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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification

 WorldClim 2: High Resolution Climate Surfaces for Global Land Areas

Spatial distribution of annual average temperature (Celsius) 1970-2000 of the world. Values aggregated to groups to aid visualization (source: http://worldclim.org/version2)

Climate and weather conditions have strong influence on crop growth and production. Smallholder farmers in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events or climate variability. Access to local climate information enables researchers and decision makers to make better decisions in terms of finding favorable climatic conditions for growing crops or managing risks. In general, weather stations serve as an important and dependable source of climate conditions (historical or current). However, the density of the stations is low in developing countries, and regions situated far from a station lack reliable weather information. It is often seen that a single weather station is serving data to multiple subnational units. In such cases, a spatially continuous climate data could be a better choice to fill in the information gap between sparsely located stations.  Continue reading ” WorldClim 2: High Resolution Climate Surfaces for Global Land Areas”

Registration Open for the First International SAIN Conference in Cambodia

Photo Credit: Dr. Dave Ader, UTIA

Registration is now open for the First International SAIN Conference! Join researchers, students, and professionals as they engage in interactive discussions, presentation, and field trips learning about sustainable agricultural intensification and nutrition and why it is essential to food security.

The conference will be held at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh on January 10 and 11, and corresponding field trips will take place in Kampong Charm, Kampong Thom and Siem Reap on January 12 and 13, 2018.

Don’t miss your opportunity to register! The deadline to register for the conference and optional trips is December 1, 2018.

The event is co-coordinated by the Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN) and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL).


Kansas State University Innovation Lab hosts gender specialist Dr. Kathleen Colverson

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL) will host Dr. Kathleen Colverson, Associate Director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS Global), at Kansas State University on September 28-29th, 2017. During her visit, Dr. Colverson will present a seminar entitled “Why Integrate Gender into Research Projects? The Importance of Systems Thinking” on September 28th at 10:00am in 137 Waters Hall. This seminar will share the importance of exploring how gender impacts your research, and the difference it will make to add a few tools in your research toolkit that increase long term project impact. The event will also be streamed live for those that cannot attend in person.

There will be a follow-up workshop to explore these concepts and tools in greater depth for those who want to expand their impact in biophysical and technical agricultural research. This workshop will take place September 29th at 9:00am – 4:30pm in the K-State Union. If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please contact Jessie Vipham or Jan Middendorf for more information.

Dr. Colverson received her PhD from Cornell University in Adult/Agriculture Education and holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Animal Nutrition and Zoology, respectively. She has been engaged in gender related research in international contexts for many years and has held positions with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Heifer International. In addition to her role as the Associate Director of UF/IFAS Global, Dr. Colverson serves as the gender theme leader for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems.

Request for Concept Note: Research Output Dissemination Study

The SIIL recently issued a Request for Concept Note for a Research Output Dissemination Study. The objective of this study is to gain a better understanding of the dissemination, use, and adoption of research outputs of the Feed the Future Innovation Labs and Collaborative Research Support Programs after they are transferred to or taken up by an entity that is facilitating their dissemination and use by end users.

Please visit the submission site for full details and to download the official solicitation. Concept notes will be accepted until 11:59pm Central Time on October 5, 2017. For questions related to this Request for Concept Note, please contact Dr. Jan Middendorf, SIIL Associate Director