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    Seeking partners for our emerging community leaders e-course project! Urgent
    Michigan Fellows Agribusiness Initiative (MFAI) a Ugandan-based NGO formed by alumni from MSU/AAP PFP, is seeking partners for a proposed project titled: Emerging community leaders E-course. The project will seek funds from the US Missions Kampala under the funding call. Find the link Here. The E-course content focuses on leadership, project management, civil engagement, and fundraising. Interested persons, organizations, institutions with expertise in these four areas and website designing are urgently needed. Kindly reach out to Raymond by email at raymondakiiki091@gmail.com if you are interested. Kindly note that the deadline for submission is fast approaching which is 20th August 2021. Read more
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    By: Raymond Musiima
    Due Date: Aug, 20, 2021
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    Call for Papers on African Consumer Marketing!
    October 25-26 (Monday-Tuesday), 2021   |   Online / Hybrid   Following the success of the Inaugural “Out of (and Into) Africa” Conference - International Symposium on African Consumer Marketing and Firm Strategies - which was held at the Graves School of Business and Management, Morgan State University, Baltimore in 2018, we are now excited to launch the next edition of the conference with multi-HBCU involvement. Sponsored by: Morgan State University, CIBER-CMCC, and Howard University Paper Submission Deadline Extended to: July 20, 2021 Submit your paper via the Paper Submission Form and register via the Conference Registration Form below. Read more
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    By: Madeleine Futter
    Due Date: Jul, 20, 2021
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    CALL FOR PAPERS: Pan-African Symposium on Digital Learning in Global Africa
    Thursday & Friday, October 21 & 22, 2021   |   Virtual International Symposium The Howard University Department of African Studies will host an international virtual symposium on Digital Learning in Global Africa During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic, on October 21 and 22, 2021. The Department plans the symposium in collaboration with the Title VI Center for African Studies at Howard University; the Howard University Department of World Languages and Cultures; the Howard University Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communication; the Howard University Center for Women and Gender Studies; the Thabo Mbeki African School of Public & International Affairs (TM-School) South Africa; the Bowie State University Department of History & Government; Distance Education for Africa (DeAfrica); and the State of the African Diaspora. The purpose of the Symposium is to enable scholars, researchers, and Higher Education Executives from the African continent and the Global African Diaspora (GAD) to critically reflect on the challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic has created for higher learning and research on the continent of Africa, in the Caribbean, and in the African American community. It is also to enable the participants to explore concrete and innovative ways in which institutions in these Global African regions can utilize digital technology to meet the challenges and seek ways to improve teaching, learning, and research. Paper Proposal Submission Deadline: July 15, 2021 Submit your paper via the Paper Submission Form and register via the Conference Registration Form below. Read more
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    By: Madeleine Futter
    Due Date: Jul, 15, 2021
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    Call for Submissions: Innovate4Cities Conference
    Call for submissions: Deadline 04 August The Innovate4Cities Conference will be an international gathering at the nexus of cities, climate change science and innovation. This groundbreaking meeting will be co-hosted by UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM). It will bring together over 1,000 city leaders, scientists, researchers, innovators, academics, youth and business people to advance pragmatic and action oriented research and science that will help cities reduce their carbon footprint and increase resilience to climate change. We invite our global network to collaborate with us on the conference program by showcasing the latest science and innovation from academia, city practitioners, policymakers, the private sector, and civil society, helping to bridge the gap between climate ambitions and results. We are calling for submissions with a unique focus on research and innovation across the conference themes, inspired by the Global Research Action Agenda.     Read more
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    By: Madeleine Futter
    Due Date: Aug, 4, 2021
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    Call for proposals in East, West, and Southern Africa
    Call for proposals in East, West, and Southern Africa: Generating and mobilizing knowledge and innovation for early learning Eligibility This call is open to individual African organizations (organizations with independent legal registration in an African country) or consortia of up to three organizations. The applicant organization/lead institution must have legal corporate registration and the capacity to administer foreign funds.  Proposals from consortia must name one lead organization that can subgrant to additional organizations. The lead organization must be a Southern organization with independent legal registration in an African country. Other consortium members may include organizations from within the region; national, regional, or international offices of multilateral organizations or international NGOs; or other organizations from outside the region.  This call is NOT open to individuals, governments, or organizations interested in using this grant to conduct research on the for-profit provision of core education services.  