Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Friday, January 15, 2021

REPORT: Deforestation Fronts: Drivers and Responses in a Changing World - Full Report

Deforestation Fronts: Drivers and Responses in a Changing World - Full Report

The causes, pace, and magnitude of deforestation and forest degradation have changed over time. The way that different deforestation drivers are connected and the effects they have on forest ecosystems vary across regions. While progress has been made in halting forest loss and degradation, both continue at alarming rates. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of deforestation, connecting drivers and responses on a global scale.

Deforestation Fronts: Drivers and Responses in a Changing World - Summary
A summary overview of the analysis from the full Deforestation Fronts report.

  • Agriculture is the leading driver of deforestation around the world. A growing global population and increased food consumption have led to many forests being converted into farms. 
  • The type of agriculture varies by geography but includes predominantly commercial agriculture, smallholder farming, and cattle ranching in Latin America; subsistence and small-scale commercial farming in Africa; and commercial agriculture and vast plantations in Asia. 
  • In addition to agriculture, deforestation is also being driven by other human activities such as logging; human migration and population increases; extractive industries (mining, oil and gas, etc.); as well as expanding transport and infrastructure projects. 
  • Increased public and private sector collaboration and alignment of efforts to address deforestation and forest habitat conversion are important steps to increasing sustainable food production and protecting local peoples' livelihoods while also reducing the environmental impacts of production, including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • While the exact causes and drivers of deforestation change over time and vary from region to region, one thing remains consistent: The need for place-based solutions to halt deforestation is critical to protecting our global forests while also protecting the interests and livelihoods of the local peoples who live among them.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

WEBINARS: African climate-resilient food systems (1)

13-18 JANUARY, CCAFS, in partnership with Wageningen University & Research and the Dutch ministries of foreign affairs and agriculture, nature and food quality, hosts a series of virtual dialogues on African climate-resilient food systems.

13 January 2021. Part 1 of the Climate resilient food systems for Africa: From evidence to action virtual dialogue series that aims to identify principles and approaches to strengthen evidence-based action.
  • Introduction to the virtual dialogue series - Ivo Demmers, Director, Food Security and Valuing Water Program, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) 
  • Welcome by Chair - Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, Agriculture Research, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), United Kingdom 14:05
  • Paul Desanker, Manager, Response Subdivision, Adaptation, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Keynote presentation: How should innovation systems transform at the national level to support evidence-based adaptation action?
Panel reacting to keynote from different perspectives
  • Christophe Larose, @31:25 Head of Sector, Sustainable Agriculture, European Commission
    "How does agricultural research investments by the European Commission respond to the needs at national level for climate adaptation planning?"
  • Sithembile Mwamakamba, Director, Policy Research and Analysis, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • Marcel van Nijnatten, Policy Coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
  • Chris Kyeswa, Executive Director, Africa 2000 Network 
  • Eunice Likoko, Policy Adviser – Gender and Nutrition, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation - Reflection from the next generation - 

REPORT: Political economy analysis of the Kenyan food systems

 ​Rampa, F., and Dekeyser, K. 2020. AgrInvest-Food Systems Project – Political economy analysis of the Kenyan food systems. Key political economy factors and promising value chains to improve food system sustainability. Rome, FAO. 63 pages
Last updated date 11/01/2021 (typos corrected)

This publication supports the AgrInvest-Food Systems project by analyzing Kenya’s national food system through food systems and political economy approach. These approaches resulted in mapping and linking Kenya’s food system outcomes and challenges, structural factors and drivers, sustainability challenges, and institutions and actors.

These analyses led to the identification of two promising value chains for SDG-aligned investments, namely indigenous vegetables and aquaculture, and of the bottlenecks that currently impede more investments in Kenya.

The analysis provides information to guide the interventions under the FAO AgrInvest-Food Systems project, which aims to help stakeholders understand and manage the complex choices around food system sustainability and resilience, and more specifically assists in promoting sustainable investments in food value chains through a politically informed food system approach. With a view both to narrowing down the complexity involved in Kenya’s food system and increasing the chances of successfully contributing to its improvement, this analysis proposes the adoption of a value chain and a territorial focus for AgrInvest-Food Systems, based on the possible pathways for strengthening sustainability that emerged from this analysis. Indigenous vegetables and aquaculture were identified as strengthening these value chains, which could provide opportunities to simultaneously: contribute to healthier and diversified diets, women’s empowerment, agro-biodiversity protection, better smallholder’s income opportunities, production diversification and climate-resilience; build upon increasing national demand, high potential for processing and synergies with other value chains, as well as growing traction and multi-stakeholder initiatives; while targeting sectors that are currently neglected by policies, research and partnerships.



REPORT: Adopting a sustainable food system approach in Irish Development Cooperation

Adopting a sustainable food system approach: Implications for Ireland’s development programming and policy influencing (2021, 34 pages)

In today’s increasingly complex and interlinked world, we need approaches for navigating complexity, to help us analyse, understand and decide. This is especially true for food-related development and sustainability challenges, which span multiple domains, actors and connections. The many demands placed upon food systems requires systemic approaches that achieve multiple goals at the same time, while being attentive to trade-offs.

This paper discusses the design options and considerations for a sustainable food system approach for Ireland’s development cooperation. While Ireland’s new international development policy, A Better World (2019), underscores the need for systemic responses to the challenges posed by food systems, this has not been integrated into strategy or operations. As such, this paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of food system approaches and provides an overview of two recent case studies of food system approaches in practice. This paper also describes the process through which Ireland’s development cooperation could integrate a sustainable food system approach in strategy or operations, or both. At the strategic level, food-related development cooperation would use a food system narrative and support partners to place their own priorities within it. At the operational level, programming would be determined by an overarching food system strategy that guides the selection of development activities.

