Research Communiqué 02/27/2012

Inside this issue of the Research Communiqué are:

  • LCC CRSP Activities: three research briefs and a RFP for South Asia
  • Announcements of recent publications in the area of livestock and climate
  • Ten funding opportunities

LCC CRSP Activities

The LCC CRSP has published three research briefs:

Sell or Move: preliminary observations about herder decision making during a prolonged drought Peter D. Little, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Adapting Livestock Production Systems to Climate Change: community capacity-building for better animal health, feed, soil and water Durga D. Poudel, School of Geosciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Mapping Transhumance Corridors in West Africa Matthew Turner, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA and John McPeak, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA

And issued a call for proposals for research in South Asia:

Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change in South Asia


Proceedings from the AGRA Agricultural Conference (2011) are now available electronically:

Four new IDCG systematic review titles are now published in the Campbell library: 1) Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of conditional cash transfers and unconditional cash transfers for education outcomes: a systematic review, 2) Effectiveness and impact of nutrition support programs in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, 3) Land property rights interventions for increasing productivity in  developing countries: a systematic review, 4) The Impact of Public Information on the Electoral Behavior of Citizens and the Decision-Making of Politicians in Developing Countries: a systematic review. More information on these and other IDCG registered review titles can be found on the IDCG website under IDCG Reviews and on the Campbell library.

The Overseas Development Institute published a briefing paper on systematic reviews which assesses the value of systematic reviews for international development, but also finds fault with the approach.  In response, the IDCG secretariat and 3ie’s systematic review team suggest that just because something is hard doesn’t mean it isn’t worth doing. Read more on the ODI blog  and the 3ie commentary.

From the Blog post of Dr. Montague Demment, Associate Vice President for International Development, APLU:

This document, Feeding 10 Billion: A Dialogue between Feed the Future and the International Research Community, represents a product of a new phase in the relationship between USAID and the higher education research community. Under USAID leadership, in coordination with USDA, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) was asked to organize a process for researchers to have input into the research agenda of Feed the Future (FTF). The process was developed at a meeting at Purdue University in January 2011 that brought together a broad array of the researchers and international development community practitioners with key US Government agency representatives (USG). It was followed by a global e-consultation and a FTF Research Forum in Washington D.C. in June that attracted 400+ participants from the research community and USG.

Recent Funding Opportunities


Landesa Rural Development Institute — Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals

Landesa’s program for Visiting Professionals invites applications from motivated professionals to enhance their ability to improve women’s land rights in India, China, or East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania). The criteria include at least five years of development experience, two of which are on land tenure or women’s rights. Landesa provides six weeks of orientation and leadership training in Seattle (USA), followed by mentoring in a mutually agreed project in the specified regions. Deadline: February 29, 2012.


Australian Government — Australia Leadership Awards 2012

The Australian government makes a significant contribution to the education of talented individuals in the developing countries through its Leadership Awards. The subject areas for study correspond to priorities of Australia’s aid programs by regions and countries — and include agriculture, energy, natural resources, and environment. The deadlines for Development Scholarships and Leadership Award Scholarships are in February, March, April, and May — varying by country.


Early Win Proposals for Africa RISING

Africa RISING comprises three linked research-for-development projects, funded by USAID Feed the Future Initiative aimed at sustainably intensifying mixed farming systems in West Africa (Southern Mali and Northern Ghana), the Ethiopian Highlands and East and Southern Africa (Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi). The detailed research planning for these programs is currently on-going (see

Deadline: March 12, 2012

United Nations University – Institute of Natural Resources in Africa — Research Support 2012

UNU-INRA offers funding for research related to the development and management of natural resources in Africa. The Visiting Scholars Program is for researchers in Africa and worldwide who have their research data, but who need work stations and funding to be able to prepare publications. Applications are invited from PhDs in agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, economics, social sciences, international relations, law, and related disciplines. UNU particularly invites female Africans to apply. UNU will provide US$1,500 per month for researchers who spend at least three months with UNU-INRA in Accra. Deadline: March 15, 2012

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship — Global Competition 2012

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship fosters social entrepreneurs as a catalyst for innovation and progress. Categories include agriculture, animals, biodiversity, energy, environment, waste management, and water (among others). The Social Entrepreneur of the Year Competitions take place in different world regions. Winners are invited to the regional meetings of the World Economic Forum, and are offered other networking opportunities. The Global Competition has a deadline of March 15, 2012

Stone Family Foundation — Stone Prize for Innovation in Water

The Stone Family Foundation has launched a prize for innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives to get clean drinking water to people who need it in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The Foundation is looking for ideas that are proven in practice, and that are ready to be expanded. The Foundation will award up to five prizes, each of £100 thousand. The competition is open to individuals, NGOs, social enterprises, and other nonprofit organizations — and to for-profit organizations that can demonstrate their social impact and need for the prize. The application deadline (for Round 1) is March 22, 2012

African Economic Research Consortium — Proposals in Climate Change and Green Development

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) — in collaboration with the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) — manage a collaborative program on issues of climate change. AERC and UNU-WIDER welcome proposals for research in the area of climate change and green development. Eligibility extends to researchers in the organizations and universities which comprise the AERC. The maximum grant is US$15 thousand. Proposals will be evaluated and funded on a rolling basis through March 31, 2012


Center for Economic Policy Research (UK) — Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries

The UK’s Center for Economic Policy Research, in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development, have launched a 5-year program in Private Enterprise Development for Low-Income Countries (PEDL). PEDL aims to understand market forces and constraints in the world’s low-income countries, with attention to cross-cutting themes that include climate and environment (among others). Eligibility extends to researchers from academia, the non-profit sector, think tanks, research centers, and similar. Exploratory Grants (multiple deadlines per year) range from £10 thousand to £35 thousand; the next deadline is 31 March 2012. Major Research Grants (annual) are a minimum of £100 thousand. Deadline: April 16, 2012


World Food Prize Foundation — Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application

The World Food Prize Foundation, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, invites nominations for the first annual “Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application.” The award will go to an individual under age 40 who works directly in the field — or at the production or processing level — with farmers, animal herders, fishers, or others in rural communities. The award can be made to individuals in any discipline or enterprise across the chain of food production, processing, and distribution. The amount of the award is US$10 thousand. Nominations should be submitted before June 30, 2012.


Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) — John Allwright Fellowship 2012

ACIAR awards the John Allwright Fellowship for university post-graduate studies in Australia. Applicants are citizens of ACIAR’s priority partner countries; under age 40 at the time of application; and usually employed by an ACIAR partner institution. ACIAR will consider supporting postgraduate research that includes fieldwork in the applicant’s home country, if essential for the project. Deadline: July 31, 2012