Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Sunday, January 31, 2021

AR4D Funding Opportunities for Africa – February 2021






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.




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


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.

World Ocean Initiative — Ocean Changemakers Challenge

The Ocean Changemakers Challenge seeks business solutions to ocean-related sustainability challenges. The challenge is aimed at early-career researchers and professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators with solutions to ocean challenges, e.g. marine pollution, overfishing and overexploitation of marine resources, unsustainable aquaculture, or destruction of ocean habitats. Three finalists will receive guidance from renowned ocean leaders as part of a 12-month mentorship program and present their business idea for a blue economy at the World Ocean Summit Virtual Week (March 2021). Entries close on 05 February 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.

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.

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.

Submit Nominations for International Green Gown Awards

The International Green Gown Awards are supported by UN Environment and are open to any university or college across the world. Recognising exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the world's universities and colleges, the International Green Gown Awards set the bar and put every learning institution at the heart of delivering the UN Global Goals. Deadline 31-Mar-21.


Global Biodiversity Information Facility — Ebbe Nielsen Challenge 2021

The GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge is an annual competition that seeks to inspire innovative applications of open-access biodiversity data. In 2021, the Challenge will award a total of €20 thousand for advancements in open science that feature tools and techniques that improve the access, usefulness and quality of open biodiversity data. The Challenge is open worldwide to individuals, teams of individuals, companies and their employees, and governmental agencies and their employees. The closing date for submissions is 02 August 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.




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.


Global Forest Watch — Small Grants Fund for Civil Society Organizations

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an interactive online forest monitoring and alert system designed to empower people with the information they need to better manage and conserve forest landscapes. The Small Grants Fund provides financial and technical support to non-profit NGOs that want to use Global Forest Watch in their research, advocacy, and fieldwork. The scope of the 2021 Small Grants Fund focuses on forest protection, forests and agriculture, and forest policy. Grants range between US$10 thousand and US$40 thousand. Eligibility for grants extends to non-profit organizations for projects in selected countries of Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The deadline for submissions is 01 March 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

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture — Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2021

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 all African countries. Submissions are invited in English or French before 15 April 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.




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.


Tusk Trust — Awards for African Conservation 2021


The Tusk Conservation Awards highlight achievements of individuals working for conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa (£100 thousand) is awarded to a distinguished individual for exceptional lifetime achievement in African conservation. The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa (£75 thousand) is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated a considerable commitment to conservation, and who has already made a significant impact. The Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award (£30 thousand) recognizes the dedication and commitment of an individual who works in the field on a daily basis protecting Africa’s wildlife. The deadline for nominations is 26 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 3rd Cycle of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award


Suqia cordially invites all corporations, research centers, institutions, innovators and youth from around the world, whose novel technologies provide solutions to the challenges of water scarcity, to apply for the 3rd cycle of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award.



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.

Upcoming webinars during the month of February

1 February 2021. UN Food Systems Summit Action Track 4 - Second Public Forum. by CARE USA and Michelle Nunn

2 February 2021. Food Systems Innovation Hub Join the discussion to accelerate and improve food safety, quality, nutrition, and health outcomes across Africa.

2 February 2021. Building back better: How Can Public Food and Agricultural Research Institutions be Strengthened and Rebuilt After the COVID-19 Pandemic? This event is co-organized by IFPRI and the International Consortium on Applied Bio-Economic Research (ICABR)

2 February 2021. LEGS Webinar on Livestock Insurance

2 February 2021. 2 PM – 3:30 PM Cairo time (UTC +2). Water-Energy-Food Nexus Webinar series by FAO NENA

3 February 2021. 10:00 – 11:30 CET. UN Food Systems Summit Action Track 2 - Second Public Forum by UN Food Systems Summit

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

3 February 2021. Enhancing African Research Visibility Through Use of Repositories

4 February 2021. 14:30 – 16:30 CET. UN Food Systems Summit Action Track 5 - Second Public Forum by UN Food Systems Summit

4 February 2021. BOOK launch: Agricultural Development: New Perspectives in a Changing World
See also PAEPARD blogpost of 28/01/2021.

