IFPRI-TCSP Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 9

September 17, 2004.  


Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 9


In this issue:



o Announcements

o Institutional Profile

o Network Profile

o Courses/Workshops

o Conferences

o Fellowships, Scholarships, and Competitions






IFPRI Materials

Accelerating Food Production in Sub-Saharan Africa

The book Accelerating Food Production in Sub-Saharan Africa, edited by John

W. Mellor, Christopher L. Delgado, and Malcolm J. Blackie and published in

1987 by Johns Hopkins University Press for IFPRI, is now available for

download in PDF format. To download, visit



New publications from the 2020 Africa Conference

New publications from the 2020 Africa Conference on "Assuring Food and

Nutrition Security in Africa by 2020: Prioritizing Actions, Strengthening

Actors, and Facilitating Partnerships," are now available from IFPRI.

Publications include a discussion paper on assessing food and nutrition

security in Africa and 8 issue briefs on topics such as child nutrition,

HIV/AIDS, women, international trade and domestic markets, market

opportunities for smallholders, capacity strengthening, and investment in

agricultural research. To order or download, visit

www.ifpri.org/pubs/catalog.htm <http://www.ifpri.org/pubs/catalog.htm>.


IFPRI Dataset

Uganda: Policies for Improved Land Management Dataset (1999-2001)

The Policies for Improved Land Management in Uganda project was carried out

in collaboration with the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the

University of Bonn, the Agricultural Policy Secretariat (Uganda), the

National Agricultural Research Organization (Uganda), and the Makerere

University Faculty of Agriculture. The long-term objective of the project

was to contribute to improved land management in Uganda by increasing

agricultural productivity, reducing poverty, and ensuring sustainable use of

natural resources. The immediate purpose was to help policymakers identify

and assess policy and institutional and technological strategies to improve

land management. The questionnaires were administered to 107 communities in

100 villages covering most of Uganda, with topics including community

concerns and priorities, establishment and change of local council

boundaries, population change, use of local council revenue, infrastructure

and services, programs and organizations, land rights, and collective

resource management. For more information, visit



Global Open Agriculture and Food University

The Global Open Agriculture and Food University of the Consultative Group on

International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) collaborates with traditional and

open universities in developing and developed countries. The university's

goal is to strengthen the capacity of postgraduate students in food and

agriculture (including livestock, forestry, and fisheries) in order to

enhance agricultural development, poverty reduction, and food security. For

more information, visit <http://www.openaguniversity.cgiar.org/>.



B-SPAN is an Internet-based broadcasting service that presents World Bank

seminars, workshops, and conferences on a variety of sustainable development

and poverty reduction issues. It streams events on the Internet, archives

them on the B-SPAN web site, offers them in their original unedited format,

and provides indexing for quick access to specific speakers. B-SPAN's

webcasts are free and available to anyone with access to the Internet. For

more information, visit <http://info.worldbank.org/etools/bspan>.


Poverty Manual

The Poverty Manual produced by the World Bank Institute provides insightful

descriptions of poverty issues. It covers the concept of poverty and well

being, poverty measurements, poverty lines, inequality measures,

determinants of poverty, and poverty reduction policies. For more

information, visit <http://www.worldbank.org/wbi/povertyanalysis/manual/>.



Institutional Profile


Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA)

REPOA, a Tanzania-based NGO established in 1994, undertakes and facilitates

research, conducts training, and disseminates information on poverty and

poverty-related issues. Its objectives are to build and strengthen

indigenous research capacity and competence to undertake rigorous

independent research on poverty issues; to build an effective and autonomous

poverty research network with local to global connections; to deepen the

understanding of poverty issues among grassroots organizations, local

researchers, research bodies, policymakers, and decisionmakers; to

contribute to the development of policies aimed at combating poverty, both

locally and globally; and to disseminate research output and forge linkages

between poverty research and interested parties, including decisionmakers in

government, NGOs, grassroots organizations, and business, academic, and

donor communities. For more information, visit <http://www.repoa.or.tz/>.



