Research Communiqué 03/07/2012

This communiqué is designed to alert you to research resources in the area of livestock systems and climate change. We will be posting it bi-monthly in 2012. Please let me know if you have anything to add and I will be certain to include it. In this communiqué are the following:

  • Recent Activities of the LCC CRSP: a photo essay, participatory video, and research brief
  • Thirteen funding opportunities from terravivagrants.org and other funding sites
  • A micro-insurance conference
  • Five announcements of new publications

LCC CRSP Activities

Cost-Effectiveness of Simple Technologies to Reduce Erosion and Promote Grass Establishment

Corinna Riginos, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. The fertility of Africa’s rangelands is very important to a large number of people who rely upon livestock for their well-being and overall[...]

Uniting Pastoralists, Scientists and Policy-Makers through Video Project

Massai Voices on Climate Change participants tell their story of climate change and everyday struggles through videos and interviews that are filmed by the local people. This is a Colorado State Univ[...]

Recent Funding Opportunities

MARCH

African Climate Change Fellowship Program — Teaching Fellowships 2012

The ACCFP builds the capacity of African professionals, researchers, educators, and graduate students on themes of climate change adaptation in Africa. Applications are invited for the program’s Teaching Fellowships. Recipients travel to suitable host institutions to work with established and qualified mentors to strengthen teaching on climate change. The Teaching Fellowships are a maximum of US$7,500 for periods of up to six months. Eligibility extends to university educators who are citizens of an African country, and based at an African institution. Applications are particularly encouraged from women and traditionally under-represented regions and countries of Africa. The deadline for applications (English or French) is March 12, 2012

YouthActionNet Global Fellowship

Launched in 2001 by the International Youth Foundation, YouthActionNet strengthens, supports, and celebrates the role of young people in leading positive change in their communities. Each year, 20 exceptional young social entrepreneurs are selected as YouthActionNet Global Fellows following a competitive application process. Deadline is March 12, 2012

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. The annual competition involves two rounds, with the first round being held in June: The Jury selects 18 Finalists, the top three projects of each region (Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Asia-Pacific), on the basis of their short business plans. They receive coaching from experienced businesspeople to move to the next round. Then in the second round held in October: The Finalists are invited to France for the final round of competition which includes submitting a detailed business plan and presenting their projects in front of the Jury. They are also invited to the Annual Global Meeting of the Women’s Forum. Deadline is March 13, 2012

Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) — Managing Coastal Areas in the Western Indian Ocean

OSSREA intends to publish a book on environmental degradation and the decline of natural resources and biodiversity in the coastal areas of the Western Indian Ocean. It offers US$5 thousand to authors who address OSSREA’s priority topics in any one of the relevant coastal states (Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, and Tanzania) and island states (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, and Seychelles). Applicants should be nationals of Eastern and Southern Africa, and should be affiliated with institutions based in Eastern and Southern Africa. The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 15,2012

U.S. Agency for International Development — Eco-Tourism for Biodiversity and Economic Growth in Uganda

USAID-Kampala seeks applications to fund one or more organizations for developing eco-tourism as an approach to reduce threats to biodiversity and provide economic benefits for Uganda. USAID will allocate US$10 million over four years. There are no eligibility restrictions. Funding Opportunity RFA-617-12-000004. The deadline for proposals is March 20, 2012

Rising Stars in Global Health

This program aims to tap into the creativity, knowledge and skills of emerging innovators from low- and lower-middle income countries to solve some of the most persistent health challenges in the developing world through scientific/technological, business, and social innovation. Deadline is March 23, 2012

START (SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training) — Environmental Change Research in Africa 2012

START makes grants to African scientists to conduct collaborative research and assessments of global environmental change in Africa. The priority is for understanding links between ecosystem services, agriculture, food security, and sustainable livelihoods. Proposals should be submitted by teams of three or more African scientists at the same or different institutions. Grants are up to US$45 thousand per team. The deadline for applications is March 28, 2012

APRIL

Social Innovation Fellows Program

The PopTech Social Innovation Fellows program is designed to equip world-changing innovators with the tools, insights, visibility and social network that can help them scale their impacts to new heights. This is a one-of-a-kind Fellows program designed for one-of-a-kind social innovators who have the talent, passion and potential to change the world. Deadline is April 3, 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture — Borlaug Fellowship Program, Female Applicants 2012

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, administers the “Feed the Future 21st Century Borlaug Leadership Program” to support training and research in agriculture. This current call is for female applicants to increase the number of women in leadership positions. Grants are for 6-12 weeks of collaboration in the USA, followed by continuation of the partnership in the applicant’s home country. Application are invited from early to mid-career female professionals in the following countries: AFRICA – Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia; ASIA — Bangladesh; and LATIN AMERICA — Guatemala, Haiti, and Honduras. The deadline for applications is April 6, 2012

