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Calls for proposals

Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project

The USAID-funded Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP) is working with 200,000 farmers to build a highly competitive horticulture industry. They are inviting applications from interested companies and organizations to partner in the following area: Potato, Sweet Potatoes, Bananas and Export Vegetables. Innovative approaches are being sought to integrate smallholders into these value chains to develop profitable ventures that significantly impact the horticulture sector. This could include expansion of current activities into new markets, adding value to existing fresh products by freezing, drying and other types of processing, or development of new crops or products that make advantage of existing marketing systems. Co-investment ideas are encouraged.
How to apply: Download the application form the website mentioned below and send it to: khcp-grants@fintrac.com
Deadline for submission: Continuous
Website: http://www.growkenya.org/grant-application.aspx

Terra Viva Grants Directory

List of grants related to agriculture, energy, environment and natural resources in developing countries.

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Symposia and conferences

International Symposium on Horticulture

The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), under the auspices of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and in partnership with the International Society of Horticulture Science (ISHS), are organizing a symposium on priorities and emerging trends in horticulture. Themes will include: sustainable production, bio-conservation, breeding, resource conservation and climate resilience, post-harvest management, crop modelling and forecasting, IT enabled supply chain, technology assessment, and socio-economic and gender issues.
Location: ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru, India
Dates: 5-8 September 2017
Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2017
Early-bird registration: 31 May 2017
Contact: Dr M.R. Dinesh: director@iihr.res.in
Website: http://www.intsym.com/

Australian Banana Industry Congress 2017

The Congress brings together Australian banana growers, industry partners and worldleading scientists, researchers and innovators, to share ideas and plot the course of future industry development.
Location: Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, Australia
Dates: 22-24 June 2017
Website: http://bananacongress.org.au
 

4th International Symposium on Genomics of Plant Genetic Resources

The international symposia on genomics of plant genetic resources cover ongoing efforts to assemble, manage and characterise plant genetic resources using the continuous and rapid advances in the field of genomics.
Location: Giessen, Germany
Dates: 3-7 September 2017
Website: www.gpgr4.org
Registration:  Early bird registration will open in February 2017

7th International Banana Congress

Corporación Bananera Nacional (CORBANA) just announced the date and location of their next congress.
Location: Hotel Hyatt Regency Miami Downtown,  Miami, Florida
Dates: 26-29 September 2017
Website: http://congresointernacionaldebanano.com/2017/
Email: info@congresointernacionaldebanano.com

4th International Symposium on Molecular Markers in Horticulture

The symposium will focus on the latest developments in the use of genetic markers in plant research, ranging from germplasm characterisation to genotyping-by-sequencing and marker assisted selection to gene editing.

Location: Napier War Memorial Conference Centre, New Zealand
Dates: 7-10 March 2017
Website: http://scienceevents.co.nz/molecularmarkers2017
For more information: PDF (880kB)

Workshop on TR4

A workshop on TR4 will be held during the 8th International Scientific Seminar on Plant Protection organised by the Instituto de Investigaciones de Sanidad Vegetal (INISAV).

Location: Havana International Conference Center in Havana, Cuba
Date: 12 April 2017
Contact: Luis Perez Vicente
Conference website: http://www.facebook.com/inisav76
For more information on the workshop: PDF (1.1 MB)

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Training courses

Tropical Fusarium Workshop

Theoretical and practical course aimed at training researchers and graduate students in the study of Fusarium-related topics including: species concepts, compatibility groups and intersections, morphological and molecular identification of pathogenic species to plants and humans, phylogeny, population genetics, potential toxigenic, epidemiology and management of diseases caused by Fusarium. The course will be offered in Portuguese and English. There will be no simultaneous translation; instructors will speak in their native language.
Registration: places are limited and selection will be based on experience in the area. If you are interested, please send a message to the organizers demonstrating your interest; the message form is available on the website homepage.
Location: Plant Pathology Department of the Federal University of Viçosa - Viçosa, Brazil
Dates: 13-17 February 2017
Website: http://tropicalfusarium.weebly.com/ (Portuguese)
 

IUCN Red List online training courses

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has developed the first online IUCN Red List Training Course: Assessing Species' Extinction Risk Using IUCN Red List Methodology. Hosted on TNC’s ConservationTraining website, this course is free and open to anyone who wishes to learn more about the IUCN Red List. It consists of 7 modules: introduction to the IUCN Red List, Red List assessments, categories and criteria, supporting information for assessments, mapping protocols, species information service, and regional assessments. The course also includes an exam to test the participants' knowledge of the Red List, the assessment process, and their skills in calculating the various parameters used in the assessments. Passing the exam will entitle participants to a certificate to prove that they have successfully completed the course.

