Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Scale Up Sourcebook

The Scale Up Sourcebook is informed and inspired by the September 2018 conference, Innovations in Agriculture: Scaling Up to Reach Millions, organized by Purdue University, in partnership with the African Development Bank. 

The Sourcebook consolidates, extends, and disseminates some of the scaling insights presented at the Purdue conference. It is intended as an easy-to-use guidebook targeted to a broad and diverse audience of stakeholders associated with scaling agricultural technologies and innovations to meet the needs of the world’s poor. 

The Sourcebook has following chapters: 
  1. designing with scale in mind; 
  2. assessing scalability; 
  3. using commercial markets to drive scaling; 
  4. financing the transition to scale; 
  5. creating an enabling environment for scale; 
  6. tailoring metrics, monitoring, and evaluation to support sustainable outcomes at scale; 
  7. and the critical role of intermediary and donor organizations. 
The Sourcebook provides guidance, tips, and examples, along with links and references to additional resources on scale up.

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25-27 September 2018. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. A conference focused on effective approaches to scaling up agricultural technologies and innovations in the developing world.

Scaled-up agricultural technologies and innovations can be a game-changer in food-insecure countries. This conference sought to address the following questions about scale up:
  • What hinders large scale adoption?
  • What makes things scalable?
  • What driving factors are critical for successful scale up? (e.g., markets, capital, policy, behavioral changes)
  • How can multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives facilitate success?
  • What has worked, what hasn’t, and why?
  • Who can I connect with at the conference to enhance scale up efforts?
This conference was intended for multiple audiences in the research to impact continuum.
Researchers: Increase the potential for successful commercialization of research efforts by better understanding scale up requirements and partner needs
  • Implementing organizations: Gain insight to working with donors, governments and industries for scaling up innovations toward sustainable agriculture
  • Business community: Understand the role and needs of both large agriculture companies and local businesses in scaling up. Develop and strengthen partnerships to expand markets
  • Policymakers: Understand how the regulatory framework and enabling environment catalyze or inhibit technology scale up that impacts the agricultural sector
  • Donors and investment communities: Understand the opportunities, challenges, and focus of the research community and implementing organizations, to form early relationships with attention to scale up needs

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Video: Morocco: Recognizing the importance of insects

14 August 2019. A film by Mabel Gundlach for Deutsche Welle. Scientists and farmers in northern Morocco are measuring the number of remaining insects. Populations of butterflies, wild bees and flies have fallen, which could have a dramatic impact on food production.

Populations of butterflies, wild bees and flies have fallen in many countries globally, which could have a dramatic impact on food production, ecosystems, climate change resilience, human wellbeing and future peace.

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are threatened around the world. An ICARDA-project introducing the Farming with Alternative Pollinators (FAP) approach is encouraging farmers in Morocco to use marketable pollinator attracting plants like oil seeds, spices or more diverse food crops around the fields or within strips and insect hotels to protect them. Different to reward-based wildflower strips in Europe and America, pollinator protection by FAP includes support for nesting. FAP also builds on enhancing the knowledge and skills of farmers and measuring the impacts caused by the habitat enhancement on insect diversity (pollinators, natural enemies and pests) and income.

Trials in Uzbekistan and Morocco show high income gain per surface and high reduction of pests, so FAP also reduces the need for chemicals. ICARDA works on reducing chemicals with other methods already for decades. FAP includes also a cross-sector policy mix, affordable also for Low Income Countries. Morocco already joined the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators in May 2019 and works on a national pollinator protection strategy. The project coordinator, Dr. Stefanie Christmann presented FAP and first project results during COP CBD 2018 in Sham El Sheikh.

Background:

  • Project goal: Protecting pollinators
  • Project duration: June 2017 to May 2022
  • Donor: The German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
  • Budget: €6,583,079 ($7,361,758) within the framework of the International Climate Initiative.The funding covers seven countries, including Morocco. Project partners in Morocco: INRA and ONCA. Outscaling FAP-projects in Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Turkey will start in 2020
Bees, butterflies and flies play an essential role in pollinating plants. Without them, humans would have a hard time finding food. Some 75 percent of our most-cultivated crops depend on insect pollination. 87% of all flowering plants need pollinators, we would lose them and their ecosystem services in case of pollinator loss. Cross-pollination also enriches  the genetic diversity of plants, which in turn helps them adapt to climate change.
But around the world, pollinators are under threat.[1]
[1] Potts SG, Imperatriz-Fonseca V, Ngo HT, Aizen MA, Biesmeijer JC, Breeze TD, et al. (2016a) Safeguarding Pollinators and their values to human well-being. Nature 540:220–229
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report, approved by more than 130 countries, recognizes the fundamental importance of conserving agricultural diversity for human and environmental well-being

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security

17 June 2019. The 2019 Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security, awarded in partnership with Agropolis Fondation, recognises an innovative scientific research project for its potential impact on the availability, accessibility, affordability and adequacy of food, in line with UN SDG#2: End Hunger.

The 2019 Prize has been awarded to pioneering landscape mapping that’s re-imagining subsistence farming.

Innovation Mapping for Food Security (IM4FS) – co-led by Dr Tomaso Ceccarelli of Wageningen University Research and Dr Elias Eyasu Fantahun of Addis Ababa University – recommends “best-fit” combinations of crops, farming practices, and environmental and socio-economic conditions, to optimise smallholder yields of staple crops. 
“The challenge of IMF4S is to promote agricultural innovations and ‘best practices’ in food insecure areas of the country. This is done with the support of data and IT solutions which can help in disseminating the best-fit innovations. What are the best crops to grow in a specific area? Should this be facilitated by specific fertilizers, crop protection techniques, or rural infrastructures? Are there additional risks associated to climate change or soil nutrient depletion which need the support of credit to farmers? There are some questions the Project – IM4FS – is attempting to address,” Dr. Tomaso Ceccarelli co-leader of the IM4FS Project
Applied at scale, it has the potential to transform productivity in countries like Ethiopia, hit by food insecurity. IM4FS is a novel approach supporting the introduction of farming best practices in food insecure areas. It builds on the CASCAPE project (https://www.wur.nl/en/show/cascape-1.htm) which has successfully designed and implemented ‘best-fit’ combinations of crops, soils and innovative farming technologies. IM4FS aims to make these innovations work for many more farmers, in CASCAPE and other projects such as REALISE (https://benefitethiopia.org/). IM4FS looks first at what is needed to make such innovations a success. It then matches, in a given area, best farming practices with bio-physical, socio-economic resources and demography.

IM4FS wants to provide a tool for decision makers such as planners, researchers, agro-processors, extension specialists, financial institutions, as well as farmers, to simulate which interventions should be done where, and when. This is done by creating future scenarios.