There are several opportunities, either currently in place or upcoming, for discussing and adopting a sustainable food system approach by Irish development cooperation, both domestically and internationally. By adopting a food system approach in strategy and programming, Irish food-related development cooperation can tackle multiple priorities more effectively.

This paper is part of our thematic series that focuses on developing and using a ‘food system approach’ to look at food-related challenges. Read the first publication of the series: ‘The food systems approach in practice: Our guide for sustainable transformation‘.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Webinar: Understanding how and why people make food choices in LMIC for promotion of sustainable healthy diets

14 January 2021. First webinar on Drivers of food choice in low- and middle-income countries: a synthesis of evidence

Food choice involves the processes by which people consider, acquire, prepare, distribute, and consume foods and beverages. Viewing nutrition and health outcomes through the lens of food choice ties individual perceptions and behaviors to food environments and food systems. People are the key element of any food system, and their interaction with the food environment is a focal point for understanding what, how, and why people eat. The food environment both shapes and is shaped by individual food choices.

This webinar will include 3 presentations about selected projects to illustrate key findings on drivers of food choice at the individual and household levels with an emphasis on the dynamic and reciprocal relationship with the food environment:
  • Christine E Blake, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina: Key learnings from Drivers of Food Choice Competitive Grants program
  • Mirriam Matita, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Department of Economics, University of Malawi, and Helen Walls, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Household participation in food markets and dietary diversity: evidence from rural Malawi
  • Sigrid Wertheim-Heck, Environmental Policy, Wageningen University: Transformations of the food retail environment and dynamics in food consumption of low-income urbanites: evidence from Vietnam
Background:
The purpose of the 
Drivers of Food Choice (DFC) Competitive Grants Program is to generate evidenceto understand how people make food choices in local food environments, specifically what, how, and why people eat the way they do among low- and middle-income countries. The DFC program funded projects that applied multi-disciplinary perspectives and methods across highly diverse settings and populations in 10 LMICs. 

Videos

WEBINAR: Local vs Global? The role of trade in building food system resilience

13 January 2021. Virtual Event - Local vs Global? The role of trade in building food system resilience. IFPRI

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the global economy and put pressure on food supply chains, debate has resurged about the role of trade in protecting food security. Though food supply chains have proved fairly resilient during the outbreak, many countries have faced both severe disruptions in supply and shifts in food demand. A few have responded with protectionist measures—namely export bans on key staple foods—with the intent of protecting domestic consumers, but depriving those abroad. These measures raise the question: Are food systems strongly connected with global value chains more vulnerable to disruptions or more resilient than more localized food systems?

This seminar brings together food system experts from the research community, policymaking organizations, and the private sector to discuss whether localized food systems with shorter supply chains are more resilient and sustainable than those with longer supply chains and greater integration in global markets.
  • Guido Landheer, Deputy Vice-Minister of Agriculture, The Netherlands
  • Robbert de Vreede, Executive Vice-President Global Foods, Unilever
  • Jeroen Elfers, Corporate Director Dairy Development & Milk Stream, FrieslandCampina
  • Marion Jansen, Director Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
  • Maximo Torero, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Closing remarks: Johan Swinnen, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • ​​​​​​​Moderator: Rob Vos, Director, Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, IFPRI

WEBINAR: CGIAR COVID-19 Hub: Supporting National Responses to a Global Pandemic

12 January 2021. Virtual Event - CGIAR COVID-19 Hub: Supporting National Responses to a Global Pandemic. Co-Organized by IFPRI and CGIAR COVID-19 Hub

PODCAST

As the global leader in agricultural research, CGIAR took action in the earliest days of the pandemic to counter the potentially devastating impact on food security and nutrition worldwide. The CGIAR COVID-19 Hub mobilizes multidisciplinary research and innovation in support of national response efforts.

This seminar brought together researchers and national partners from Bangladesh and Ethiopia, the Hub’s pilot countries, to reflect on progress made and lessons learned. Looking ahead, national partners from Malawi, Nigeria, and other countries joining the Hub will also consider key priorities for future COVID-19 research and response, including mitigating threats to food systems that could arise from similar shocks moving ahead.

Monday, January 11, 2021

VIRTUAL event: One Planet summit for biodiversity

11 January 2021. One Planet Summit for Biodiversity

France, with the United Nations and the World Bank, organized a 'One Planet Summit' for biodiversity in Paris. The Summit brought together heads of state and government, leaders of international organizations, financial institutions, companies and NGOs, all ready to demonstrate that their commitments are leading to concrete actions to preserve and restore biodiversity, and to lead systemic transformations of our economies.

The One Planet Summit, a largely virtual event, included French President Emmanuel Macron, UN chief Antonio Guterres, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Union head Ursula von der Leyen.

Organisers wantrf to lay the groundwork for crunch UN biodiversity talks – postponed because of the pandemic – set to be held in China in October and will see nearly 200 nations attempt to thrash out new goals to preserve Earth’s battered ecosystems.

Great Green Wall Investment Forum


This report was launched 7 September 2020. It evaluates the implementation of a most ambitious project along the southern tip of the Saharan desert in Africa.

The report takes stock of the progress made to restore land, create jobs and generate income in eleven Great Green Wall (GGW) countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. The GGW is an African-led initiative, launched by the African Union in 2007 and designed to transform the lives of 100 million people by growing an 8,000 km long and 15 km wide mosaic of trees, grasslands, vegetation and plants that can restore the degraded lands and help the region's inhabitants produce adequate food, create jobs and promote peace.

