Call for Applications: NSF REU Site at the University of Vermont and Sterling College We are now accepting applications for a Summer 2021 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program based at the University of Vermont and Sterling College. This REU will provide eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of on-farm crop diversity in rural Vermont and rural Uganda. Under the eight-week summer REU program students will receive training at the University of Vermont (UVM) in rural development theory, social survey research methods, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and written and oral communication. Working remotely with partners in Uganda students will collect and analyze original farm, household and spatial data from smallholder farms and surrounding communities, and work closely with faculty mentors to prepare presentations and manuscripts on links between crop diversity and livelihood outcomes. Completed applications including 2 letters of recommendation can be submitted online via https://www.uvm.edu/cals/cdae/reu-in-uganda. Review of applications will begin on February 28th and continue until filled. The 2021 Summer REU Site program will run from approximately June 14th – August 9th, with some flexibility depending on Covid-19 travel restrictions, safety precautions, and quarantine needs. All travel costs will be covered by NSF and the summer program includes a generous stipend. All participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the program (seniors graduating in Spring 2021 are not eligible). Details about the project and application instructions can be found at: https://www.uvm.edu/cals/cdae/reu-in-uganda
We hope that everyone is safe and adjusting to working from home if you have a chance to do so. We would like to share with you a new blog post by FAO's Tom Heilandt, Secretary of Codex Alimentarius, dedicated to exploring the impact of COVID-19 on food safety. Read it HERE
We have launched a resources library with useful resources dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on agriculture and food security. You can find it here: http://www.aiard.org/covid-19-resources-library.html
We have a new blog post dedicated to exploring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on agricultural development and food security. We will be creating a resources library on the effects of pandemic and strategies to minimize its impacts to help everyone stay informed. Read the blog post HERE.
Due to COVID-19, the AIARD Board has decided to cancel the scheduled May 31 – June 2, 2020 AIARD annual meeting, which was to be held at the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, DC. This decision also means that the Future Leaders Forum program for 2020 has been canceled.
We would like to keep everyone engaged in our future activities which we will announce soon!
You can now submit an abstract for AIARD's 2020 Lightning Talks: http://www.aiard.org/lightning-talks-2020.html
Lightning Talks are fast-paced, highly energetic delivery style talks. Lightning Talks are 5-minute presentations, with exactly 20 PowerPoint slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. When one presentation ends, the next one begins. Presenters will then facilitate round table discussions with attendees for more in-depth discussion. Presenters will also have an opportunity, if desired, to publish a summary of their discussions in AIARD blog.
Come join us at AIARD’s 2020 Annual Conference that will take place on May 31 – June 2, 2020 in Washington, DC to discuss the many challenges of food safety in connecting farm to market and providing consumers across the globe with safe and nutritious food choices. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
In this blog post, we tried to highlight the importance of the next year's conference theme. Join us at AIARD’s 2020 Annual Conference from May 31 – June 2, 2020 in Washington, DC to discuss the many challenges of food safety in connecting farm to market and providing consumers across the globe with safe and nutritious food choices.
We encourage you to bring your ideas and experience as a panelist, speaker, small-group discussant or poster-board presenter – share with your peers across academia, industry, and government to become a part of the solution to zero hunger. You can still submit your abstract following this link as we extended the deadline till December 20th.
This year, on December 3rd, we joined the global GivingTuesday movement that helps transform communities. AIARD is inviting individuals and organizations to help nurture the new generation of change makers. You can support AIARD's scholarship fund HERE. You are also welcome to donate your time to AIARD's cause and support our efforts in reaching #ZeroHunger: ask us how!
AIARD’s 2020 annual meeting theme is Making Food Safe: Meeting the Global Challenge. We invite you to submit an abstract for a talk or a poster HERE. Help us shape the conference agenda and showcase your work on food security!