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SFIAR Newsletter No. 59 - February 2012

SFIAR Interview

Manfred GrossriederManfred Grossrieder, Integrated Crop Management Advisor, CABI, Switzerland
"I often feel that there is not enough time to embed the changes that could be achieved into the local communities and local government structures."

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Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development
- Information Event by SDC and SNSF

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) are launching the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (short: An information and networking event for interested researchers and development co-operation experts will be held at the SNSF on 8 March 2012.

Call: Best thesis on food security
The Foundation fiat panis invites submissions for the Josef G. Knoll European Science Award 2012 for the best PhD-thesis on the subject of food security and the Hans Hartwig Ruthenberg-Graduate-Award 2012 for the best diploma or master thesis in the same subject area. Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2011

Better information on rice will help to stabilize food security in Asia
The project “Remote sensing-based information and insurance for crops in emerging economies” (RIICE) uses remote sensing technology to observe the growth of rice and provides an independent and transparent tool to ascertain rice information in developing countries. The information is linked to insurance solutions to improve food security of small-holder farmers in developing countries in Asia.

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Savings and Credit Forum
Focus on: How can we make Microfinance more useful to Women?
Open Forum organized by SDC
(08.03.2012, Bern, Switzerland)

4th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2012
"Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society"
(26.-30.08.2012, Davos, Switzerland)

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Program Leader - Sustainable Productivity Enhancement
Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice), Cotonou, Benin
Deadline: 15.02.2012

Poste académique: Agroécologie tropicale
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique
Deadline: 27.02.2012

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Video: CaLas Project: Carbon Credits for Sustainable Land Use Systems
Uploaded by FiBLFilm on 8 February 2012

Partnerships in Development-oriented Research: Lessons Learnt and Challenges

Bishnu Raj Upreti et al. NCCR North-South, South Asia Coordination Office. 2012

Quand les greniers se remplissent. Les bénéfices du partenariat entre la recherche agronomique, la vulgarisation agricole et des organisations paysannes au Mali
Sonia Ferroni, Ernst Gabathuler. Centre for Development and Environment / Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. 2011

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