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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

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New Obama scholarship available for int’l development students

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is taking applications for the inaugural class of the Obama Foundation Scholars.

The program, which offers a full scholarship toward a Master of Arts in International Development and Policy (MA-IDP) at Harris Public Policy, is available to people from around the world who are already making a difference – in civil society, in government, in the private sector, or as entrepreneurs.

Applicants should have: (more…)

USAID lab seeking concept notes for capacity-building in higher-ed

The U.S. Global Development Lab is seeking concept notes for innovative approaches that go beyond traditional capacity building and propose new ways to rapidly advance scientific, technological, and innovation capacity in low- and middle-income countries. The primary goal is to propel higher-education institutions in these countries toward becoming global leaders in scientific education and research, and increase their presence as a source of knowledge and innovation for local government officials, policy makers, and other development actors. By capitalizing on the expertise and ingenuity of the global academic community, USAID also aims to promote sustainable global partnerships and advance the role of science, technology, and innovation in global development. (more…)

PMIL scientist honored by food technology group

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has chosen a Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab scientist to receive one of its 2018 Achievement Awards. The awards recognize IFT members for remarkable contributions in research, applications, and service in the food science and technology industry.

Kumar Mallikarjunan, a former professor at Virginia Tech and now the head of the Food Science and Nutrition Department at the University of Minnesota, won the Bor S. Luh International Award for his work with the PMIL, the precursor to the Feed the Future Peanut Lab.

In his PMIL research, Mallikarjunan conducted a systematic comparative study of the existing and emerging analytical methods for finding aflatoxin in peanuts and peanut products. Several methods are used to measure aflatoxin levels and no one method is considered standard for testing peanuts.

Mallikarjunan and other recipients of the IFT Achievement Awards will be recognized on July 15 at the IFT18 Awards Celebration.

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…)

Cornell fellowship program, STAARS, taking proposals from African scientists

The Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) fellowship program managed by Cornell University in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) is taking concept proposals from early-career African researchers seeking to become STAARS fellows in 2018.

The fellowship will cover travel and training. STAARS fellows will be paired with mentors at Cornell University with whom they will jointly author a paper on a topic of mutual interest relating to structural transformation in Africa south of the Sahara. PIM will support the publication of resulting research findings in high quality journals and as working papers. In addition, PIM and Cornell will facilitate fellows’ participation in scientific and policy conferences. (more…)