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Scholarships and awards

Equator Prize 2017

The Equator Initiative is inviting nominations for the Equator Prize 2017. This year’s prize will be awarded to outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. Each winning group will receive USD 10,000 and will be invited to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2017, culminating in an award ceremony at the beginning of Climate Week. Nominations may be submitted in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.
Nomination deadline: 08 March 2017
Website: http://equatorinitiative.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1019&lang=en
Online nomination form: http://prize.equatorinitiative.org/

East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition

The 2017 East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition will select 50 scalable technologies from the entries and offer the participants accelerated training on scaling up and pitching, to take place in April 2017. The top 25 participants will then be given the opportunity to showcase and pitch to potential partners at a special session of the East Africa Postharvest Technologies Fair to be held in May 2017. The top three technologies will receive cash prize/seed capital.

Closing date: 20 February 2017
Website: https://younginnovatorsinagribusiness.com/post-harvest-2017/

TWAS Prizes

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is inviting nominations of scientists from developing countries working in one of the 9 eligible fields, including agricultural sciences. Nine prizes of USD15,000 each will be awarded to scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to scientific knowledge and/or to the application of science and technology to sustainable development. The candidates must be scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least ten years.
Application deadline: 31 March 2017
Website: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-prizes

PhD fellowships for women

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) are offering postgraduate training fellowships for women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and least developed countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South.
Application deadline: 30 June 2017
Website: http://twas.org/opportunity/owsd-phd-fellowships-women

CAS-TWAS President’s PhD Fellowship Programme

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) are providing students/scholars who are non-Chinese citizens an opportunity to pursue doctoral degrees at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Science and Technology of China or CAS institutes around China. Up to 200 students/scholars from all over the world will be sponsored to pursue doctoral degrees for up to 4 years.
Application deadline: 31 March 2017
For more information: http://twas.org/opportunity/cas-twas-presidents-phd-fellowship-programme

John Allwright Fellowship

The John Allwright Fellowship was introduced in 1986 to provide the opportunity for partner-country scientists involved in ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions. Applicants must be citizens of an ACIAR partner country and engaged in an ACIAR collaborative project at the time of application.
Application deadline: 15 May 2017
For more information: http://aciar.gov.au/content/australia-awards-john-allwright-eligibility-and-online-user-guide

PhD scholarships for Sub-Saharan Africa

The call for RUFORUM’s DAAD-funded PhD scholarship programme is opened. In-country scholarships are for applicants from the hosting country, whereas in-region scholarships are for applicants from all over Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • PhD in Life Sciences at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Sciences and Technology in Tanzania (2 in-region);
  • PhD in Food Science and Nutrition at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya (1 in-region & 1 in-country);
  • PhD in Plant Breeding & Biotechnology at the Makerere University in Uganda (1 in-region & 1 in country);
  • PhD in Agricultural and Rural Innovations at Makerere University in Uganda (1 in-region & 1 in country).

Application deadline: 20 February 2017
For more information: https://ruforum.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/daad-scholarships-january-2017.pdf

IPNI Scholar Awards

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) offers awards of US$2,000 each to graduate students attending a degree-granting institution located in a region with an IPNI program (students at African universities that are not located in region with an IPNI program should read the note in the Eligibility section). Priority will be given to the relevance of the proposed research in support of IPNI's mission. Students in the disciplines of soil and plant sciences including agronomy, horticulture, ecology, soil fertility, soil chemistry, crop physiology, and other areas related to plant nutrition are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline: 8 April 2017
Website: https://www.ipni.net/scholar/learn

Arturo Falaschi ICGEB Fellowships

The International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) offers PhD, Postdoctoral and Short-term fellowships in Life Sciences to scientists from ICGEB’s member states. The fellowships are for research at collaborating universities in Trieste, New Delhi, and Cape Town.
Application deadlines : PhD fellowships (31 March  2017); Post-doctoral fellowships (31 March and 30 September  2017); Short-term fellowships (31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December 2017)
Website: http://www.icgeb.org/fellowships.html

Cargill Global Scholars Program

The agribusiness company Cargill is offering scholarships to university students interested in food security, agriculture and risk management. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia or the USA, and attend university in those countries. Each Cargill Global Scholar will receive an annual scholarship for up to two years, as well as opportunities for leadership training and networking. 
Application deadlines: 1 March 2017 (India and Indonesia); 2 April 2017 (Russia); 8 April 2017 (China); and 20 April 2017 (Brazil)
Application: https://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/apply/
Website: https://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/

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Travel grants

SEARCA travel grants

To reinforce the Center’s efforts and resources in the promotion of agricultural competitiveness and natural resource management toward food security and poverty reduction in the region, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will provide Travel Grants of up to a maximum of US$1,200 to qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professionals and social scientists including graduate students in Southeast Asia.
Application deadlines: 7 December, 7 March, 7 June and 7 September
For more information: http://www.searca.org/index.php/scholarship/searca-travel-grants

Hayek Fund for Scholars

Open to graduate students and untenured faculty members of any nationality. Up to $1,000 for career enhancing activities e.g., presentations at conferences, travel to academic job interviews or for research at archives or libraries, participation in seminars, distribution of an article, submission of manuscripts to journals or publishers.
Application deadline: Applications are accepted all year round.
Website: https://theihs.org/funding/hayek-fund/

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Job opportunities

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