Thursday 21 November 2019

Become a contributor towards actualising Food and Nutrition Security in sub-Saharan Africa

Deadline: 23rd November 2019


Apply to join the next generation of change makers who are working to actualise Food and Nutrition Security in sub-Saharan Africa through informed knowledge and information sharing. We are currently taking applications for contributors on our new food security blog, www.grow4peace.co.uk. The focus is on discussions around achieving food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa.

Themes:

Nutrition
Food security
Food technology
Food safety
Agri-tech
Crop production
Soil science
WASH
Climate Change
Advancing rural livelihoods etc.

This is also a hub for global opportunities in the relevant areas.
NB. This is not a paid position
The benefits are endless.

Click for more information or to register your interest 

Win $2M Food System Vision Prize for Innovation in Food Futures 2050.


Deadline: January 31, 2020

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Join the  Food System Vision Prize, launched by the Rockefeller Foundation and powered by SecondMuse and OpenIDEO.

 Do you have an idea that could change our food future? we’re looking for Visions that answer the question: How might we envision regenerative and nourishing food futures for 2050?

As a Food System Vision Prize participant (a.k.a. Visionary) you will be tasked with developing a concrete and actionable Vision for your chosen place—town, state/province, region, bioregion, watershed, or country—through a systems approach.

A Grand Prize of $200,000 USD each will be awarded to up to 10 Top Visionary Teams. Finalists will also receive entry into an Accelerator, and gain access to advisors and resources from The Rockefeller Foundation. 



Wednesday 20 November 2019

Apply: Enhancing capacity to apply research evidence in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa research grant


Deadline: 19 December 2019
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The Capacity Development Office is pleased to announce the “Enhancing capacity to apply research evidence in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa” research grant funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The grant will award 30 research fellowships in year 2020. Fifty fellowships were awarded in 2018 and 2019, and this is the third and last call for applications.
The fellowship is for young academics, professionals and students at the post-course work/research stage of their programs for the study of Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must be young Africans.
  • The research will be carried out in the following countries: Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal, and Zambia.
  • Applicants must not be more than 40 years old at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be young scholars at a research institute or university in Africa or a student registered in a PhD or Master’s program in recognized universities in Africa, majoring in agricultural economics, agribusiness, economics or a related social science field, and must have finished their university course work.
  • Applicants must be able to conduct research in the target countries.
  • The duration of the research should not exceed 6 months.
Awards
  • Awards for Research Grants are up to $10,000 (Proposals with a reasonable higher budget can also be selected depending on the quality of the research proposal).
  • Grantees will be supervised by IITA’s socio-economics scientists in close collaboration with their national/university supervisors.
  • Grantees will be offered training on research methodology, data management, and scientific writing.
  • Grantees will be offered training on production of research evidence for policy-making.

Monday 18 November 2019

Global Giving - Crowdfunding Training Opportunity

Deadline: 24 January 2020.

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GlobalGiving is an online platform to raise funds for grassroots projects worldwide across many sectors and themes – including in agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources. GlobalGiving announces a new Accelerator program that will offer virtual training in online fundraising and participation in a two-week crowdfunding campaign. The program is open to nonprofit organizations anywhere in the world. Organizations that successfully complete the GlobalGiving Accelerator by raising at least US$5 thousand total from a minimum 40 different donors will earn permanent membership with GlobalGiving, in addition to $30 thousand in matching funding and bonus prizes. 



Swedish International Development Agency - Training on Healthy Livestock and Safe Food

Deadline: 15 January 2020.



Sida funds short-term training in selected development topics for participants from developing countries. Organizations in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda are invited to nominate candidates for the 12-months Training Program ‘Healthy Livestock – Safe Food.’ The overall objective of this program is to reduce poverty and vulnerability among smallholder farmers. Candidates representing government organisations, private companies or NGOs at national, regional or local level are encouraged to apply. The training will take place in Sweden. Sida will cover costs related to all program phases, except personal expenses, visa fees or any local airport taxes and departure fees. 


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Sunday 17 November 2019

Apply: Join the Nutrition Team at Oxford Policy Management

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) is looking to hire two staff members working out of our offices in either Islamabad, Abuja or Oxford. The recruit will join a team that works internationally and will have the opportunity to work on our projects globally. 


About Oxford Policy Management: 
OPM is a an international development consultancy and our mission is to help low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage through public policy reform. We have a strong reputation for the quality of our work in supporting governments and other organisations in policy development and implementation. OPM has dedicated staff in
our international offices and in Oxford.


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Nestlé Foundation - Human Nutrition in Developing Countries 2020.

The deadlines for full grant applications are 10 January and 10 May 2020.


