Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

IFDC adds Farmer-to-Market training in Accra

The International Fertilizer Development Center will hold its seventh

Linking Farmers to Markets workshop in Accra from 15-19 May. The cost of the program is $1,650 until 17 April and $1,800 afterward.

 The successful training program has been conducted in both English and French in the past.

Who should attend? (more…)

New IFPRI report will consider urbanization, food policy

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will release “2017 Global Food Policy Report” on March 23 in a Washington, D.C. event streamed on the internet. The report  takes an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities of urbanization for food security and nutrition.

At the event, a panel will discuss:

  • What we know about the impacts of urbanization on hunger and nutrition
  • Our greatest research and data needs for better policy making that will ensure food security and improve diets for growing urban populations
  • How we can better connect rural smallholders to urban food consumers to ensure that smallholders and urban residents benefit from expanding urban food markets
  • What role informal markets play in feeding cities, and how can they be better governed to increase urban food security

Visit the event page to register or watch the report release webcast on March 23, beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Nominations open for the 2017 Africa Food Prize

Nominations have opened for the 2017 Africa Food Prize, a prestigious award that recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives.

The $100,000 prize celebrates Africans who are taking control of the agriculture agenda, highlighting initiatives and technical innovations that can be replicated across the continent to create a new era of food security and economic opportunity for all Africans.

The inaugural prize in 2016 was awarded to International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) Kanayo F. Nwanze, for his leadership and passionate advocacy of smallholder farmers. As IFAD president, he redirected the organization’s work to focus more on making small-scale farming a viable business through a country-led approach to rural development.

This year’s winner will be honored at a gala dinner at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), 4-8 September 2017 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire by Former President of Nigeria, H.E. President Olusegun Obasanjo, chair of the Africa Food Prize Committee. (more…)

Webinar looks at trends in scientific publishing in low-income countries

The FAO of the United Nations and Research4Life are hosting a series of webinars as part of an online course by A.S.I.R.A. (Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture) specifically for professionals working in low-income countries.

It’s too late to sign up for the course, but the webinar sessions are open to anyone and follow the same themes as the course. (See below for registration link)

People who are not signed up for the course should register for the webinars. The first is on Feb. 15, and register by Feb. 13. (more…)

IFDC sets nutrient training programs for the year

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has set its calendar of trainings for the year. The events generally offer a discounted rate for early registration.

Here are the trainings for 2017:


APRES planning under way; time to submit abstracts

The American Peanut Research and Education Society has started accepting abstracts to present at the 49th Annual Meeting scheduled for July 11-13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

APRES members who wish to present original papers or posters at the 2017 APRES Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Hotel Albuquerque, should submit an abstract online at by Friday, March 31. Authors of both oral presentations and posters will be notified by May 1 if their abstract has been selected for presentation at the 2017 APRES Annual Meeting.

The Technical Program Chairman for 2017, Todd Baughman, can answer questions. Reach him at: (more…)

Help set Feed the Future priorities for variety development

Feed the Future and USAID is soliciting feedback from the research community about opportunities to accelerate progress in breeding programs for important crops such as peanut, common beans, cassava, and banana. Advancement may take advantage of opportunities offered by genomics tools and other cutting-edge technologies that could be applied to accelerating breeding.

“Through Feed the Future, USAID makes substantial investments in research for improvement of crops that are critical for global food security and nutrition,” said Nora Lapitan, the Research Division Chief for the Bureau for Food Security. “Crops such as peanuts, common beans, cassava, and banana (Roots, Tubers, Banana; RTBs) are critical sources of nutrition for undernourished populations in developing countries. Their continued, consistent availability will rely, in part, on high quality germplasm available to farmers.”

The agency is requesting input from the research community at  This consultation starts today (Jan. 12) and goes through Jan. 20.


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