4 February 2021 (10:00 to 16:30 CET). Bonding science and policy to accelerate food systems transformation organised by MUSE-Montpellier Université d'Excellence . Towards the United Nations Food Systems Summit

5 February, 2021 - Africa/Asia Independent Dialogue UNFSS: Grassroots Perspectives from Asia & Africa

8 February 2021. Perspectives on Food safety as a driver of food choice in LMIC by ANH and Drivers of Food Choice (DFC) Program

8-11 FEBRUARY 2021. 47th Committee on World Food Security (CFS)


9 February 2021. Research and Innovation in Agri-food systems.

10 -11 February 2021, Food & Retail West Africa 2021 Food & Retail West Africa is THE exhibition for the food & beverage industry you don’t want to miss! Make sure to register on time to enjoy 2 days filled with 1-to-1 networking meetings and expo booths where the key players of the agricultural value chains of West Africa

10–11 February 2021. The global Farmer Innovation Fair (FIF).
  • 7:00-11:00 ET / 12:00-16:00 GMT / 13:00-17:00 CET+WAT / 14:00-18:00 CAT / 15:00-19:00 EAT / 17:30-21:30 IST.
  • Prolinnova and A Growing Culture (AGC) will celebrate small-scale family farmers. This virtual event will give men and women farmers in Africa and Asia a chance to showcase their innovations and to learn about the activities of others in local innovation and farmer-led Participatory Innovation Development (PID).

11 February 2021. 9:00 to 10:30am EST. NASA-Harvest Food Security and Agriculture Program: Sowing Seeds of Food Security in Africa.

11 February, 10 am EST. Nature-Based Solutions in Agriculture. Join FAO and The Nature Conservancy for a publication launch and webinar on how Agriculture Nature-Based Solutions can help us to address climate change and conserve land and water!

15 February 2021. 14-15:30 GMT+2. Tools and Methods to find Nexus Solutions: Examples from Morocco and Jordan

16-17 February 2021. AU-EU R&I Partnership ‘Climate Change and Sustainable Energy’ Workshop on COVID-19 and the Health-Energy-Climate Nexus

16 February 2021, 9:00am GMT Strengthening the African Agricultural Research and Development Towards improved Africa Food System

16 February 2021, Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery. Marlene Roefs and Kat Pittore of Wageningen Center for Development Innovation will speak about the impacts of a nutrition income generation intervention in the Omugo Refugee Settlement in Uganda. After their talk, Tilman Brück of ISDC/IGZ will moderate a lively Q&A session with the audience.

16-17 February 2021,Global Agriculture Technology Summit 2021 The Global Agriculture Technology Summit 2021 is our first ever 24-hours marathon virtual conference with the presence of key industry players gathered around the world to discuss current issues and emerging opportunities through the lens of science and technology.

17 February 2021. Community Engagement Days - Community engagement for empowerment: key for people-centred rural transformation? This webinar will launch the series of five webinars called “Community Engagement Days” organised by the Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equity Division (ESP) of FAO in collaboration with the Belgian Cooperation.

23 February 2021 Global Diet Quality Score (GDQS), a new metric of diet quality appropriate for use in low- and middle-income countries.

23-25 February 2021 |8:00 – 5:00 WAT|. West Africa Agribusiness show 2021 by Agri-supplies Limited

24 February 2021. Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems. Organised by FAO elearning Academy, Agreenium (l’alliance de la formation et la recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation, l'environnement et la santé globale) and UN-ESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific).

24 February 2021. 15h00-17h00 (CET)  Food As A Commons. Key findings from the study "COVID-19 lockdown and the impact on food security and local food systems - A food justice perspective from the Cape Flats and St. Helena Bay“

24-26 February 2021. AGRITECH WEST AFRICA 2021. Global Agriculture Technology Suppliers meeting WEST AFRICAN Agriculture Business Community in Ghana.

25 February 2021. 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CET. The Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor: What next for the African continent? IISD together with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is organizing a seminar that will explore how leading trade experts, diplomats, agripreneurs and farmer cooperatives expect the AfCFTA to impact markets and trade flows across the continent.

25 February 2021. 14:00 – 16:00 CET. UN Food Systems Summit Action Track 1 - Second Public Forum by UN Food Systems Summit

25 February, 2021. Women Leadership in AgTech: Transforming the Agriculture and Food Sector

26 February, 2021. 14:00 – 16:00 CET. UN Food Systems Summit Action Track 3 - Second Public Forum by UN Food Systems Summit

2 March 2021. Food systems lessons from COVID-19: From understanding fragilities to building resilience

2 March 2021. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CET. Digital Agriculture in the Commonwealth: What is it?

2 March 2021. 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM CET. Digital Fisheries in the Commonwealth: What is it?

3 March 2021.12:00-13:30 Central European Time (CET). Second Global Summit on Food Fortification Virtual Series entitled: Transforming Food Systems and Investing in Nutrition for Growth - Staple Food Fortification and the Role of the Private Sector. 