The NestlĂ© Foundation supports research in human nutrition in low-income and lower middle-income countries. In relation to agriculture, the Foundation will consider research on food policy, food production, and food technology if the intervention has high potential for improved nutritional status and public health. The Foundation offers training grants, pilot grants, and full project grants. Priority is for proposals submitted by researchers in developing countries, or jointly with partners in developed countries. A Letter of Intent (LOI) can be submitted at any time of the year. 



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Saturday 16 November 2019

Apply: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) photo contest.

Deadline: 16 December 2019.





The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launches a photo competition to promote youth participation in rural development in Latin American and the Caribbean. IFAD seeks images that show young people engaged in rural areas in the region. Ten selected photos will be exhibited during the official ceremony of the Rural Youth Innovation Award (June 2020). The top three winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to the ceremony. Participants should be between 18 and 35 years old. 


Apply: Agri-tech catalyst Round 9: Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation (mid stage).

Deadline: 8 January 2020




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UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) for projects with partners in eligible African countries. The aim of this competition is to increase the pace of innovation in the development of agricultural and food systems in Africa. Applicants project must result in more use of innovations by farmers and food systems organisations such as manufacturers, processors, retailers, distributors and wholesalers. Applicants proposal must show the potential to have a positive impact on poverty through the uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation. 






Apply: MasterCard Foundation - Scholarships for Africans at the University of British Columbia 2020

Deadline: 13 December 2019. 


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The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program funds citizens and residents of Sub-Saharan Africa for graduate studies at the University of British Columbia, USA. The fields of study at UBC include Sustainable Forest Management; Environmental Management; Food Science; Land and Water Systems; and many others. Each Faculty has different deadlines, please check carefully. 




Apply: Institute of International Education - Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowships

Deadline: 09 December 2019.


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The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program offers short-term fellowships to African-born academics at universities in the USA and Canada to collaborate with African universities in research, curriculum co-development, and/or graduate student training. Project requests to host scholars are submitted by universities and other higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Past scholars in the program have included several in agriculture, environment, and related disciplines. 



Apply: DAAD Scholarships to pursue a postgraduate degree at German Universities.

Deadline:  Most scholarship deadlines for the 2020-2021 intake fall between August 2019 through December 2019varying by courses (check website).



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The DAAD offers scholarships to qualified individuals from eligible developing countries for post-graduate studies at German universities in development-related subjects. The program (EPOS) is open to individuals who completed their previous academic degrees no longer than six years previously; who have at least two years of professional experience; and who are nationals of countries receiving official development assistance (DAC list of the OECD). The available courses range across water resources; renewable energy; land management and tenure; agricultural sciences; forest sciences; ecology; nature conservation; environmental governance; and many others.


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Apply: Professional Fellows Program - Advancing women Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Innovators hosted at Michigan State University (MSU).

Deadline: 18 November 2019


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The Professional Fellows Program connects Ugandan, Tanzanian and Kenyan agribusiness professionals and entrepreneurs with their counterparts in Michigan for knowledge exchange and capacity building. The Program is recruiting young Tanzanian, Kenyan, and Ugandan professionals from diverse backgrounds in private, public, non-governmental, and education sectors who are either women agribusiness entrepreneurs or individuals working to increase women’s economic engagement in the agricultural sector.

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Apply: GrowthAfrica Accelerator Program.


Deadline is 01 December 2019

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GrowthAfrica supports African businesses and entrepreneurs through an annual Accelerator program. Participants of the program receive individualized and tailored in-company support, access to potential investors, leadership training and mentorship. Entrepreneurs in the fields of Agribusiness, Renewable Energy, and Water & Sanitation are especially welcome. The program is open to entrepreneurs from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Ghana.





Apply: The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation to improve the production and distribution of food.

Deadline: 1 January 2020
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The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is seeking applications to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in AsiaAfricaLatin America, and the Middle East. The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field. It prefers to support projects that address under-funded issues and geographic areas. 


Fields of Interest
The foundation supports special projects and programs of non-governmental organizations in three areas: conservation, food, and health. Examples of areas of interest within these fields follow, but are not meant to be exclusive.
Conservation
Conservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in low- and middle-income countries.  The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that:
  • help conserve ecosystems and protect biodiversity
  • train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training
Food
Food grants help research-based efforts to improve food and nutrition security and improve natural resources and ecosystems.  Areas of interest include projects that:
  • promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries;
  • test and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale farmers; and
  • advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops in low-income countries.
Health
The foundation supports public health programs that focus on populations rather than individuals.  It funds programs that emphasize disease prevention and health promotion over those that emphasize disease diagnosis, treatment, and care.  It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that:
  • improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health; and
  • increase the understanding and treatment of neglected tropical diseases

Click to apply.