Being active on social media and different Agriculture networks, I come across several opportunities and news everyday, which is not always applicable to me, but may be important and useful to other youths in Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD). I believe that information sharing is very important in ARD and one of the new initiatives on this blog will be to post weekly updates on opportunities and news that are relevant for Youth in Agriculture.
I am pleased to post the first of many weekly updates to come, and hope that it will be useful to you! :)
Vacancy: Evaluation Officer, CGIAR Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA), Rome
CGIAR is a global scientific research-for-development partnership consisting of the Consortium, Centers, CGIAR Funders, and Partners to implement its Strategy and Results Framework (SRF). As part the reform of the CGIAR, an Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA) Office has been established, located in FAO under the Fund Use Agreement between FAO and the CGIAR Fund. The main mandate of the IEA is to undertake strategic evaluation of major research programmes of the CGIAR, mostly through commissioning external consultants and to develop a coordinated and harmonized evaluation regime within the CGIAR.
Deadline: 17th December 2012
Vacancy: Research Officer/Associate Professional Officer CIFOR Systematic Reviews
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. We are one of 15 Centres within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, and we have offices in Asia, Africa and South America.
CIFOR is seeking a full time Research Officer/Associate Professional Officer to support the work of the newly established Evidence-Based Forestry initiative at CIFOR.
Deadline: 19th December 2012
Internship opportunity for Francophone candidate: Communication, Web – e-Agriculture
e-Agriculture is a global Community facilitating dialogue and resources on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for sustainable agriculture and rural development.
As part of the work of the Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extension (OEK) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), e-Agriculture is committed to provide a professional learning opportunity for the Intern.
Deadline: 19th December 2012
Sony World Photography Awards 2013 - Youth Award
They are searching for the next generation of talented young photographers in this competition, open to anyone 19 and under. Whether you are studying photography in school or college, or just have a passion for taking photographs of your daily life, enter this competition for the chance to become the Sony World Photography Awards, Youth Award Winner. There are three great categories available to enter that will allow you to illustrate your blossoming photographic talent; Culture, Environment and People.
Deadline: 4th January 2013
Vacancy: Climate Change Communications and Information Officer, Suva – Fiji
SPC is the Pacific Island region’s principal technical and scientific organisation. It delivers technical, scientific, research, policy and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories in public health, geoscience, agriculture, forestry, water resources, disaster management, fisheries, education (community, TVET, standards and assessment), statistics, transport, energy, ICT, media, human rights, gender, youth and culture.
The Climate Change Communications and Information Officer is accountable to the Principal Climate Change Advisor and is responsible for effectively communicating SPC’s internal Climate Change Engagement Strategy and supporting Suva-based projects and related activities to its partners and diverse stakeholders. The appointment is for two years, renewable subject to performance and funding availability and the appointee will be located at SPC’s regional office in Suva, Fiji.
Deadline: 7th January 2013
Vacancy: Knowledge and Action Researcher, CGIAR, Solomon Islands
Worldfish is currently leading the implementation of the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) which aims to improve the livelihoods of those left behind by the Green Revolution. Through an innovative, community-centered, participatory action research approach AAS aspires to think differently about how agricultural research is undertaken and to be open in sharing the knowledge and learning it gains to the broader community. The AAS Program is building its community-based research capacity and is looking for dynamic, energetic team players for this role.
Deadline: 11th January 2013
Agris Mundus Call for Applications 2013-2015
The Agris Mundus Call for Candidates 2013-2015 is now open! This Call is the First Round Call, closing on January 25, 2013, at 23.00 GMT.
Beware! The application requires two recommendation letters that your referees should upload in the application system. Ask them well in advance!
Note that the same application form is used for both the academic admission in the course and the award of Erasmus mundus scholarships.
Deadline: 25th January 2013
Rural agriculturalists often lack access to essential financial services, living beyond the reach of banks and mobile operators. Increasingly, mobile money providers are breaking down barriers to bring bank accounts to even the most remote populations.
In our first article we explore the myriad challenges to reaching the rural poor – from infrastructure and regulations, to financial literacy and marketing. We then survey a few mobile money innovators that are working in this space – designing creative services that address the specific needs of farmers.
Africa: UN Official Calls for Boost to Smallholder Farming (AllAfrica)
The African Green Revolution Forum held earlier this year in Arusha, Tanzania, aimed to put smallholder farmers at the center of the conversation about improving agricultural productivity in Africa. AllAfrica's Samantha Nkirote McKenzie spoke to Maria Helena Semedo, the Food and Agriculture Organisation's assistant director-general and regional representative for Africa, to discuss her views on the role of smallholder farmers and what key commitments and actions she hopes to see in the near future that will increase their productivity.
ICTs Delivering Home-Grown Development Solutions in Africa (World Bank)
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovations are delivering home-grown solutions in Africa, transforming businesses and driving entrepreneurship and economic growth, says a joint report by the World Bank and African Development Bank, with support from the African Union.
Supporting Self-Employed Farmers (NGO Pulse)
According to latest statistics 19.4 percent of South African households have inadequate or severely inadequate access to food. With the current economic situation, high unemployment and increasing food prices, providing for the basic needs of a family is becoming more and more difficult for many people around the world, including millions of South Africans. A growing global population makes the situation even more complicated. By 2050, some experts think there might not be enough food for everyone. Many international agencies, including the World Bank, are calling for agriculture and farming practices to be recognised as part of the solution.
Technology is king down on the farm (The News Journal)
You look at Brandon Bonk, and nothing much jostles that image of a farmer in your head. The farm’s in the wide nail beds on his weather-worn hands. It’s all over the leather gloves, once beige, now soiled brown with a hole in an index finger. It’s caked in mud from his knee-high Muck boots on the floor mat and pedals of his gun-metal gray pickup truck. But don’t be fooled. This 28-year-old fifth-generation farmer is a different breed.
Future of Agriculture: Online Discussion blog (Oxfam)
The online discussion runs December 10 - December 21. Each day, we post one or two essays by leading thinkers on agriculture and food justice. We invite you to join the discussion: read the essays, post comments and share with your networks!
The Role of ICTs in agriculture Value Chains (e-Agriculture)
IC4D 2012: Maximizing Mobile (InfoDev)
ICT Update – Issue 69 (CTA)
Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas (e-Agriculture)
How much do people really know about agriculture? (Americas farmers)