Network Profile


Global Development Network (GDN)

The Global Development Network (GDN) is a network of research and policy

institutes working together to address the problems of national and regional

development. GDN has 11 regional network partners that link research

institutes from more than 100 countries. It supports multidisciplinary

research in social sciences; promotes the generation of local knowledge in

developing and transition countries, produces policy-relevant knowledge on a

global scale, builds research capacity to advance development and alleviate

poverty, facilitates knowledge sharing among researchers and policymakers,

and disseminates development knowledge to the public and policymakers. It

aims to generate new socioeconomic knowledge for the purpose of development,

encourage the sharing of that knowledge through networking and various

dissemination channels, support the application of that knowledge to policy

in developing and transition economies and to international development in

general, and raise funds for the implementation of GDN's agenda from public

and private sources around the world. For more information, visit







Organizations: African Centre for Disaster Studies (ACDS) at the North-West

University, South Africa; United Nations International Strategy for Disaster

Reduction (UN/ISDR), Switzerland

Title: International Course on Disaster Risk Reduction and Development

Location: North West Province, South Africa

Date: November 1-12, 2004


Fax: 27-18-293-5266

Email: acds@puk.ac.za <mailto:acds@puk.ac.za>; Web:




Organization: Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India

Title: Short Course on Research and Development Reporting

Location: New Delhi, India

Date: October 11-15, 2004

Fees: Rs 3,500


Souparno Banerjee


CSE Media Resource Centre

Phone: 91-11-29955124/ 6110/ 6394/ 6399; Fax: 91-11-29955879

Email: souparno@cseindia.org <mailto:souparno@cseindia.org>

Web: <http://www.cseindia.org/misc/research_reporting.htm>


The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), Philippines, is

offering the following courses:


Monette Pacia

Regional Center for Asia

International Institute of Rural Reconstruction

Y.C. Yen James Center

Km 39 Aguinaldo Highway


Cavite 4118


Phone: 63-46-414-2417; Fax: 63-46-414-2420

Email: Monette.Pacia@iirr.org <mailto:Monette.Pacia@iirr.org> /

Education&Training@iirr.org <mailto:Education&Training@iirr.org>


Title: Gender Mainstreaming: from Programmatic to Organizational


Location: Cavite, Philippines

Date: October 4-15, 2004

Fees: US ,250


Title: Community-Based Integrated Watershed Management

Location: Cavite, Philippines

Date: November 8-26, 2004

Fees: US ,700


Organization: University of the Philippines, Philippines

Title: International Training Course on Participatory Learning and Action

for Community Development (PLA-CD) for Agricultural Systems Development


Location: Laguna, Philippines

Date: May 9-20,2005 and October 7-28, 2005

Fees: ,500


Edna Luisa Matienzo/ Myrna Tenorio

Agricultural Systems Cluster

College of Agriculture

University of the Philippines

College, Laguna 4031


Phone: 63-049-536-3229/ 2459; Fax: 63-049-536-5282

Email: eam101_1@hotmail.com <mailto:eam101_1@hotmail.com>/

almira13_13@hotmail.com <mailto:almira13_13@hotmail.com>


Central America

Organizations: International Human Dimensions Program on Global

Environmental Change (IHDP), Germany and Inter-American Institute for Global

Change Research (IAI), United States

Title: Global Environmental Change Institute on Globalization and Food


Location: Nicoya, Costa Rica

Date: October 24-November 6, 2004


International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change

Walter-Flex-Strasse 3

D-53113 Bonn


Phone: 49-0-228-739679; Fax: 49-0-228-739054

Email: ihdp@uni-bonn.de <mailto:ihdp@uni-bonn.de> / i2004-geci@dir.iai.int


Web: <http://www.institutes.iai.int/2004GECI.htm>



The IMA International Ltd, United Kingdom, is offering the following



Donna Kelly

Course Administrator

IMA International Ltd

Randolphs Farm

Brighton Road


West Sussex


United Kingdom

Phone: 44-0-1273-833-030; Fax: 44-0-1273-833-230

Email: post@imainternational.com <mailto:post@imainternational.com> /

Faye@imainternational.com <mailto:Faye@imainternational.com>


Title: Issues, Themes, and Strategies in Development Management

Location: Brighton, United Kingdom

Date: September 20-October 1, 2004

Fees: £ 3,000

Web: <http://www.imainternational.com/itsdmuk2004.php>


Title: Monitoring and Evaluation in Development

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Date: November 29-December 10, 2004

Fees: £2,600

Web: <http://www.imainternational.com/medt2004.php>






Organizations: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kenya; Equator Initiative,

Unites States; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Kenya; and The

World Conservation Union, Kenya

Title: First International Ecoagriculture Conference and Practitioners' Fair

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Date: September 27-October 1, 2004

For more information, visit

<http://www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/pdfs/Updates/EP Update 7-03.pdf> or

email SScherr@futureharvest.org.


