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News Roundup: Building growth in the Horn of Africa, G8 urged to address food security, fellowships on gender and ag

Sharing the latest news, resources, and events that grabbed our attention this week:

OPPORTUNITY | Dissertation Research Fellowships on Gender and Agriculture: Call for Applications
Via Gender & Food Policy News: IFPRI and its partners are pleased to announce a call for applications for Ph.D. dissertation research fellowships on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index. The first of its kind to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector, the purpose of the Index is to understand why women in developing countries face persistent obstacles and economic constraints to inclusion in the agriculture sector though they play a critical role in agricultural growth. Proposals are due July 31, 2012 and will be awarded on August 31, 2012.

RESOURCE | “New Country and Region-Led Efforts and Partnerships for Enhancing Resilience and Building Growth in the Horn of Africa” event resources
Via Agrilinks: Listen to audio from the May 10 Feed the Future Stakeholder meeting where USAID presenters Nancy Lindborg, Jeff Hill, Greg Gottlieb, Susan Fine, and Tom Beck discussed opportunities for civil society engagement in the new efforts for enhancing resilience and building growth in the Horn of Africa.  

NEWS | G8 urged to elevate food security issues
Via United Press International: Anti-poverty activists are urging Group of Eight leaders to give more attention to food security when they hold a summit this month in the United States. The G8, which includes the world's biggest economies of the United States, France, Britain, Italy, Germany, Canada, Japan and Russia, is scheduled to discuss food security on the second day of its May 18-19 summit at Camp David in Maryland.

BLOG | Outrage and Inspire - "No Food, No Peace"
Via The Chicago Council on Global Affairs: The clamor is rising for the G8 leaders to accelerate their action to attack hunger and malnutrition and secure the global food chain for future generations when they meet in two weeks at Camp David.  And it should also be directed at the NATO leaders who will be gathering in Chicago later that same weekend. For the heads of state of the leading industrial nations, increasing agricultural development in poorer countries is of paramount economic importance.

BLOG | African potential - it’s time to “Grow Africa”
Via World Economic Forum: With agriculture providing 70% of employment and 30% of GDP in Africa, on average, Africa’s well-being is closely tied to its agriculture sector – for better or worse. Now, however, a new sense of optimism is emerging. The rapid growth of African economies and growing global demand for food is bringing new focus and momentum into African agriculture. Helping Africa to grow more food won’t solve the immediate crises but it can reduce the likelihood of future ones.

BLOG | Resilient Women In The Face Of Hunger
Via Alertnet: One month after arriving at WFP, Executive Director Ertharin Cousin was out in the field in the central African nation of Niger, one of the countries most affected by the drought in the Sahel region.

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