Several of the about 80 ‘best-fit’ practices validated by CASCAPE have already been incorporated within the national/regional extension package. 
“The plan is to reach out over 750.000 smallholder farmers by 2019. Financial institutions will understand better the risk they face in promoting agricultural credit for a specific area and crop and design the best loans for farmers. Extension specialists and researchers at national level will work out better strategies to combat climate change, for instance identifying crop cultivars adapted to rising temperatures. Smallholder farmers will also have an advantage because the impacts above will help them coping with food insecurity also in face of climate change,” Eyasu Fantahun  co-leader of the IM4FS Project
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Monday, August 12, 2019

2019 Rural Development Report. Creating opportunities for rural youth


IFAD is sharpening its focus on rural youth and in this funding period, 2019- 2021, targeting a dramatic increase in the number of young people trained in income-generating activities or business management. This report is based on substantive evidence and attempts to provide the kind of analysis that can inform policies, programmes and investments to promote a rural transformation that is inclusive of youth. It examines who rural youth are, where they live, and the multiple constraints they face in their journey from dependence to independence.

A distinguishing feature of this report is that it examines rural development in the context of the transformation of rural areas and the wider economy. Opportunities for young women and men begin with a transformation towards a dynamic rural economy. These opportunities depend on the national, rural and household settings in which young people reside. Only by understanding these multiple layers can governments and decision makers design effective policies and investments to enable young rural women and men to become productive and connected individuals who are in charge of their own future.

FULL REPORT
OVERVIEW

Chapters
  1. Thinking differently about rural youth DOWNLOAD
  2. Where do rural youth live, and how do they engage with the economy? DOWNLOAD
  3. Empowering rural young women to pursue productive livelihoods DOWNLOAD
  4. Socio-political participation of rural youth DOWNLOAD
  5. Capturing the demographic dividend for rural youth DOWNLOAD
  6. How can rural youth prosper in changing agrifood systems? DOWNLOAD
  7. Climate Change is a youth issue DOWNLOAD
  8. Digital divide(nd)? DOWNLOAD
  9. Rural youth challenges and opportunities across and within regions DOWNLOAD
  10. Thinking differently about investing in rural youth  DOWNLOAD


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Is the Most Water-Stressed Region on Earth

6 August 2019. Washington DC. 17 Countries, Home to One-Quarter of the World's Population, Face Extremely High Water Stress
  • The World Resources Institute’s updated Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas finds that 17 countries, which are home to a quarter of the world’s population, face “extremely high” water stress. The tool ranks water stress, drought risk, and riverine flood risk across 189 countries and their sub-national regions, like states and provinces.
  • As of 2019, 17 countries in total are now experiencing "extremely high" levels of baseline water stress, according to recent data from the World Resources Institute (WRI).
  • Using peer-reviewed data to map water risks such as floods, droughts and stress, WRI has ranked water stress, drought risk, and riverine flood risk across 189 countries and their sub-national regions, like states and provinces.
The results clearly highlight the Middle East and North Africa as the most water-stressed region on Earth by far. In fact, 12 out of the top 17 most water stressed countries listed by WRI were located in this hot and dry region, collectively known as MENA. Qatar, Israel, and Lebanon ranked in the top three.
"Water stress is the biggest crisis no one is talking about. Its consequences are in plain sight in the form of food insecurity, conflict and migration, and financial instability.The newly updated Aqueduct tools allow users to better see and understand water risks and make smart decisions to manage them. A new generation of solutions is emerging, but nowhere near fast enough. Failure to act will be massively expensive in human lives and livelihoods.” Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute.
17 most water-stressed countries 
Twelve out of the 17 most water-stressed countries are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The region is hot and dry, so water supply is low to begin with, but growing demands have pushed countries further into extreme stress. Climate change is set to complicate matters further: The World Bank found that this region has the greatest expected economic losses from climate-related water scarcity, estimated at 6-14% of GDP by 2050.

Yet there are untapped opportunities to boost water security in MENA. About 82% of the region’s wastewater is not reused; harnessing this resource would generate a new source of clean water. Leaders in treatment and reuse are already emerging: Oman, ranked #16 on our list of water-stressed countries, treats 100% of its collected wastewater and reuses 78% of it. About 84% of all wastewater collected in Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) is treated to safe levels, but only 44% goes on to be reused.

3 Ways to Reduce Water Stress
In any geography, water stress can be reduced by measures ranging from common sense to cutting-edge. There are countless solutions, but here are three of the most straightforward:
  1. Increase agricultural efficiency: The world needs to make every drop of water go further in its food systems. Farmers can use seeds that require less water and improve their irrigation techniques by using precision watering rather than flooding their fields. Financiers can provide capital for water productivity investments, while engineers can develop technologies that improve efficiency in agriculture. And consumers can reduce food loss and waste, which uses one-quarter of all agricultural water.
  2. Invest in grey and green infrastructure: Aqueduct’s new data shows that water stress can vary tremendously over the year. WRI and the World Bank’s research shows that built infrastructure (like pipes and treatment plants) and green infrastructure (like wetlands and healthy watersheds) can work in tandem to tackle issues of both water supply and water quality.
  3. Treat, reuse and recycle: We need to stop thinking of wastewater as waste. Treating and reusing it creates a “new” water source. There are also useful resources in wastewater that can be harvested to help lower water treatment costs. For example, plants in Xiangyang, China and Washington, D.C. reuse or sell the energy- and nutrient-rich byproducts captured during wastewater treatment.
The data is clear: There are undeniably worrying trends in water. But by taking action now and investing in better management, we can solve water issues for the good of people, economies and the planet.

Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue

 5-6.August 2019. Kigali. Core partners — African Union Commission (AUC), African Development Bank (AfDB), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and World Bank (WB) —  convened this high-level meeting.

The event, hosted by the Government of Rwanda, pulled together heads of state, ministers of agriculture and finance, heads of international institutions and Regional Economic Commissions (RECs), Nobel laureates, and eminent scientists to catalyze actions and financing to help address Africa’s worsening food security crisis under climate change.
  • The aim of the AFSLD wss to facilitate engagement between governments and key development partners to galvanize unified action for Africa's agriculture and food systems in response to climate change. 
  • Around 250 people attended the two-day event, including the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame and European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica.
  • The dialogue facilitated engagement between key stakeholders to galvanize unified action around adaptation of Africa’s agriculture and food systems to climate change. 
  • At the Kigali meeting, the core partners signed a communiqué that will formalize a commitment to better coordinate and facilitate joint actions.
The Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue is fully in line with the Africa Union Agenda 2063 and is intended to support the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) and leverage existing platforms.

Towards A New Collaboration: Scaling up Investment and Policy Response for Food Security in a Changing Climate
  • H.E. Ambassador Josefa Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
  • Gilbert Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Hafez Ghanem, Vice President, Africa Region, World Bank
  • Ute Klamert, Assistant Executive Director for Partnerships, World Food Program
  • Martin Fregene, Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry, African Development Bank Group

With the ‘2019 State of Food Security and Nutrition’ report by FAO indicating that 31 percent of the nearly 821 million people who are hungry worldwide come from sub-Saharan Africa, Kagame called for collective efforts among partners to end the threat.
“Increased agricultural productivity is essential for eradicating hunger and undernourishment. But food security is not where we stop. We want a continent that is truly prospering in every sense of the term. And agriculture is undoubtedly the foundation of Africa’s prosperity. That is the larger ambition we must challenge ourselves to achieve. We owe it to the generations that follow us”

16 Initiatives Redefining Food and Agriculture Across the Middle East

31 July 2019. Food Tank is highlighting 16 organizations redefining how the Middle East eats, grows, and disposes of its food. These projects not only redefine the future of food and agriculture, but are preserving regional diets, farming traditions, and ancestral knowledge that originated modern agriculture in the Middle East.