6 March 2021. AGRO AGROTECH ETHIOPIA Agro Aggrotech Ethiopia focusses on agricultural technology and machinery, tractors, seeds, animal production, horticulture, greenhouse technology, service companies etc.

8 March 2021. Brussels. Presentation of the Human Development Report. with Koen Doens (INTPA) and  Achim Steiner (UNDP)

Mar 8, 2021 - Mar 8, 2021, The 2021 Animal AgTech Innovation Summit The 2021 Animal AgTech Innovation Summit is going virtual! Join us live online on March 8 to accelerate innovation in animal health and welfare, sustainability, and farm to fork solutions.

Mar 9, 2021 - Mar 10, 2021, The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit 2021 The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco gathers 1,500+ global agri-food corporates, investors, and technology start-ups from around the world to uncover the most exciting innovations in the agri-food sector and to forge the right partnerships to take those solutions to market.

Mar 11, 2021 - Mar 12, 2021, Future Food-Tech INNOVATION CHALLENGE - Does your technology have the potential to transform the #futureoffood? In partnership with #FutureFoodTech @KelloggCompany and @Unilever are launching an Innovation Challenge to unlock new talent within the industry

March 11 at 9AM EST: The Hidden Costs of the Food System

12 March 2021. 14.00-16.00 CET GFRAS Webinar II:  Policies & Interventions

15 and 18 March 2021. The FFA Policy Week online events, with virtual webinars tackling the EU policy such as the Farm to Fork Strategy, the CAP reform and the effects these policies have on the international landscape.

16 March 2021. The Permagarden Pathway to Resilience and Food Security. The Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR) network organizes each 3rd Tuesday of the month, 14:00-15:00 CET (Berlin Time), for a webinar series focused on the challenges and opportunities of home garden interventions and evaluation in crisis and humanitarian settings.

18 March 2021. African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): opportunities for SMEs and businesses in the agrifood sector

25 - 26 March 2021 - 1st meeting of the International Network on Salt-affected Soils

30 March 2021 – 1 April 2021. Agrofood Nigeria 2021

23 March 2021. Morocco Food Expo International Food, Agriculture & Technologies Exhibition in Morocco

24-26 March 2021. 16th African Dairy Conference & Exhibition

29 March 2021. All Africa Horticultural Congress 2021. Abdou Diouf de Diamniadio International Conference Centre Rufisque Dakar, Senegal.

31 March 2021 Lesotho: Acute Food Insecurity Situation July - September 2020 and Projection for October 2020 - March 2021

April 2021. Ethiopia Agri, Food and Pack Expo. International Trade Event for the entire Food, Beverages & Packaging industry.

Apr 5, 2021 - Apr 8, 2021, Agro & Poultry East Africa 2021 Agro & Poultry East Africa 2021 provides a unique opportunity to expand your brand in one of the most astonishing business destinations in Africa.

April 6 at 9AM EST: Developing Sustainable Fiscal Policy for the Food System

7 April 2021. FOODAGRO Tanzania. International Food, Hotel and Agricultural Products, Equipment and Machinery Trade Show.

15 April 2021 AGRITECH Zambia. Zambia’s Leading Outdoor Agricultural Expo.

15 April 2021 Livestock Expo Zambia. International Livestock Expo in Zambia.

April 20, 2021 - Apr 21, 2021 Food Tech Matters Food Tech Matters is the virtual get-together, where food leaders and international investors discover the latest ground-breaking technologies to disrupt the industry of agri-foodtech, and connect with the brightest minds behind the innovations shaping tomorrow’s food and farming.

20 april 2021. The Permagarden Pathway to Resilience and Food Security. The Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR) network organizes each 3rd Tuesday of the month, 14:00-15:00 CET (Berlin Time), for a webinar series focused on the challenges and opportunities of home garden interventions and evaluation in crisis and humanitarian settings.

19 - 22 April 2021. VIRTUAL EVENT. Global Soil Partnership  from 13:00 to 16:00 CET. GSOBI21 combines policy and science to shed a light on soil biodiversity as a nature-based solution to many of today's global challenges. The symposium will enable high level attendees, scientists, businesses, partners and panelists to engage in fruitful discussions and gain reliable knowledge on soil biodiversity.
Report: State of knowledge on Soil Biodiversity - Status, Challenges and Potentialities: Main report ; Summary for policy makers

April 27 at 9AM EST: Investing in a More Resilient Food System

11 May 2021 NAMPO Harvest Day. The largest show of agricultural machinery and livestock in the southern hemisphere. Nampo Harvest Day focuses on the complete agricultural sector and is also intended to contribute to sustained food production in South Africa.

