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Share images of global food security work in Agrilinks contest

The first place photo from Agrilinks 2013 contest was titled “Using Technology to Grow More with Less.”

The Agrilinks 2018 Photo Challenge is accepting pictures of agriculture and food security work around the world.

People who want to share pictures can submit up to 10 images. Entries will be judged on relevance to one or more Agrilinks topic areas, composition, originality and technical quality. A judging panel and social media crowd voting will combine to choose one overall winner, in addition to winners in each topic area. Winning photos will be announced in mid-January, subsequently featured in Agrilinks communications and highlighted on the website’s topic pages.

Agrilinks is especially looking for photos depicting resilience, policy and governance, and monitoring, evaluation and learning.

All entries should be submitted via this online submission form by 20 December. For any questions or issues, contact the team at agrilinks@agrilinks.org.

Here are the  requirements and rules.

 

Congrats to APRES award-winners

Several scientists who worked with the Peanut Innovation Lab’s precursor, the Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab, were recognized at the 2018 meeting of the American Peanut Research & Education Society for their contributions to the industry.

Barry Tillman of the University of Florida, who contributed to PMIL’s value chain improvement’s project in Haiti, took home the Award for Research given by Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont.

Peggy Ozias-Akins, the lead scientist on the PMIL Peanut Genomics project and a research professor at the University of Georgia won the Award for Education given by Corteva Agriscience.

Mark Burow of Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Texas Tech University won the Bailey Award for the paper Development of SNP-based Molecular Markers for a Peanut Breeding Program which he wrote with a dozen contributors. (more…)

New paper looks at gender issues in groundnut research

USAID’s Bureau for Food Security has published a paper detailing what we’ve learned about gender roles in peanut production and processing over the past several years, as well as what areas researchers need to consider as they work with peanuts.

“Gender Considerations for Researchers Working in Groundnuts,” prepared by Carol Tyroler, summarizes many of the lessons learned about gender from previous projects in the Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab, while explaining how attention to gender differences can make research findings more applicable in the real world.

Groundnuts are often referred to as a woman’s crop because of the roles females play in production and processing across many developing countries. Men also produce groundnuts, but gender roles and responsibilities vary according to the region and culture of the place. (more…)

Project offers PhD scholarships to African students to research mycotoxins

The LEAP-Agri research project MycoSafe-South has three PhD scholarships available for African students to study and conduct research on mycotoxins in Belgium and Kenya.

“European-African partnership for safe and efficient use of mycotoxin-mitigation strategies in sub-Saharan Africa” intends to harness the expertise and infrastructure available in Europe by strengthening the capacity of the Southern partners to tackle the mycotoxin problem and the associated food safety issues. The project will identify safe and efficient mitigation strategies to reduce aflatoxins (AFs) and fumonisins (FBs) exposure in Africa, with special focus on children.

The consortium creates opportunities for young PhD researchers to conduct this research at both European and African institutes. Three current projects begin 1 September at the latest. They are, in summary: (more…)

USAID calls for Innovation in Nutrition concepts

USAID has released the Nutrition Innovations in Complex Environments Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). This $2 milion BAA reflects a collaborative effort across USAID’s Bureau for Food Security (BFS), the Bureau for Global Health (GH), and the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance’s (DCHA) Office of Food For Peace (FFP), in coordination with the Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).  (more…)

Webinar scheduled for Peanut Innovation Lab proposals

A webinar will be conducted on Friday, March 23, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to answer any questions related to two solicitations to work with the Peanut Innovation Lab. Concept notes for the projects on varietal development and value-added gains are due April 20.

Meeting ID: 249 715 287

Join the webinar from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/249715287

Or iPhone one-tap : US: +14086380968,,249715287#  or +16468769923,,249715287#

Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 408 638 0968  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=9Ry3WiLZpZo7wgxoyVdq8MUYmKzDUNuq