environmental Leadership Fellows - University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) is searching for  postdoctoral candidates to fill four new Global Environmental Leadership Fellows positions for research on global issues such as land use and ecosystem management and change, agriculture and food security, freshwater resources and water security, climate change adaptation, links between population & development.

Application deadline: August 1, 2010


Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) Early Career Fellowship Programme

The Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) has launched a new fellowship programme, which targets junior candidates, post-Masters and post-doc, with a strong interest in conducting field-based and policy-oriented research on African agricultural policy issues. The fellowship is designed as a three-year capacity building programme; attachment to a senior FAC member and affiliation with a FAC partner institution is required.

Application deadline: June 30, 2010


Job: Organic Eprints coordinator and communication assistant at ICROFS

The International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) based at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, is looking for an academic employee to coordinate and further develop the open access Organic Eprints archive and participate in information and research communication activities.

Application deadline: June 19, 2010 - 12:00


NEW: Interessetilkendegivelse 2010 til pilotforskningsprojekter med Tanzania [in Danish]

Danmark indgik i 2008 et forskningssamarbejde med Tanzania og man har valgt følgende overordnede temaer for pilotprojekter: ”Business Sector, Urbanisation and Good Governance”.

Der er i 2010 om projekterne “Examining Urbanization Problems, Challenges and Opportunities in Tanzania” og “Productivity, Market Assess and Incomes for Small farming businesses through Contracts”

Danske forskningsinstitutioner har nu mulighed for at tilkendegive deres interesse i at indgå i et samarbejde med de tanzanianske forskningsinstitutioner om de pågældende projekter.

Deadline for interessetilkendegivelse: August 20, 2010


The International Rice Congress 2010

With the theme "Rice for Future Generations", the conference will provide a forum for representatives from the public and private sectors including researchers, scientists, professionals, traders, and policy makers. Delegates will discuss the latest rice research, future technologies, trade issues, and policies that will define the future role of rice in supporting the poor rice-dependent communities.

Date: November 8-12, 2010
Venue: Vietnam National Convention Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam


NEW: African Green Revolution Forum 2010

The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) focuses on promoting investments and policy support for driving agricultural productivity and income growth for African farmers in an environmentally sustainable way. The Forum, which stems from the African Green Revolution Conference in Oslo, is a private-sector led initiative which will bring together African heads of state, ministers, farmers, private agribusiness firms, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society and scientists, to discuss and develop concrete investment plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa.

Date: September 2-4, 2010
Venue: Accra, Ghana


NEW: Call for applications for Organic Research, Development and Demonstration programme (Organic RDD) 2011-2013: Growth, robustness and credibility in organic farming and food systems

The (Danish) Green Development and Demonstration Programme Board (GDDP Board) calls for applications to Organic Research, Development and Demonstration programme, 2011-2013 which should contribute to fulfilling the objectives in the Green Growth agreement. The call has been prepared in cooperation with the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems, ICROFS. Under the GDDP Act ICROFS’ international Board shall make recom-mendations to the GDDP Board on focus areas in connection with specific organic programmes.

Closing date: September 13, 2010


Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2010

Meeting organised by Alliance of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) Centers, Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Date: December 4, 2010
Venue: Cancún, Mexico


Job: Senior Agricultural Economist/Team Leader, ILRI

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Senior Agricultural Economist and Team Leader to play a key role within the Market Opportunities Theme in leading ILRI’s evolving and expanding portfolio of research addressing smallholder livestock producer competitiveness and technology uptake.

Screening of applications will commence on September 1, 2010 untill the position is filled.


African Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

This meeting is organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), African Union Commission (AUC), Ethiopia, Netherlands, Norway and Germany.

Date: September 6-8, 2010
Venue: UN Conference Centre, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia


Workshop - Initiate linking between Danish research and development institutions to promote opportunities for organic agriculture and demand-driven research. [in English] Workshop - Samarbejde mellem dansk forskning og NGOere om at udvikle et bæredygtigt økologisk landbrug. [in Danish]

The objectives of this workshop are to present, discuss and analyse the opportunities and limitations of collaboration between research institutions and NGOs focusing on organic and/or agro-ecological farming. The workshop will provide a space for discussing ideas on objectives and structure of a collaboration network between research and development organisations in Denmark as well as with research institutions, development organisations and farmers internationally.

Date: November 9, 2010
Venue: Århus, Denmark


Call for proposals - SSH.2011.4.1.-2 Connections between rural areas and cities in Sub-saharan Africa

Within of the frame of the FP7 (7th Framework Programme) Cooperation Work Programme 'Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities', the European Commission has launched a call for proposals for small or medium-scale focused research projects on the topic 'Connections between rural areas and cities in Sub-Saharan Africa'. The objective of this topic is to enable research on common challenges that are relevant to all Sub-Saharan African countries and that could be met by them more effectively collectively rather than individually.