The Middle East—home to the Fertile Crescent—introduced domesticated agriculture 12,000 years ago. Today, news from the region features conflict, urbanization, food and nutrition insecurity, natural resource scarcity, and climate change—challenges that have made the region into the world’s largest importer of food.

But many organizations across the Middle East are working to confront these challenges and come up with solutions that are environmentally and economically sustainable—as well as socially just.

1. al Hima, Jordan

al Hima aims for a food secure future by supporting Jordanian farmers in sourcing and planting local, organic seeds; advocating for fair-trade agriculture; facilitating farmer exchanges; and partnering with the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension of Jordan. The organization raises awareness around the cultural and culinary value of heirloom foods by connecting restaurants to local producers. Through one of its projects working toward sustainable food initiatives, al Hima is one of the founders of the Slow Food Jordan movement.

2. Be’ah, Oman

Established by Royal Decree in 2009, Be’ah—or Oman’s Holding Company for Environment Services—oversees solid waste management across the country. Be’ah is now working with Ahmed al-Busaidi of the Sultan Qaboos University to study the feasibility of collecting post-consumer food waste to produce biogas. This program would redirect food waste away from landfills into a renewable resource.

3. Caesar Cider, Lebanon

The combination of closed agricultural trade routes through Syria and climate change effects crashed the apple market in Lebanon. Caesar Cider, a start-up company producing the first alcoholic cider in Lebanon, supports the country’s 85,000 small apple producers. Because apples are a long term investment—trees mature over the course of five years—farmers struggled without an export or local market. The cider company offers a new way for rural apple farmers and agricultural cooperatives to make a profit. Cider and juice making uses blemished apples reducing apple waste.

4. CEWAS Middle East, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine

CEWAS is a Swiss non-profit organization that works across the Middle East to improve innovative business practices in water and sanitation. Through training, awareness-raising, and facilitating innovative start-ups, CEWAS works to develop ecological business ideas. Their start-up program focuses on sustainability, resource management and reuse, and waste. Recent startups include Too Good to Waste, which collects discarded produce and turns it into free meals, and Compost Baladi which provides compost and recycling products and services for houses and businesses. CEWAS recently hosted the first environmental hackathon in Kurdistan in late July.

5. Food Heritage Foundation, Lebanon

Started through the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit of the American University of Beirut, The Food Heritage Foundation preserves Lebanon’s culinary traditions with projects featuring food tourism, community kitchens, farmers’ markets, traditional recipes, and livelihood initiatives for small, rural food producers—primarily women. The organization aims to protect the “collective memory and indigenous knowledge” of food and agriculture central to the Lebanese identity through rural-urban agricultural linkages.


6. Food Not Bombs, Israel

Food Not Bombs (FNB) is a global movement protesting the money spent on weapons in the face of global hunger and malnutrition. FNB combines free vegetarian meals with events, protests, and literature —advocating against hunger, homelessness, poverty, and the military-industrial sector—to reverse hunger trends. FNB frequently collects potentially wasted food from supermarkets and local distributors using food as a medium to inspire societal change.

7. La Vie Cafe and Mashjar Juthour, Palestine

La Vie Cafe created an edible urban garden in the middle of downtown Ramallah. The cafe’s garden provides fresh, organically grown foods while its interior exhibits local art and fair trade handicrafts—and the proceeds fund tree plantings. La Vie’s owners offer regular facebook videos in Arabic and English on organic agricultural topics, sharing knowledge with neighbors interested in replicating their urban garden. The owners also founded Mashjar Juthour, an arboretum and eco-park just outside of Ramallah that hosts short courses on organic agriculture and sustainable lifestyles.

8. My Arabian Almanakh, United Arab Emirates

An urban gardening journal, My Arabian Almanakh seeks to bring people closer to the natural world—even in urban environments like Dubai. Originally started as a Facebook page that disseminated recreational and food urban gardening tips, My Arabian Almanakh grew, even publishing a guidebook for beginner and experienced urban gardeners. Founder Laura Allais-Maré notes that Dubai offers an exceptional opportunity for the readers of the journal, with balconies that can host gardens all around the city.

9. Ramadan Sharing Fridges Campaign, United Arab Emirates

The Ramadan Sharing Fridges campaign operates annually during the month of Ramadan, offering those in need free food. In 2016 one family in Dubai offered free food in an outdoor refrigerator to community workers and laborers in their neighborhood during Ramadan. The initiative quickly spread, the 2019 initiative reporting 200 fridges across the city. The Ramadan Sharing Fridges posts the locations of fridges in multiple languages on posters around the city to help anyone facing hunger or food insecurity access the food during Ramadan.


10. Re:Food, Kuwait

Acknowledging the negative externalities of agricultural and post-consumer waste on the environment, Re:Food connects potentially wasted, but still safe, food with people in need. They collect food from local suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors before packing foods into nutritionally balanced grocery baskets for distribution to those facing hunger. Re:Food is a youth-founded initiative that won the Kuwait Youth Award for Excellence and Creativity of 2018 and founder, Maryam Aleisa, has been recognized as one of the 30 Arab Hope Makers of 2017.

11. SEKEM, Egypt

SEKEM produces organic and biodynamic products, marketing them locally and across the Arab region. With over 800 associated farms across the region, SEKEM works with partners including the Egyptian BioDynamic Association and the Centre for Organic Agriculture in Egypt. The revenue from its agro-businesses funds a number of other social and cultural development initiatives including educational facilities for children, vocational trainings, and a medical clinic. SEKEM was awarded the Right Livelihood“Alternative Nobel Prize” in 2003.

12. The Arab Group for the Protection Of Nature, Jordan

The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN) works to protect the environment from hazards inflicted by climate change, population growth, and conflict. The group hosts tree plantings across Jordan promoting environmental awareness among school children and in Palestine. In addition to hosting tree plantings, APN also advocates for sustainable solutions to hunger and food insecurity. APN is the official coordinator of the Global Working Group on Protracted Crises of the Civil Society Mechanism of the Food and Agricultural Organizations’ Committee on World Food Security.

13. The Iraqi Seed Project, Iraq

The Iraqi Seed Project uses multiple mediums to share the realities of modern agriculture in the Fertile Crescent—the home of domesticated agriculture. What started as a collection of local recipes soon turned into documentation of the impacts of war, conflict, and related foreign aid on local agriculture and farmers. In response, domestic production and farming livelihoods have sharply declined during the past 30 years. The Project highlights the voices of small farmers and the agricultural heritage of the region through film and educational resources.

14. The Palestinian Heirloom Seed Library, Palestine

In 2014 Vivien Sansour founded the Palestinian Heirloom Seed Library to collect and preserve ancient seeds and farming methods of her native Palestine. Under military occupation, traditional culinary and medicinal plants face extinction, uprooting, and their harvest can expose farmers to physical or legal punishment despite flourishing in Palestine’s challenging climatic conditions for thousands of years. In this living library, people celebrate seeds as tools of resistance to occupation and to globally homogenized food and diet.