Scope The IDRC, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the LEGO Foundation invite proposals from individual organizations, or consortia of organizations, for projects to generate and mobilize knowledge to enable national education systems in developing countries to address challenges associated with two targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are targets 4.1 (“By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes") and 4.2 (“By 2030, ensure that all boys and girls have access to early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education”). Projects funded through this call will generate and mobilize evidence on how to adapt and scale up approaches that strengthen quality early learning for all children, supporting smooth transitions from pre-primary to primary education.  Projects will build on existing promising or proven approaches that:  adapt and further test the approaches to assess how to scale up positive impact in GPE-member countries; and  mobilize knowledge and strengthen capacity so the approaches can be taken up in policy and practice.   Projects funded through this call will not finance the implementation of the approaches More details Please refer to the detailed call for proposals for more information about the call objectives, eligibility, timelines, selection criteria, review process, application guidelines, and challenge. You are strongly encouraged to read the detailed call for proposals document  before applying. Register for a webinar about this call on June 28, 2021.  Please e-mail your questions in advance to kixcalls@idrc.ca by June 21, 2021.  Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions. Read more
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    By: Madeleine Futter
    Due Date: Aug, 23, 2021
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    Call for proposals: 'Evidence for Innovation'
    Eligibility All proposals must identify potential innovation support programs that might form the basis of their research program. Direct-entry  grants will be required to provide a detailed methodology suitable for examining the identified innovation support program(s).  Stage 1 proposals must identify principal and co-principal  investigators based at a public research organization  (e.g., a government-legislated public or private university) or a non-profit research organization (e.g., think tanks).  Direct- entry proposals will also have a principal investigator from a research organization but will include collaborator  from innovation agencies that have or had some responsibility for the implementation of the innovation support program being investigated.  Stage 1 grants are to include representatives from two or more countries. Direct-entry grants do not have to involve two or more countries.  Eligible countries: This funding opportunity supports applications led from and focused on the following countries: Afghanistan; Angola; Benin; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; Central African Republic; Chad; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Haiti; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Liberia; Lesotho; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mozambique; Myanmar; Nepal; Niger; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Sudan; Sudan; Togo; Timor-Leste; Uganda; United Republic of Tanzania; Yemen; Zambia and Zimbabwe. For purposes of this call, the lead administrative organization must be based in the countries above. Applicants from the island states of Tuvalu, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Comoros, and São Tomé and Príncipe may participate but as members of a consortia.   Scope   This funding opportunity aims to:  generate new evidence on the performance and the distributional impacts of innovation support programs for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),   promote collaboration between researchers and innovation agencies, and   strengthen networks and capacity for analysis and implementation of innovation policies.    Research focus: The funding opportunity supports research that generates evidence on the performance and distributional impacts of SME support programs or policies (e.g., on women-led enterprises, access to goods and services in underserved communities, employment for youth). There are a wide range of policies and services that seek to create and develop SMEs, referred to here as innovation support programs. The performance of such programs has been examined but there is considerable scope to strengthen the evidence base in lower-income countries.   It aims to support an integrative approach to understanding both the firm/economic performance of innovation support programs as well as their social impacts by integrating equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) analyses. The rationale for this focus stems from an interest in promoting evidence-informed decision-making as well as understanding the strengths and weaknesses of targeted EDI initiatives and how economic policies can support social development goals (e.g., gender equality).    Collaboration: The funding opportunity invites active involvement and leadership from both researchers and agency staff responsible for designing and/or implementing innovation support programs. Non-academic collaborators may involve representatives from government and non-profit or for-profit agencies.  It is expected that this collaboration will facilitate access to data, improve empirical analysis, and position research evidence for application.    Sequenced funding:  The application deadline for Stage 1 and direct-entry grants is July 28, 2021.  Stage 1 grants will fund survey research and network development over a 12-month period. This preparatory phase will position teams to submit detailed Stage 2 proposals, which would support in-depth analysis of identified innovation support programs. Direct-entry grants are designed to support time-sensitive research projects that can be mobilized quickly to advance the aims of this call.  More details For more information, please read the program description for this funding opportunity. A frequently asked questions page will be maintained to respond to applicant questions.  For further inquiries, contact e4i@idrc.ca.  If you are eligible for this opportunity, we welcome you to submit an application.  Read more
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    By: Madeleine Futter