Deadline for submission of proposals: February 2, 2011


NEW: Value added processing of indigenous fermented food

One day International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH) Workshop focusing on how capacity builing of laboratories and small private enterprises can be used for adding value within food production chains.

Date: August 30, 2010 – 09:00-17:00
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences
Participation is free, but registration is required by email to Vicki Lei at vil@life.ku.dk.
Thanks to DDRN institutional member Faculty of Life Sciences for sharing the news!


NEW: Public debate on entrepreneurship, growth and employment

Event organised by Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. The Minister for Development Cooperation, Søren Pind, will launch a debate on these central themes of the new Danish development strategy.

Date: September 7, 2010 - 14:00-17:00
Venue: CBS – Ovnhallen, Porcelænshaven 20, 2000 Frederiksberg
Registration by e-mail to: ikl.tilmelding@cbs.dk no later than August 31, 2010
Thanks for DDRN member Søren Jeppesen for sharing the news!


3rd ISOFAR Scientific Conference

The International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) welcomes papers on all aspects of Organic Agriculture and particularly calls for the submission of cross-disciplinary papers and issues related to the agricultural situation in Asia.

Date: September 28 - October 1, 2011
Venue: Gyeonggi Pladang, Republic of Korea


Job: Research Assistant, Africa Rice Center

The Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice) seeks a Research Assistant to join its Remote Sensing and GIS (Geographical Information System) Unit. It is a GSS (General Support Staff) position based at the institution's temporary headquarters in Cotonou, Benin.

Deadline for submission of applications: September 24, 2010


Job: Global Rice Breeding Leader (Senior Scientist/Principal Scientist)

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) seeks a Science Leader to provide strategic and operational leadership on all aspects of rice varietal improvement research in IRRI and lead Theme 2 (Accelerating the development, delivery, and adoption of improved rice varieties) of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), a new CGIAR research program that brings together hundreds of public- and private-sector organizations.

Deadline for submission of applications: November 15, 2010


Call for concept notes: The formation of Agribusiness Innovation Incubator Consortia (AIIC) (version in French)

UniBRAIN seeks concept notes for the formation of Agribusiness Innovation Incubator Consortia (AIIC) comprised of universities, incubatees, research institutions and private sectors be based in any of the following Danida priority countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

The concept notes will be submitted by the Lead Institutions of the prospective Agribusiness Innovation Incubator Consortia (AIIC) to the UniBRAIN Technical Coordinator as indicated on the concept note format. They will be collated and submitted for evaluation by the UniBRAIN Independent Grants Committee, which is comprised of five distinguished persons including four Africans and one selected by Danida.

Concept note form
Concept note form (French)
Application deadline: January 14, 2011


Job: Economist – Agricultural Water Management

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) seeks an economist to work on existing projects and undertake project development activities to sustain partnerships within IWMI’s strategic plan and Theme priorities, specifically in relation to policy options for scaling-up high performance irrigation investments so as to improving agricultural productivity and consequently the specific contribution of improved water management to economic growth, poverty reduction and food security.

Deadline for submission of applications: December 13, 2010


NEW: Call for applicants: The Platform for African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) (version in French)

The Platform for African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) supports the establishment of innovative partnerships of African and European stakeholders that engage in agricultural innovation and collaborative research to address shared challenges and opportunities of the partners involved.

While these research activities will be led by a research partner, the leadership of an innovation process goes beyond the mandate and competence of a research organisation and thus requires that another actor assumes this role. Aspiring partnerships are invited to apply for support to establish their partnership and formulate collaborative ARD proposals targeted at identified funding opportunities

Those who want to receive regular updates from PAEPARD and ARD funding opportunities should register here.

Application form
Application form (French)
Application deadline: January 28, 2011


African Union Research Grants: Open Call for Proposal 2011

The African Union Commission is seeking proposals for research focusing on the following thematic priorities articulated in Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) and its Lighthouse Projects: (a) Post-harvest and Agriculture, (b) Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and (c) Water and Sanitation in Africa. The programme is financed through the Financing Agreement between the European Commission and the ACP Group of States under the ACP Research for Sustainable Development Program of the 10th EDF Intra-ACP Envelop.

Deadline for submission of proposals: April 30, 2011


ASTI-FARA conference on Agricultural R&D: Investing in Africa's Future: Analyzing Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

The Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) initiative and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) are jointly convening this conference.