The GGW is a symbol of hope in the face of desertification, one of the foremost challenges of our time that has upended livelihoods in the Sahel and turned the region into one of the poorest in the world. Once complete, the Wall will be the largest living structure on the planet: a grown, not built, world wonder, stretching across the entire width of the continent of Africa.

The EU has financed the FLEUVE project: The Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union (2014–2018; 7 million Euros) as well as other activities and projects within the scope of the GGW Initiative. The EU also equally funded the FAO’s Action Against Desertification in 2014 to support the GGW implementation on the ground.

Introduction
  • Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • HE Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission
  • HRH The Prince of Wales
A new joint approach based on 5 pillars of action
  • Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
  • Yannick Glemarec, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund
  • Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Nicole Schwab, co-founder, 1t.org World Economic Forum initiative
A financial commitment commensurate with the challenges
  • Prof. Abdoulaye Dia, Executive Secretary of the Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall
  • Rémy Rioux, CEO, French Development Agency
  • Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank
  • Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank
Combining the challenges of restoration, food security and carbon sequestration thanks to the mobilization of those involved in agroecological value chains
  • Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of America
  • Karim Ait Talb, Deputy General Manager of Geocoton and co-founder of IAM Africa
  • Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova
The time for action
  • Mohamed Ould Cheikh el Ghazouani, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  • Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic

One Planet Summit for the biodiversity

Opening by One Planet Summit founding partners
  • Emmanuel MACRON, President of the French Republic
  • António GUTERRES, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • David MALPASS, President of the World Bank Group
  • HAN Zheng, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China
  • Prince Charles, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales
Session 1 – Protect marine and terrestrial areas
  • Cristián SAMPER, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Carlos ALVARADO QUESADA, President of the Republic of Costa Rica
  • Giuseppe CONTE, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic
  • Prince ALBERT II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco
  • Pedro SANCHEZ, President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain
  • Gilles SIMEONI, President of the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of the European Union
Session 2 – Promoting agro-ecology - Round Table on Great Green Wall
  • Mohamed Ould CHEIKH EL GHAZOUANI, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  • David MALPASS, President of the World Bank Group
  • Gilbert HOUNGBO, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Karim AIT TALB, Deputy General Manager, Geocoton
  • Testimony from Mariam SOW, co-founder, 3AO Alliance Agro-ecology West Africa
  • Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  • Charles MICHEL, President of the European Council


Session 3 - Mobilizing finance for biodiversity - Round table on financing

  • Erna SOLBERG, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway
  • Justin TRUDEAU, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Boris JOHNSON, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Christine LAGARDE, President of the European Central Bank
  • Jean-Pascal TRICOIRE, Chairman & CEO, Schneider Electric
Session 4 – Protecting tropical forests, species and human health

Forests, biodiversity and our health
  • Angela MERKEL, Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
One Health
  • Tedros Adhanom GHEBREYESUS, Director-General of the World Health Organization
  • QU Dongyu, Director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization
Round Table on Deforestation
  • Félix TSHISEKEDI, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Mark RUTTE, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Pascal CANFIN, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament
  • Marco LAMBERTINI, Director-General of WWF International


Upcoming Webinars January 2021

8-11 January 2021. IUCN World conservation congress, Marseille
Postponed to 4-7 September 2021.

11 January 2021.One Planet Summit for Biodiversity
France, with the United Nations and the World Bank, is organizing a 'One Planet Summit' for biodiversity in Paris. The Summit will bring together heads of state and government, leaders of international organizations, financial institutions, companies and NGOs, all ready to demonstrate that their commitments are leading to concrete actions to preserve and restore biodiversity, and to lead systemic transformations of our economies. 


12 January 2021. Virtual Event - CGIAR COVID-19 Hub: Supporting National Responses to a Global Pandemic. Co-Organized by IFPRI and CGIAR COVID-19 Hub



13-18 JANUARY, CCAFS, in partnership with Wageningen University & Research and the Dutch ministries of foreign affairs and agriculture, nature and food quality, hosts a series of virtual dialogues on African climate-resilient food systems.

19 January 2021. PUM Asia Special – Responsible and successful entrepreneurship

21 January 2021, 12h00-14h00 (GMT) Grow local: Conquering high-value markets. Organised by PAFO and COLEACP

25-26 January 2021 – ONLINE WORLDWIDE. Climate Adaptation Summit 2021
The Netherlands government will host an online international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS Online) on 25 January 2021. CAS Online will build on the advances of the UN Climate Action Summit by showcasing pioneering solutions to the climate emergency, and sustaining momentum through to UNFCCC’s COP26 in Glasgow in 2021.


3 February 2021 (8:30 -10:00AM EST) Key Health, Nutrition and Agricultural Services in the Face of COVID-19 in Ethiopia: Lessons Learned. Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity Webinar


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Enhancing Smallholder Farmers' Access to Seed of Improved Legume Varieties

Book “Enhancing Smallholder Farmers' Access to Seed of Improved Legume Varieties Through Multi-
stakeholder Platforms” 205 pages 

This open access book shares the experiences of Tropical Legumes III (TLIII) project in facilitating access to seed of improved legume varieties to smallholder farmers through innovation platforms. It highlights practices and guiding principles implemented in eight developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. 

Expected on: February 4, 2021

This book details key processes that respective teams employed to create an innovation space that delivers seed, other inputs, knowledge and financial services to agricultural communities and most importantly, the underserved farmers in remote areas of the drylands. You can access the book here https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811580130

Uganda: Agricultural Finance Year Book 2020

EPRC. Uganda: Agricultural Finance Year Book 2020. December 2020. 144 pages

12 December 2020. This yearbook discusses the interventions and advances made in policy, strategy, innovations, research; value chain and agricultural investments financing. It further highlights the challenges that policymakers, implementers and value chain actors must address if Uganda’s is to extend its agricultural finance frontier.