15. The Urinal Project, Iraq/Middle East

The Urinal Project produces and distributes unisex urinals to refugees and displaced populations who otherwise have little access to adequate sanitation. The equipment recycles the urine and extracts its nutrients to be used as fertilizer in forestry and agriculture. This replaces the standard system that adds to environmental pollution and excessive water consumption.

16. Ark of Taste, Israel

The Ark of Taste collects products worldwide that risk disappearing within the next few generations including fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, cheeses, bread, and more. In Israel, the Ark of Taste focuses on the traditional products that belong to Israeli communities—like matzo. While the flour to make the bread features grain never exposed to rain, some communities also request that the grains be handpicked in traditional ways. Due to costs and hardships getting this flour, bakeries are disappearing; but the Ark of Taste works to protect matzo in the face of these challenges.

7th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA)

29 July  – 2 August 2019. Accra.  The 7th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA).

PPP can strengthen the provision of vet services 
with direct benefits on animal health & related impact 
on public health, social welfare, business 
and national economy” Dr Isabelle Dieuzy-Labaye of 

With a focus on the animal agriculture (including aquaculture), the 7th AACAA provided opportunity for research and development stakeholders of animal agriculture in Africa to discuss the current as well as emerging opportunities and challenges arising from these major trends and suggest potential actions to harness the opportunities and to address them.

The conference also examined how the continent’s animal agriculture can increase its private sector engagement – through public-private sector partnerships. In this context the conference examined ways to leverage private sector investments through strategic national, bilateral and multilateral financing of livestock and fisheries/aquaculture research and development that also target youth and women – whose engagement represents one of the major unexploited opportunities for the continent.
"The link between innovation globalisation animal productions could not be over emphasised. Rapid economic growth and global dietary shifts called for increased animal production to meet the growing nutrition and food need of the people. Africa needs to innovate to avert food crisis and meet the food security needs of
its citizens," Dr Yemi Akinbamijo Executive Director of Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa
Special attention was given to:
  • Opportunities and prospects for transforming ruminant livestock systems in Africa. [with a special focus on dairying and including the disciplinary areas – genetics/breeding, nutrition/feeding, animal health, and input and output markets]
  • Opportunities and prospects for transforming poultry and pig systems in Africa. [with a special focus on poultry, and including the disciplinary areas – genetics/breeding, nutrition/feeding, animal health, and input and output markets]
  • Working animals – the animal welfare and human livelihood dimensions. [With special attention to the working donkeys and mules in Africa]
  • Delivery of animal inputs and advisory services in Africa – the last mile challenge. [With special focus only on last mile delivery in remote locales]
  • Climate change and animal agriculture – adaptation and mitigation opportunities and prospects in animal agriculture [Focus on implications for different ecologies and the more vulnerable production systems in Africa]
  • Capacity development and partnerships for innovations in animal agriculture
  • Data platforms for decision-making in animal agriculture.
  1. Keynote 1: From thousands to millions: selected World Bank experiences on scaling up innovations in animal agriculture - Simeon Ehui, Director, Agric Practice, The World Bank
  2. Keynote 2: Climate change and animal agriculture – adaptation and mitigation opportunities and prospects in animal agriculture and the role of multi-stakeholder processesFritz Schneider, GASL
  3. Keynote 3: Opportunities for private breeding companies to contribute to the growth of small scale poultry production in AfricaJohan van Arendonk, Hendrix Genetics
  4. Keynote 4: Working animals – the animal welfare and human livelihood dimensions: The economic contributions of livestock to small holder farming and framing the idea of the donkey hides trade - Brain Perry, University of Edinburgh/Oxford
  5. Keynote 5: Transforming African Livestock Systems: Last mile challenges and solutions - Carolin Schumacher, CEO, GALVmed 
  6. Keynote 6: BIG DATA for improving animal performance in Africa - crowd source the harvest platforms for decision-making in animal agriculture- John Hickey, The University of Edinburgh
Symposium 4: Climate change and animal agriculture – adaptation and mitigation opportunities and prospects in animal agriculture:
  • Options of making livestock production in West Africa “climate-smart? - Tunde Adegoke
  • Amole
  • Eating for Earth – Can animal agriculture play a role in climate change mitigation? - Tozie Zokufa
  • Assessing the Contribution of Livestock emergency guidelines and standards (LEGS) Approach in drought mitigation measures in Saaxil region, Somaliland - Ahmed Yousuf Idiris
  • Comparative Analysis of Climate Change Impact on Livestock in Relation with Biomass Feed Availability Using Standardized Precipitation Index in Southwestern Ethiopia - Asrat Guja Amejoa
  • The genome landscape of African livestock adaptations to environmental challenges - Hanotte O
Additional references:
Ghana: Invest More in Animal Agriculture to Boost Growth - African Governments Urged

Videos:

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land

IPCC #SRCCL accepted by the Panel!
 #IPCC will present this report to the world
Thurs. Aug. 8 at 10:00 Geneva time.
8 August 2019. The IPCC , the world body for assessing the state of scientific knowledge related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks, and possible response options, saw the Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) approved by the world’s governments on Wednesday 07/08 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The approved Summary for Policymakers was presented 08/08 at a live-streamed press conference at 10 a.m. CEST at the World Meteorological Organization. It could also be followed remotely at the IPCC Facebook Page. A high quality video is available on UNWEBTV.

It will be a key scientific input into forthcoming climate and environment negotiations, such as the Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14) in New Delhi , India in September and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile , in December.

The different chapters of the report and the summary for policy makers can be downloaded here.

Further references


Background:
2 – 6 August 2019. Geneva, Switzerland. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)Fifty plenary session IPCC 50.
The IPCC discussed the report on Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems (SRCCL).

Over two years in the making, the Special Report on Climate Change and Land explores how the way we use our land contributes to climate change and how climate change affects our land. It follows the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC released in October 2018. 

The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, to be finalized in September 2019, will look at oceans and the frozen world.


Miles Perry, European Union, 
The full title reflects the breadth of the report, which covers:
  • greenhouse gas fluxes related to land; 
  • interactions between climate change and desertification, land degradation and food security; 
  • land-related impacts and risks; response options that help adapt to climate change; 
  • response options that reduce land related emissions or enhance the take-up of carbon by land systems; 
  • and links to sustainable development more broadly. 

Advocacy for scaling up biofortified crops

Advocacy for scaling up biofortified crops for improved micronutrient status in Africa: approaches, achievements, challenges and lessons
Rose Omari ; Francis ZotorJulia Tagwireyi and Laila Lokosang
DOI: ttps://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665119000521
Part of: ANEC VIII 2018
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 19 March 2019

Biofortification is an approach used to increase micronutrient content of crops through agronomic practices, conventional or modern biotechnology. Through a plethora of projects, partnerships were formed to advocate for policy changes, and increased investments in research, production and utilisation of biofortified crops

One of such projects is the Building Nutritious Food Baskets project, which has been appraised in order to draw and share successes, challenges and lessons for the improvement of similar future projects to achieve substantial impacts. 

The paper provides an overview of the role of biofortification in addressing nutritional challenges and highlights the efficacy of biofortified crops in improving micronutrient status. Through advocacy at the African Regional and sub-regional levels, awareness has been created on biofortification among governments, investors, development partners, farmers and consumers. This awareness has resulted in the incorporation of biofortification in some key policies, strategies and investment programmes. 

