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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:
Deadline for submission: Open


Symposia and conferences


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:
Contact: Caroline Pollock


Scholarships and awards

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) is currently accepting applications from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the US Government's global hunger initiative -- Feed the Future.  All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and the Feed the Future initiative are admissible.
Closing date: 02 December 2015
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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) -- Research by Graduate Students on Global Food Security - call for applications
The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security supports U.S. graduate students who are interested in implementing a component of their graduate research in a developing country in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS). The program especially welcomes applications for research in countries of "Feed the Future" (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia). Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled in accredited U.S. graduate programs. All topics that relate to food security (e.g., agriculture, nutrition, ecological resources, poverty, etc.) are admissible.
Closing date: 09 November 2015
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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.

Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training
Closing date:  01 October 2015
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Post-doctoral fellowships-TWAS-National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa
Closing date: 02 October 2015
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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.


Job opportunities

Bioversity International is looking for two plant pathologists to work on the sustainable management of pests and diseases of banana, as part of a component on ecological intensification and diversification.
Closing date: 09 October 2015

Latin America-Caribbean - Turrialba, Costa Rica
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Asia-Pacific - Los Banos, Philippines
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