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2nd Global Moringa Meet 2013

2nd Global Moringa Meet 2013

The Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP) will be organising the “2nd Global Moringa Meet 2013”, along with a “Two Days Moringa State of Art International Workshop” this coming 21-22 November 2013 in Jaipur, India.

 

The focus of the events is to share the latest research and developments on Moringa crop production and commercialisation.

You can contact the organizers directly at email hidden; JavaScript is required, or visit the official conference website for more information.

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Together with a number of international and Spanish partners, CFF co-organised  the “International Seminar Crops for the XXI Century”, held last December in Cordoba, Spain. The seminar resulted in the Cordoba Declaration, which calls for more diversity in agricultural and food systems, principally through greater use of neglected and underutilised species (NUS). Specifically the declaration proposes action along these lines:

  • Farmers threshing quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), near Puno, Peru.

    Farmers threshing quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), near Puno, Peru.

    Improving education and awareness to ensure that the values of a much wider range of NUS are recognized by all society;

  • Increasing recognition and support for small scale and family farmers, women and men, in maintaining diversified and resilient agricultural systems;
  • Facilitating the conservation, access, availability, use and exchange of seeds by farmers;
  • Promoting formal and informal research and plant breeding to realize the full potential of NUS;
  • Improving access to markets and stimulating demand for a wider range of NUS, while ensuring that benefits are shared fairly.
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The Horticulture CRSP Trellis Fund

The Horticulture CRSP Trellis Fund

The Horticulture CRSP Trellis Fund provides small-scale, in-country development organisations access to U.S. graduate student expertise, providing benefit to both the student and the in-country institutions.

Organisations in 18 selected developing countries are invited to identify a horticultural problem facing local farmers and the type of expertise they seek in a U.S. graduate student. Interested organisation are requested to submit a project proposal with their intended objectives, activities, gender program and a $2,000 budget

Graduate students from UC Davis, Cornell University, North Carolina State University and University of Hawaii at Manoa are invited to submit applications to participate in this programme. Selected students will travel to meet their partner organisation and, upon return, will support their organisation’s outreach programme via email.

Deadline to both organisations and graduate students applications closes on 04 March 2013. Please visit the official website of the Horticulture CRSP Trellis Fund 2013 for more information or direct your enquiries to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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Prof. Sue Walker from Crops for the Future Research Centre will give a presentation on “What Agromet offers to help cope with climate change and variability?” as part of a series of joint seminars of the agrobiodiversity and agrobiosciences PhD programmes at the Institute of Life Sciences, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, on 06 February 2013, in Pisa, Italy.

Please visit here for more information.

 

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The next Wikimedia International Conference – Wikimania will be held 9 – 11 August 2013, in Hong Kong. If you are already an active contributor to any of the various Wikipedia projects, you might want to apply for a travel scholarship. The Wikimedia Foundation encourages participation of people from diverse backgrounds. The deadline for application is 22 February 2013.

Our colleague Mei Jiun Kwek participated in Wikimania 2012 and here she explains why the NUS community should participate and contribute to the Wikipedia project.

Even if you have yet to become an active editor, you are still welcome to join the event and you can register here.