Key lessons learnt from regional advocacy are 
  1. in order to integrate biofortification in regional policies, strategies and programmes, it is important to identify champions from key and strategic regional organisations as they provide information on potential opportunities for influencing policies, 
  2. having a common advocacy message helps to highlight the role of biofortification in contributing to the prevention of micronutrient problems as well as evidence of impact on nutrition outcome, 
  3. champions need to be allocated a budget to support their advocacy work and 
  4. to engender adoption of biofortification, it is important to align bio fortification with relevant initiatives as well as ongoing opportunities for advocacy.

Friday, August 2, 2019

AR4D Funding Opportunities - August 2019


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GAFSP announces its next call for proposals in the Public Sector Window for programs and projects that strengthen agriculture and lessen food insecurity in low-income countries. GAFSP intends to fund 4-6 proposals for a total of at least US$100 million. Applications (English and French) are limited to 24 countries in fragile and conflict-affected situations: Africa, Middle East and North Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, and South Asia. For the first time, GAFSP is providing technical assistance for proposal preparation. Application for proposal preparation assistance have to be submitted by 15 April 2019. The closing date for full applications is 10 September 2019.

The CFC calls for proposals that advance commodity development in its member countries. Funding is targeted mainly to for-profit organizations and social enterprises for production, value chains, and marketing across a wide group of commodities (agricultural crops, tree crops, timber, bamboo and rattan, minerals, and others). This 15th call for proposals has a deadline on 15 October 2019.

Agribusiness

The European Commission seeks to promote entrepreneurs (startups) with innovative solutions that improve the food and nutritional security in Honduras. Priority areas include mitigating the negative effects of climate change and unsustainable use of energy and natural resources. The grant amount requested under this call must be €826 thousand. Eligibility extends to non-profit organizations, including, but not limited to, scientific and academic institutions. Deadline for submission of concept notes is 02 August 2019.

Cartier supports women entrepreneurs who lead social enterprises in their early phases that have potential to grow significantly. Cartier reviews applications from Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East & North Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. Previous laureates have included several whose work links to environment and related issues, e.g., product recycling, low-cost energy, water treatment, fair trade, and others. Each of the selected women entrepreneurs receives a cash prize of US$100 thousand, networking and visibility opportunities, and business coaching. 14 finalists will receive US$30 thousand each. The closing date for applications is 14 August 2019.

The Work4Progress challenge seeks projects that generate new employment opportunities for women and young adults in India, Mozambique and Peru. Projects should focus on technologies to promote entrepreneurship among young women (India), agri-technologies to improve crops (Mozambique), agri-technologies to improve irrigation (Peru). Universities, companies, and non-profit organisations are eligible to apply. The deadline to submit a solution application is 02 September 2019.

The Business Partnership Facility awards subsidies to support and develop private sector involvement in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries. The projects submitted under this call must contribute to achieving at least one clearly identified SDG. Funding of up to €200 thousand is available. Partnerships must comprise of actors from the private sector, civil society, academia and/or the public sector, with least one organisation from the for-profit private sector. The application deadline is 09 September 2019.

The program VALUE4HER seeks to increase incomes and employment for women in agribusinesses. This grant scheme is aimed at enabling women’s agribusinesses to try out new ideas and to spur innovations within women-owned agri-businesses. The maximum available grant per agribusiness is €9 thousand. The grant covers up to a maximum of 90% of the total project budget. The applicant has to contribute the remaining 10% either in cash or in-kind. Eligibility extends to African woman-led agribusinesses. Deadline for receipt of applications is 15 September 2019. 

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) sponsors a competition for young African entrepreneurs (< 35 years) to showcase their business innovations in agribusiness. Although the focus of the competition is agribusiness, business innovations in other themes (e.g., natural resources, meteorology, urbanization, green economy, etc.) will also be considered. Competition will provide seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business ideas. The competition is open to applicants from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Submissions are invited in English or French before 30 September 2019.

BBSRC seeks collaborative research projects involving collaborative research with at least one company and one research-base partner through the ‘Stand-alone’ LINK scheme. Case Studies from the LINKS scheme include the themes of agriculture, sustainable energy and climate change. Applicants from industry and academia can request a maximum of £1 million per project. Projects must be based in the UK, however, where a suitable company cannot be found in the UK, an overseas company may be used. Applications must be submitted by 02 October 2019. 

Dining for Women makes grants to non-profit organizations that support women and girls living in extreme poverty in developing countries. Thematic areas include access to clean water and sanitation, food security, and education, among other themes. Applicants may request between US$35 thousand to US$50 thousand. Eligibility extends to US 5.01(c)3 corporations or international organisations with a fiscal sponsor which is a US 5.01(c)3 corporation. Dining for Women has two annual grant cycles. The submission deadlines for 2019 are 24 April and 24 October 2019.

The Rescued Tools Foundation (Stichting Gered Gereedschap) collects and refurbishes discarded tools and small items of equipment in the Netherlands for the benefit of recipients in Sub-Saharan Africa. The priority countries are Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania and Ghana. The Foundation favors projects that offer opportunities for women, marginalized groups, co-operatives, and ecological awareness and environmental protection. Organizations that meet the Foundation’s criteria for assistance can fill out an application form. 

Misereor is the international development agency of the Catholic Church in Germany. Its mission is to fight hunger, disease, poverty, and other forms of human suffering in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Issues and themes include climate change and justice; food security and agriculture; access to land; energy for the poor; and extractive industries. Misereor posts guidelines in multiple languages regarding how to request funding support. Applications can be sent at any time.

Bio-diversity, Environment, Climate change

The First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund seeks to improve the quality of life in communities around the world. Priority areas are “green” education; access to clean energy and water in underserved areas; and the development of innovative and sustainable technologies. In support of these objectives, the Fund donates solar modules and systems. Applications may also include a request for a grant (US$10 thousand to US$15 thousand) to help with project support. The next deadlines for proposals are 01 May, 01 August and 01 November. 

Danida Market Development Partnerships promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Focusing on SDG 8, the main objective is to promote sustainable local economic growth and employment in developing countries in agriculture, energy, and other sectors. Applications are invited from consortia that include a business partner and an administrative partner, and possibly including additional partners from civil society, government, universities, etc. The program is available in Denmark’s priority countries for development assistance, and in selected other countries below the World Bank limit of lower-middle income countries that have a Danish representation. DMDP has a budget of DKK 100 million in 2019 for 10-12 partnerships. Danida’s support to the partnership project may cover up to 75% of total project costs. The deadline for concept notes is 09 August 2019. 

The European Commission seeks to support sustainable agricultural development and contribute to the improvement of the food security and the resilience to climatic hazards of rural households in Madagascar. Any grant application under this call must fall between the minimum and maximum amounts of €700 thousand and €3.28 million. Eligibility extends to non-profit organizations established in the European Union, or in one of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States, or in one of the least developed countries. Deadline for submission of concept notes is 11 September 2019.

