Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

African policy-makers meet to discuss food safety, aflatoxins

Decision-makers from across Africa met this week to discuss issues around food safety, particularly aflatoxins, in a high-level roundtable convened by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition and the African Union’s Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA). The Global Panel launched its latest policy brief, “Assuring Safe Food Systems: Policy Options for a Healthier Food Supply” at the roundtable.23522305052_3ea79d45e0_o

The meeting was held in Accra, Ghana, on 12 April 2016, coinciding with the 12th Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program Partnership Platform. Keynote speakers included H.E. Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission and H.E. John Kufuor, Former President of the Republic of Ghana (seen here at the conference). (more…)

Webinar details how to use AGRIS database on ag research

The Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS) Community is holding a webinar about how to use AGRIS to access agricultural research and technology information on 28 April 2016 at 16:00 Rome Time. (Click here for a time zone converter.)

AGRIS (International System for Agricultural Science and Technology) is a global public database on agricultural science and technology that is maintained by CIARD. The content is provided by participating institutions across the world that form the network of AGRIS centers.


Nominations open for 2016 Dow AgroSciences Awards

The American Peanut Education and Research Society (APRES) will accept nominations for the Dow AgroSciences Awards through May 1. The committee will nominate one member for Excellence in Education and one member for Excellence in Research.Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 9.33.36 AM

To nominate someone, fill out AgroSciences Awards nomination form and submit a letter summarizing the significant professional achievements and their impact on the peanut industry. Three supporting letters must be submitted with the nomination. Supporting letters may be no more than one page in length.

Nominations should be postmarked by May 1 and mailed to the committee chair, Kelly Chamberlin (

Unsuccessful nominations will be reconsidered the following year and nominators will be contacted and given the opportunity to provide a letter that updates the nomination. After the second year, a new nomination package is required.

Ag & Climate Change Conference set for 2017 in Spain

The 2nd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference will be held March 26-28, 2017 in Meliá Sitges, Sitges (near Barcelona), Spain.

The conference will focus on the likely impact of climate change on crop production and explore approaches to maintain and increase crop productivity into the future. (more…)

Fellowship offers support to early-career African researchers

The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), an international organization that links researchers across the globe, is taking proposals for the Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship, to support early-career African researchers who will be selected through competition.

The fellowship is supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, in collaboration with Cornell University, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), and the World Bank. (more…)

U.S. State Department hiring ag advisor with biotech experience

The U.S. State Department is looking to hire an agricultural advisor to work in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Trade Policy and Programs, Office of Agricultural Policy. The advisor will help to coordinate the State Department’s efforts to support the use of agricultural biotechnology to address food security, to keep markets open to U.S. agricultural exports, and to ensure international regulatory regimes help foster the adoption of new technologies. (more…)

MSU hiring in Seed Systems for International Programs

The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences (PSM) in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is hiring for an assistant professor position in Seed Systems for International Programs.

The successful candidate will work closely with scientists at MSU in diverse fields, including plant genetics, agronomy, food science, agricultural economics, rural sociology and community education to help expand collaborative research, graduate training and outreach in integrated seed systems for global food security. The person also will have the opportunity to interact with international programs such as the Legume Innovation Lab and the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation on campus. (more…)

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