The 2020 Agricultural Finance Yearbook, which is the tenth edition in the series, offers an in-depth
analysis of the Agricultural financing landscape in Uganda. The theme for this edition is “Digitalisation and Agricultural financing in Uganda”. 

  • The first chapter of the Yearbook includes an analysis of the impact of government’s policy and strategy on the agricultural sector.
  • Chapter Two of the book chronicles the results of research into recent innovations in support for smallholder farmers and the provision of rural finance.
  • In the third chapter, evidence is presented regarding the financing of agricultural value chains. One of the important finding in this chapter is the lessons learnt from Tanzania’s Consortium Model for the rice value chain. 
Recommendations:
  • Government should urgently address issues that place Digital financial services (DFS) transactions under multiple legislations. Existing legislation should also be reviewed so that it adequately covers digital agribusiness. The draft national policy and strategy on agricultural finance should address DFS needs for agriculture, and DFS should be fitted into agricultural cycles, agri-business skilling and extension services.
  • Government should support SMEs to; rebuild supply and value chains, find new markets, add value to commodities, overcome COVID-induced indebtedness/arrears (e.g. through loan rescheduling, interest rates subsidisation and partial credit guarantees). In the long term, Government should support SMEs to improve resilience to shocks through enhanced access to; value chain information, digital platforms; certified storage facilities, and a more comprehensive range of financial intermediaries that reach the financially ‘excluded’ and ‘informally included’ ASME operators.
  • Those models that have operated viably should be refined and rolled out for broader use in the country. Enactment of a contract farming law, elimination of unfair concessions/waivers imported grain (rice) and setting up systems for collecting reliable agricultural data are some of the underlying conditions for any of these models to succeed.
  • Uganda has to provide a legal framework that can attract intra-African investments, ease trade (particularly for fertiliser and agro-machinery), develop relevant agro-industrialisation policies that ensure enforcement mechanisms for commodity auctions, warehousing and central trading platforms. Investments in research for quality have to be improved; public-private partnership for financing research and innovations promoted and investments in roads extended to the rural areas including ‘last mile’ roads.
  • The Government should improve the effectiveness of these affirmative schemes by; documenting the impact achieved so far, the viable financing models that have emerged, whether the schemes have effectively addressed risks and other factors curtailing the growth of agricultural finance; how the schemes can offer better-blended finance and contribute to the mobilisation of medium and long-term capital for financing the agricultural sector. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

AR4D Funding Opportunities for Africa – January 2021


 

 A G R I C U L T U R AL

 

Research

 

Call for Concept Notes for Promoting Research & Development into Agricultural Innovations and Modern Technologies in Nigeria

The West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Activity (hereinafter referred to as the Trade Hub) is accepting Registrations and Submissions of Concept Notes from qualified Applicants under this APS. The purpose of the Trade Hub activity is to promote and expand employment, trade and investment opportunities, both within West Africa sub-region and international markets. Deadline Date - 24-Feb-2021.

Fiat Panis Foundation — Prize for Master Thesis in Food Security

The Fiat Panis Foundation makes awards for university thesis and dissertation research in themes of agriculture, ecology and natural resources, with a focus on food security in developing countries. The Hans Hartwig Ruthenberg Graduate Award is €7.5 thousand in support of qualified young scientists by honoring their excellent master thesis in the field of food security. The deadline for submissions (German, English) is 30 April 2021.

Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs — Research Collaboration 2021

Within the framework of Danish development cooperation, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls for research proposals between Denmark and researchers in partner countries. Window 1 will fund research (sustainable development and climate change) with partners in the Danida priority countries. Window 2 will fund research (renewable energy, environment, water resources, food quality, maritime development) with partners in growth and transition countries. Window 1 is open to research institutions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Palestine, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda, in addition to Denmark. Window 2 is open to Danish research organizations in collaboration with research institutions in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, South Africa, and Vietnam. For both windows, the application deadline (Phase 1) is 26 February 2021.

USDA-NIFA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program - Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program - Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, and urban agricultural systems. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach and that will significantly improve the supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food, while providing sustainable opportunities for expansion of the bioeconomy through novel animal, crop, and forest products and supporting technologies. These approaches must demonstrate current and future social, behavioral, economic, health, and environmental impacts. Deadline - 1 July 2021

Volkswagen Foundation -- Research Workshops and Summer Schools in Sub-Saharan Africa

In its research program "Knowledge for Tomorrow," the Volkswagen Foundation funds research projects of African scientists in cooperation with partners in Germany. The program supports research across all disciplines. To aid with project proposals and development, the Volkswagen Foundation makes grants for workshops, symposia, and summer schools in Africa to help partners discuss and agree on research priorities and approaches. Applications for workshops and summer schools can be submitted at any time in consultation with the Foundation's contact person for the program.

 

 

Agribusiness

Call for Proposals for Investment Projects Focused on Agro-Processing in Northern Uganda

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has launched a call for proposals for the Investment Projects Focused on Agro-Processing in Northern Uganda to support Agricultural Revitalization and Transformation (START) Funding Facility for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Northern Uganda. UNCDF in partnership with the European Union under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) and the Government of Uganda under the Office of the Prime Minister is implementing a four-year Programme referred to as the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU). The general objective of the Programme is to consolidate stability in Northern Uganda, eradicate poverty and under-nutrition and strengthen the foundations for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development. The programme will benefit 40 districts in Northern Uganda with a total population of over 7 million people. With respect to this call for proposals, UNCDF is focusing on improving access to affordable medium term finance for SMEs engaged in agricultural value addition/agro-processing through a dedicated facility for business development services and blended finance. Deadline – 15 March 2021

 

