Call for Application: Research Training Fellowship for Developing Country Scientists 2013-2014

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The Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries, NAM S&T Centre invites applications from the scientists of the developing countries for the award of Fellowships under its ‘Research Training Fellowship for Developing Country Scientists (RTF-DCS)’ scheme for the year 2013-14.
The salient features of the RTF-DCS programme are as under:-
          (i)    No. of Fellowships being offered: 20
          (ii)   Duration of Fellowship: 6 months
         (iii)  Broad Disciplines in which Fellowship are available: Agricultural Sciences; Biological and Medical Sciences; Chemical Sciences; Physical Sciences and Mathematics; Earth Sciences; Engineering Sciences;  Materials, Minerals and Metallurgy; and Multi-disciplinary & Other Areas.
        (iv)   Eligibility Conditions: Scientists/ researchers from any developing country (except India) below 40 years of age, possessing at least a Master’s Degree in any Natural Science subject or equivalent degree in Engineering or Medicine and allied disciplines.
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No weakest link in the future of African agriculture

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

When things come to an end, it is inevitable that one begins to look to the future.

Several things came to an end this week: The 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW6)  in Accra, Ghana, for one, just closed the curtains on a frenzied week of activity; Professor Monty Jones, outgoing Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), officially handed over the reins to his successor at the end of the same week; and, well, France quashed England’s run for a women’s Euros football championship with a 3-0 win, if anyone was keeping track.

The third item aside, what do these other finales mean for the future of FARA, and for the future of its most anticipated triennial event, the AASW?

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New web portal ‘AgInvest’ to track agricultural investments in Africa

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APM 2013: Securing sustainable funding

Graphic recording of securing sustainable funding session at the ILRI Annual Program Meeting (APM 2013) 15–17 May 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (credit: ILRI).

‘AgInvest, a new web portal that will track resource allocation to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) by governments, development partners and other stakeholders is set to be released in 2013. The announcement was made by Joseph Karugia, the coordinator of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System, Eastern and Central Africa (ReSAKSS-ECA), at a one day meeting held at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on Monday 15 July, 2013, to review the beta version of AgInvest.

Tracking and mapping agriculture investments includes documenting their spatial distribution. This means getting to know where the investments are taking place physically and using that knowledge to guide decisions on future investments,” Karugia said.

‘The Nairobi meeting was held two days ahead…

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Mobile network operators have much to gain from agriculture

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

Visit Ghana and ask for the phone number of any ordinary person on the street, and most likely you’ll be given the option of two or three different mobile network operators (MNOs) to choose from. Ghana has 19 million cell phone subscribers for its over 24 million inhabitants — an impressive proportion — most of whom subscribe to more than one operator.

Ghana is one of Africa’s most vibrant and innovative communications markets. It launched the first cellular mobile network in sub-Saharan Africa in 1992, and was one of the first countries on the continent to be connected to the Internet and introduce ADSL services. A market leader in terms of liberalization and deregulation, Ghana Telecom in 1996.

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Raising hope: Africa feeding Africa

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

The past week was incredible. A fast paced series of event reported by a great team of social reporters brought together Africa‘s brightest in an attempt to give it the push it needs in order to reach its destiny. Even if many young people say that discussing agriculture and/or policy making is, well, boring, the AASW6 was certainly NOT.

Although I wasn’t present in Accra, Ghana for the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW6), my heart was there. I followed  the AASW6 Blog and #AASW6 Tweets and have imagined, together with those present in Accra, a bright future for Africa.

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Online portal will track African agriculture investments

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

AgInvest, a new web portal that will track resource allocation to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) by governments, development partners and other stakeholders is set to be released in 2013.  The announcement was made by Joseph Karugia, the coordinator of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System, Eastern and Central Africa (ReSAKSS-ECA), at a one day meeting held at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on Monday 15 July, 2013, to review the beta version of AgInvest.

“Tracking and mapping agriculture investments includes documenting their spatial distribution. This means getting to know where the investments are taking place physically and using that knowledge to guide decisions on future investments,” Karugia said.

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Youth unemployment from a think tank perspective

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

The issue of unemployment among young people continues to be at the top of the agenda in government, corporation and organisation discussions at all levels. Although these discussions become more and more prevalent, there seems to be little improvement in the situation. In fact, the International Labour Organization (ILO) report on global employment trends for youth 2013 tagged today’s youth as “a generation at risk”.

Today, the question is how can we increase youth employment (formal, informal, and self employment) in growing sectors such as agri-business, green growth, information and communications technology (ICT), and financial services?

According to the MasterCard Foundation, harnessing the passion and creativity of young people will help us to become more effective in the field of youth learning and engagement. This is why in January 2012 they created a Youth Think Tank and tasked it with advising the sector, and ultimately, shaping the way youth…

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For Africa to feed Africa, “Make peace” with climate change

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

A recent and widely-covered report from the World Bank gives voice to ominous predictions that have been circulating among climate scientists and agriculture experts for several years: higher temperatures and weather extremes caused by climate change are on course to dramatically increase the already daunting number of Africans who don’t get enough to eat.

Indeed, the report predicts, for instance, that in just a few decades, 40 to 80 percent of the land now devoted to maize, millet and sorghum in sub-Saharan Africa could become unsuitable for these critically important staple crops.

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Sparking youth engagement in agriculture

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

Ask any child in school what he or she would like to be in the future and I’ll bet you  $100 that 0 out of 10 will say farmer.

In Africa, that’s the world we’re living in. However, as scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs and the like gather at the Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW6) I do see a good number of young people involved in agriculture. Among the crowd of young reporters and researchers, one active participant that caught my attention was Gloria Lihemo.

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