Do you know of or are you looking for a way to be a part of agricultural development in Africa? Let me know about it.

But meanwhile, here’s one!

Call for Papers: Global Food History

dummy-160Global Food History is a new, peer-reviewed academic journal centering upon the sociocultural and economic history of food. The journal welcomes articles covering any period from prehistory to the present, and any geographical area, including transnational and world histories of food. Regardless of discipline, scholars who share historians’ concerns with change, causation, and periodization are encouraged to contribute. Manuscripts are due May 15, 2014.





Policy research on why women smallholder farmers face barriers to becoming members of Fairtrade co-operatives

Call Published: 16th January 2014
Expressions of interest: 23rd January 2014
Deadline for submission of proposals: 30th January 2014

The Fairtrade Foundation is commissioning a study to understand why women smallholder farmers face barriers to becoming members of Fairtrade cooperatives. The primary objective of the study is to understand;
a) What the barriers main barriers are to women smallholder farmers becoming members of Fairtrade cooperatives and why these barriers exist,
b) What steps could be taken to eliminate these barriers and how they could be implemented to help women farmers’ access equal membership and benefits of Fairtrade.

The background, objectives, scope, suggested methodology and approach and expected outputs of the study are outlined in the Terms of Reference (ToR) below.
Interested researchers/ organisations should send a brief e-mail to Tabitha Gillan
( by 23rd January 2014 to confirm their interest in submitting a proposal, with final proposals to be submitted to the same address by close on 30th January.

The proposal submitted should include: Detailed research proposal based on the ToR provided that includes a clear description of the intended scope and methods to be used, work plan, potential risks, research policy and ethical standards to be followed and a detailed timeline (using the broad timelines provided in the ToR) Detailed budget for the field research and report for this study based on the figure indicated in the ToR Description of the tendering party/parties and detailed CVs of all members of the proposed research team highlighting research experience relevant to this study

Evaluation of proposals will be guided by the following criteria: Expertise and qualifications of the research team and research organisation Understanding of the agricultural context in the target countries identified in the ToR Strength and appropriateness of methods proposed to answer the key research questions Quality of written reports Efficiency and use of resources

Applicants will be notified within 14 days after the submission deadline in writing about the result of the selection process.

See Fairtrade Foundation for more details.


The International Economic Association 17th World Congress

The International Economic Association 17th World Congress

The Event

The International Economic Association (IEA) is the association of the economic associations from around the world, and is the unique international organization that brings together economists from developed and developing countries across a broad range of fields. The World Congress is held once every three years (the fifteen and sixteenth Triennial World Congresses were held in Istanbul and Beijing respectively.) We expect more than 500 economists to attend. Over 400 papers will be presented in parallel academic sessions. In addition, there will be a number of policy sessions and keynote lectures. Confirmed speakers include Philippe Aghion, Kaushik Basu, François Bourguignon, Paul Collier, Martine Durand, Jim Heckman, Karla Hoff, Ravi Kanbur, Huruhiko Kuroda, Eliana La Ferrara, Justin Yifu Lin, Célestin Monga, Mthuli Ncube, José Antonio Ocampo, Rohini Somanathan, Nick Stern, Joseph Stiglitz (who will also deliver the IEA Presidential Address) and Adair Turner A number of sessions have been arranged in collaboration with organizations such as INET, CIGI, IDRC, the Fung Global Institute, the World Bank, IPD, the Quantum Global Foundation, and WIDER.


IEA oung African Scholars Program

This special session aims to provide a forum for discussing innovative theoretical and empirical research on the key challenges facing Africa, and to facilitate the exchange of views among researchers and policymakers as the continent search its path towards economic emergence. The IEA would especially like to attract young economists from Africa to participate, and towards that end has secured funding from the Quantum Global Foundation, to assist in transportation costs, meals, and accommodations. We will pay up to $1000 for transportation to Amman, Jordan, and provide for meals and hotel accommodation, and waive registration fees for approximately 25 economists. They will have an opportunity to present their research, and attend a special set of sessions with leading development scholars on issues pertaining to African development.

We are interested in research related to one of the following broad topics: (a) Structural Transformation, industrial policies, and strategies for African Development in the Context of a Changing Global Landscape; (b) Inequality in Africa: its various dimensions, causes, consequences, and remedies; and (c) Financial policies for Africa in the aftermath of the Great Recession, focusing on the lessons learned from the crisis and outstanding issues that remain to be addressed. The papers should shed light on how such economic challenges operate in practice, and how they interact with each other, especially in terms of their effect on growth, macroeconomic stability and resilience to shocks, and employment creation.

