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AFRICA RISING Program (Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation) is part of the Feed the Future Initiative of USAID. This initiative is funding three projects in West Africa, Ethiopian Highlands, and East and Southern Africa. The project in the Ethiopian Highlands is ‘Sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems to improve food security and farm income diversification in the Ethiopian highlands’, led by ILRI.

ILRI seeks to recruit a Project Coordinator to coordinate and manage the project (about 40% time) and provide scientific input into project implementation (about 60% time). The deadline for applications is the 18th May 2012.

The vacancy description is available from the ILRI website

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The corporate report looks ‘back to the future’—to the thousand million farmers practicing small-scale mixed crop-and-livestock agriculture in poor countries—the kind of seemingly old-fashioned family farming systems that have become so fashionable in recent years among those wanting to reform the industrial food systems of rich countries.

The report synthesizes results of a study, ‘Drivers of change in crop-livestock systems and their potential impacts on agro-ecosystem services and human well-being to 2030,’ being published in book form in 2011. The study was a collaborative endeavour conducted by a group of scientists in centres belonging to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The study was funded and coordinated by the CGIAR’s Systemwide Livestock Programme and led by Mario Herrero, a livestock systems analyst at the International Livestock Research Institute.

The SLP study shows that it is not big efficient farms on high potential lands but rather one billion small ‘mixed’ family farmers tending rice paddies or cultivating maize and beans while raising a few chickens and pigs, a herd of goats or a cow or two on relatively extensive rainfed lands who feed most of the world’s poor people today, and is likely to play the biggest role in global food security over the next several decades, as world population grows and peaks (at 9 billion or so) with the addition of another 3 billion people.

Read the report in pdf

1) Post Doctoral Fellow – Agro-ecosystem specialist (Ethiopia)

IWMI seeks to recruit a well qualified Post Doctoral Fellow with skills in ecosystem analysis to participate in a Challenge Program on Water and Food project located in the Nile Basin that focuses on integrated rainwater management strategies, technologies, institutions and policies. S/he will work in an inter-disciplinary team that will consider the impact of rain water management technologies and strategies on catchment hydrology, livelihoods and landscape functioning at different locations within the Nile Basin, with the ultimate aim of upgrading water and system productivity in mixed farming landscapes.

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2) Post Doctoral Fellow – FIELD HYDROLOGY (Ethiopia)

IWMI seeks to recruit a well qualified Post Doctoral Fellow in Field Hydrology to participate in a Challenge Program on Water and Food project located in the Nile Basin that focuses on integrated rainwater management strategies, technologies, institutions and policies. S/he will work in an inter-disciplinary team that will consider the impact of rain water management technologies and strategies on catchment hydrology – the downstream and groundwater impacts as well as evaporation and transpiration – at different locations within the Nile Basin, with the ultimate aim of evaluating water allocation and water productivity implications.

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Deadline for application: 31 March 2010

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