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Capacity Building Events

European Geophysical Union (EGU) Leonardo Conference Series on the Hydrological Cycle

The conference focuses on hydrological drought within the various, connected components of the water cycle: HYPER Droughts (HYdrological Precipitation – Evaporation – Runoff Droughts). The symposium brings together drought experts from various disciplines. Read more at
Date:13/11/2014 00:00
Location:Prague, Czech Republic

18th organic World Congress

The 18th edition of the IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) Organic World Congress (OWC) is structured in 3 conference tracks: Main Track, Scientific Track, and Practitioners' Track. In addition, a series of workshops i.e. full sessions organized by interested parties, are highlighting the contributions made by various initiatives from around the organic world. Read more:
Date:13/10/2014 00:00
Location:Istanbul, Turkey

International Congress "Groundwater : Challenges and Strategies"

The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH-CM) is organizing the 41st International Congress of IAH in Marrakech (Morocco) in 2014. The IAH Congress will be organized for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, one of the regions of the world that suffers severe water scarcity. This offers the opportunity to deal with topics such as extreme aridity and groundwater, non renewable groundwater resources and major trans-boundary aquifers. Call for abstracts open until 15/03/2014, apply now


Date:15/09/2014 00:00
Location:Marrakech, Morocco

African Green Revolution Forum

AGRF 2014 presents the first major opportunity for 1000 leaders from farmers associations, agribusiness companies, research institutes and non-governmental organisations and African Governments to engage each other on the new vision for Agriculture and Food Security agreed by African Heads of States in July 2014. Learn more at the webpage of African Green Revolution Forum:
Date:01/09/2014 08:00
Location:African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

TOPS/FSN Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting: Learn, Adapt, Apply

This gathering of practitioners and donors will spotlight activities that improve responses and processes for lasting successes in food security. Registration will open on Monday, April 21.
Date:10/07/2014 00:00
Location:Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel

2014 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

The Caux Dialogue on Land and Security explores the potential of sustainable land management as a driver of peace, development and climate change mitigation by bringing together individuals, governments, international organizations, NGOs and business in a unique environment.
The Caux Dialogue on Land and Security will be an annual meeting place to connect, equip and inspire, and the next one will take place from June 30th to July 4th, 2014.
For more information and a report from the 2013 Caux Dialogue, see:
Date:30/06/2014 00:00
Location:Caux, Switzerland

Conference: Ecosystems, Economy and Society: how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development?

The Veolia Environment Institute is organizing jointly with Agence Française de Developpement, International Union for Conservation of Nature and US National Research Council Water Sciences and Technology Board an international conference on “Ecosystems, Economy and Society: how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development?” to be held on May 29-30, 2014 at the US National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, USA.
The objective of the Conference is to analyze the potential of large-scale restoration for the improvement of people’s livelihoods, jobs creation and socio-economic development, together with the recovery of ecosystems functionalities, continuity and biodiversity.
Call for papers:
The deadline for initial manuscript submissions is Dec 20 2013. Prospective authors are encouraged to send proposed title, abstract and structural outline before Nov 25, 2013.
Manuscripts should be sent by e-mail to:
More information:
Date:29/05/2014 00:00
Location:US National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, USA

Conference on Ecosystems, economy and society

The Veolia Environment Institute, together with Agence Française de Dévéloppement, International Union for Conservation of Nature, UNCCD and US National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board, will host an international conference on Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration.
Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, will participate in a decisions-makers segment.
See also:
Date:29/05/2014 00:00
Location:Washington DC, United States.

The 9th Elearning Africa conference May 2014

E-learning Africa is a networking event for developing e-learning capacities in Africa. The 9th eLearning Africa conference will be held from May 28th to 30th in Kampala, Uganda. Under the overall theme of ICT for Development, Training and Education, eLearning Africa 2014 will examine the experiences, projects, investments, policies, partnerships and research that are shaping the Continent's learning landscape.

Read more at:

Date:28/05/2014 00:00
Location:Kampala, Uganda

"Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth" photo contest

The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) 2014 photo competition is calling for photos that represent the motto: Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth. Entries must visualize the strength, potential and challenges of sustainable, multifunctional family farmers worldwide, in all their diversity and contexts. Send your best photos before 1st May 2014! Read more at
Date:01/05/2014 00:00

Arid Lands Restoration and Combat Desertification at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly

Cost Action ES1104 invites submission of abstracts to the Soil Systems Sciences session SSS2.2: Arid Lands Restoration & Combat Desertification: Theory and Practice in Vegetation Reestablishment and Sustainable Land Management. Submit your abstracts before 16 January 2014 at:
Date:27/04/2014 00:00
Location:Vienna Austria

Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security

The Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security will bring together thought leaders, policymakers, and representatives of leading agricultural research-for-development organizations, both public and private. Venue and accommodation capacity in Cd. Obregón is limited, register now. Read more:
Date:25/03/2014 00:00
Location:Ciudad Obregón, Mexico

Land Transformations: Between Global Challenges and Local Realities

Global Land Project (GLP) 2nd Open Science Meeting 'Land Transformations: between global challenges and local realities’ aims to bring together large parts of the international research community working on land change issues, showcase the width and scope of ongoing research, help build a community in this highly interdisciplinary field, inspire new research and facilitate review, theory building and extrapolation.
Date:19/03/2014 00:00
Location:Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Consolidating Farming Processes And Bridging The Gap In Commercial Agriculture

