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Webinar series addresses youth employment in Africa

The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency’s Skills and Employment for Youth Programme (SEFY) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) – Decent Rural Employment team in the Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division (ESP)) are holding a series of webinars on rural employment and child labour in agriculture. The webinars will showcase lessons learned from the field and generate discussion to highlight existing challenges and opportunities to reach scale and impact.

Rural youth employment: Emerging challenges and targeted solutions will be held Wednesday, 28 February from 9 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (2 p.m. GMT). (more…)

Register for gender-focused legume breeding course

The deadline is Feb. 15 to register for the two-week GREAT Gender-Responsive Legume Breeding Course, which will be held in Kampala, Uganda in two sessions, from July 23 to Aug. 1, 2018 and Jan. 14-18, 2019.

GREAT courses are intensive, cohort-based trainings for small interdisciplinary teams of researchers from leading agricultural research institutions across sub-Saharan Africa. Through applied training in gender-responsive research theory and methods, participants can elevate the impact of their research, while building their professional network. GREAT’s training team of researchers is from Makerere University, Cornell University and other institutions.

This course is for: (more…)

USAID launches new peanut innovation lab at UGA

The University of Georgia has received a $14 million grant from the U.S. Agency of International Development to manage the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut Research, known as the “Peanut Lab,” a global peanut research program that works to alleviate hunger by helping farmers in developing countries grow healthy crops. The agreement builds on UGA and USAID’s long-standing partnership on global peanut research, which dates back to the 1980s.

Check out the full announcement from the University of Georgia.


APRES accepting abstracts for annual meeting

The American Peanut Research and Education Society is accepting abstracts for original papers or posters to be presented at the 2018 APRES Annual Meeting this summer. The July 10-12 gathering, the 50th annual meeting, will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia. Early bird registration is $250 for APRES members; spouses and children attend free.

APRES has secured a group hotel rate of $129 a night and a few per diem rooms at $91 a night.

Organizers strongly suggest that international members who plan to attend begin travel paperwork now. Contact APRES as soon as possible if you need a letter of invitation. (more…)

IFDC workshop to look at input subsidy programs

The deadline is approaching to register for the next International Fertilizer Development Center workshop, which will be held in Jinja, Uganda, the week of 19-23 February.

“Developing Private Sector Input Markets: Lessons Learned and Emerging Perspectives on Subsidy Programs” will draw cover the successes and failures of subsidy programs, as well as strategies.

Over the last decade many developing countries have implemented subsidy programs to support vulnerable farmers and reach remote regions that are not served by the private sector.

The programs have changed in their design and implementation, as  feedback showed many favored larger producers who already have better access to improved inputs. (more…)

MFK planting model gardens to show intensification lessons

PMIL partner Meds & Food for Kids is taking on an interesting project with the University of Haiti to plant model gardens that incorporate poultry into production. Sponsored by EU-affiliated Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine of the University of Haiti (FAMV-UEH) is establishing five community gardens that integrate food crops and poultry into a sustainable model.

Three of the Diversified Home Gardens (jaden lakou) will be managed by MFK and will be located in Ouanaminthe commune in the Northeast Department where MFK’s farmer training groups are located. The project is meant to provide smallholder farmers in rural communities with access to training and information on nutrition, best agricultural practices, and ways to ramp up egg and crop production.

Read more about it here.