Private Sector Engagement and Market-Based Development: Co-Creating and Partnering for Impact via Global Development Alliances

 

The United States Government as represented by the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), Private Sector Engagement Team, invites applications for Global Development Alliances (GDAs). Consistent with USAID’s Private Sector Engagement Policy, the focus of this APS is proactive engagement of and collaboration with the private sector in the identification and definition of key business and development problems and opportunities; the development and co-creation of market-based and market-oriented approaches to solve those problems and seize those opportunities; and the facilitation and implementation of such approaches. Closing date for application is on December 16, 2022

 

 

  Bio-diversity, Environment, Climate change

Call for Applications for AgriTour ZA Limpopo Programme – South Africa

AgriTour ZA Limpopo Programme is calling innovators and entrepreneurs to submit digital solutions to help revolutionize Limpopo's agricultural and tourism sector. The project aims to build a network of researchers, designers, innovators and entrepreneurs to establish a vibrant agriculture and tourism technology ecosystem in Limpopo. Polokwane is the ideal city from which to start building the network and will serve as the hub from which to expand the network to more remote parts of the Limpopo Province. The agriculture and tourism sectors boast strong potential for unlocking innovation opportunities that will help build a thriving economy in the Limpopo Province. The aim of the mLab RISP Project is to fuel collaboration amongst stakeholders, and the growth of AgriTech and TravelTech ecosystems in the Limpopo Province by capitalizing on the region’s entrepreneurial successes, existing networks, and public-private partnerships. Deadline – 15 January 2021

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund — Protecting Biodiversity of the East Melanesian Islands

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) invites applications for large grants (up to US$200 thousand) in support of biodiversity conservation in the East Melanesian Islands. The focus is the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and the islands region of Papua New Guinea. Eligibility for funding extends to community groups and associations, NGOs, private enterprises, universities, research institutes, and other civil society organizations. CEPF posts the ecosystem profile and useful information for applicants in the announcement. The deadline for letters of inquiry is 15 January 2021.

 

SGP GEF/PMF FEM Program: Call for Projects for Tunisian NGOs

The Global Environment Facility / UNDP Microfinance Program Implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the Program Global Environment Facility (GEF) microfinance (PMF ) provides non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations (NGOs / CBOs) in developing countries grants to enable them to meet environmental challenges global, while meeting local sustainable development needs.This program aims to contribute to the implementation of strategies and plans national actions for the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity, sustainable management of natural resources and mitigation of the effects of climate change. Deadline 16-Jan-2021

European Commission — Citizen Involvement to Address Climate Change

The European Commission (EC) seeks to strengthen the active role of citizens and their direct involvement to address climate change and other human actions harming the environment. The EC funds projects that directly involve citizens and communities in contributing to climate action and protecting the environment, thereby reducing their carbon and environmental footprint. The Commission considers proposals requesting a contribution between €3-5 million. A full list of eligible countries is provided in the call. The submission deadline is 26 January 2021.

European Commission — Climate-Neutral Cities

The European Commission (EC) seeks partners to develop a one-stop shop platform that provides technical, regulatory, financial and socio-economic expertise to cities for developing and implementing their climate action plans in support of a climate-neutral economy by 2050. The project can involve research organizations, academia, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, national and local authorities and citizens. The platform should facilitate the coordination of ongoing European activities in the area of climate neutrality for cities. The Commission considers proposals requesting a contribution of up to €53 million. A full list of eligible countries is provided in the call. The submission deadline is 26 January 2021.

InsuResilience Solutions Fund — Climate Risk Insurance Products

InsuResilience Solutions Fund (ISF) seeks projects with a holistic approach on disaster relief and preparedness. The Fund will support the development of new climate risk insurance products or the scaling-up of already existing products with the aim to increase the resilience of poor and vulnerable people in developing countries to climate change. The ISF provides grant-based co-funding of up to €2.5 million, but requires matching the grant funding (in-kind and/or as a financial contribution). Eligibility extends to private and public organizations located in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. The application deadline is 29 January 2021.

German Government — International Climate Initiative Small Grants

Germany’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and biodiversity projects that have climate relevance. The focus of the IKI Small Grants scheme is to provide support to the implementation of projects addressing the global loss of biodiversity in connection with climate change. The IKI Small Grants scheme will select project proposals with a funding volume of up to €200 thousand. Not-for-profit organizations and for-profit non-government organizations, if they pursue strictly non-profit objectives, are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is 09 February 2021.

Orange Knowledge Programme: Food Security in a Changing Climate 2021

The Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, part of Wageningen University & Research, is seeking applications for the 2021 Food Security in a Changing Climate Course. Climate Change has a negative impact on food security. Societies need to learn to cope with the changes predicted. That needs appropriate responses by government. However, in many countries the existing governance structures and leadership are not suited to manage climate change. In this course you will not only get a full understanding of climate change but also learn about its impacts and the adaptation and mitigation concepts. It will also encourage you to become a facilitator of change. It will strengthen your skills for stakeholder engagement, policy influencing, advocacy, and negotiation to help you establish more effective governance structures. Deadline – 16 March 2021.

German Government — International Climate Initiative: Thematic Selection

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) funds climate projects that address pressing challenges in the areas of climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation, including the unique issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding amount provided by the German Government ranges from €5 million to €30 million per project. Applicants for funding must apply as a consortium. Nonprofit organizations, enterprises, universities and research institutions as well as international intergovernmental organizations are eligible. The selection procedure is done in two stages. In the first stage, interested implementing organizations submit a project outline. Project outlines must be submitted by 10 March 2021.

