Call for proposals: ASTI

December 13, 2010

The International Food Policy Research Institute’s ASTI initiative and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) are currently calling for proposals for papers for their jointly convened conference, “Agricultural R&D: Investing in Africa’s Future: Analyzing Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities,” to be held in Accra, Ghana, 5–7 December 2011. The deadline for paper proposals is 15 January, 2011.

The relevant details are available at
Further information about the conference will follow in due course.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Feminist Economics Special Issue– Land, Gender and Food Security

November 4, 2010

To date, analyses of land acquisitions have not addressed gender implications of these processes. Given women’s important roles as producers and consumers of agricultural products in affected countries and the implications of gender equality for long-run growth, this is a critical lacuna in research. For this special issue, Feminist Economics encourages scholars from economics and related disciplines to submit papers that reveal gender impacts of the leases and acquisitions, including effects on women’s access to land, intrahousehold allocation, on-farm agricultural productivity, household food security, and investments in children’s well-being. Consideration of gender differences related to class, ethnicity, and location are encouraged. Feminist Economics especially welcomes submissions from the Global South and transition economies.

More information.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Gender and Climate Change 2011

October 15, 2010

Gender and Climate Change is an international conference that will seek to bring together the latest research in key areas of gender and climate change, to highlight impacts of climate change on women, and to draw together a body of knowledge for input into the 2011 United Nations Framework Convention (COP 17) and the Earth Summit 2012.

The complex couplings between human and natural systems that must be understood to respond to climate change, demands a robustly multi- and interdisciplinary approach to research. Furthermore, attention to the differential gendered impacts and opportunities of climate change requires a deeply intersectional approach in which the relevance of factors such as class and race are considered alongside gender. For this reason, the theme of this conference, recognizes the importance of engaging experts from multiple disciplines and engaging local and indigenous knowledges to address critical gender and climate change issues. Strong partnerships among researchers, policy-makers, and community stakeholders are essential for identifying and implementing promising, sustainable solutions that are relevant to the people who are most affected.

More information.

Deadline: November 30, 2010

CALL FOR CASES: Gender in Value Chains (Nairobi)

July 30, 2010

The Agri-ProFocus network is organizing a writeshop to systematize knowledge and experiences around gender in value chains. This writeshop – facilitated by KIT and IIRR and financially supported by ICCO, HIVOS, Cordaid and Oxfam Novib – will be held from 22 – 30 November 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya. The outcomes will be published in a practical book. More information.

Deadline: September 1, 2010

Calls for paper: Ag productivity

July 28, 2010

The Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) at the Brookings Institution is currently inviting papers for its first annual Africa Growth Forum in January 2011 to address the issue of how best to enhance agricultural productivity through the adoption of effective technologies and innovations by African farmers. The forum will bring together researchers who have completed or are undertaking studies that can explain the modalities and channels for transferring new technologies and new ideas to farmers successfully, and the conditions under which these work. Researchers will interact closely with policymakers at the forum to address the policy environments that are conducive to the adoption of new technologies and ideas, and to discuss the promotion of private investment in agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

Call for papers: Arborvitae – November 2010 special issue on forestry and gender

July 18, 2010

Arborvitae is the official newsletter of the IUCN Forest Conservation Programme (FCP). The mission of FCP is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve biological diversity in forests and tree-dominated landscapes and ensure that the use of forest resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. The newsletter Arborvitae follows this mission, and covers the most important issues currently affecting how forest resources are used and governed. You can view previous issues at

The November 2010 issue of Arbovitae (published by IUCN) will focus on forestry and gender issues. The objective of this publication will be to provide information that will  improve forestry practices through gender mainstreaming.
For this issue we request articles from researchers, development policymakers, practitioners, and activists from both, the forestry and the gender studies sector. Read the rest of this entry »

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2 DFID Programs (1) Future of Aid and Beyond, (2) New and Emerging Technologies

June 24, 2010

The DFID Research Strategy 2008–2013 recognised a key role for research was to help anticipate and respond to future trends and technology that will impact on the lives of poor people. To take this agenda forward DFID is now establishing two new research programmes, the Future of Aid and Beyond and New and Emerging Technologies.

More information.

Deadline: July 12, 2010

Call for Contributions & Abstract Submission: Ester Boserup Conference 2010

June 23, 2010

Ester Boserup was one of the pioneers of an integrated theoretical approach to questions of development and sustainability. 2010 marks the centennial of her birth. The Ester Boserup Conference 2010 “Long-term trajectories in population, gender relations, land use, and the environment” wishes to pay tribute to her work and to her intellectual heritage.

Ester Boserup’s work focussed on understanding processes of social change. She conceptualized human societies – in their present-day form and in their historical development – as dynamic relationships between natural, economic, cultural, and political structures. This interdisciplinary approach to social development and the manner in which Boserup positioned herself at the interface between academia and politics form integral parts of her intellectual legacy. The conference will therefore consider contributions addressing her approach, her interface position and the applicability of her theories to current sustainability issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Call for Abstracts: Impact of Fertility Control and Fertility Declines On Gender Equality

June 23, 2010

Submission Deadline: July 26, 2010

The Fertility and Empowerment Network (F&E Network) is soliciting papers exploring the impact of fertility declines on women’s empowerment and gender relations in countries that have experienced significant fertility declines within the past three decades. Selected authors will be asked to participate in two meetings in 2011, where they will have the opportunity to receive feedback from F&E Network members and members of its senior advisory committee. A subset of the completed papers will be included in an edited volume on the topic Read the rest of this entry »

Call for Paper: Violence against Women Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 2010

June 21, 2010

Within the framework of UNESCO’s actions to combat violence against women and enhance women’s rights and empowerment, and building on its central objective of promoting research that supports evidence-based decision-making, the Social and Human Sciences Sector in collaboration with the University of Hull, U.K., is currently undertaking a program of research on men and violence against women, gendered poverty and legal-socio-cultural factors influencing women’s access to freshwater.

The aim of this program of research is to develop policy recommendations on violence against women, and more specifically men and violence against women, gendered poverty and women’s access to fresh water.   The second in this series of research meetings will be held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in November 2010. It will build upon the success of the previous meeting, held in Pretoria in August 2007 on ‘Women’s Rights for Peace and Security in post-Conflict Democracies in sub-Saharan Africa’, which formed the basis for a productive dialogue with Ministers at the Forum of Ministers of Women’s Affairs of the Great Lakes Region in Mombasa in 2009, and for a series of policy papers and policy briefs, now available on the UNESCO website. Read the rest of this entry »


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