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02 August 2013 5 Comments
Food Security Center (FSC)

Food Security Center (FSC)

The Food Security Center (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, invites applications for the PhD Program “Global Food Security”.

FSC will award up to 20 PhD and post-doctoral scholarships to candidates from developing countries. Conducted in English, the PhD programme seeks to support development-oriented agricultural sciences as they relate to food security. It will start in September 2013 and will last for 37 months, until September 2016.

Applicants are advised to write directly to FSC at email hidden; JavaScript is required before the application deadline of 15 August 2013. Please visit the official website of FSC’s Scholarships & PhD programme for more information.

26 June 2013 Add Comments

The dates for the “3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species: For a Food-Secure Africa” (NUS 2013) have now been defined. The conference will take place 25-27 September 2013, in Accra, Ghana.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations need to be submitted by 15 July 2013 on the following themes:

  1. Resilience of agricultural and livelihood systems
    a)   Diversification for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa
    b)   NUS for nutrition and health
  2. Upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized species
  3. Creating an enabling policy environment
    a)   Policy frameworks
    b)   Capacity development and institutions
    c)   Partnership, projects, platforms

Guidelines on how to submit an abstract, information on sponsorship opportunities, and general information on the conference are available on www.NUS2013.org

25 June 2013 Add Comments

A Memorandum of Understanding signed on 21 June 2013 between Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) and the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) marks a new chapter in our drive to form strategic alliances with key players in international agricultural research.

CCARDESA is a not-for-profit sub-regional research and development organisation operating from Gaborone, Botswana. With support from member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and agricultural stakeholders and development partners in the region, CCARDESA aims to increase smallholder productivity and competitiveness through initiating or collaborating on research and development projects.

The agreement between CFFRC and CCARDESA follows positive discussions between the two organisations on the way forward for collaborative research.  Drawing on their joint strengths and experiences, it outlines the basis upon which these organisations will co-operate in the development of novel agricultural technologies especially in relation to underutilised crops.  Under the memorandum, the organisations undertake to co-operate in a number of areas including;

  1. Research on underutilised crops for food and non-food uses;
  2. Technology development and transfer practices;
  3. Biotechnology;
  4. The development of products and supply chains from underutilised crops;
  5. The promotion of sustainable agriculture;
  6. The contribution of underutilised crops to improved human and animal wellbeing.

Collaboration will include exchanges of staff, resources and knowledge, joint research proposals and staff training and development.

  1. Memorandum Of Understanding - CFFRC & CCARDESA

    Prof. Timothy Simalenga of CCARDESA (left) and Prof. Sayed Azam Ali of CFFRC (right) at the signing of the Memorandum Of Understanding

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10 May 2013 4 Comments
International Quinoa Research Symposium

International Quinoa Research Symposium

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in partnership with Washington State University, will be organising an International Quinoa Research Symposium, to take place 12-14 August 2013 at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA.

Set in the context of the United Nations’ International Year of the Quinoa 2013 (IYQ), the symposium seeks to draw attention to quinoa’s biodiversity and nutritional value and will provide an update on the status of quinoa research. There will also be opportunities to visit local field trials.

Travel scholarships to attend the symposium are available for farmers and students. Applicants are advised to write directly to Dr. Kevin Murphy at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please visit the official website of International Quinoa Research Symposium for more information.

07 May 2013 1 Comment

Yale University will be organising the “Yale Food Systems Symposium”, to take place 18-19 October 2013 at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

The symposium addresses the complex ecological and socio-economic processes of food production, consumption, climate change and rapid urbanisation.

The conveners are now calling for abstracts and workshop proposals before 01 July 2013 on these topics:

  • Climate change and the food system
  • Urbanisation, land use change, and food systems planning
  • Politics, policies, and governance across scales
  • Agricultural biodiversity and issues of genetic property
  • Sustainable intensification, multi-functional agriculture
  • Urban-rural linkages
  • Public and market-based approaches to regulating the food system
  • Alternative food networks
  • The right to food, food justice, and food sovereignty movements
  • Industrial ecology approaches to food systems analysis
  • Sustainable diets and assessing and forecasting nutrition trends
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • University-community partnerships

Please visit the official symposium website for more information.