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23 October 2013 Add Comments

Three new training courses on neglected and underutilised species have just been announced by Bioversity International and partner organisations to take place in November and December this year in Uganda and Benin. The courses seek to strengthen research capabilities of African researchers and specifically address: 1) scientific writing and communication, 2) value chain research, and 3) food systems. The call invites holders of at least a Master’s degree and not older than 40 years from Benin, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal (Benin course) and Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda (Uganda courses) to apply not later than 28 October.

01 August 2013 2 Comments
International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables

International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) and the International Society for Horticulture Science (ISHS) will be organising the “International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables”, to take place 18-20 August 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the 29th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014).

The conference aims to increase agricultural systems diversification – focusing on indigenous vegetables – in order to improve human nutrition through better balanced diets and to achieve more resilient, profitable, and sustainable small-holder production and marketing systems. The target region of interest of this symposium will be confined to the Pacific Island communities and other locations in Africa and Asia, where poor current dietary choices have led to critically high human health costs to society.

International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables” is now calling for abstracts to be submitted by 01 November 2013 on the following topics:

  1. Germplasm and seed systems;
  2. Sustainable production for more resilient systems;
  3. Postharvest and commercialisation; and
  4. Nutrition and consumption

Applicants are advised to write directly to the conveners of the symposium, Dr. Dyno Keatinge or Dr. Jaw-Fen Wang, at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please visit the official website of “International Symposium on Indigenous Vegetables” for more information.

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 Add Comments

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is inviting concept notes for the 2013 call of the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund.

The call aims to support new research on improving food production and distribution, as well as research looking into the health and nutritional dimensions of food security in developing countries.

Submissions may come from new or existing partnerships and the deadline for application is 05 June 2013. Please visit the official website of the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund for more information on the full guidelines, application form, and eligibility criteria. Additional enquiries should be directed to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

03 May 2013 Add Comments
By Tyson Deal/University of Georgia, USA


University of Georgia Study:

Moringa as a Solution for Nutrition and Poverty Issues: Identifying its Limitations for Adoption in Agricultural Development

Familiar with Moringa oleifera? I need your help! My name is Tyson Deal, and I am a graduate student at the University of Georgia pursuing a Master’s of Agricultural Leadership. I am very interested in Moringa’s use in agricultural development for increased nutrition and poverty reduction. I am conducting a study about Moringa and the limiting factors of its adoption and use for agricultural development. My overarching question is: Why is Moringa not used more in agricultural development?

I am looking for individuals to participate in a research study for my master’s thesis. The study involves a survey of Moringa experts. If you are interested in participating, the link to the questionnaire is: https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Xy1dFhvC4VrQcB. It should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. There is possibility for one follow up email for clarification or elaboration purposes. If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact me at email hidden; JavaScript is required or the primary investigator (PI) Maria Navarro at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

If you prefer to answer the questions via e-mail or to participate in an interview, please let me know by e-mailing me at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Your time, participation, and input are greatly appreciated.


Tyson Deal
Graduate Assistant
University of Georgia
Department of Agricultural Leadership,
Educations, & Communication
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+1 970-618-2976
Dr. Maria Navarro (PI)
Associate Professor
131 Four Towers Building
UGA Campus
Athens, GA 30602-4355
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+1 706-583-0225