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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 (

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

Crawford Fund Fellowship 2015 - call for applications
The Crawford Fund Fellowship supports a scientist in agriculture, fisheries, or forestry from the Asia-Pacific countries for additional training in Australia. The Fellowship is offered annually to an agricultural scientist below the age of 35 years in one the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and Vietnam. Nominations must be made by two proposers, one of whom must be an Australian.
Closing date: 30 April 2015

University of California at Davis — Fellowships for Agricultural Research at U.S. Universities.
The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) offers fellowships for graduate students from developing countries for agricultural research at universities in the USA. The program currently invites applications from citizens of USAID-assisted countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Each research project is coordinated by a university in the student's home country, a university in the USA, and a mentor in the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). 

Closing date: 30 April 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

Two employment opportunities at the International Potato Center (CIP) - Lima, Peru

Communication Specialist
CIP is seeking a highly talented person to drive the internal and external communications activities of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas for Food Security and Income (RTB).
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Science Officer
CIP is looking for a very competent and dynamic scientist to fill the newly created position of Science Officer to support the product delivery of discovery, pre-breeding, breeding and other up-stream research in the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB).
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Closing date: Application screening for both jobs will start 03 April and will continue until the positions are filled.

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