Crops

Efforts to increase crop yields are critical to meeting growing demands for food from a larger, wealthier population.

SWFF Grants Round 3

In March 2015, Securing Water for Food announced its third call for innovations. This $12.5 million call for proposals focuses on identifying market-driven, low-cost, and scalable solutions that will enable us to improve water efficiency and wastewater reuse; enhance water capture and storage; and reduce the impacts of salinity on aquifers and food production. 

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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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An international research collaboration has shed light on the impact that grass-fed animals have on climate change. Its new study adds clarity to the debate around livestock farming and meat and dairy consumption.

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  • By 2050, reduced fruit and vegetable intake could cause twice as many deaths as under-nutrition
  • Three-quarters of all climate-related deaths due to changes in food production are estimated to occur in China and India

 

Read the accessible PDF here

 

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Employing unit: Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning

Start date: As soon as possible

Closing date: 19 June 2015

Reference number: SF07948

Post type: Full-time, Fixed-term until 30 September 2018

Payscale: £28,695 to £38,511 per annum – please note salary is dependent on location/institution. Please consult the salary range in the local job advert for each institution.

Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning

IFSTAL seeks to recruit a team of five full-time Coordinators for the ‘Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning’ (IFSTAL) Programme, one to be based in each of the consortium institutions. The positions are fixed-term contracts from mid-2015 until 30 September 2018.

The University of Reading is collecting applications for all five institutions, so to formally apply, please visit Jobs at the University of Reading – University of Reading or contact Human Resources, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH. Telephone +44(0)118 378 6771 (voicemail)

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Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP)

Call for job applicants

May 2017

Supported by the Wellcome Trust Our Planet Our Health Programme.

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Junior Policy Analyst - Sustainable Agriculture

Application Deadline: 5 July 2015 (midnight- Paris time)

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The OECD’s mission – Better Policies for Better Lives – is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The Organisation provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.  

The OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD), in line with the strategic objectives of the Secretary-General, provides relevant and timely information, analysis and advice in support of  governments’ efforts to improve the domestic and international performance of their trade, agriculture, food and fishery policies and to maintain the orderly use of export credits.

The Environment Division is looking for a Junior Policy Analyst who will contribute to analysing national policies supporting sustainable agricultural productivity growth and the resilience of famers in the face of climate change.  The selected person will work under the supervision of the Head of Division in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD).

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Oxford Institute of Population Ageing & Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Salary:   Grade 7 (£29,541 to £36,298)

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing is seeking a quantitative researcher to work with Dr George Leeson in collaboration with Dr Mike Bonsall (Department of Zoology) on a project funded by the Oxford Martin Future of Food Programme.

Main responsibilities will be to conduct population modelling scenarios. As part of the scientific team at the Institute, the incumbent will be asked to contribute to research tasks related to demographic and statistical analysis. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a world-leading research programme.

Applications should be submitted by 3 June 2013.

For more information and how to apply, please see the Job Details on the Oxford University Recruitment website

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The annual President's Event for LEAF, Linking Environment and Farming, was held on November 14th in the HSBC Tower, Canary Wharf, London.

The theme of the event was "The changing faces of sustainability" and it was hosted LEAF President, Baroness Hazel Byford, DBE with keynote speaker, Professor Charles Godfray FRS.

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If you missed Prof Jason Hill's talk last week on the "Sustainability Of Our Global Food System: A Life Cycle Perspective", you can listen again to his talk and download his slides.

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