18 May 2021. The Permagarden Pathway to Resilience and Food Security. The Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR) network organizes each 3rd Tuesday of the month, 14:00-15:00 CET (Berlin Time), for a webinar series focused on the challenges and opportunities of home garden interventions and evaluation in crisis and humanitarian settings.

May 2021 - 9th Plenary meeting of the Latin America and the Caribbean Soil Partnership (date tbc)

May 2021 - 5th Plenary meeting of the African Soil Partnership (date tbc)

May 19 at 11AM EST: Ecological Solutions for Stronger Communities

3 June 2021 Agrofood Ethiopia

3 June 2021. SIMA-SIPSA ALGÉRIE International Agribusiness Show. Agricultural Machinery, Agri-supplies, Animal husbandry, Services - Genetics, Health, Foodstuffs and Equipment for cattle. Equipment and Techniques for Intensive Livestock Breeding

3 June 2021 SIPSA-AGRISIME & SIPSA-AGROFOODInternational Exhibition of Livestock & Agricultural Machinery

1 June 2021 CAMINEX & CBM-TEC. The largest agricultural, mining and industrial exhibition in Kitwe on the Copperbelt

May 2021 AGRITECH ISRAËL International Agricultural Technology Exhibition

3 June 2021. ADDIS AGROFOOD. Agriculture, Agricultural Machineries, Food, Food Technologies, and Packaging Exhibition in Ethiopia

June 8 at 9AM EST: Enriching and Diversifying Diets.

10 June 2021. FOODAGRO KENYA. International Food, Hotel & Agricultural Products, Equipment & Machinery Trade

10 June 2021. 23rd FoodAgro (Kenya) 2021.

5 June 2021 - World Environmental Day - Launch of the Global Assessment of Soil Pollution and its summary for policy makers

15 June 2021. The Permagarden Pathway to Resilience and Food Security. The Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR) network organizes each 3rd Tuesday of the month, 14:00-15:00 CET (Berlin Time), for a webinar series focused on the challenges and opportunities of home garden interventions and evaluation in crisis and humanitarian settings.

16 June 2021. AGRITEC AFRICA International Agriculture Exhibition and Conference in Kenya

17 June 2021 - Desertification and drought day - Launch of the Global Soil Salinity Map (GSSmap)

June 2021 - 2nd International network on fertilizers analysis meeting

22 - 24 June 2021 - 9th Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly and launch of the Global Soil Organic Carbon sequestration potential map

22-24 June 2021. AFRICA AGRI TECH A multi-tiered expo and conference programme that will investigate the impact of the latest advances in science and technology, empowering agricultural producers to achieve greater efficiency, productivity and profitability going into the future

July 2021. ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR The Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) is the biggest trade and commercial exhibition in Zambia which hosts both local and foreign exhibitors from all sectors of the economy with a view of enhancing global trade

6 July 2021 AGRO AGROTECH NIGERIA Agro AgroTech Nigeria focusses on agricultural technology and machinery, tractors, seeds, animal production, horticulture, greenhouse technology, service companies.

13-15 July 2021. Food & Drink Technology Africa 2021. Johannesburg / South Africa / Africa. 

14 August 2021 UGANDA FOODPACK EXPO International Expo for Food, Beverage, Agriculture, Energy Drinks, Can Food, Irrigation, water systems & Purification, Raw Materials, Kitchen & Hotel Equipment, Dairy products, Catering, FMCG products & machinery

September 2021 PALMTECH EXPO Nigeria Palm Oil Hotel Technology Expo & Conference

13 - 16 September 2021 - Global Symposium on Salt-Affected Soils

September 2021 - Second Plenary meeting on soil spectroscopy (date tbc)

October 2021 - Sustainable soil management for nutrition-sensitive agriculture: Micronutrient workshop (date tbc)

October 2021 - Launch of the Global Status of Black soils and Global Black Soil Distribution Map (GBSmap)

October 2021 - 3rd Workshop of the International Network of Black Soils (INBS) (date tbc)

October 2021 - 7th meeting of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions(date tbc)

October 2021 - 5th meeting of the Global Soil Laboratory Network (date tbc)

November 2021 - 6th meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership (date tbc)

November 2021 - 15th working session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (date tbc)

5 December 2021 - World Soil Day "Halt soil salinization, Boost soil productivity"

December 2021 - Global Soil Information System launch event (date tbc)