    Due Date: Jul, 28, 2021
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    Soybean Value Chain Research Grant
    https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334586  Issue Date: July 6, 2021 Deadline for Question: July 16, 2021, 4:00pm Washington, D.C. time Closing Date: September 17, 2021 Closing Time: 4:00pm Washington, D.C. time   Subject: Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: 7200AA21RFA00018 Program Title: Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 98.001   Ladies/Gentlemen: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a five year Leader with Associates cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research program. The estimated total program amount of $30 million includes $10 million in Development Assistance funding, $10 million in Associate awards and $10 million in mission buy-ins. Eligibility for this award is restricted to qualified U.S.-based Title XII universities. See Section C of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for eligibility requirements. Subject to the availability of funds, USAID intends to make an award to the applicant who best meets the objectives of this funding opportunity based on the merit review criteria described in this NOFO, subject to a risk assessment. Eligible parties interested in submitting an application are encouraged to read this NOFO thoroughly to understand the type of program sought, application submission requirements and selection process. To be eligible for award, the applicant must provide all information as required in this NOFO and meet eligibility standards in Section C of this NOFO. This funding opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov, and may be amended. It is the responsibility of the applicant to regularly check the website to ensure they have the latest information pertaining to this notice of funding opportunity and to ensure that the NOFO has been received from the internet in its entirety. USAID bears no responsibility for data errors resulting from transmission or conversion process. If you have difficulty accessing the NOFO, please contact Kyle Davis via email at kydavis@usaid.gov for technical assistance. USAID may not award to an applicant unless the applicant has complied with all applicable unique entity identifiers and System for Award Management (SAM) requirements detailed in Section D.IV.f. The registration process may take many weeks to complete. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to begin registration early in the process.   Please send any questions to Kyle Davis at kydavis@usaid.gov. The deadline for questions is shown above. Responses to questions received prior to the deadline will be furnished to all potential applicants through an amendment to this notice posted to www.grants.gov. Issuance of this notice of funding opportunity does not constitute an award commitment on the part of the Government nor does it commit the Government to pay for any costs incurred in preparation or submission of comments/suggestions or an application. Applications are submitted at the risk of the applicant. All preparation and submission costs are at the applicant’s expense. Thank you for your interest in USAID programs.   Sincerely,   Rachel Baltes Agreement Officer   Read more
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    By: Madeleine Futter
    Due Date: Jul, 16, 2021
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    IHC2022: Call for abstracts
    The International Horticultural Congress (IHC) is the most important scientific event organised under the aegis of the ISHS. An IHC takes place every four years and the next one, the 31st International Horticultural Congress, IHC2022 will be held in the city of Angers, France 14-20 August 2022. Abstract submission is open! Visit https://www.ihc2022.org/submission-registration/abstract-submission/ for more details and instructions to submit your abstract. Abstract submission deadline is 15 November 2021. Discover the 25 IHC2022 symposia at https://www.ihc2022.org/scientific-program/symposia/ each covering a theme open to original results, innovative methods and multidisciplinary cross-cutting views. Each symposium is organised in sessions with keynotes, oral and e-poster presentations, and welcomes academic and applied communications. The scientific program has been elaborated thanks to the IHC2022 Scientific Committee, the ISHS Executive Committee (Division and Commission Chairs) and the respective conveners and scientific committees of each symposium. For any questions about the scientific program, please contact sciences@ihc2022.org The 25 IHC2022 Symposia are:   S1: Breeding and Effective Use of Biotechnology and Molecular Tools in Horticultural Crops S2: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Horticultural Genetic Resources S3: Quality Seeds and Transplants for Horticultural Crops and Restorative Species S4: In Vitro Technology and Micropropagated Plants S5: Innovations in Ornamentals: from Breeding to Market S6: Innovative Technologies and Production Strategies for Sustainable Controlled Environment Horticulture S7: II International Symposium on Greener Cities: Improving Ecosystem Services in a Climate-Changing World (GreenCities2022) S8: Advances in Vertical Farming S9: Urban Horticulture for Sustainable Food Security (UrbanFood2022) S10: Value Adding and Innovation Management in the Horticultural Sector S11: Adaptation of Horticultural Plants to Abiotic Stresses S12: Water: a Worldwide Challenge for Horticulture! S13: Plant Nutrition, Fertilization, Soil Management S14: Sustainable Control of Pests and Diseases S15: Agroecology and System Approach for Sustainable and Resilient Horticultural Production S16: Innovative Perennial Crops Management S17: Integrative Approaches to Product Quality in Fruits and Vegetables S18: Precision and Digital Horticulture in Field Environments S19: Advances in Berry Crops S20: The Vitivinicultural Sector: Which Tools to Face Current Challenges? S21: XII International Symposium on Banana: Celebrating Banana Organic Production S22: Natural Colorants from Plants S23: Post-harvest Technologies to Reduce Food Losses S24: IX International Symposium on Human Health Effects of Fruits and Vegetables - FAVHEALTH2022 S25: Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Domestication, Breeding, Cultivation and New Perspectives See you in Angers in 2022! Read more
