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Calls for proposals

Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project (KHCP)
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:
Closing date: Not stated

Terra Viva Grants Monthly Update
List of grants related to agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

Symposia and conferences

Third international symposium on roots, rhizomes, tubers, plantains, bananas and papaya
Villa Clara province, Cuba
20-23 October, 2015
Abstract submission deadline: 15 September 2015
Contact: (Yoel Beovides García, Scientific Committee or Lilián Morales Romero, Executive Secretary)

VI International Banana Congress CORBANA and XXI International Meeting ACORBAT
San José, Costa Rica
22-26 February 2016
More information: (English) (Spanish)

International Symposium on Valorization, Preservation and Processing of Tropical Fruits and Vegetables
Port-au-Prince, Haïti
22-26 May 2016
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Training courses

Fusarium Laboratory Workshop at Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas - U.S.A.
21 - 26 June 2015
Contact: Dr. John F. Leslie (

Training course to build capacity in assisting plant breeders
The training, on everything from seed preparation to the design, establishment and management of field trials, will cover the following crops: banana, cassava, cowpea, maize, millet, rice, sorghum, soybean and yam. It is targeting technicians from Ghana and Nigeria, but is opened to other countries provided participants pay.
27 July - 14 August 2015
IITA – Ibadan, Nigeria (Musa Room)
Application deadline: 15 June 2015
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EMBO Practical Course: Insights into Plant Biological Processes through Phenotyping
Ghent, Belgium
13 - 19 September 2015
Registration deadline: 1 May 2015

IUCN Red List Training course now available online
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:
Contact: Caroline Pollock


Scholarships and awards

African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions -- Post-Graduate Fellowships 2015/2016
The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) aims to facilitate active collaboration among African scientific institutions for the purpose of training and research in science, engineering, and technology. ANSTI announces a limited number of fellowships for postgraduate studies in the 2015/2016 academic session, and tenable in ANSTI member institutions.
Closing date: 31 May 2015

Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) -- Postgraduate Training Fellowships
OWSD supports female scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) with doctoral fellowships in the natural sciences. The fellowships are for the pursuit of a doctoral degree at a host institution in a developing country, but not in the applicant's home country. Applicants should be qualified young women science graduates (generally below 40 years of age), who have an M.Sc. degree or outstanding B.Sc. in the natural sciences.
Closing date: 31 May 2015.

The world academy of sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS)
With the world’s largest South-South PhD and post-doctoral research fellowship programme, TWAS helps early-career researchers to gain education and experience at top global science institutions.

TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training (closing date 01 October 2015):
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VLIR-UOS Training and Master Scholarships
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:
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Travel grants

African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions Conference Grants
Grants (up to $2,500) to attend international meetings to present papers. Open to academic staff of ANSTI member institutions.
Closing date: Applications are accepted all year round.

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.
Closing date: Applications are accepted all year round.

SEARCA Travel Grants
Open to southeast Asian nationals who work for a development-oriented institution or are graduate students at a reputable university in Southeast Asia. Up to $1,200 for travel to present papers at local or international scientific conferences or fora.
Closing date: Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis in 2nd week of March, June, September and December.


Job opportunities

The World Banana Forum is looking for a consultant to develop content for an online portal on best practices. The user-friendly portal, to be hosted on the ProMusa website, aims to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and adoption of practices in the banana sector and act as a learning platform to build local capacity.
Contract duration: 3 months
Home based (with Rome or Montpellier as preferred locations)
Closing date: 04 June
Expected starting date: 15 June 2015

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