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03 September 2013 Add Comments
3rd Bambara Groundnut Workshop

3rd Bambara Groundnut Workshop

The Crop Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR) and Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) will be organising the “3rd International Bambara Groundnut Workshop”, to take place on 24 September 2013 in Ellking Hotel, Accra, Ghana. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS 2013) and is an open meeting for anyone who wishes to attend, particularly NUS 2013 delegates.

Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea L.) is an indigenous African legume which fills the same ecological niche as the introduced South American groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) but it is believed to have greater drought tolerance and pest resistance. The workshop is an opportunity for the wider community working on Bambara groundnut (and underutilised legumes more generally) to discuss collaborative links which will help to broaden the international scope of the research effort and dissemination of findings concerning this legume.

Interested participants are advised to register directly with the organisers of the workshop, Ms. Razlin Azman at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please visit the official website of the 2012 Crops for the Future Research Symposium for further details and a report on the previously held 2nd International Workshop on Bambara Groundnut.

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.

25 July 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.

08 July 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.

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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