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Field Attachment Program Award (FAPA) – Open Call for proposal- Africa

Field Attachment Program Award (FAPA) – Open Call for proposal
CALL ID: RU FAPA 2014/15

(Submission of proposals remain open through 2014 and 2015 and selections made by the following deadlines 28 February 2015; 30 June 2015 and 31 December 2015).

(RUFORUM), established in 2004, is a consortium of 42 universities in 19 countries of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA). The organisation evolved from the Forum on Agricultural Resource Husbandry (FORUM) program of the Rockefeller Foundation.
The Field Attachment Program Award (FAPA) is a competitive grants program designed as graduate student internship to link thesis research findings and recommendations to application and use at community level.



Sequencing of the genome of some species of wild rice from Nature mag

The Chinese Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Researchers of Northeastern State University and the University  of Georgia and Athens, identified most of the genes that control the plant’s ability to resist to environmental stress and against parasites by sequencing  the genome of some species of wild rice  O. sativa ( subspecies indica and japonica) and O. glaberrima

Ref:Nature Mag: A map of rice genome variation reveals the origin of cultivated rice


Apps for Agrobiodiversity !

More from the IT geeks at ICARDA. We’ve heard that they’ve been testing out, for the second field season now, and very successfully, agermplasm collecting form app on a tablet equipped with a 3G SIM from a local (European country) provider.


Feed the Planet. Energy for life- EXPO Milan-2015


In the World Expo 2015, which will take place from 1st May to 31 October 2015, the greatest technic and scientific innovation concerning food sector, from production to conservation, to distribution.


In previous exhibitions around the world, the countries that were participating without having their own pavilion were grouped in communal areas according to their geographical location. Expo Milano 2015 has decided to introduce a new system of grouping countries without pavilions: the cluster system.

Supply chains:
Rice – Abundance and Security , Coffee – the engine of ideas , Cocoa – the Food of Gods , Cereals and Tubers – Old and New Crops , Fruits and Legumes , The World of Spices