Organizations: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements

(IFOAM), Germany; United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Kenya; German

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Germany; and International

Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Kenya

Title: The Role of Organic Agriculture for Biodiversity: Current

Contributions and Future Possibilities

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Date: September 24-26, 2004

For more information, visit



Organizations: Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development

(RCMRD); Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Wildlife; and

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization/ United

Nations Environment Program (UNESCO/ UNEP), all in Kenya

Title: The 5th African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment

(AARSE) Conference on Geoinformation Sciences in Support of Africa's


Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Date: October 18-21, 2004

Fees: US 5 (from June 1-September 30, 2004), US 0 (Walk-in at the

conference), and US (AARSE fully paid members)

For more information, visit





Organization: University of Udine, Italy

Title: Role of Multi-purpose Agriculture in Sustaining the Global


Location: Udine University, Udine, Italy

Date: October 20-24, 2004

Fees: US 0 (developed-country participants), US 0 (developing country

participants), US 0 (developed-country students), and US 0 (developing

country students)

For more information, visit

<http://www.dpvta.uniud.it/~agroenv/docs/brochure.pdf> or email Giuseppe

Zerbi at zerbi@dpvta.uniud.it <mailto:zerbi@dpvta.uniud.it> and Sajid

Mahmood at smahmoodpk@yahoo.com <mailto:smahmoodpk@yahoo.com>.


Organizations: Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern

Europe (IAMO), Germany

Title: The Role of Agriculture in Central and Eastern European Rural

Development: Engine of Change or Social Buffer?

Location: Halle (Saale), Germany

Date: November 4-6, 2004

Fees: EUR 75

For more information, visit

<http://www.landw.uni-halle.de/iamo/forum2004/index.htm > or email

forum@iamo.de <mailto:forum@iamo.de>.


North America

Organization: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Malaysia

Title: Monitoring Science and Technology: Unifying Knowledge for

Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

Date: September 20-24, 2004

Fees: US 0

For more information, visit <http://www.monitoringsymposium.com/index.cfm>

or email Walter Reid at reid@millenniumassessment.org



Organizations: Cornell University, United States; World Institute for

Development Economics Research (WIDER), Finland; and International Food

Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), United States

Title: Growing Inequality in China: Causes, Consequences, and Responses

Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, United States

Date: September 25-26, 2004

Fees: Conference will cover the travel and accommodation costs of one

presenter per paper accepted

For more information, visit

<http://www.ifpri.org/events/conferences/2004/20040925Cornell.pdf> or email

Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University, at sk145@cornell.edu

<mailto:sk145@cornell.edu> or Guanghua Wan, WIDER, at wan@wider.unu.edu

<mailto:wan@wider.unu.edu> or Xiaobo Zhang, IFPRI, at x.zhang@cgiar.org



Organization: Farm Foundation, United States

Title: 7th Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference

Location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Date: November 1-2, 2004

For more information, visit




Fellowships, Scholarships, and Competitions


Organization: Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the United States

Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States

Title: Norman E. Borlaug International Science and Technology Fellows


Deadline: October 21, 2004 (application)


FAS International Cooperation and Development

Washington, DC

United States

Phone: 1-202-690-0775

Email: info@fas.usda.gov <mailto:info@fas.usda.gov>; Web:



Organization: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia

Title: Gines Mera Memorial Fellowship Fund for Postgraduate Studies in



Biotechnology and Agrobiodiversity Project

International Center for Tropical Agriculture

AA 6713

KM 17

Recta Cali-Palmira



Phone: 57-2-4450000/ 1-650-8336625; Fax: 57-2-4450073/ 1-650-8336626

Email: ciat@cgiar.org <mailto:ciat@cgiar.org>; Web:



Organizations: Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) and Agropolis,


Title: Promotion du Développement Durable dans les systèmes de Recherche

Agricole du Sud (DURAS) Competitive Grants

Deadline: October 08, 2004 (application)


The Coordinator

Project DURAS

Agropolis International

Avenue Agropolis


Montpellier Cedex 5


Phone: 33-4-6704-3747; Fax: 33-4-6704-7599

E-mail: oliveros@agropolis.fr <mailto:oliveros@agropolis.fr>; Web:





"Sustainable development is not a timid or conservative choice but a dynamic

one based on good rules

of governance"


Daniel Bernard, Chairman and CEO, Carrefour








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program you are planning, please contact IFPRI's Training for Capacity

Strengthening Program by emailing Suresh Babu at s.babu@cgiar.org or Valerie

Rhoe at v.rhoe@cgiar.org.





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