Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

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Research Division Chief in the Bureau for Food Security Position Announced

The Supervisory Agricultural Research Specialist:

Serves as the agency expert and coordinator in agricultural research for development activities, providing intellectual leadership; generating policy recommendations, interventions, and agency mechanisms; and initiating new research partnerships within the international agricultural and food security development area, to include research on crop and animal improvement, agronomy, farming systems, sustainable intensification, nutrition, food safety, food security policy and social sciences.

Provides direct advice and guidance to USAID senior leadership, USAID Missions and senior Regional Bureau personnel. Enhances and coordinates effective working relationships across sector lines, identifying important areas of interaction and impact between program areas. Advises USAID officials in the formulation of U.S. Government positions, strategies, and interventions related to agricultural research and technology deployment.

Plans, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of employees, including Civil Servants, FSOs, FSLs, PASAs, PSCs, Jefferson and AAAS Fellows, and contractor grades up through GS-15. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system.

Formulates budget for the Research Division and oversees the full fiscal year budget process, in close coordination with senior management and the BFS budget staff. Works across BFS/ARP and with project staff to plan project obligations and to monitor partner budget performance.

Directs or participates in geographic and central Bureau review of proposed agricultural development projects and programs, policy, and technical input. Provides project development support on the design and implementation of Bureau portfolio, which includes a variety of sectorial projects.

Open to U.S. Citizens only.

Closes Thursday, October 29
Job Announcement Number:AID-16-0001-DOT

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Q & A with Mike Deom: Peanut Varietal Development

C. Michael (Mike) Deom, is a Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He is Lead Scientist on PMIL’s Peanut Varietal Development: An Integrated Global Breeding and Genomics Approach to Intensifying Peanut Production and Quality project.

Mike is also a collaborator on PMIL’s Southern Africa Peanut Value Chain. Currently he is coordinating research in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zambia.

Breeding programs in his project have already resulted in the release of several highly promising cultivars and over a dozen publications including the release of a Groundnut Production Guide for Uganda.

Read Mike’s interview.

Doubled-up legume technology in Malawi boosts land productivity

Intercropping two legumes with different growth habits is a relatively new practice in Malawi, but it could hold the key to sustainably intensifying smallholder agriculture in the country.

Through research by Africa RISING on the doubled-up legume technology, farmers in the country are getting double benefits (increased land productivity and soil fertility) by adopting this practice.The doubled-up legume technology involves intercropping two grain legumes, exploiting the opportunity presented by different/complementary growth habits and plant architecture.

This research brief explains the most successful doubled-up legume intercropping system using pigeon pea intercropped with groundnut.

Click here to read the brief.

Your favorite dish could be the source of cancer

It is not chips or rolex that I am writing about. It is rather maize flour, your favorite ground nut paste and off-the-shelf baby foods that are increasingly conquering our food menus in Uganda.

As David Okello, a researcher with the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) and Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab (PMIL), discovered along with colleagues in a 2010 study titled: “Management of Aflatoxins in Groundnuts,” majority of farmers, traders and consumers in Uganda are not aware of the aflatoxin contamination of food and feed and their implications on commerce, human and livestock health.

Read the full article.

Nutrition Innovation Lab Research Presentation

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Nutrition will presenting research from their first 5 years of work next week. These presentations are going to available live, via webinar starting 10 minutes before the opening statements at 9 AM, EST.

We would like to invite you all to join in the webinar as early as 8:50, or at any time between 9 AM and noon with this link: Nutrition Innovation Lab 5 year research presentation

30 September, 2015 – Washington DC USA
9:00am-12:00pm EST

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