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Aflatoxin video translated into several African languages, free to download

This Access Agriculture video, funded by the McKnight Foundation, is now available in eight languages spoken across much of Africa.

A well-made video about aflatoxin — where it comes from, how it increases and how to discourage it — has been translated into eight African languages and made available for download in several formats depending on the technology needs of the viewer.

The McKnight Foundation funded the video, which was filmed in South America and combines interviews with local farmers, indigenous music and landscape scenes, as a narrator gives practical advice about drying and storing groundnuts.

In different versions of the video, that narration now is available in Bambara, Bemba, Chichewa, Gourmantche, Hausa, Mooré, Peulh Fulfuldé and Zarma, as well as two South American languages, English, and French.

The videos are free to download, also in 3gp format for viewing on a mobile phone. Viewers also can share the videos on social media. Links for Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, LinkedIn and email are  provided at the left side of the video screen on then AccessAgriculture website.

 

FtF holds Student Challenge for analysis of datasets

Feed the Future’s Gender, Climate Change and Nutrition Integration Initiative (GCAN) is looking for up to four students (advanced MA or PhD level) who are interested in working on the intersection of climate, gender and nutrition using Feed-the-Future datasets.

Through the GCAN Student Challenge, these students will explore how climate, gender and nutrition intersect to impact enhanced resilience, women’s empowerment and nutrition outcomes.

This research will help ensure that these data are more widely used and enhance what we learn from the accumulated information.

In addition to the Student Challenge, GCAN has several activities, including: (more…)

Graphics highlight sustainability of groundnuts

The National Peanut Board has compiled onto one webpage several interesting and attractive graphics the organization commissioned to explain how sustainable groundnuts can be.

The graphics – which you can access here – stress how peanuts consume relatively little water, improve soil quality and can produce a crop even in irregular weather because of the way the plant flowers at different points in the growing season. (more…)

Learn about Innovation Labs on nutrition, soybean and post-harvest loss

Agrilinks is holding a webinar showcasing the applied research of three Feed the Future Innovation Labs and their contributions to on-the-ground development impact.

Leaders from the Feed the Future Innovation Labs for Nutrition, Soybean and Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss will present examples of how U.S. universities are leading the development of tools and innovations that support smallholder farming communities and other actors within agricultural value chains. (more…)

CGIAR hosting talk on engaging African youth in agriculture

Join in the discussion beginning Wednesday, July 12 about youth engagement in agriculture in Africa.

The forum, which will last a month, is sponsored by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation.

Discussion will center on engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online chat commemorates World Youth Skills Day (15 July) and International Youth Day (12 August) and will culminate in a webinar to wrap up the online discussion and develop a framework for concrete youth engagement in agribusiness. (more…)

Feed the Future looking for data analysts

USAID/BFS’s Division for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) is looking for researchers interested in an opportunity to support research through analyses on Feed the Future (FTF) and other food security data sets that have been collected over the life of the initiative. The agency is looking for recent master’s or PhD graduates from a social science discipline or statistics program with experience in quantitative data analysis and familiarity with developing country contexts. Current graduate students with enough available time to devote at least 20 hours per week to this effort also will be considered.

At this point in the initiative, the data set is rich with opportunity for learning on key questions related to food security and development programming. Analyses will include in-depth country-specific and meta-analysis of data to examine common dynamics, constraints and lessons learned.

Researchers who might be interested in this type of opportunity and available to work on a part- to full-time basis, for a 10 to 12 month period, should email Anne Swindale (aswindale@usaid.gov) or Emily Hogue (ehogue@usaid.gov).

Borlaug Award comes with cash prize for young scientist

It’s time to nominate young scientists for the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, a $10,000 prize that recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40. The award, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, goes to someone who “has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty,” according to organizers.

Nominations are sought through June 30 for the sixth-annual award, which will be presented at the World Food Prize events in October. (more…)