Date: December 5-7, 2011
Venue: Accra, Ghana


The 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries

This conference aims to provide an opportunity for animal scienctists, veterinarians and those from related disciplines to discuss and debate research issues on animal science, veterinary, aquaculture and animal biotechnology topics.

Date: July 26-29, 2011
Venue: Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand


Job: Head of Programme - Agricultural Development and Policy

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) seeks a Head of Programme to launch a new focused agriculture programme at ODI and lead and manage a team of geographically-dispersed colleagues.

Application deadline: March 11, 2011


Call for papers: Food System Planning Theory and Practice

In this special topic focus, The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) encourages practicing planners and other professionals who are engaged in food system planning, as well as planning scholars and students, to submit applied research-based papers such as case studies, surveys, focus groups and the like, as well as commentary and reflective essays on a wide range of topics.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: April 20, 2011


GCHERA Conference 2011: Universities of agriculture and life sciences: entrepreneurs for sustainable rural development

This Global Consortium for Higher Education and Research in Agriculture (GCHERA) conference will address the role of universities of agriculture and life sciences in sustainable rural development.

Date: June 27-29, 2011
Venue: Institut Polytechnique Lasalle Beauvais, Paris, France


Women in Agricultural Development in Africa 2011

The conference seeks to focus on African women as key to the development of rural areas through their contribution to sustainable agriculture and rural development; including food security.

Date: April 18-19, 2011
Venue: Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa


NEW: Cisgenesis: A new concept for generating useful and acceptable genetically modified crops

This workshop focuses on the Cisgenesis concept. In contrast to Transgenesis, where genes and DNA sequences are moved across the species barriers, Cisgenesis implies that the plants are transformed with its own genetic materials only or genes from species with which it can intercross.

Date: March 21, 2011
Venue: Slagelse, Denmark


International Conference and Exhibition on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa: Fostering Innovation

This conference and exhibition offers participants the opportunity to interact with their colleagues working with tropical and temperate climates. It is also a unique opportunity to learn more about biotechnology research results and needs that we all have in common working with agricultural biotechnology.

Date: May 13-15, 2011
Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


NEW: CDKN Research Call on Climate Compatible Development

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is launching a new research programme on climate compatible development (CCD). The first round of international funding invites applications for projects of £100-£200K in value, and of between 12 and 24 months’ duration.

The themes are:

1) Exploring Climate Compatible Development: principles and practices
2) Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Compatible Development

This call is open to all researchers, requiring South-South or North-South partnerships to be developed and strengthened through research institution collaboration and strong links with policy-makers in-country.

Application deadline: March 31, 2011


Perspectives on global warming and livestock in developing countries of Latin America. Spanish.

Livestock contribute to global warming worldwide. As well, the negative impact of global warming will be more pronounced on livestock of small producers in developing countries. This situation requires mitigation and adaptation strategies that will consider biological, economic and social aspects. These topics will be included in this symposium.

Date: May 10-12, 2011
Venue: Auditorium of Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima, Peru


NEW: Informationsmøde om Joint Programming inden for landbrug, fødevareforsyningssikkerhed og klimaforandringer [in Danish]

Forsknings- og Innovationsstyrelsen inviterer sammen med Det Strategiske Forskningsråd til informationsmøde for alle, der er interesserede i FACCE JPI - Joint Programming inden for landbrug, fødevareforsyningssikkerhed og klimaforandringer, samt mulighederne for at søge midler i dette regi.

Date: April 11, 2011
Venue: Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Veterinary Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark


Course: Responsible sourcing of agricultural commodities: Understanding and managing responsible supply chains for agricultural commodity crops

By the end of this course which is part of the 10th Proforest Summer Training Programme you will understand the issues surrounding sustainable production and responsible sourcing of agricultural commodity products, will be familiar with the main sustainability standards and schemes relevant to oil palm, sugar cane, soy and cotton and will have insight on how to develop and deliver a responsible purchasing approach.

Date: July 19-20, 2011 - 9:00-17:30
Venue: Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom


2011 Global Rice Science Scholarship (2011 GRiSS)

The 2011 GRiSS offers young agricultural scientists/PhDs the opportunity to be experts in a scientific discipline and to have a broader understanding of the global issues that affect rice science for development. This is an opportunity for scientists early in their career who are working in a national agricultural research and extension system in developing countries.

Application deadline: April 30, 2011


NEW: Brussels Briefing on ACP nutrition security: the key role for agriculture

The 23rd Briefing will discuss the key challenges and opportunities for achieving nutrition security, especially in the context of ACP countries, and the policies and actions to improve the linkages between agriculture and nutrition in future.