Application Process

Interested scholars should submit either a draft paper or a detailed abstract (up to 1,500 words), by February 15, 2014, to:

Célestin Monga

Chair of the Young African Scholars Program

World Bank Research Department

c/o Ms. Premi Rathan Raj,

with copy to:

IEA World Congress team

The proposal should include the title of the paper, the author(s)’ affiliation and contact information, the main questions to be examined, the most relevant literature, the intended contribution of the paper to the literature, and the possible data sets and methodology to be employed. Authors should also provide a copy of their curriculum vitae, a short statement of interest (up to 1 page), and at least one letter of recommendation. The selection committee would also welcome a copy of a recent working or published paper by the applicant, though this is not mandatory.

The Program Committee will evaluate all proposals in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance and will contact the authors whose papers have been selected by March 1, 2014 (Registration deadline for presenters of papers at the 17th IEA World Congress and to have papers included in final program is March 15, 2014). Final drafts are due by May 31, 2014. Further information on the conference program will be posted on the IEA website


The Seventeenth World Congress will be held at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center (KHBTCC), on the Dead Sea, Jordan. The Center nestles on the eastern shores of the Dead Sea at the heart of the Jordan Rift Valley. The Dead Sea is the lowest body of water on earth, the lowest point on earth, and the world’s richest source of natural salts. One of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world; the Jordanian east coast of the Dead Sea has evolved into a major hub of both religious, health and wellness tourism in the region. The Dead Sea is 45 minutes away from Amman, the capital city of Jordan and is close to historical tourist attractions such as Petra (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), the Roman ruins in the city of Jerash, and the Baptism Site, to name a few. It is a good idea to stay for an extra few days after the Congress to unwind in this most beautiful place.


Organize a Foodie Fundraiser!

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Join Farm Africa and help organize Foodie Fundraisers which will help provide Africa’s farming families with nutritious food every single day (click on the photo to watch a video on how you can be a part of what Farm Africa is doing).

Give the agency a call at 020 7430 0440 or email


Fellowship Program for Ph.D. Students of African Descent


WASHINGTON, September 13, 2013 — The Africa Region of the World Bank Group is launching the World Bank Group Fellowship Program for Ph.D. students of African descent. The program will increase the diverse workforce that is a priority for the Bank and its clients.

The Fellowship Program aims to build a pipeline of researchers and professionals from the African Diaspora, particularly women, who are interested in working in the development field at home or abroad, and in starting careers with the World Bank Group.

“The Fellowship Program represents an incredible opportunity not only for young African scholars to conduct research and develop their careers in development, but also for the World Bank Group to learn from their experiences and fresh insight, as well as absorb the tremendous energy young people can contribute to our work and mission,” said Sean McGrath, Vice President for Human Resources at the World Bank Group.

About the Fellowship

Fellows will spend a minimum of six months at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. getting hands-on experience in development work. This includes knowledge generation and dissemination, design of global and country policies and the building of institutions to achieve inclusive growth in developing countries. While benefitting from research and innovation in multiple sectors, Fellows will also work on economic policy, technical assistance, and lending for eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity. Special attention will be given to work with Fragile and Conflict-Affected States.

Fellows will be expected to complete a research project and prepare a research paper to present to staff. High-standard papers may be published internally.

Specifically, selected participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the World Bank Group’s mission and operations
  • Access quality data for their research work
  • Interact with seasoned experts in their field of development
  • Contribute to the World Bank Group’s mission

Who Should Apply

Doctoral students of African descent within one or two years of completing a Ph.D. program in the following fields: Economics, Demography, Applied Statistics and Econometrics, Impact Evaluation, Education, Health, Energy, Agriculture, and Infrastructure.

Candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in an academic institution and returning to university after the fellowship
  • Be 32 years of age or below
  • Have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal
  • Possess strong quantitative and analytical skills

Selection Process

After submitting an application online, the most promising candidates will be identified and their application packages forwarded to World Bank Africa Region managers and participating departments for consideration. Departments and managers will then indicate their preferences, as well as the project to be undertaken.

Selected candidates will then be notified and, upon acceptance, will be hired as short-term consultants for a minimum of six months. Fellows will receive consultant fees, round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. from their university, and worker’s compensation insurance.

Submit Your Application:

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