In partnership with Microsoft, the National Geographic Society seeks proposals from around the world that focus on the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to better monitor and manage Earth’s natural systems for a more sustainable future. The grants will support the creation and deployment of open source trained models and algorithms in the focus core areas of climate change, agriculture, and water. Proposals may request US$5 thousand to US$100 thousand. The deadline for this RFP is 09 October 2019.

UNU-WIDER (World Institute for Development Economics Research) invites applications for its PhD research internships program in Helsinki, Finland. Preference is for applicants who live or work in developing countries, and who are in the later stages of their PhD. Program themes in WIDER include the economics of energy, climate change, food security, and others. UNU-WIDER provides a travel grant and a monthly stipend of €1,600 during the period of the fellowship. The application deadlines are 31 March and 30 September each year.

UN Women offers free online courses across many subject areas through the global online platform for training for gender equality. Courses include the  ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Gender Equality’ which is directed to government representatives and public servants, officials from the UN System and other international organizations, Civil Society Organizations representatives, academics and general public. Many of the courses are free to take part. Deadline for the Sustainable Development and Gender Equality course is 31 December 2019.

Fellowships/scholarships/grants

The Jephcott Charitable Trust in the UK makes grants for charitable purposes in the subject areas of population control, natural environment, education, and health. Projects in the theme of Natural Environment include examples in small-scale agriculture, livestock production, horticulture, agricultural training, community water supply, environmental education, tree planting, renewable energy, and others. Grants are made in the range of £2 thousand to £10 thousand (in exceptional cases only, up to £20 thousand). Eligibility for grants extends to registered charities and properly constituted organizations in all parts of the world. There is no application deadline. 

The program Scientific Exchanges is aimed at researchers who want to host their own scientific event in Switzerland; invite colleagues from abroad for a research visit to Switzerland; or visit their colleagues in another country. For events, an important criterion is the participation of women speakers and young researchers. Applicants for scientific exchanges must be employed in Switzerland, and applications must be submitted at least four months before the event or visit. 

The Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF) accepts concept notes aimed at strengthening and supporting community philanthropy approaches. Projects may focus on mobilizing local resources and/or foster the growth of local philanthropy for progressive social change. (Note: This may include on or more categories of the Terra Viva Grant directory, including environmental programs.) Grants will be in the range of US$7 thousand to US$20 thousand. Eligibility extends to CPOs based in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, or Latin America and the Caribbean. Eligible applicants are welcome to submit a concept note anytime.

RUFORUM’s program for Graduate Training Assistantships (GTA) grants support for 325 PhD training opportunities during the next four years. The GTA aims to improve the quality of higher education and increase the pool of PhD academic staff in RUFORUM’s member universities by facilitating cross-university PhD studies and teaching. Applicants need to be nominated for PhD training by his/her university. RUFORUM Secretariat assists in facilitating placement of the nominated staff to universities with the appropriate fields of the required training. The GTA accepts rolling applications (no deadline).

The International Foundation makes grants in subject areas that include agriculture, water and sanitation, environment, and several others. Grants are to nonprofit tax-exempt charitable organizations in the USA. Most grant recipients are small and medium NGOs in the USA engaged in international development assistance. Grants are up to US$25 thousand for projects of one year. There are no calendar deadlines for applications.

The Foundation Fiat Panis supports master and doctoral theses during their fieldwork. The main objective of this grant is to promote research projects which are likely to contribute to an improvement in the nutritional situation of people in developing countries. Applications for research support can be submitted by professors, directors, and doctoral supervisors. This program is ongoing and informal. There is no formal calendar deadline.

The Nippon Foundation makes its overseas grants to nonprofit organizations based outside of Japan. This refers to local, regional, and international NGOs and other nonprofit organizations, including educational and research institutions. Past projects and education/training include examples in small-scale agriculture and natural resources. There is no minimum or maximum grant size. There is no application deadline.

The DAAD offers scholarships to qualified individuals from eligible developing countries for post-graduate studies at German universities in development-related subjects. The program (EPOS) is open to individuals who completed their previous academic degrees no longer than six years previously; who have at least two years of professional experience; and who are nationals of countries receiving official development assistance (DAC list of the OECD). The available courses range across water resources; renewable energy; land management and tenure; agricultural sciences; forest sciences; ecology; nature conservation; environmental governance; and many others. Most scholarship deadlines for the 2020-2021 intake fall between August 2019 through December 2019, varying by courses (check carefully).

The Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP) is a joint initiative between the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. AADP seeks to develop partnerships between the Irish Agri-Food Sector and African countries to support sustainable and mutual trade between Ireland and Africa. For this purpose AADP provides funding of up to €250 thousand per company for a full project or €100 thousand for a feasibility study. Only Irish Agri-Food companies are eligible to apply but each applicant must have at least one local partner in Africa. Projects will be supported in Botswana, Cóte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 02 August 2019.

The Direct Assistance Program (PAD) is a small development program which works directly with communities in developing countries. The current call for proposals is open to local community organizations in Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, and Guinea-Bissau. Projects can request funding of up to €15 thousand. Focus sectors include water and sanitation; environmental protection; economic livelihoods, and food security, among many others. The submission deadline is 04 August 2019.

GreenHouse Lab is a three-month accelerator focused on early-stage technology start-ups across Africa. Participants receive entrepreneurship training, US$100 thousand and access to a global network of mentors and investors. Start-ups must be female-led or female focused. Eligible sectors include agribusiness, clean energy, water, and many others. Applications have to be submitted by 04 August 2019.

The Newton Mosharafa PhD Programme supports Egyptian researchers to undertake PhD studies at a UK higher education institution. The program covers all fees and living/travel expenses. The program supports projects in five priority areas, including sustainable water management; renewable energy; and sustainable food production. The application deadline is 08 August 2019.

The New England Biolabs Foundation makes grants to grassroots and charitable organizations to support conservation of biological diversity; ecosystem services; community food security; and marine environment. The geographical scope focuses on regions (specified on the website) in Central America; South America, and West Africa. Maximum grant size is US$10 thousand. Most grants are US$3 thousand to US$8 thousand. The deadlines for submission of LOIs and proposals are 25 March 2019 and 09 August 2019. 

The Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants support early-career researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration. UK’s current partner country for these travel grants is South Africa. Subject areas for the workshops vary by partner country to include agriculture, climate and environment, sustainable energy, water and sanitation, and several others. Researchers that reside in the UK can apply for funding to visit a university or research institution in one of the listed partner countries. Researchers residing in South Africa can apply for funding to come to the UK. The application deadline is 09 August 2019.

Newton Fund Researcher Links Regional Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and other regional partner countries to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. The program intends to tackle global challenges – such as climate and environment, sustainable energy, water and sanitation, rural and urban development, and food safety among others. Regional Workshops can be proposed between the UK and Brazil. (Note: Other countries will be available soon.) The application deadline is 09 August 2019.

The Acumen Fund seeks to harness the power of social innovation to create solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The Fund administers regional programs for each of East Africa, West Africa, India, and Pakistan. In each region, 20 fellows are selected for a leadership development program of five one-week seminars while remaining in their jobs. Acumen covers all program expenses related to travel and accommodations, but it does not offer scholarships, stipends, or other funding. Past fellows have included several in smallholder agriculture, renewable energy, waste management, fair trade, and other subject areas. The deadline to apply for each of these regional programs is 11 August 2019.