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) — Canada Fund for African Climate Resilience

CIDA will co-finance Canadian organizations or coalitions to address climate change effects and adaptation needs that restrict or have negative impacts on food security and/or economic growth in Africa. The focus countries are Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, and Tanzania. Projects in certain other Sub-Saharan countries are also eligible (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Dem Rep Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zambia). CIDA will provide 85% of project funding; eligible applicants in Canada’s private sector and/or civil society (or their coalitions) contribute the remaining 15%. The deadline for applications is April 19, 2012

U.S. Agency for International Development — Agricultural Extension in Bangladesh

USAID-Dhaka will fund a 5-year project for US$25 million to build capacity in the agricultural extension system of Bangladesh that links farmers more closely with research and extension. Applicants should be legally recognized Bangladeshi entities — such as private voluntary organizations, universities, research organizations, professional associations, commercial organizations willing to forego profits, and relevant special interest associations. Funding Opportunity RFA-388-12-000006. The closing date for applications is April 30, 2012

Swiss Re — ReSource Award 2013

The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management is a prize for leadership in implementing sustainable watershed management in developing and emerging countries. The prize money is US$150 thousand allocated to one or more projects. Eligibility for the Award extends to NGOs, private organizations, scientific and public institutions, and similar bodies. The application deadline is April 30, 2012

MAY

Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program

The Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program is a fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  EMDAP is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the largest private, nonprofit educational and cultural exchange agency in the United States. EMDAP is an opportunity for current students and recent graduates of U.S. MBA and MA programs in international management/ finance/development or international affairs/studies to provide management assistance to various USAID-assisted entities in emerging markets. Deadline is May 25, 2012

Conferences/Workshops/Seminars

6th Micro-insurance round-table (MiRT) forum: Catastrophe microinsurance progress of pilot …

Background: The vision of the Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management is to become Asia’s leading research institute in catastrophe risk management and to help those at risk worldwide in general and Asia in particular.
Date: Apr 22-24, 2012

Publications

Land tenure and international investments in agriculture

HLPE, 2011. Land tenure and international investments in agriculture. A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security, Rome 2011.

Many of the problems surrounding international investments in land could be dealt with by more effective enforcement of existing policy and legislation at national and local levels. However, current weaknesses in governance, institutions and incentives mean that a “win-win-win” solution will not happen unless much stronger weight is given to the capacities of both local land users and host country governments. Equally, because many of the problems are complex and interconnected, the recommendations for policy need to be similarly differentiated in terms of sector, level and actors concerned. Given the likely increase in pressures on land in future, from international investment (as well as domestic), it is vital to get a better balancing of the rights and interests of less powerful groups, in negotiation with government and investors. Blog

Biodiversity enhances ecosystem multi-functionality in global drylands

An international team of researchers have finished a global empirical study that suggests that preservation of plant biodiversity is crucial to buffer negative effects of climate change and desertification in drylands. The results of this study indicate that the ability for ecosystems to maintain multiple functions, such as carbon storage and build-up of nutrient pools is enhanced by an increase in the number of plant species and reduced by the rise in average annual temperature, in drylands worldwide. This study is the first to explicitly evaluate such relationships in ecosystems at a global scale.

New training manuals for improving small-scale pig production

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has produced a set of training manuals to help inform small-scale rural pig farmers on how to intensify pig production. Using lessons learned from a research project in north eastern India among other recommendations, the manuals uses diagrammatic illustrations to offer ways of improving smallholder pig framing, including basic veterinary care, pork production and marketing. There are three well-illustrated manuals.

Underutilized species on the AgriCultures Network

The AgriCultures Network has a report on underutilised species presenting some key international developments and reflections on emerging trends, challenges and opportunities on current and future sustainable use of underutilized species. This report discusses past work and project results associated with underutilized species. It also provides an extensive list of references on the subject. The AgriCultures Network shares knowledge and provides information on small-scale, sustainable agriculture worldwide. It publishes magazines and other media to build knowledge and exchange information. The purpose of the AgriCultures Network is to stimulate debate and facilitate concreted actions among stakeholders. (viaAgro.biodiver.se)

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

A significant new breakthrough in the measurement of women’s empowerment in developing countries is launched today. The “Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index” (WEAI) is the first measure to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector. The WEAI focuses on five areas: decisions over agricultural production, power over productive resources such as land and livestock, decisions over income, leadership in the community, and time use. Women are considered to be empowered if they have adequate achievements in four of the five areas. The Index also takes into consideration the empowerment of women compared with men in the same household, based on asking women and men the same survey questions.