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Jul - 25 - 2013 2 Comments
Contemporary Approaches to Genetic Resources Conservation and Use

Contemporary Approaches to Genetic Resources Conservation and Use

Wageningen University and the Research Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) will be organising a training programme on “Contemporary Approaches to Genetic Resources Conservation and Use”, 07-25 April 2014, in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

The overall objective of this training programme is to enhance participants’ capabilities to analyse plant genetic resources policies and their impact on conservation and use, and to support policymakers and other stakeholders in the implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (IT-PGRFA) in the national context.

Full travel, board and lodging expenditures will be provided by the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes to successful applicants. Deadline for fellowship application is 1 October 2013 (see “Scholarship Online“).

Please read this PDF document or visit the official website of CDI for more information.

Jul - 8 - 2013 2 Comments
First Global Conference on Yam (Dioscorea species)

First Global Conference on Yam (Dioscorea species)

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) will be organising the “First Global Conference on Yam (Dioscorea species)”, to take place 03-06 October 2013 in Accra, Ghana.

The conference aims to serve as a platform for consultation and development of a global strategy for improving the yam sector through genetic enhancement, crop protection, adaptation to climate change, prevention of post-harvest losses, improved seed systems and improved market access.

IITA is now calling for abstracts to be submitted by 12 August 2013. Applicants are advised to write directly to Dr. Robert Asiedu at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please visit the official website of “First Global Conference on Yam” for more information.

Jun - 26 - 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

May - 10 - 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.

May - 7 - 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.