Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

A blog about leading science in peanut and food security.

IFDC sets nutrient training programs for the year

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has set its calendar of trainings for the year. The events generally offer a discounted rate for early registration.

Here are the trainings for 2017:

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MIT hiring for Ugandan value chain project

The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics is looking for a professional to join its team conducting research on food security supply chains and market systems in low- and middle-income countries. The position is based in Uganda with several weeks working on the MIT campus in Massachusetts each year.

The position is based in the Humanitarian Response Lab within CTL, which works with government, nongovernment, and private sector organizations to improve supply chains in developing countries. The successful candidate will develop and implement field research on the Market Systems Monitoring project, a USAID-funded study of agricultural supply chains in Uganda. CTL collaborates with USAID/Uganda Feed the Future Value Chain project partners to develop new approaches that assess the systemic impact of market facilitation activities. This a great opportunity to invent and implement new approaches for international development in a research-oriented environment.

Primary responsibilities:
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Two-week course focuses on leadership training for PhD students

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in partnership with University of Dar es Salaam School of Business, the International Foundation for Science (IFS), and Regional Universities Forum (RUFORUM) is holding a course titled “Science and Leadership for Transforming Institutions” in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 27 February through 10 March 2017. This course is part of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 2015 -2020 Bilateral Capacity Building Programme for Tanzania and other country programmes.

The overall objective of the course is to increase knowledge and competences in leadership and science to support young scientists in building more effective and robust institutions. (more…)

Mastercard launches mobile app for farmers in East Africa

Mastercard announced this week that the financial service company has developed a mobile technology specifically for farmers in East Africa. The platform, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will help farmers buy inputs and sell crop more efficiently, as well as create a credit history for future borrowing.

The platform works from mobile phones, which have become common even if rural areas.

Here’s an article about the announcement from the Wall Street Journal.

And, here’s another from the Africa business blog, Footprint to Africa.

Nairobi-based IRES hiring training leaders in ag, other areas

Indepth Research Services (IRES), a Nairobi-based training and consultancy organization, is hiring seven employees to offer technical training and education services to individuals and organizations working in the agriculture, climate change and environment; disaster management; and other areas.

The seven Learning Advisor positions are for experts in:

  • Research, Data Management and Statistics Institute
  • Project Management, Monitoring and Development Evaluation Institute
  • GIS, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation Institute
  • Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development Institute
  • ICT for Development (ICT4D) and Mobile Technologies
  • Development and Humanitarian Work Capacity Building Institute
  • Governance, Leadership and Management Institute

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APRES planning under way; time to submit abstracts

The American Peanut Research and Education Society has started accepting abstracts to present at the 49th Annual Meeting scheduled for July 11-13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

APRES members who wish to present original papers or posters at the 2017 APRES Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Hotel Albuquerque, should submit an abstract online at www.apresinc.com by Friday, March 31. Authors of both oral presentations and posters will be notified by May 1 if their abstract has been selected for presentation at the 2017 APRES Annual Meeting.

The Technical Program Chairman for 2017, Todd Baughman, can answer questions. Reach him at: (more…)

Share opinions on food policy with IFPRI

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is surveying people across the globe on the state of policies addressing food and nutrition security and urbanization. The results of the survey will appear in the report “2017 Global Food Policy Report,” which will be published in March and available for free as a PDF download at www.ifpri.org.

Just click here to take the Global Food Policy Report Survey — it will take three minutes. Once you complete the survey, you will have an opportunity to enter a drawing for one of several $100 Amazon gift cards. To enter into the drawing, please respond by Jan. 26.

All responses will be kept confidential and anonymous.

 

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