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) offers funding for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to organic farmers and agricultural and research communities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Priorities are research on soil health; weed control; pest management; livestock health; climate change; social science research; and research on critical issues. OFRF particularly encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early-career researchers, veterans, and extension personnel to consider applying for funding. Grants are up to US$20 thousand for one year. The next deadline for Letters of Intent (LOIs) is 16 August 2019.

The European Development Fund aims to contribute to the economic development of coffee and cocoa value chains in Uganda. Priority areas includes supporting smallholders to adopt more climate resilient systems and practices, gender diversity in agriculture, and sustainable and organic coffee/cocoa production. Grants may range from €300 thousand to €600 thousand. Eligibility to apply extends to NGOs established in Uganda and the EU. Deadline for submission of concept notes is 18 August 2019.

The Tinker makes Institutional Grants in the theme of sustainable resource management (among others) in Latin America. Particular issues of interest include sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry and non-timber forest products, sustainable tourism, fisheries management, and payment for environmental services. Tinker is also very interested in issues of water scarcity and quality for communities. Grants generally range from US$50 thousand to US$500 thousand for projects of one to three years. The Foundation encourages project collaboration among organizations in the USA and Latin America. Tinker invites brief letters of inquiry to the Foundation before proposals are prepared and submitted. The closing date for submitting inquiries is 22 August 2019.

Irish Aid offers scholarships to qualified candidates from Africa to undertake Masters degrees at universities and colleges in Ireland. Awards are made in the fields development studies, rural development, biodiversity conservation, and many other subject areas relevant to the Terra Viva Grants Directory. The scholarship covers course fees, flights, accommodation, monthly allowances, insurance and other incidental expenses. Eligible countries are Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The deadline for applications is 28 August 2019.

The IDEAL Small Grants Program provides funding to existing projects with the aim to identify and address knowledge and capacity gaps in food and nutrition security programs around the world. The awards under this RFA consist of Micro Grants funded up to $50 thousand for up to 12 months of implementation. Projects should focus on the development of tools or conduct topic-specific learning events. Applicants may be U.S. and non-U.S. NGOs, for-profit organizations, or institutions of higher education. The due date for applications is 30 August 2019. 

The Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative offers grants to advance the leadership of young individuals working for or affiliated with environmental civil society organizations in developing and emerging countries. JWH especially encourages the nomination of young women and local community leaders. Grants range from €2,500 to €7,000 each. The next nomination deadline is 01 September 2019.

The flagship Master in Food Systems programme is EIT Food's unique offering to develop top talent for the food sector. The programme is based on a combination of essential skills to become effective innovators and entrepreneurs in the food sector along with key technical skills that are tailored to the individual career pathway for each student. The approach of the programme is unique in how students can select study pathways from a wide range of profiles at different European Universities to suit their career ambitions. The programme will start in September 2019.

The Netherlands Organization for Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC) calls for joint proposals for Orange Knowledge institutional collaboration projects. The program aims to strengthen professionals and organisations from developing countries through education and training. The maximum available funding for this call falls between the amounts of €1.1 million and €2.2 million. Programs include subjects in food security and water resource management. Application deadlines vary by country (please check carefully), with remaining deadlines in July and September 2019.

In Europe’s research program Horizon 2020, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and re-integration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked there. It also develops or helps to re-start the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience. Applicants in the EU; their overseas territories; countries associated to Horizon 2020; and most developing countries are eligible for consideration. The closing date for applications is 11 September 2019.

The University of Essex invites applications from African students who self fund their postgraduate studies. The university offers a scholarship of £4 thousand to African students that will be paid as a discount on the tuition fee. Available courses include biological sciences, marine biology, and biochemistry, among many others. Applicants that meet all the eligibility criteria and firmly accept the offer of their place by 13 September 2019 will automatically be awarded this scholarship (please read the instructions carefully). 

The Fulbright Scholar Program invites applications from U.S. scholars for research, teaching, and creative arts in an international context. Eligibility criteria include U.S. citizenship and a PhD or equivalent professional degree. The available openings include several in the developing world in subjects related to agriculture, environmental and biological sciences, geography, and others. The deadline for applications is 16 September 2019.

BBSRC and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announce a joint call to address challenges related to the sustainable enhancement of agriculture (including crops and livestock) and aquaculture (including finfish and shellfish) in low- and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and South-Eastern Asia regions. BBSRC and NERC have allocated a maximum of up to £3.4 million, to fund multidisciplinary research projects of up to 24 months in duration. Proposals must be led by a principal investigator in the UK. The application deadline is 18 September 2019.

Online Turf offers £500 for full time education of an agricultural or horticultural subject field. Eligibility extends to students enrolled full time in an agricultural or horticultural course in university or college. The scholarship is not restricted to any nationality, but applicants must study and reside in the U.K. The submission deadline is 30 September 2019.

The Global Foodtech Accelerator 2019 is open for applications. The Program seeks 10 startups with innovative solutions and international partners to improve agrifood and retail sectors. Selected projects will receive an economic contribution of €20 thousand, office space, mentorship and networking opportunities. Eligibility extends to Italian and foreign companies and individuals. The application deadline is 30 September 2019.

The Women for Africa Foundation has launched the 5th Edition of its “Science by Women” program. The program aims to promote African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer, and to foster the capacity of the research centres in their home countries. Thematic areas include agriculture and food security; water; energy and climate change; and several others. Each of ten Spanish Centres of Excellence will host one senior woman researcher for a six-month fellowship. Eligibility to apply extends to women who are nationals of any African country, and who have a PhD, with at least three years of post-doctoral experience. The application deadline is 30 September 2019.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the SDG Partnership facility (SDGP), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs aim to help achieve the following sustainable development goals in developing countries. Focus areas under this call include promoting economic growth in the agricultural and fisheries sector through sustainable and climate-resilient food production systems, among others. Applicants can apply for a subsidy of min. €500 thousand and max. €3 million per project. The main applicant has to be a Dutch organization but local partnerships with NGOs, companies, or government agencies are required to be eligible. The deadline for concept notes is 01 October 2019.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program supports non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the U.S. for experienced professionals from countries that are undergoing development or political transition. Fellows are hosted at universities in the USA. Program fields include agriculture and rural development; natural resources, environmental policy, and climate change; and many others. Applications are made through the U.S. Embassies or Binational Fulbright Commissions in eligible countries, with varying deadlines. The embassies and commissions submit their nominations before 01 October to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC.

Grinnell College invites nominations for the 2020 Grinnell Prize. The Grinnell Prize of US$100 thousand will be awarded to individuals who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Past nominations have spanned a diversity of social issues related to agriculture and hunger relief, conservation and environment, and many other thematic areas. Nominees may be nationals of any country who have earned a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) between 2003 and 2019. The closing date for nominations is 07 October 2019.

