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Using modern technology like irrigation and better agricultural practices, as well as being linked to one of Zimbabwe’s major banana marketing companies, helps ensure a reliable source of income and food security for smallholder banana farmers like this one in Zimbabwe. (Fifth-place winner in the 2013 Feed the Future Photo Contest.)

Using modern technology like irrigation and better agricultural practices, as well as being linked to one of Zimbabwe’s major banana marketing companies, helps ensure a reliable source of income and food security for smallholder banana farmers like this one in Zimbabwe. (Fifth-place winner in the 2013 Feed the Future Photo Contest.)

Do you have an award-winning photo stored on your camera? Have you captured the story of a Feed the Future project through your lens?

If you have a photo that shows work to reduce hunger poverty and malnutrition through the program, you might enter the image in the Feed the Future photo contest.

Photos could depict new technologies in action, private sector engagement, empowerment of women or youth, improved nutrition, climate responsive and environmentally sensitive development, increased resilience and productivity, or value chains from field to market to table.

Photos must: (more…)

Catholic Relief Services seeking abstracts for nutrition conference

Conference organizers are seeking abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 2016 Integrated Nutrition Conference, scheduled for Nov. 14-16 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Conference objectives are to identify strategies for civil society, government and academia to partner with the private sector in addressing the nutritional needs of vulnerable populations, as well as leverage private sector products, services, technologies and practices that support the nutritional needs of vulnerable populations. (more…)

Chief sought for W. Africa Trade Hub

A U.S. Agency for International Development-funded project is seeking a chief of party to work with the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, which is run by Abt Associates. The job is based in Accra, requires frequent travel in West Africa and starts July 1 or sooner.

The project is in the second year and will run until February 2018, with strong possibility of a one-year extension.

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates was ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms in 2012 and also named one of the top 40 international development innovators. (more…)

PACA meeting set for October in Kampala

The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa will hold its second biennial partnership platform meeting on 11-13 October in Kampala, Uganda. PACA

The meeting will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share lessons and information, engage and deepen partnerships to create synergies, and alignment around current and future aflatoxin-control efforts on the continent.

Under the auspices of the African Union Commission, PACA will focus the second partnership platform meeting on the theme “Tracking Commitments and Sustaining Implementation for Results and Impact.”

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Joburg hosting international conference on food security, safety

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) South Africa will hold the 2016 Autumn International Scientific Conference on Food Security and Safety 16 to 18 May.University_of_Johannesburg_Logo

Food security revolves around four major aspects: Availability, access, stability and utilization. In the same way, food safety implies “the absence of, or acceptable and safe levels of contaminants, adulterants, naturally occurring toxins or any other substance that make food injurious to health on an acute or chronic basis.”

In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 60% of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods but the continent also deals with numerous agricultural challenges, such as limited access to arable land and services, high post-harvest losses, limited processing, inadequate access to markets and finance and low investment into food and agricultural research, training and extension services. Various groups of people in sub-Saharan Africa are exposed to health hazards (such as mycotoxins, heavy metals, etc.) in their diets, directly and/or indirectly through the consumption of unsafe foods or the unavailability of nutritious foods. (more…)

Webinar reviews findings of World Bank study on enabling agribusiness

Feed the Future will host a webinar Thursday recapping the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project, an effort to promote smart regulations and efficient regulatory processes to support agribusiness.

In a recently released report, EBA compared policies in 40 countries in six regions on the topics of seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, transport, and markets. Four additional topics—land; water; livestock; and information and communication technology— are under development and will be included in next year’s report. Two overarching themes—environmental sustainability and gender—have also been explored so that the indicators being developed encourage inclusive and sustainable practices. (more…)

MIT offering evaluations of technologies

MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE), is taking proposals for technical projects that could use a comprehensive evaluation.

In the upcoming fiscal year, CITE will be conducting several evaluations, but since this is the final year of the current round of funding from USAID, CITE will place particular emphasis on projects that can be completed in a timely manner (6-8 months) and that have a strong potential for impact or evaluations that come with some level of funding or resources. (more…)