Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

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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…)

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…)

GAIA call for agricultural technology innovations

Today is the last day to apply for the 2017 AWARD AgTech Innovation Challenge for West and North Africa. Institutions or enterprises interested in applying may do so by submitting the online application form.

Gender Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA), a program launched by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), is accepting applications from institutions with ideas that could transform agriculture in West or North Africa. With the United Nations assessing a cost of $95 billion for the African continent due to gender inequality, GAIA focuses on using agricultural innovation to bridge gender gaps. The 2017 AgTech Innovation Challenge is an opportunity to collect ideas and further to connect entrepreneurs to investors, scientists, and other partners in the agricultural sector.

Winners of this challenge will be announced on March 13, and will be awarded the ability to participate in a GAIA two-day boot camp that ends with an opportunity to showcase ideas to potential investors and other key partners.

Institutions from the following countries are eligible to apply: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Click here for more information about AWARD and GAIA.

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…)

Feed the Future plans webinar on women, cross-border trading

On this year’s International Women’s Day, Feed the Future’s communications team, Agrilinks, will host “Women Without Borders: Gender and Informal Cross-Border Trade,” a live event in Washington, D.C. that you can stream online. The webinar will be March 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. EST. Links to register, both to participate in-person or for the webinar, can be found on the event page.

Around 70 to 80 percent of informal cross-border traders (ICBT) in the southern Africa region are women. Although this trade can empower them economically, it can also make them extremely vulnerable to harassment and gender-based violence from corrupt border agents. These women also experience high taxation and trade regulations, unsanitary working conditions, and limited access to credit facilities and information on market opportunities.

The seminar will discuss the obstacles many of these women encounter. Presenters will evaluate research and recommendations on how to improve conditions for these women to ultimately promote gender equality and economic empowerment.

Deadline extended for postharvest innovation award

The organizers of the inaugural All Africa Postharvest Technologies and Innovations Challenge extended the deadline for entries to today (24 February) to give researchers and innovators more time to participate.

The challenge is part of the All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition which being hosted from the 28 to 31 March 2017 by the University of Nairobi in partnership with a consortium of Kenyan universities, Research and Development Organizations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in conjunction and the World Food Preservation Center. The challenge will be judged by a panel of judges from across Africa; the top 20 postharvest technologies and innovations will be profiled during the Congress and on its online platforms.

The top 10 innovators will receive a shared cash award amounting to $35,000 and get a chance to showcase their ideas to leading investors attending the Congress. The overall goal is to identify technologies and innovations that can address the challenges faced by farmers and other value chain actors in postharvest management across a range of food value chains.

The postharvest conference will be held at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.

Read more about the awards or submit an entry here.


Time to nominate for APRES honors

The American Peanut Research and Education Society is soliciting nominations for awards recognizing an individual’s service to the peanut industry or APRES, outstanding paper, outstanding research project, outstanding education project and outstanding graduate student speaker during its Annual Meeting.

This year, that meeting will be held July 11-13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Eligibility rules and nomination criteria for APRES’ Annual Recognition Awards can be found on the APRES website at under the Member tab. Nominations should be sent to the chairman of the award.

Submission deadline for all awards is May 1, unless otherwise noted.


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