Prince Bernhard Nature Fund — Conservation of Endangered Species (Flora & Fauna)

The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund (PBNF) aims to save critically endangered flora and fauna in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It gives funding preference to organizations in these regions, sometimes in partnership with parties in Europe or North America. Projects have to focus on critically endangered species on the IUCN Red List. Grants are up to €20 thousand or US$20 thousand. The PBNF only supports registered non-profits and favors smaller grassroots organizations over international organizations. The next application deadline is 01 February 2021.

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation — Local Project Support

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation supports special projects and programs in the areas of conservation, food, and health in low- and lower-middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field. Eligibility extends to NGOs, community-based organizations and academic institutions. There is no maximum grant size. The average grant is approx. US$20 thousand. Grants exceeding US$30 thousand are rarely awarded. The application deadlines for concept notes are 01 January and 01 July 2021.

City Climate Finance Gap Fund -- Urban Climate Action

The City Climate Finance Gap Fund (Gap Fund) supports cities and local governments in preparing and prioritizing climate-smart plans and investments with the goal of attracting more financing and support for implementation. The Fund focuses on climate-smart urban planning and early-stage project preparation in developing and emerging countries. Selected proposals will receive technical assistance and capacity building. Cities and local authorities can apply by submitting an Expression of Interest. There is no application deadline.

Save Our Species -- Rapid Action Grants: South Africa

Save Our Species (SOS) invites proposals for Rapid Action Grants targeting terrestrial or freshwater threatened species in South Africa. Rapid Action Grants are also open to projects responding to threats linked to COVID-19 crisis and its consequences. To be eligible projects should respond to emergency situations requiring rapid action, rather than proposing programmatic action on long-standing issues. Applicants can request grants up to €100 thousand (no matching funds required) for projects of 12 months duration. Applications can be submitted anytime.

Global Innovation Fund -- Social Innovations for the Developing World

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) welcomes proposals of innovative and cost-effective solutions that address any major development challenge (including energy, water access, agriculture and fisheries) in any country or in multiple countries of the developing world. The program is open to teams and coalitions from social enterprises, for-profit companies, NGOs, government agencies, international organizations, and researchers anywhere in the world. GIF offers grants, loans, and equity investments ranging from US$50 thousand to US$15 million. Applicants should propose the level and type of funding that is appropriate for their innovation, based on the stage of development. GIF accepts applications on a continuous basis.

 

Fellowships/scholarships/grants 

 

Association of Commonwealth Universities — Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships 2021/2022

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) supports the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. The scholarship funds studies for a two-years Master’s degree in low- or middle-income countries of the Commonwealth across many subjects, including conservation ecology, horticulture, agriculture, animal science, and many others. Eligibility extends to citizens of (or with refugee status in) a Commonwealth country other than the country hosting the award. Scholarships cover tuition fees, living expenses (stipend) for duration of award, return economy flight, one-off arrival allowance and research support grant (on request). The application deadline is 18 January 2021.

University of Oxford -- Postgraduate Scholarships 2021/2022

The Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme aims to support outstanding postgraduate students from developing and emerging economies for post-graduate studies at the University of Oxford, UK. Relevant areas of study include: Biodiversity Conservation Management, Earth sciences, Environment, International Wildlife Conservation Practice, Water Science, Zoology, and many others. The scholarship will cover 100% of course fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £15 thousand). The closing date for scholarship applications is 10 January 2021, for most courses.

Harvard University -- Environmental Fellowships 2021

Harvard University's Center for the Environment awards environmental fellowships. The fellowships enable recent doctorate recipients to use Harvard’s resources to tackle complex environmental problems. Eligibility for funding extends to candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any subject area from any university in the world. Candidates may propose research projects in any discipline. The fellowship includes a salary of US$70 thousand per year, plus reimbursement for relocation expenses, annual allowance for travel and other professional expenses. The deadline for applications is 11 January 2021.

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis -- Young Scientists Summer Program 2021

IIASA invites doctoral students worldwide to participate in its Young Scientists Summer Program held at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis's headquarters in Laxenburg, Austria. The selected participants work with IIASA’s senior scientists in research on energy, ecosystem services, water, risk policy and vulnerability, and other topics. Scholarships are available from IIASA's national member organizations. A limited number of scholarships are available from other sources. The deadline for registrations to the 2021 program is 14 January 2021.

German Federal Environmental Foundation -- PhD Fellowships

The German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) offers 60 research fellowships per year to young scientists in Germany and internationally across all disciplines of environmental protection. The funding period is 36 months with a monthly stipend of €1,500. DBU welcomes subjects of international importance, although the work has to be done mainly in Germany, and with a clear reference to the German environmental situation. DBU expects good German language skills from all applicants. The application deadlines are 15 January and 15 June each year.

University of California at Berkeley -- Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program 2021

The Beahrs ELP sponsors an annual three-week summer course in environmental science, policy, management, and leadership at UC Berkeley. The next course is scheduled for July 2021. ELP invites applications from mid-career professionals around the world. Workshops and field trips draw on the strengths of UC Berkeley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area of California. Course participants continue their learning and networking through the Berkeley ELP Alumni Network. The program offers a limited number of partial scholarships. The final deadline for scholarship review is 29 January 2021.

MasterCard Foundation -- Scholarships for Africans at McGill University

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program funds citizens from Sub-Saharan Africa for Master graduate studies at McGill University, Canada. The eligible fields of study under this program include Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry; Animal Science; Biotechnology; and many others. The program offers full scholarships to economically challenged students. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021.

University of Queensland Australia — Online Course: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

The University of Queensland Australia, in partnership with edX, offers an online course on climate change science. Participants will develop the skills and knowledge to better understand climate change, identify the techniques and fallacies that climate myths employ to distort climate science, and learn to effectively debunk climate misinformation. The course is free and no previous knowledge on the subject is required. Enrollment is open. The course starts on 09 February 2021.

Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study -- Fellowships for Early-Career African Researchers

The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) offers the Iso Lomso Fellowships to early-career African researchers in any discipline. The program provides a three-year attachment to STIAS in addition to the possibility of a residency at a sister institute for advanced study in North America, Europe, or elsewhere. Other benefits include support for attending international conferences or workshops, and support to the fellow's home institution for lecturer replacement. The program is aimed at African scholars who have obtained a doctoral degree within the preceding eight years, and who hold an academic position at a university or research institution anywhere in Africa. The application deadline is 15 February 2021.

Call for Applications for 2021 One Planet Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2021 One Planet Fellowship to build a vibrant, highly connected, and inter-generational network of African and European scientists equipped to use a gender lens to help Africa’s smallholder farmers adapt to a changing climate. The One Planet Fellowship is an opportunity for African scientists to share their context-specific knowledge with European scientists, for emerging European scientists to gain valuable exposure to the context within which scientific research is conducted on the continent, and for established scientists from Europe and Africa to invest in building the next generation of climate scientists. Deadline – 15 February 2021

Erasmus Mundus -- Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment, and Society

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (EM JMD ACES) is a full-time master's program for two years for European and international students. Applicants are expected to have an appropriate background in aquaculture, marine science, aquatic biology, biology, environmental sciences, marine resources, environmental economics, or environmental policy. Participating students will divide their semesters among universities in the UK, Greece, and France. The program offers limited scholarships to cover tuition fees, living, and travel expenses. The closing date for scholarship applications is 15 February 2021.

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development — One Planet Fellowship

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) invites applications for the One Planet Fellowship. The Fellowship seeks to build a network of African and European scientist leaders to help Africa’s smallholder farmers adapt to climate change. Applicants from the following Sub-Saharan African countries are eligible to apply: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia. Selected candidates will participate in intensive training workshops aimed at fostering leadership skills, strengthening scientific research skills including integrating gender into their research. The call for applications closes on 15 February 2021.

 

World Wildlife Fund U.S. -- Educational Fellowships 2021

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF-U.S.) supports individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. The Russell E. Train Fellowships provide conservationists from target countries with financial support for their studies and field research. The 2021 focuses on achieving sustainable Blue Economy outcomes, with emphasis on small-scale fisheries and tropical ecosystems across the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Ocean. EFN also provides fellowships to current and aspiring university faculty that are affiliated with or currently employed at African, Asian and Latin American universities to pursue a PhD in conservation-related fields. Applicants may request up to US$30 thousand per year for up to two years. The application deadline is 01 March 2021.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation -- International Climate Protection Fellowships 2021

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers 15 fellowships for young climate experts from developing countries interested in conducting a project in Germany and pursuing long-term collaboration. The fellowship (up to € 2,600 per month) allows future leaders to spend a year in Germany working on a research-based project of their own choice in the field of climate protection. Fellows choose their own hosts. The fellowship includes intensive language training and an orientation program during the introductory phase. The deadline for applications is 01 March 2021.

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education — MSc in Sanitation 2021/2022

IHE Delft accepts applications for academic admission to the Master of Science Program in Sanitation. The program is aimed at young and mid-career sanitation professionals, working in water supply and sewerage companies, municipal assemblies, government ministries, NGOs and consulting firms. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offers 10 partial scholarships for the academic year 2021-2022. Partial scholarships cover €15 thousand of the total costs. The candidate is expected to cover the remaining costs of the program from other sources. The application deadline for partial scholarship through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is 01 May 2021.

Orange Knowledge Programme: Responsible Aquaculture Development 2021

The Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, part of Wageningen University & Research, is seeking applications for the 2021 Responsible Aquaculture Development Course. Aquaculture is a fast growing sector, especially in Asia. Growth has often come with detrimental ecological and social impacts. In other parts of the world, the aquaculture sector has difficulties taking off. This course learns professionals involved in aquaculture sector development with making sector management plans for a certain region or ecosystem that take ecological, socio-economic and governance aspects into consideration. It informs you about the possibilities of more intensive aquaculture techniques such as recirculation systems, better management practices and environmental certification standards that are growing in importance in the western food market. Deadline – 16 March 2021.

Orange Knowledge Programme: Rights-Based Approach to Food and Nutrition Security 2021

The Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI), part of Wageningen University & Research, is seeking applications for the "Rights-Based Approach to Food and Nutrition Security 2021" under Orange Knowledge Programme. The programme starts from 01 November 2021 until 26 November 2021. During the course of life not only a decreased productivity and income-generating are documented but also increased health risks, such as increased risk on birth complications and obesity are being observed, exposing the future generation of children to the same risks. Deadline - 16 March 2021.

Orange Knowledge Programme: Local Economic Development - towards Local Agribusiness Cluster Development 2021

The Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI), part of Wageningen University & Research, is seeking applications for the "Local Economic Development: towards Local Agribusiness Cluster Development 2021" under Orange Knowledge Programme. The programme starts from 01 November 2021 until 17 December 2021. In this regional course given in South Africa, professionals in the field of rural economic development will increase their knowledge, improve their skills and enlarge their toolkit in a highly interactive course. You will bring in your own case and design an intervention strategy to take home. Deadline - 16 March 2021

Orange Knowledge Programme: Feeding Cities - Improving Food Systems in Urban Areas 2021

The Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI), part of Wageningen University & Research, is seeking applications for the "Feeding Cities: Improving Food Systems in Urban Areas 2021" under Orange Knowledge Programme. The programme starts from 27 September 2021 until 18 November 2021. The world becomes increasingly urban. In 2050 two thirds of the world’s population lives in cities, particularly in Africa and Asia. Natural resource scarcity, climate change and population growth pose challenges. Developing sustainable and resilient food systems in urbanising areas, using an integral perspective and facilitating rural-urban integration, is essential to ensure urban food and nutrition security.



