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Feeding a Hungry Planet, now an online course

It is possible now to enroll in the open, online course (or MOOC) entitled Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability, which will run for the third time starting on February 11, 2019. This 7-week course examines key questions for the sector, including how do we ensure healthy and sustainable diets for a growing population, and how should agriculture adapt to support the Sustainable Development Goals? All the course materials are available for free; a small fee is charged should you wish to receive a certificate of completion.

What you’ll learn
– How the field has developed and shifted over time, and how recent developments like advanced technology impact farming.
– What is food security? How do poverty, inequality and other factors affect the nutrition of not just individuals, but entire countries?
– All about regulations influencing production, trade and other aspects of agriculture.
– Examples from industries ranging from rice to livestock, and the experiences of smallholder farmers.
This course is supported by faculty based at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Rothamsted Research, Tufts University, and Wageningen University and Research.  The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) supports the course’s Teaching Assistants.




Two Post-Doctoral Research Associate Positions

The Human Dimensions Lab, Department of Forestry and the Natural Resources Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana are looking for  two post-doctoral research associates to join two collaborative, interdisciplinary, international projects. Both projects are part of a large initiative, Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment (the Nexus Institute) and both positions will involve coordination and collaboration with selected faculty and graduate students at the National University of Saint Augustine (UNSA), our partner institution in Arequipa, Peru.
Project 1: Equitable Co-existence of Agriculture, Mining, and Regional Development in Arequipa: Realities, Barriers, and Opportunities.
Project 2: A Framework for Sustainable Water Management in the Arequipa Region

Specific responsibilities: managing day-to-day communication and relationship between research team and partners in Peru; organizing and coordinating qualitative and quantitative data collection in the field (as soon as summer 2018); analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; co-developing manuscripts and other research and engagement products; participating in other research-related project activities.
Required qualifications: completed a PhD in a relevant field by the start date; high Spanish-language competency, particularly in spoken Spanish; interest and willingness to travel to the Arequipa region for field work during an extended period of time (e.g., one or more months).
Strongly preferred qualifications: experience with interview and survey research; familiarity and/or experience with water governance and smallholder farmer related research; experience with statistical/econometric analyses; field experience in the rural Global South.

Both post-doctoral research associate positions are for two years, given satisfactory progress in the first year. The annual salary is $47,500 plus benefits, and they provide funds to cover relevant travel expenses to research sites and conferences. The selected post-doctoral research associates will also have opportunities for professional development on and off-campus. Preferred start date is April 16, 2018, but may be negotiated upon request. Review of applications will start on March 19, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply: submit the following in a single PDF file to Dr. Zhao Ma via email (zhaoma@purdue.edu): cover letter describing your relevant experience and scholarly interests with a clear indication of your preference between the two projects; curriculum vitae; two examples of relevant publications or writing samples; and contact information of three references. Please use the following subject for your email “Nexus post-doc application for position X_First Name Last Name.

Future of Food Journal, call for papers

Future of Food: Journal for Food, Agriculture and Society is proud to announce the Volume 5. Number 2 (Autumn 2017) of the journal on the theme of  “Food security with equity through social and technological innovations“.  This journal is an open-access journal.
The individual paper can be accessed at this link (Please click the cover page).
The journal is now calling for research papers, reports and book reviews for Volume,6 Number 1 of the journal (Spring 2018), which will focus on the theme of “Healthy ecosystems for/from sustainable agriculture.” Research papers are accepted until the 15th of February, 2018.

Please contact managing  editors for further information.
The journal is indexed by the several institutes including SCOPUS and Emerging Sources Citation Index® – Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters’ IP & Science branch), & United Nations Water.