Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

Borlaug Award comes with cash prize for young scientist

It’s time to nominate young scientists for the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, a $10,000 prize that recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40. The award, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, goes to someone who “has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty,” according to organizers.

Nominations are sought through June 30 for the sixth-annual award, which will be presented at the World Food Prize events in October. (more…)

World Food System plans two-week school in West Africa

The ETH Zurich World Food System Center, together with the Yamsys Project and the Swiss Center for Scientific Research in Côte d’Ivoire, is taking applications for next year’s World Food System Summer School, “Food Systems in Transition,” which will be held 27 January through 10 February 2018 in Côte d’Ivoire. The two-week intensive academic course will take place in Abidjan, Bouaké, and several field sites.

The program spans the food system and includes lectures, workshops, case studies, field trips, and farm work together with faculty and experts from leading research institutes, the public, private, and not for profit sectors. (more…)

AflaNet seeking papers for upcoming conference

AflaNet, a partnership between the scientific and development communities in German and Kenya/East Africa, is soliciting abstracts for its one-day-conference in Nairobi on 9 October.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scientists, stakeholders, institutes, farmers and governmental institutions seeking for long-lasting, innovative and practicable ideas to combat aflatoxin from the food value chain.

The project funded by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture in 2016 is designed as an initial study that is planned to be followed by a more intensive, overall collaborative project with African partners.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 June; and notice of acceptance will go out 15 August. Send abstract to

African ag information conference set for 2018

The International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) Africa Chapter and the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) is seeking proposals for papers and workshops to be presented at the 4th IAALD Africa Conference in Pretoria, South Africa, 30 May through 1 June, 2018.

Papers should reflect the conference theme – “Agricultural innovations, information and knowledge: Catalyzing the attainment of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the African Union Agenda 2063.”

Find out more or explore sub-themes here.

Capacity development is a major component of the IAALD Africa Conference; organizers encourage proposals for interactive workshops intended to convey knowledge or skills to agricultural information professionals in areas relating to the sub-themes of the conference. Workshops may be organized during pre-conference events for two-thirds of the day (27-29 May) or half the day (31 May).

Proposals for papers or workshops should be sent to Gracian Chimwaza ( cc. no later than 30 September.

Offer advice on USAID research to achieve growth, resilience, nutrition goals

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are holding a three-day online symposium for development practitioners, researchers, and others working in food security.

Aligning Research Investments to the Global Food Security Strategy: A Three-Day AgExchange on Nutrition, Resilience and Agriculture-Led Economic Growth will be held 18-20 April.
The three-day facilitated online discussion which will explore three core themes from the GFSS Results Framework: Agriculture-led economic growth, resilience, and nutrition.

Dr. Brady Deaton, BIFAD Chair and Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Missouri will start the event at 9 a.m. (GMT-4 hours) on April 18.

Check out the framing papers and visit the FAQs page for further details.

To register:

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Conference on Mycotoxins, Phycotoxins set for June

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins, will be held June 18-23 at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

The conference will bring together senior and early-career scientists, as well as students, to address the very practical task of ensuring the safety of food and water supplies. Podium presentations will include a mixture of established and junior scientists, with a view to establishing networks and ideas to understand and mitigate these complex threats. (more…)

Check out webinar on Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

SPRING (Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovation in Nutrition Globally) will hold a webinar on April 5 on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), a tool designed and tested by IFPRI, that is used to measure women’s empowerment

SPRING used the tool in projects in Bangladesh, where women are relatively less empowered in comparison to the male members in the household. In most cases, they are not in a position to take part in the decision making process at the household level. (more…)

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