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Calls for proposals

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: Open
Website: http://www.growkenya.org/grant-application.aspx

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Symposia and conferences

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Training courses

Prompted by the IUCN Red List’s increasing popularity and a growing need for Red List training around the world, 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. The course teaches everything you need to know about how to prepare high-quality Red List assessments. It is particularly useful for SSC members about to embark on red listing for the first time, or for experienced Red List Assessors who want to refresh their memory on any aspect of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.
Currently, the first four modules are available (covering what the IUCN Red List is, the Red List assessment process, IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria, and supporting information for assessments) with a further three modules being released within the next few weeks (mapping standards, SIS, and regional Red List assessments). Towards the end of this year the course will also include an exam to test your Red List knowledge and allow you to gain a Red List Assessor certificate.
For more information: http://www.iucnredlist.org/technical-documents/red-list-training/online-training
Contact: Caroline Pollock
Email: caroline.pollock@iucn.org

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Scholarships and awards

The world academy of sciences for the advancement of science (TWAS) has the world’s largest South-South PhD and post-doctoral research fellowship programme. TWAS helps early-career researchers in developing countries to gain education and experience at top global science institutions.
Closing date for TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training:  1 October 2015
More information on Research and Advanced Training fellowships: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-fellowships-research-and-advanced-training
Closing dates for PhD and Post-doctoral fellowships: 24 August to 15 September 2015 depending on the fellowship
More information on fellowships: http://www.twas.org/opportunities/fellowships

VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from 54 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America, to follow a training course or Master’s degree program at a university or university college in Belgium. The Master’s programs, lasting one or two academic years, focus on specific problems of developing countries and/or are relevant to developing countries in a more general sense.
Closing date: Determined by the Program
For more information: http://www.vliruos.be/4273.aspx
For general questions: ellen.vanhimbergen@vliruos.be

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Travel grants

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.
Closing date: Applications are accepted all year round.
Website: http://www.theihs.org/ContentDetails.aspx?id=516

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Job opportunities

The World Banana Forum (WBF) is a permanent space of assembly for participants representing the global banana supply-chain to promote open dialogue on challenges in the banana industry. Its mission is to inspire collaboration and achieve industry-wide consensus on best practices regarding workplace issues, gender equity, environmental impact, sustainable production and economic issues.
Internship to support work on environmental sustainability
Location: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
Expected start date: September 2015
Duration: 6 months
Deadline: 16 August 2015

Internship to support work on economic and social sustainability
Location: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy 
Expected start date: September 2015 
Duration: 6 months 
Deadline for Applications: 16 August, 2015

More information and application procedure:
http://www.fao.org/economic/worldbananaforum/getinvolved/va/en/ (English)
http://www.fao.org/economic/worldbananaforum/involucrate/va/es/ (Spanish)