GlobalGiving is an online platform to raise funds for grassroots projects worldwide across many sectors and themes – including in agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources. GlobalGiving announces a new Accelerator program that will offer virtual training in online fundraising and participation in a two-week crowdfunding campaign. The program is open to nonprofit organizations anywhere in the world. Organizations that successfully complete the GlobalGiving Accelerator by raising at least US$5 thousand total from a minimum 40 different donors will earn permanent membership with GlobalGiving, in addition to publicity and bonus prizes. The next application deadline is 18 October 2019.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University invites applications for 2-year postdoctoral fellowships that contribute to understanding critical scientific and social issues in global sustainable development. Specific areas of research include food security, energy systems, climate change, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. The multi-disciplinary program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who received their doctoral degrees within five years of beginning their appointments. The deadline for applications is 30 October 2019.

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships aim to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Thematic areas for post-graduate scientific research include Agriculture, Biodiversity and Sustainability, and Poverty Reduction, among others. Eligibility extends to young researchers from all around the world who have completed a master’s degree or PhD. Application deadlines vary by country (please check carefully). Prepare your application by 01 November 2019.

The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) invites individuals dedicated to a career in international development to submit an application. Fellows receive training and support CRS’ work in various sectors such as agriculture/livelihoods, health, water and sanitation, emergency response, or micro-financing. CRS offers 20-30 fellowships each year. Each fellow is placed in one of CRS’ overseas country programs for a 12-month fellowship. The application will be open through 01 November 2019.

ETH Zurich makes competitive grants in two programs sponsored by its World Food System Center. They are: (i) Sustainability in Food Value Chains (Cooperative Research Program); and (ii) Organic Production Systems for Food Security (Mercator Research Program). Principal Investigators must be current members of the World Food System Center. Co-applicants can be from other research institutions in Switzerland or other countries. The deadline for proposals is 01 November 2019.

The RGS-IBG makes grants for geographical research, fieldwork, and teaching that include several awards with deadlines in November. The application deadline is 10 November for the Journey of a Lifetime Award. The deadline is 23 November for the Ralph Brown Expedition Award; Thesiger-Oman International Research Fellowships; Walters Kundert Fellowship; Dudley Stamp Memorial Award; Rob Potter Award; Postgraduate Research Awards; and Geographical Club Award. The deadline is 30 November for the Neville Shulman Challenge Award.

DAAD co-fund research grants for qualified applicants from Brazil. The aim of the programme is to s to promote research projects within the context of doctoral studies. The programme accepts doctoral candidates at universities in Brazil, who have been awarded a domestic scholarship from CAPES (Co-funder). Subject areas include natural sciences and agriculture. The domestic doctoral scholarships will be paid by CAPES during the research stay in Germany, and DAAD will co-fund a monthly payment of €650, health, accident and personal liability insurance cover, and travel allowance. The application deadline is 02 December 2019.

Mobility grants allow researchers and students to build personal contacts and relationships for collaborations between institutions. Mobility grants can be awarded to young scientists who hold a Bachelor or Master’s degree and with not more than 6 years of professional research experience. Activities may include field work and/or an internship in relation to the applicant’s research project. The call is open for activities in all scientific disciplines and fields of research. Priority countries under this call are: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. Mobility visit should have a minimum duration of 4 weeks and not exceed CHF 5 thousand. Applications will be accepted until 31 December 2019. 


Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR) makes seed grants to support income-generating projects led by women. RSWR’s current priorities are grassroots organizations selected states and districts of India; Quaker groups in Kenya and Sierra Leone. Projects include many in the production and sale of fruits and vegetables; meat and milk; grain crops; fish; fuelwood; and other enterprises associated with small-scale agriculture and rural livelihoods. RSWR provides micro-credits of up to US$5,500 for one year projects. The next application deadline is 31 December 2019. 

The Nestlé Foundation supports research in human nutrition in low-income and lower middle-income countries. In relation to agriculture, the Foundation will consider research on food policy, food production, and food technology if the intervention has high potential for improved nutritional status and public health. The Foundation offers training grants, pilot grants, and full project grants. Priority is for proposals submitted by researchers in developing countries, or jointly with partners in developed countries. A Letter of Intent (LOI) can be submitted at any time of the year. The deadlines for full grant applications are 10 January and 10 May 2020.

AWARDS and O T H E R

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge seeks startup from all around the world that use advanced technology to answer a societal or industrial challenge. The challenge includes one category for startups that focus on energy, food, agriculture & environment, among 10 others. The grand prize is €100 thousand for the best early-stage startup. The best early-stage startup in each category will win €10 thousand. The application process closes on 13 September 2019.

The Canadian International Development Research Center (IDRC) makes research awards to citizens and permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries. The award provides for a one-year paid program of research in addition to hands-on experience in research management, grant administration, and the use of knowledge from an international perspective. Program areas include food systems; climate change; and several others. Applicants should be enrolled, or have previously completed, their masters or doctoral degrees at recognized universities. IDRC identifies countries not eligible for awards, as well as countries requiring prior approval. The deadline for applications (English, French) is 18 September 2019. 

Natural health food producer Rapunzel Naturkost and IFOAM – Organics International, the international umbrella organization for organic agriculture, invite nominations for the ‘ONE WORLD AWARD 2020’ (OWA). The award recognizes innovative ideas, projects and people in three areas of sustainability, including conservation of nature and biodiversity, organic farming, contributions to stop climate change (energy conservation or use of renewable energy), and waste management. The winner will receive €45 thousand in prize money. Nominations can be submitted either by individuals or by organizations. Nominations will be accepted until 30 September 2019. 

The Society of Chemical Industry awards travel bursaries to young PhD students. There are various schemes available, some related to agriculture and life sciences.  Applicants will have preference if they wish to travel outside their country of residence, especially if they wish to work in a laboratory abroad. Next deadline cycle for the AJ Banks Award (Food science), and the Messel Award (Chemical science including all life sciences) is 31 October 2019.

The Mahathir Science Award recognizes scientists, institutions or organisations worldwide who have made contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through science and technology. This award accepts nominations in the following fields: Tropical Agriculture; Tropical Architecture and Engineering; Tropical Medicine; and Tropical Natural Resources. The winner receives US$100 thousand, a gold medal and a certificate. The nomination for the award closes on 31 October 2019.

The African Union (AU) honors outstanding African scientists through the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards. The awards program is implemented at national level for young researchers; regional level for women scientists; and continental level open to all scientists. The current announcement calls for submissions at the African continental level to recognize outstanding science, for which it awards a prize of US$100 thousand. In addition, the AU makes regional awards of US$20 thousand to female scientists. The closing date for submissions is 10 November 2019.

The iF Social Impact Prize aims to publish and support design projects that contribute to solving urgent challenges and help to improve living conditions in the developing world. Solutions should already be established and help to solve well known issues in any category of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The best projects will share a cash prize of €50 thousand in total. Eligibility extends to non-profit organizations, companies and foundations. There is no deadline and projects can be submitted on a continuous basis. The winners will be decided after 05 June and 20 November each year.

Nominations are open for the 2019 Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) International Prize. The Subject of the 2019 Prince Talal International Prize is “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all”. Projects should highlight best practices which aim to improve the living conditions of the poor and disadvantaged with particular emphasis on women and children. (Note: This may include one or more categories of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.) The winners receive between US$400 thousand and US$100 thousand (depending on their category). Eligibility extends to UN Development Agencies, NGOs, government ministries, public institutions, social business enterprises and individuals. There are no geographical restrictions. Nominations are accepted until 30 November 2019.