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    By: Madeleine Futter
    Due Date: Nov, 15, 2021
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    AAP Invitation for Proposals 2021: Transforming Institutions Strategic Funding
    The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) seeks proposals from AAP consortium members and their partners for activities which directly address AAP's Transforming Institutions pillar (transforming institutions to be better able to participate in sustainable, equitable, and research-driven partnerships that make a broader impact on transforming lives). Successful applicants will receive seed funding to develop international strategic partnerships with universities, institutions of higher education and research, and/or organizations in the public or NGO sectors. Travel can include any of the following—within Africa, to Africa from external locations, to the US, or to other locations outside of Africa. Virtual engagement is highly encouraged, and proposals that include in-person travel or meetings should provide a contingency plan in case circumstances prevent traveling or meeting in-person (COVID contingency plan including a budget). Proposed partnerships should focus specifically on institutional strengthening and capacity development. This could include projects that aim to build institutional strengths; to contribute to individuals’ capacity development which will lead to institutional strengthening; to plan for new units or institution-wide initiatives; and/or to pilot new approaches to research support, teaching or outreach that can eventually be scaled up across the institution(s). Some examples of the types of programs that could fall under this funding initiative: developing plans or programs to improve institutional research management structures, building capacity of administrative units or leaders, improving structures for outreach and research dissemination, creating new and innovative curricula or pedagogical approaches in priority areas, or strengthening student service units focused on career services and/or entrepreneurship. Proposals that solely focus on research topics unrelated to institutional capacity development and do not directly address how the work contributes to institutional strengthening will not be considered. For examples of past awards, visit Transforming Institutions Past Awardees. Guidelines Proposals may be submitted in one of the following three project categories in support of institutional strengthening and capacity development: Exploratory Projects to support initial-stage partnership development. This funding is meant for new partnerships that have not previously worked together. Proposal Development Projects to support partners to develop a proposal in response to a specific funding opportunity.  Pilot Workshop Projects to support short-term training activities or workshops. We highly encourage projects that incorporate South-South collaboration. This has been identified as an AAP priority and will be factored into the selection process. We also encourage collaboration across Francophone and Anglophone countries/consortium members. Proposals that address building the administrative capacity of universities (e.g., research management, finance, fundraising and advancement, career services, communications and publishing, governance and leadership, etc.) will also receive priority in review. Funding can cover travel and/or associated meeting or workshop costs. The budget may also cover salary/fringe expenses up to $5,000 USD. AAP will consider proposals up to a maximum of $20,000 USD requested funds (not including cost share). Proposals should include a combined 20% cost share contribution across all the partner institutions (with each institution contributing some amount). This contribution could be monetary, in-kind, or a combination of the two. Eligibility Proposals should include co-PIs from each of the partner institutions included in the proposal and must include a PI from MSU and PI(s) from at least one other AAP consortium member (AAP Consortium members include MSU, Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria-Nsukka, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Université des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako, University of Pretoria, United States International University – Africa, and ReNAPRI). Those who served as a PI (project lead) on a previously funded AAP Transforming Institutions Strategic Funding project are not eligible to lead a proposal for this competition but may participate in the proposed project as a team member. Faculty members may only be listed (as PI or as team member) on one proposal submitted to AAP for each round of funding. AAP will work with teams once awarded to verify a timeline for when activities will be completed. (Teams should aim to carry out projects between October 1, 2021 and August 15, 2022). Evaluation Criteria Criteria that will be used to evaluate the proposals includes: Evidence of a shared vision and mutually beneficial interests among the partners as well as a joint commitment to the success of the proposed partnership Clarity of the connection of proposed activities to AAP’s Transforming Institutions pillar Demonstrated integration of gender, equity, and inclusion principles Quality of short-term outputs/outcomes of proposed activities Potential for a sustained, productive partnership; quality of long-term impacts of proposed activities Potential for leveraging significant external funding. Indicators used to evaluate the outputs/outcomes of completed projects include: Evidence of continued productive collaboration among partner institutions around transforming all organizations involved in the partnership The number and quality of institutional improvements that stem from the partnership activities Symposia or conferences held to disseminate work stemming from the partnership activities Collaborative grant applications submitted and awarded Collaborative research publications completed Other measures of institutional transformation as proposed by the implementing