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SFIAR Newsletter No. 65 - March 2013

SFIAR Interview

Alessandra GiulianiAlessandra Giuliani, Scientific Collaborator, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL)
"The target communities should be fully involved in the research from the first step, if we want to see any results of it."

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Marketing organic products in Africa – New training video
The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) presents a Video "Marketing organic products in Africa – How to become an entrepreneur". The tool can help small farmers implementing organic farming, improving sustainability and expanding market opportunities.

Rice intensification in West Africa
The Syngenta Foundation develops a rice intensification initiative to reduce food insecurity in West Africa. A public private partnership with different investors and the government of Ghana aims to build up competitive rice value chains.

Call: Post doc Fellowship Programme in Plant Sciences
The programme is open to experienced researchers in all fields of research in plant sciences and aims to establish a training and qualification framework, which complements the present postdoctoral training in plant sciences with an international competitive dimension. Deadline for applications: 30 April 2013

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Schoggi und Wasser – Umgang mit Menschenrechtsfragen im internationalen Nahrungsmittelsektor
Öffentliche, interdisziplinäre Diskussionsveranstaltung der Universität Zürich
(12.03.2013, Zürich, Switzerland)

Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas
UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference
(09.-12.04.2013, Bonn, Germany)

Research Fair
organised by SDC and KFPE to showcase innovative findings and products and promote exchange between science, policy, and practice (details will follow)
(05.06.2013, Bern, Switzerland)

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National Coordinator CATALIST DRC
IDFC, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
Deadline: open

International Senior Rural Development Advisor
HELVETAS, Kabul, Afghanistan
Deadline: 15.03.2012

Post doctoral scientist; agro-ecosystems modeling
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya
Deadline: 20.03.2012

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Dynamics of Indirect Land-Use Change: Empirical Evidence from Brazil
CER-ETH – Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich, Economics Working Paper Series, Working Paper 12/170

Concessions and Leases in the Lao PDR: Taking Stock of Land Investments
O. Schönweger, A. Heinimann, A. M. Epprecht, J. Lu, P. Thalongsengchanh.
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE). 2012

Socio-Environmental Certifications: Risks and Opportunities for Small-Scale Coffee Farmers in Central America
Rahel Wyss, Ingrid Fromm and Mildred Garcia in: International Journal of Developing Societies Vol. 1, No. 4, 2012, 133-140

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