The conference organized by MTS COM-AGRITECH, is a division of MTS (Group) West Africa Limited, is an educational and business networking event focussing on aquaculture, agriculture equipments, agro-allied services, and associated infrastructure. Read more:
Date:11/03/2014 00:00
Location:Lagos, Nigeria

Call for papers: Conference on Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa

Conference on Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa - Towards inclusive, equitable and socially responsible investment Venue: Protea Hotel, Stellenbosch (Cape Town), South Africa. Read more:
Date:05/03/2014 00:00
Location:Cape Town, South Africa

Conference: Hydrology in a Changing World: Environmental and Human Dimensions

FRIEND-Water (Flow Regime from International Experimental and Network Data) is an international collaborative network of experts investigating long-term variations and changes in hydrological variables to better understand the climate, river basin and human controls on the spatial and temporal distribution of water. The 7th Global FRIEND-Water's Conference, in 2014, will focus on Hydrology in a Changing World: Environmental and Human Dimensions. Read more:
Date:24/02/2014 00:00
Location:Hanoi, Vietnam

Online learning event Gender and climate-smart agriculture

Webinar 3: Next steps for Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture
Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 14–15:30 (GMT +1)
Date:18/02/2014 00:00
Location:FAO online

Online learning event Gender and climate-smart agriculture

Webinar 2: Gender-sensitive practices for Climate-Smart Agriculture?
Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 10–11:30 (GMT +1)
Date:05/02/2014 00:00
Location:FAO online

Online learning event Gender and climate-smart agriculture

Webinar 1: Gender equality in agriculture and changing climate
Thursday, 30 January 2014, 14–15:30 (GMT +1)
Date:30/01/2014 00:00
Location:FAO online

International Volunteer Day for Social and Economic Development (IVD),

Date:05/12/2013 00:00

Asia-Pacific Regional Symposium "Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organic Farming"

Hosted by IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) and FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN) from December 2 - 4 in Bangkok, Thailand, this Symposium will address the different successful strategies adopted by organic farmer entrepreneurs to ensure their competitiveness in a series of presentations and workshops complemented by a field trip. Read more:
Date:02/12/2013 00:00
Location:Bangkok, Thailand

UN Organizations / Agencies and Horizon 2020: Research Interests and Partnering

The aim of the event is to present the research interests of the UN organizations/agencies in Bonn, bring together interested parties from UN organizations/agencies in Bonn and scientists from North Rhine-Westphalia and support partnering and networking concerning Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
A registration form and agenda are available at the event calendar on the website:
Date:28/11/2013 00:00
Location:Bonn, Germany: Universitätsclub Bonn

Seed System Security Response: Awareness Raising Event

Join the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and USAID Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) for a Seed System Security Awareness-Raising Event—November 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. This event is open to program managers and technical advisors engaged in emergency agricultural and livelihoods response. Read more at
Date:22/11/2013 00:00
Location:Washington, DC, USA

Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting

The fifth TOPS (Technial and Operational Performance Support) Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Network Regional Knowledge Sharing Meeting will bring together implementers, donors, and researchers for peer learning, knowledge sharing, and networking around food security and nutrition program implementation in Francophone countries. Read more at
Date:18/11/2013 00:00
Location:Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Climate Change, Forests and the Law in Africa: Addressing Governance & Research Challenges

On the eve of the UNFCCC CoP 19 (Conference of the Parties for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), this symposium opens a forum for expert dialogue and exchange, defining the new policy, law and governance agenda in this important field. There is no charge to participate, but registration is required for this symposium. Read more at

Date:09/11/2013 09:00
Location:St Johnas Divinity School, University of Cambridge, UK

Summit 2013: The Network of African Youths for Development

The Network of African Youths for Development (NAYD) invites youth and youth leaders from all countries in Africa and other continents to participate in the African Youth Development Summit 2013 to create a roadmap for youth led sustainable development in Africa.
Date:27/10/2013 00:00
Location:Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2nd Global Soil Week 2013 “Losing Ground?”

Conservative estimates state that we are losing 24 billion tons of fertile soil each year. What does “losing ground” imply for food, water and energy security? How do we manage soils for this nexus and what are the pathways towards more sustainable soil management? What are the triggers for change? The Global Soil Week 2013 “Losing Ground?” contributes to these questions by emphasizing three foci and four thematic threads. Read more at
Date:27/10/2013 00:00
Location:Berlin, Germany

Third Global Green Growth Forum

The forum will be hosted by the Danish Government in partnership with the governments of China, Kenya, Korea, Mexico and Qatar. The overall focus will be on improving resource efficiencies in the value chain. Read more:
Date:21/10/2013 00:00
Location:Copenhagen, Denmark

Call for Entries: German Environmental Film Tour 2014

For television journalists, editors, authors, filmmakers and producers from around the world. Environmental and nature films just like environmental education and developing sensitivity about nature, fit the vision of the UN World Decade on “Education for Sustainable Development,” which aims “to provide educational opportunities to all people and to make it possible to acquire knowledge, values and ways of interacting to ensure a sustainable society.” Deadline: September 30, 2013.
Date:30/09/2013 00:00
Location:Brandenburg, Germany

International competition on themes related to socio-environmental issues

The Web of Life Foundation seeks entries for its international competition on themes related to socio-environmental issues. This year's theme must deal with "An aspirational future". The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,500. A further $500 will be awarded to the second placed entry. Submissions will be accepted until September 30th, 2013.
Date:30/09/2013 00:00

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