teams A follow-up report including data on these criteria will be required 30 days after the program end date. Partnership Activities Proposed partnerships should center on capacity building activities, including external funding proposal development and dissemination of outputs, that contribute to transformation at all partnering institutions. Proposed activities should ultimately lead to potential long-term collaborations among the partner institutions. Follow-on funding may be allocated for continued support to develop these partnerships depending on the outcomes of the initial budget and availability of funds. Partnership Funding Transforming Institutions partnership funds will provide partial support of travel, meeting, and workshop costs for AAP consortium faculty members and their partners. The Co-PIs’ colleges, faculties and/or departments will be expected to contribute to the costs of the proposed activities to ensure that the commitment to long-term partnering is shared by these units. A total of 20% match (monetary and/or in-kind) is required with contributions from all partners. These awards should ultimately result in the development and submission of a collaborative funding proposal (including partner institution faculty) for external funding as well as having positive impacts on other indicators of institutional transformation. Proposal Requirements Proposals must be submitted in English and should include: Narrative (not to exceed five pages) which addresses specifically: The activities being proposed for this funding. Please include a description of the activities, the role of each partner, and the timeline. Applicants must also include a COVID contingency plan for any in-person meetings or travel The proposed topics or issues that the activities will address A general description of the partners and individuals who will take part in the project The history of partnership among those involved and the potential for sustained future engagement A description of the partners’ shared vision and how each partner will benefit from the proposed activities Considerations taken for gender, equity, and inclusion (in terms of the team members and the project activities) How the activities will contribute to transforming all the institutions included in the partnership. Please describe the objectives of the activities, the anticipated short-term outcomes of the project, and their relation to the institutions’ needs The anticipated longer-term outcomes and impact of the proposed activities Identification of external funding opportunities that could support the proposed research/activities in the future Written endorsements from the applicants’ deans, department chairpersons, or supervisors committing to a total minimum of 20% matching funds and a description of any monetary or in-kind contributions from partner institutions. Proposed itemized budget. Please use the provided budget template. Submitting a Proposal Please submit proposals via our online submission form. Be sure to include all required documents listed above (proposal narrative, letters of endorsement, proposed budget—with COVID contingency budget included—using the provided template). Submission deadline: August 2, 2021 (11:59pm EDT)   https://aap.isp.msu.edu/funding/transforming-institutions-call-proposals/ Read more
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    By: Madeleine Futter
    Due Date: Aug, 2, 2021
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    Call for Proposals: European Joint Programme
    Closing date for proposals on 7th of September 2021 The European Joint Programme “EJP SOIL - Towards climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils” comprise 24 countries committed to the overall goal of providing sustainable agricultural soil management solutions that contribute to key societal challenges including climate change and future food supply. Rationale & Aim of the call The objective of this call is to foster holistic agricultural (forestry soils are not excluded) soil management practices which will assist in making a shift to diversify farming to include a variety of sustainable and environmental practices. Knowledge gaps in the area of SOC sequestration need to be closed, e.g. by developing soil management options which help to protect existing stocks of soil carbon and store additional C through sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere. Effective CO2 sequestration can help reduce GHG emissions thereby helping to fulfil the objectives of the European Green Deal. Another objective is to make a shift from those agricultural practices that contributes to soil degradation, towards, more sustainable practices and methods. This not only addresses sustainable production but also a healthy environment, which can be achieved by, enhancing knowledge about biodiversity, and understanding functionalities and interactions in soils. Strong population growth combined with climate change challenges has placed food security high on the global agenda and therefore it is one of the key elements of the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy. Sustainable production refers to not only healthy soil management but also addresses research in respect of water storage, soil salinization and biodiversity, while considering climate change. Drastic changes are required to some of our current farming systems to modify agriculture’s practises as a provider of adequate, safe and healthy food that is produced in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. Thus, interested project consortia should apply to one of the three topics: A) Understanding SOC sequestration (stabilization, storage and persistence) B) Soil biodiversity: status, and role in ecosystem services provided by soils C) Site-specific or landscape-scale approaches to improve sustainability, resilience, health, and productivity of soils     To learn more and apply: https://ejpsoil.eu/research-projects/first-external-call-pre-announcement/?utm_source=RUFORUM+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=7ae7ebcd40-RUFORUM+Weekly+-+Vol.3+No.25_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcfbb8a0b-7ae7ebcd40-346973753&ct=t()&goal=0_1fcfbb8a0b-7ae7ebcd40-346973753&mc_cid=7ae7ebcd40&mc_eid=d95cf18a8d  Read more