Date: June 15, 2011
Venue: Brussels, Belgium (online participation possible)


Informationsmøde vedrørende støtte til international landbrugsforskning [in Danish]

Udenrigsministeriets bistandsfaglige tjeneste inviterer til informationsmøde om støtten til international landbrugsforskning. Der vil blive givet en status samt mulighed for at stille spørgsmål og kommentere vedrørende forskningsprogrammet Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), fremtidig dansk støtte til CGIAR forskningsprogrammer, og Universities, Business and Research in Agricultural Innovation (UniBRAIN).

Date: October 11, 2011
Venue: Asiatisk Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark


NEW: Opstart af Agro-Økologisk NGO-netværk [in Danish]

Styregruppen bag Agro-Økologisk Netværk (AØN) inviterer til en dag med faglig inspiration, ideudveksling og diskussioner om opbygning af et dansk NGO-netværk for agro-økologisk landbrugsudvikling.

Date: November 4, 2011
Venue: Økologiens Hus, Århus, Denmark
Deadline for registration: October 28, 2011

Thanks to DDRN member Per Rasmussen for sharing this news!


JOB: Research/Senior Research Fellow. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow and Leader of its country strategy support program in Nigeria for a two year, fixed-term, renewable appointment.  The position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and reports to the Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division.


NEW: The Impact of Youth and Innovation in Agriculture in Latin American and Caribbean

IICA in partnership with the OAS is organizing the 6th Annual ‘IICA Day’ event in the format of an OAS Policy Roundtable. This event will include guest speakers followed by a panel discussion of four youth entrepreneurs in agriculture development.

Date: November 2, 2011
Venue: Washington DC, United States


Assessing Indigenous Fertilizer Production Opportunities in Africa: An Examination of Resources and How to Evaluate Fertilizer Development Opportunities

The five-day workshop program is designed to provide an understanding of resources and technologies available for fertilizer production, knowledge needed to assess the viability of fertilizer projects from small-scale blending units to large  manufacturing plants, an interaction between various actors in the development chain, an international forum for an objective analysis and discussion of agro-mineral resource development.

Date: December 5-9, 2011
Venue: Arusha, Tanzania


Call for Papers: Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa. The African Crop Science Journal (ACSJ) has dedicated one Special Issue to climate change (CC) research and related works in an effort to promote dissemination of information to various stakeholders globally.

Deadline for submission of papers: December 31, 2011.


Terra Viva Grants Update October 2011

This newsletter from Terra Viva contains a series of calls for funding. Application deadlines are from August 2011 to April 2012.


Global Conference on Women in Agriculture
The objectives of this conference are to discuss and deliberate the prevailing and emerging gender issues in agriculture and food systems and the lessons learned for future sustainable development, to take stock of evidence on experiences in enhancing role of women in agriculture, to understand the mechanisms and approaches adopted by the international organizations, regional fora, countries and civil society for empowering women and addressing gender issues in agriculture, and to collate lessons on strategies for strengthening gender research in agriculture to make technology generation and dissemination, agricultural planning and policy making gender sensitive and disseminate them through an edited book and develop a Framework for Action.

Date: March 13-15, 2012
Venue: New Delhi, India


10th African Crop Science Society Conference

From Soil to Soul - Crop production for improved African livelihoods and better environment for future generation.

Date: 9-12 October 2012
Venue: Maputo, Mozambique


The 3rd RUFORUM Biennial Regional Conference

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a network of 29 universities in the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) region. The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the conference is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The Biennial conference is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni - it is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning.

Date: 24-28 September 2012
Venue: Entebbe, Uganda

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: 30 April 2012
Deadline for registration: 30 July 2012


NEW: E-Agriculture for Improved Livelihoods and Food Security: Assessing the Requirements for Electronically Linking Farmers with Markets

Join National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Global Seminar Series at this Center for International Programs hosted session to learn about the role of new technologies in the development of food distribution channels, both domestically and abroad. A unique tool called “Concept Mapping” has been developed by Cornell University to assess the priorities of producers, brokers, consumers and others in developing food distribution networks. Cornell works across geographic, cultural and stakeholder groups to develop visual maps of preferences and barriers to the use of mobile technology. Join to see how this new tool for information gathering works, how it links to their MarketMaker software, and to identify emerging issues in SMS platforms in developing countries.

Date: 10 April, 2012 - 12:30-14:00
Venue: Washington DC, United States

Or join online.


African Green Revolution Forum 2012

The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) focuses on promoting investments and policy support for driving agricultural productivity and income growth for African farmers in an environmentally sustainable way. The Forum, which stems from the African Green Revolution Conference in Oslo, is a private-sector led initiative which will bring together African heads of state, ministers, farmers, private agribusiness firms, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society and scientists, to discuss and develop concrete investment plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa.

Date: 27-28 September, 2012
Venue: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

     
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