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Dissertation Research Fellowships on Gender and Agriculture: Call for Applications

IFPRI and its partners are pleased to announce a call for applications for Ph.D. dissertation research fellowships on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). The first of its kind to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector, the purpose of the Index is to understand why women in developing countries face persistent obstacles and economic constraints to inclusion in the agriculture sector though they play a critical role in agricultural growth.

Released on February 28, 2012, the Index is a partnership among IFPRI, the US Government’s Feed the Future initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) of Oxford University. Read more about the Index here.

The threefold goal of the fellowship is to strengthen understanding and evidence of the WEAI; expand understanding of WEAI dynamics through complementary qualitative and ethnographic work; and support promising researchers interested in gender and agriculture. Research proposals supported under this call must be focused entirely or mostly on one or more of 19 Feed the Future countries, listed here.

Applicants must be full-time Ph.D. students in the social sciences or humanities and complete all Ph.D. requirements except dissertation by the time the fellowship begins.

Click here for the complete call for proposals and here for the application is attached to this post. Proposals are due July 31, 2012 and will be awarded on August 31, 2012.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Fund for Gender Equality (Arab States)

The Fund for Gender Equality is pleased to announce its second Call for Proposals for innovative programmes to help women achieve political and economic empowerment. The Fund will award multi-year grants ranging from USD 200,000 to USD 1 million for impact-oriented programmes around the world.

The first phase of the grantmaking cycle will open 16 October 2011 and will consider proposals intended for the Arab States region only, with applications accepted in English and Arabic.

The online application process will be open 24 October – 4 November (please check back for the URL) and grants will be announced 28 December 2011. In 2012, the Fund will invite proposals from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

More information.

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Call for proposal: CGIAR CRP 7

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CRP 7) has an open call for proposals for research on agricultural knowledge networks, innovation, and behavioral change for climate change adaptation. The project will be a fieldwork-based study in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh that utilizes qualitative processes (e.g., surveys at the household and/or village level, participatory mapping or diagramming exercises, etc.), in conjunction with a review of relevant secondary literature. It will feature a gender, social, and economic differentiation component, as well as a visual element, via photo and video outputs. The objective of this call is to improve farmers’ current adaptive methods and abilities, and to encourage or accelerate adaptive change, by first better understanding how and from where farmers get their information, how they make their decisions, and in what instances they choose to make adaptive changes. To read the full detailed description and application procedure, please download the full terms of reference at http://ccafs.cgiar.org/sites/default/files/terms_of_reference_aki_v.3.pdf. To apply, please complete the online registration form and send your final proposal to Charlotte Lau by August 20, 2011 at c.lau@cgiar.org. More information is available at http://ccafs.cgiar.org/news/careers-and-calls/call-proposals-agricultural-knowledge-networks-innovation-and-behavioral.

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Call for participation

Dear colleagues,

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), with our partner organizations, is implementing a research project titled “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group Based Approaches” (http://womenandclimate.ifpri.info/). This project involves both qualitative and quantitative research in 4 selected countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mali), and includes a survey of practitioners that focuses on the current state of capacity, knowledge, attitudes and practices in development organizations involved in climate change adaptation and climate risk management in the rural sector. The survey will be used to develop a capacity strengthening strategy for the project.

We are writing to you to ask for your participation in this survey. We are interested in learning about your experiences and your views toward planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating your projects and programs on climate change. We would also appreciate if you could forward this survey to your colleagues in your organization and to other organizations that are involved in climate change projects for agriculture and rural livelihoods in these 4 focused countries. Your responses will be treated confidentially. We will be happy to share the survey results and other outputs of the project with you.

It will take 20-30 minutes to complete the survey. Click here for the e-survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CV6SNW5

As a token of our appreciation for filling out this survey, we are offering to send a data stick or CD of 30 relevant publications on climate change and gender by IFPRI. If you are interested in this, please fill out your mailing address on the last page of the survey

Thank you very much. Kindly email or contact us if you have questions regarding our research project or this survey.


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The special issue, planned for online publication in 2014 and print publication in 2015, will bring together new research aimed at challenging and improving economic policies in Africa. More generally, the special issue will provide a forum for feminist economists and scholars in relevant disciplines to analyze the interrelationships among macroeconomic reforms, gender inequalities, and the microeconomic channels that affect the well-being of women, their families, and their communities. The special issue will welcome both theoretical and empirical contributions, and analyses that rely on diverse research methodologies, including statistical analysis. Feminist Economics especially welcomes submissions from African scholars as well as others from the Global South.

Please direct queries and abstracts (500 words maximum) to the Guest Editors, Caren Grown (cgrown@american.edu), Abena D. Oduro (aoduro@ug.edu.gh), and Irene van Staveren (Staveren@iss.nl), no later than 1 September 2011.
If the Guest Editors approve an abstract, the complete manuscript will be due 1 April 2012 and should be submitted to Feminist Economics through the submissions website (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rfec). Questions about these procedures may be sent to feministeconomics@rice.edu, +1.713.348.4083 (phone) or +1.713.348.5495 (fax).

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Women as Agents of Change, the Commonwealth Foundation

The Commonwealth Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a Special Grants Fund for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Commonwealth Associations (CAs) to undertake strategic and innovative projects that will promote the Commonwealth theme for 2011, ‘Women as Agents of Change’. This year, the theme celebrates the significant contributions that women make to development and their relatively untapped potential as agents of change. Continue reading

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Call for participation: Gender Mapping of Africa

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are issuing a second call for participation for a survey to gather information for a “gendered map” of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to better understand how to target water management and other agricultural interventions to women and men farmers.

This survey is an important tool for gathering the invaluable knowledge of gender and farming system experts and pooling this information in a centralized public resource. Documentation of gendered farming system knowledge online with the help of GIS tools can reach new audiences across the globe in a way that traditional publications have not; and we hope that this database will influence bilateral and multilateral program funding and CGIAR research.

If you consider yourself knowledgeable about a farming system in a country, state or district in Sub-Saharan Africa, we encourage you to fill out this 20-minute survey. Even if you cannot answer all the questions in the survey, we encourage you to fill in as much of the survey as you possibly can.

The survey can be accessed IN ENGLISH at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MRKR6RN.

Pour une version FRANCAISE: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZTTJ27T.

For survey participants who are interested to learn more about these topics, we are pleased to send a copy of the book “Household Decisions, Gender and Development: A Synthesis of Recent Research.”  To request the publication after completing the survey or if you need a hard copy of this survey, please contact Zhenya Karelina at: Z.Karelina@cgiar.org

To those who have already filled out the survey during the first round, we thank you very much and would be interested in hearing feedback about your experience with this activity. Please also contact us if you would like to obtain the book.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this important activity!

Please share this survey link with your colleagues.


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