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    By: Madeleine Futter
    Due Date: Sep, 7, 2021
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    Call for Manuscripts: African Journal of Rural Development
    About the JournalThe African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD) is an online open access scientific journal that publishes articles on a quarterly basis (March, June, September, December). It is a multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal with an ultimate purpose of sharing and increasing the depth of knowledge on aspects of sustainable rural development. The Journal welcomes submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of domain significance and scientific excellence. All articles published in AFJRD will be peer reviewed. AFJRD is an open access journalOne key request to researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. AFJRD is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published. Call for ArticlesAFJRD welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of domain significance and scientific excellence, and will publish: Original Research articles: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings. In addition, experimental procedures and/or approach used by the study should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify work done. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly. Short Communications: A Short Communication is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative approaches and methods, techniques or apparatus. Reviews: Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Reviews manuscripts are also peer reviewed. Submission of ArticlesWe invite you to submit your manuscript(s) via email directly to our editor: editor@afjrd.org for publication. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript (s) within a period of three months from the date of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. The guide to authors and other details are available on www.afjrd.org. You are required to register on the website before submitting your manuscript. In case of any queries, contact us via info@afjrd.org. Submission Timelines:AFJRD receives manuscripts for consideration for publication throughout the year. Read more
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    By: Madeleine Futter
    Due Date: Dec, 31, 2021
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    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Muslim Studies Program 15th Annual Conference
    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Muslim Studies Program 15th Annual Conference Michigan State University, International Center, East Lansing, MI, USA February 24-25, 2022 “Belong Nowhere”: States of Statelessness in the Muslim World Michigan State University is hosting an international conference entitled “‘Belonging Nowhere’: States of Statelessness in the Muslim World.” This conference recognizes that Muslims comprise a significant portion of the over 36 million refugee and stateless persons worldwide and seeks to understand the drivers of conflicts that lead to displacement in the Muslim world and the effects it has on Muslim communities. Further, we hope to explore avenues for advocacy for such communities, at local, regional, and global scales. Significance of theme: Several international conventions frame our understanding of and responses to statelessness and refugees. These include the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, the Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (1954) and the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness (1961). Under these conventions, contracting states must afford displaced individuals protections and rights as any lawful alien in that country. Various other conventions and organizations have been created over the years to establish rights for stateless persons and refugees under international law. Despite these efforts, stateless individuals and refugees continue to be denied basic human rights and protections such as identity documents, employment, education, and access to health services. Stateless people continue to have no legal protection and no right to political participation, or even to advocate on their own behalf. They often lack access to education, employment, health care, registration of birth, marriage or death, and property rights. Refugees and stateless people may also encounter travel restrictions, social exclusion, and heightened vulnerability to poverty, poor health outcomes, social exclusion, sexual and physical violence, exploitation, human trafficking, forcible displacement, and an increased risk of radicalization. According to the UNHCR, statelessness and refugee status have devastating effects on the lives of at least 36 million people around the world. Of these, nearly 75% have effectively become minority groups in new lands, as is the case with, for example, Palestinians Kurds, Syrians, and Rohingya Muslims. Whole generations of Muslims are growing up disenfranchised with little to no legal protections and long-lasting political, social and psychological consequences. Panelists will be invited to discuss the causes of displacement and the consequences for individuals, states, and our increasingly global Muslim communities Conference format: The two-day conference will take place on February 24-25, 2022, and will include a networking dinner, panels, and a keynote. The precise format will be announced at a later date. Call for papers: The organizers welcome abstracts for previously unpublished research on the conference theme conceived broadly; and hope to include scholarship reflecting a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds—including (but not limited to) refugee studies, sociology, history, anthropology, psychology, political studies, law, and religious studies. Junior scholars and post-doctoral researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2021, and accepted papers will be announced by September 30, 2021. Click here to complete the Call for Papers Form Read more
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    By: Madeleine Futter
    Due Date: Aug, 31, 2021
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