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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…)

EU taking scholarship applications from African graduate students

The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Project: Partnership for Training Scientist in Crop Improvement for Food Security in Africa (SCIFSA) is taking scholarship applications to study in one of five African universities. In this mobility programme, five African partner institutions and one EU technical partner will collaborate in the training of professionals to achieve sustainable crop production that shall lead to increased yield and enhanced food and nutritional security.

A total of 24 masters (six credit seeking, 18 degree-seeking) and 12 doctorates (four credit seeking, eight degree-seeking) will be trained in the thematic areas of plant breeding and seed systems, biotechnology, seed science and technology, agronomy and vegetable crop production,  pesticides and plant protection and plant and microbial technology. The project will provide fellowships for full degree programs (PhDs and MSc) as well as short-term mobility (credit seeking) for students and staff and will run until 31 October 2022. (more…)

USAID launches mentoring grant for women scientists in Africa

The USAID PEER Program (LAB/CDR) recently launched a Women in Science Mentoring award which will encourage young women scientists to continue in their field of research by matching them with experienced female mentors. Selected mentors receive $2,000 for following the program, while younger scientists receive mentoring and a chance to compete for $10,000 in research grant funding at the conclusion of the program. Logo: United States Agency for International Development

The PEER Women in Science Mentorship Program consists of groups of women in senior and junior faculty positions. Each group will have one senior faculty mentor and two to four more junior faculty from the same university. (more…)

African Symposium on Mycotoxicology set for June

The deadline has been extended to submit an abstract for the 2nd African Symposium on Mycotoxicology (ASM), which will be held 24 to 27 June 2018 in Mombasa, Kenya under the auspices of the International Society on Mycotoxicology (ISM). The conference will be held at the Leisure Lodge Resort in Mombasa, Kenya. The conference theme “Mitigating mycotoxin contamination in the African food and feed chain” aims to create awareness on the importance of mycotoxins in food and feed safety, human and animal health and the economic impact on the African continent.

The date for the submission of abstracts has been extended to 28 February 2018. (more…)

Peanut production spreading north in one U.S. state

Farmers in Alabama, the third largest peanut-producing state in the U.S., are harvesting impressive yields. The interesting part of the story isn’t how many tons of peanuts they are harvesting, but where — the far northern part of the state.

Check out this Southeast FarmPress story about how farmers in northern Alabama are adding peanuts to their crop rotations and getting high yield even on dry land.

Peanut Lab hiring post doc researcher in gender and youth issues

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut Research is looking for a post-doc to focus on the role of gender and youth along the peanut value chain. The job will be based in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) and part of the Peanut Lab’s management team at the University of Georgia.

USAID recently contracted with UGA to run the five-year, $14 million Peanut Lab program supporting collaborative research between US and developing country partners. The program has four areas of inquiry related to peanuts: (more…)