By Cecilia Schubert, Communications Officer and Joost Vervoort, CCAFS Scenarios Officer

Scenarios work makes headway as it now informs climate, agriculture and socio-economic development policies across seven countries.

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The Environmental Change Institute is pleased to announce a new internship available to any currently matriculated Oxford students with Good Food Oxford, a Sustainable Food Cities initiative that aims to identify and catalyse actions by individuals and organisations that will promote a healthy, fair, ethical and environmentally sustainable food system in and around Oxford.

Good Food Oxford is offering a placement for an intern to help develop monitoring and evaluation modeling to measure the impact of their work. The intern will be required to compile background data and statistics on their three strategy areas in order to form a baseline from which to establish measurable deliverables. They will then have the opportunity to work closely with the team to establish monitoring and evaluation models, and feed into their policy and strategy work.

To find out more, please read the Good Food Oxford Specification or contact Emma Weisbord, the Sustainability Internship Programme Coordinator.

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By Joost Vervoort (CCAFS) and Michael Balinga (CIFOR)

CGIAR research programs join forces with Burkina Faso to support the development of a national plan for the rural sector using scenario-guided policy planning.

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Have you ever found yourself preferring to eat with one spoon rather than another? Or maybe you’ve found yourself pondering which is the best set of cutlery to buy for your home, by judging how good it ‘looks’, or rather, how good it ‘feels’ in the hand? While the design (think shape, material, ergonomics) of the cutlery is what we all think that we are judging, maybe what drives our preference for one eating utensil over another is an often overlooked but substantial characteristic: Its weight.

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A new issue of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, edited by Christopher Adam and Doug Gollin, Department of International Development, discusses the economics and politics of the rapidly changing global food and agricultural system.

It tackles the big public policy questions associated with the huge, recent transformation of the food system from small scale and highly seasonal agricultural production to an industrialized food system in which farm-based production accounts for only a small fraction of gross spending on food in rich countries.

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By Christopher Adam and Doug Gollin, Department of International Development

A new issue of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy discusses the economics and politics of the rapidly changing global food and agricultural system. 

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Cross-university, interdisciplinary food systems training to improve food security and environmental outcomes

The Environmental Change Institute’s Food Systems Programme is pleased to announce an exciting new programme of teaching and learning for graduate students at the Environmental Change Institute and four other leading universities in England.

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A study co-authored by Oxford researchers says spikes in food prices during the last global recession can be linked with the increase in malnutrition among children in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh in 2009.

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The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food is pleased to announce a new Exchange Fellowship Programme in collaboration with the Florida Climate Insitute for faculty members at these two universities to forge new partnerships and foster the development of innovative, interdisciplinary research projects in the area of food systems, climate and biodiversity.

We will be selecting two fellows for the academic year 2015/16 to visit the University of Florida, and two to visit Oxford.

The Fellowship will cover travel and subsistence expenses for these exchange visit up to a maximum of £5,000 per Fellowship. Applicants must be currently employed by either the University of Florida or the University of Oxford.

Application deadline: Friday 31st July, 2015

For more information and details of how to apply, please read the Florida Oxford Exchange Fellowship Details Document.

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About this Opportunity

We have grants for early-career researchers (see Eligibility section) to attend a workshop in Brazil entitled 'Next Generation Sequencing applications to improve livestock welfare, food security and socioeconomic stability in Brazil'. The grants will cover all costs associated with attending the workshop, including travel, accommodation and meals. Please note that travel insurance and medical insurance are not covered by the grant.

The workshop is part of Researcher Links, being run under the Newton Fund. Through the Newton Fund, the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote economic development and social welfare of partner countries.

The workshop will be taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 12-16 October 2015.

Eligibility

  • This is open to early-career researchers based in the UK and Brazil only. There is no restriction on nationality, however participants must be affiliated to a UK or Brazilian higher education or research institute at the time of the application.
  • Early-career researcher is defined as having obtained a PhD no more than 10 years prior to the workshop dates. A PhD is a requirement. Consideration is given to researchers that have had a career break.
  • All applications must be received before the deadline (29 July).

How to Apply

Please download the Workshop information and application form.

Contact

Please direct all queries related to the workshop to J.Cronin@swansea.ac.uk

For queries related to Researcher Links or the Newton Fund, please contact uk-researcherlinks@britishcouncil.org

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