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Do your photos tell the story of FtF?

Do you have a winning photograph in your camera? Feed the Future is taking entries through this month for its annual global photo contest.

Photos help tell the story of how Feed the Future is helping millions of farmers and their families build a better life through improved food security and nutrition.

These two photos, both by Fintrac, won fifth and second place last year. In the first, Pron Mom, a farmer in Cambodia, holds a bundle of maize she grew to diversify her family’s income, while in the other, Godknows Mkwala works for a small-scale farmer in Zimbabwe, milking a dairy cow that produces an 10 liters of milk per day.

You can enter up to three high-quality images that illustrate Feed the Future in action (along with great captions and photo credits) by Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

In the past, photos have been used to promote FtF on social media, print publications and reports.

Some of the best themes are:

  • Research and innovation, such as new technologies, in action
  • Private sector engagement
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Doing business differently
  • Improved nutrition
  • Environment-sensitive development
  • Increased resilience & productivity
  • Feed the Future value chains (eg., fish, horticulture, legumes)
  • Value chain activities from farm to market to table, including off-farm activities
  • Youth engagement in agriculture

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FtF’s progress report out with stats, success stories

2016 Progress Report: Growing Prosperity for a Food-Secure Future

Feed the Future’s annual progress report is out and provides a thought-provoking snapshot of how the program has touched the lives of people in partner countries.

While the report includes statistics worth celebrating – nearly half of partner counties had a reduction in childhood stunting over the past few years – it also details areas of opportunity for improvement.

Check out the report to learn about the impact of innovations and interventions in agriculture, nutrition and gender empowerment, as well as read the personal stories of people across the world.

 

 

UC Davis hiring for horticulture lab

The Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis is looking for  a new program officer. The position is based at UC Davis and responsible for managing three international centers (in Honduras, Thailand, and Zambia) and one domestic demonstration center on the UC Davis campus.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 13.

The position is responsible for project support, management and general coordination of various international, grant-funded projects. Responsible for management of three international and one domestic centers, as well as other special projects as needed, and support of program activities or information needs required by the management team. The job involves developing new business opportunities for the Horticulture Innovation Lab, coordinating grant writing, drafting needs assessments, and providing day-to-day management and administration of Management Entity-led projects.

The Horticulture Innovation Lab builds international partnerships for fruit and vegetable research that improves livelihoods of smallholder farmers in developing countries. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by a team at the University of California, Davis, as part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative. The program’s work is guided by goals to ensure gender equity, improve information access, target innovative technologies and increase research capacity.

Read more about the position in the job posting.

APRES posts proceedings from July 2016 meeting

The proceedings from the 2016 meeting of the American Peanut Research and Education Society in Clearwater, Fla., has been posted. The document is searchable, bookmarked by section; the author index, starting on page 274, makes it easy to locate information by author name.  A quick summary of the meeting can be found on page 270.
The 49th APRES Annual Meeting will be held  July 11-13, 2017 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM.

Latest ‘Peanut Science’ journal available online

The latest issue of “Peanut Science” is now available online.

The American Peanut Research and Education Society (APRES) puts out the peer-reviewed research journal, whcih is dedicated to publishing the results of research, education, and extension projects and programs related to the production, storage, processing, manufacturing or marketing of peanuts.

Check out the latest research from July through December 2016. Through the Legacy Project, APRES also has made available all 43 volumes of “Peanut Science” dating back to January 1974. You can access them at the journal’s website.

It’s not too late to sign up for fertilizer workshop in Accra

The International Fertilizer Development Center has a training program titled Promoting Agriculture Technology to Improve Productivity and Net Returns for Smallholder Farmers coming up early next year in Accra.

The program, which will run 23-27 January, is $1,650 if you register by 2 January and increases to $1,800 afterward. (more…)

Full Belly Project aims to put 105 nut-shellers in Zambia

The Full Belly Project, a nonprofit that builds small-scale shellers for nuts, has renewed plans to distribute 105 machines in Zambia.

The Wilmington, N.C.-based group announced recently that it plans to build and deploy 105 its Universal Nut Shellers to farmers in villages surrounding Chipata to help increase the food supply and farmers’ incomes.

The project will cost $30,000, including materials for the 105 shellers, establishing a factory in Chipata and expenses for a volunteer to manage the project for four months. (more…)

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