Orange Knowledge Programme: Farmer Agency for Rural Economies 2021

Family farmers produce food for a rapidly growing and increasing urban population. How can farmer entrepreneurs improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join this course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening farmers’ organizations. The Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WDI) is accepting proposals for the 2021 Farmer Agency for Rural Economies Course. Deadline 16 March 2021.

Orange Knowledge Programme: Youth Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Changing Food Systems 2021

The Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI), part of Wageningen University & Research, is seeking applications for the "Youth Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Changing Food Systems 2021" under Orange Knowledge Programme. The programme starts from 01 November 2021 until 10 December 2021. The global population is growing, and getting ‘younger’ by the day across Africa and Asia. Young women and men in these continents need jobs or support to start their own businesses. Food systems are straining to feed this expanding population and need to evolve to do this sustainably. Using tools, frameworks, case studies, interactive sessions and site visits, this course blends practical hands-on training with cutting-edge research. Deadline – 16 March 2021

Technische Universität Dresden -- Masters in Tropical Forestry 2021 

The MSc Course in Tropical Forestry taught at Technische Universität Dresden (TDU) in Germany qualifies students to develop sustainable forest management strategies and implement development-relevant interventions in rural and peri-urban areas. Germany's DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) will fund a limited number of scholarships for applicants from developing countries to enroll in TDU’s 2-year masters program. Applicants must hold a university degree in forestry, agriculture, horticulture, or other related field. The deadline to apply for DAAD scholarships is 30 October 2021.

 

AWARDS and O T H E R

African Agriculture Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) 2020-2021 (Round 5)

 

UK registered higher or further education institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £2 million to help fund an innovation project with another knowledge base and a business partner registered in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa. The business partner and African knowledge base partner must both be based in the same one of the following countries: Republic of Ghana, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Kenya or Republic of South Africa. Deadline – 27 January 2021

 

Global Water Intelligence — Global Water Awards 2021

 

Nominations are open for the annual Global Water Awards 2021. Global Water Intelligence seeks technologies, plants, projects, and companies that made significant contributions to the development of the water sector. Focus areas include water or wastewater treatment, water conservation and management, ecologically sustainable industry technologies, and commercial solutions, among others. Nominations are open to everyone (including individuals, companies, organizations, or initiatives etc.). Nominations close on 28 February 2021.

 

GET.invest — Finance Catalyst

 

The GET.invest Finance Catalyst supports small- and medium-scale renewable energy projects and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific region. The program provides advisory support on project and business plan development, project and business structuring and accessing finance, at no costs. Eligible applicants may be private sector developers, NGOs, universities or research institutions. Applications are available in English only but applicants can request support to overcome language-related issues. The Finance Catalyst operates on various submission rounds all year long. Applications can be submitted anytime.

 

Seeding Labs — Scientific Equipment for Research and Education

 

Seeding Labs welcomes applications to participate in Instrumental Access. The program makes high-quality laboratory equipment and supplies more affordable to university departments in low- and middle-income countries. Seeding Labs receives donated equipment from a variety of sources, including research institutions and manufacturers. Applicants submit online requests for items included in the Seeding Labs equipment inventory. Items are mainly for biology and chemistry. The average value of the items included in a shipment, based on the secondary (used) market, is generally in the range of US$100 thousand. The recipient organizations are charged a fee (based on their country’s income level) for program administration, equipment warehousing, equipment packing, and ocean freight. The deadline for submissions is 12 February 2021.

 

Applications Open for the Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards

 

The Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards recognize global excellence in food innovation and community impact. Arrell Food Institute recognizes global leaders who are ensuring future food security for the planet, and hopes to inspire new leaders to take bold steps towards change. Scientific excellence and community engagement are necessary to overcome the challenges our world will face in feeding 9 billion people and beyond. Deadline – 28 February 2021.

 

Iridescent — Technology Entrepreneurship Program for Girls

 

Technovation invites teams of girls from all over the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. Girls work with women mentors, find a problem in their community and develop a mobile app to launch a startup. Categories may include environment, poverty, health, and others. Eligibility extends to teams of up to 5 girls (aged 10-18 years). Registration deadline is 12 March 2021.

 

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation -- Marine and Ocean Conservation 2021

 

The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation makes grants in thematic areas that include marine and ocean conservation. The Foundation is interested in marine protected areas; sustainable fisheries; conserving sharks and rays; conservation of coral reefs; and limiting plastics pollution. Eligibility extends to U.S. nonprofit organizations that have 501(c)3 registration and international conservation organizations. The application deadlines for project support in 2021 are 20 November 2020 and 07 June 2021.

 

American Society of Mammalogy -- Support to African Graduate Students

 

The African Graduate Student Research Fund makes awards to African nationals pursuing graduate degrees in mammalogy. Projects must be field oriented investigations of natural history, conservation, ecology, systematics, wildlife biology, biogeography, or behavior. Each of two awardees will receive US$1,500 and an online membership to the Society. Applications can be submitted in English or French The application deadline is 01 April 2021.

 

Call for Nominations for World Food Prize

 

The World Food Prize is awarded for a specific, exceptionally significant, individual achievement that advances human development with a demonstrable increase in the quantity, quality, availability of, or access to food through creative interventions at any point within the full scope of the food system. The Prize recognizes achievements made by individuals working in every part of the world, representing the diversity of the global food and nutrition security community. The Prize aims to give due recognition to individuals of diverse geographic areas, as well as gender, age, race and ethnicity. Deadline - 01-May-2021.