NEPAD SANBio
 
 
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Instagram
YouTube
 
We would like to send our warmest wishes to you and your family for this holiday season and the New Year! 
Please note that our office will be closing for the holiday season on 21 December 2018 and will reopen from 2 January 2019
Optimised Ash Based Beef Cattle Mineral and Vitamin Block Lick for Free Choice Feeding
 
 
 
Minerals and vitamins are often ignored functional nutrients for grazing cattle especially in smallholder farming arears due to lack of technical know-how, convenient forms, availability or affordability.
It is reported that over 70% of farmers in Southern-Africa fail to realise the full value of their livestock due to poor nutrition, as a result animals suffer from chronic hunger, poor growth rate and fertility, low milk production and metabolic diseases.
 
Read article
 
 
Harnessing Southern Africa’s biodiversity for value addition to natural products
 
 
 
 
According to a MarketWatch article, the cosmetic, beauty and skincare market is valued at USD 134.6 billion in 2016, and is expected to reach USD 218.6 billion by 2025. Traditionally, it is dominated by cosmetic and pharmaceutical giants who devote billions of dollars annually to the formation of new products, and mostly synthetic-chemical loaded new products. Thus, it has always been difficult for small companies to enter the picture.
 
Read article
 
 
SANBio Fostering Regional Collaboration in Ethnomedicine and Product Formulation
 
 
 
 
The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences supported by the BioFISA II Programme recently held a Principles of Phytomedicine, Ethnomedicine, Science and Product Formulation course in Seychelles in collaboration with Seychelles Bureau of Standards (SBS), National Institute for Science, Technology and Innovation (NSTI) and the Guy Morel Institute along with the University of Seychelles.
 
Read article
 
 
The sorghum revolution – celebrating treasures of the African soil
 
 
 
 
SR Snacks (Pty) Ltd co-founder, Keneiloe Kganane - Bcom Economics and Econometrics graduate, is on a mission to revive sorghum in the South African market by providing innovative, climate-smart, nutritious, affordable and tasty sorghum snacks foods that will ensure food security for generations to come.
Kganane is a Junior Sensory Research Assistant working on the strategic business development for Healthy SMA2RT snacks which is a project in collaboration with the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN).
 
Read article
 
Opportunities
 
Grants and Awards
 TWAS prizes:
  • TWAS Medal Lectures. Awarded to TWAS members, in recognition of their achievements in their fields of research. The recipients lecture on a main aspect of their work. Deadline: Open
  • Abdus Salam Medal. Awarded to highly distinguished personalities who have served the cause of science in the Developing World. No limit on age, country or field. Deadline: Open
 
 
Agrilinks 2018 Photo Challenge. Tell the story of global food security and poverty reduction through images of your development work. Deadline: 20 December 2018
 
 
Google AI Impact Challenge. Open call to organizations around the world to submit their ideas for how they could use artificial intelligence to help address societal challenges. Deadline: 22 January 2019
 
SAIS 2 Innovation Fund - 2nd Call for Proposals. For organisations that support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Deadline: 24 January 2019
 
  • Mobility of individuals in the field of higher education: 5 February 2019
  • Mobility of individuals in VET, school education and adult education fields: 5 February 2019
  • Capacity building in the field of higher education: 7 February 2019
  • Strategic partnerships in the field of education and training: 21 March 2019
 
 
WIOMSA Marine Research Grants Programme. Supports young scientists to present research results at various fora. Applications for travel grants can be submitted anytime.

Nestlé Foundation grants for research in human nutrition in low-income and lower middle-income countries. Support includes grants for Masters and PhD projects. Applications accepted all year round.
 
Scholarships and courses
 
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Metagenomics at North-West University, South Africa. Deadline: Open till filled
 
 
 
 
Kwerafund. Financing for African students to study for Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees at selected universities in Malawi. Potential applicants can show interest by email to: student@kwerafund.com 
 
Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme. Candidates must be citizens of an African country and between the ages of 25 and 39. Deadline: 15 December 2018
 
Ashinaga Africa Initiative university scholarships. Full financial support for undergraduate study in Japan, the U.K, the U.S.A and Europe. Deadline: 16 December 2018
 
Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program 2018/2019. Tuition and associated fees for citizens of African countries who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Deadline: 10 January 2019
 
Australia Awards – Africa. Scholarships for masters studies in Australia and short-term fellowships in Africa and/or Australia. Deadline: 3 December 2018 (masters) and 15 January 2019 (short courses)
 
Call for abstracts for a workshop on “Livestock Systems in Urbanizing Environments: Impacts and Implications for Food Security in Developing Countries” in Uppsala, Sweden, 5-6 March 2019. Some funding available to support conference attendance. Deadline: 15 January 2019
 
 
 
One Health Summer Institute 2019. A 4-week long, field-based experiential course to be held in Tanzania, 24 June 24 - 19 July 2019. Deadline: 30 January 2018
 
Yale Young African Scholars Program. For secondary school students from all African countries. No tuition, meal, or lodging costs. Travel grants are also available. Deadline: 6 February 2019
 
 
 
CAS-TWAS President’s PhD Fellowship Programme. Up to 200 scholarships for non-Chinese citizens to study in China for doctoral degrees in various fields including agricultural sciences. Deadline: 31 March 2019

Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) 2018/2019 scholarship for leadership development. For Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries.
 

Israeli Agency for International Development (MASHAV) professional courses in early 2018. Subject areas include agriculture, energy and education. A limited number of scholarships available. Deadlines vary.

HarvardX. Free online courses from Harvard University including data analysis, statistics and genomics. Deadlines vary.
 
DAAD scholarships 2019-2020. For individuals from eligible developing countries to undertake post-graduate study at German universities in development-related subjects. Deadline: Varies by course
 
Nestlé Foundation grants for research in human nutrition in low-income and lower middle-income countries. Support includes grants for Masters and PhD projects. Applications accepted all year round

New e-learning courses from FAO.
 
Landscape Governance, 1 - 12 April 2019
 
Calls for Papers
 
Call for papers for IST-Africa 2019. Deadline: 15 December 2018
 
Call for papers for the conference on Pesticide Politics in Africa, 29 – 31 May 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania. Travel support available especially for African and early-career scholars. Deadline: 5 January 2019
 
 
 
Call for abstracts for a workshop on “Livestock Systems in Urbanizing Environments: Impacts and Implications for Food Security in Developing Countries” in Uppsala, Sweden, 5-6 March 2019. Some funding available to support conference attendance. Deadline: 15 January 2019
 

Call for manuscripts: African Journal for Rural Development. Regular articles, short communications and reviews accepted. Deadline: Open
 
Events
  
Science Forum South Africa: 12 - 14 December 2018, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa 
 
 
 
 
Publications
 
 
Adelle C, Elema N, Chakauya E, Benson D. Evaluating ‘homegrown’ research networks in Africa. S Afr J Sci. 2018;114(3/4), Art. #2017-0070, 7 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2018/20170070
 
 
 
Jobs
 
 
Vacancies at the Fiji National University: Lecturer positions in the areas of animal production (breeding and genetics), veterinary parasitology and veterinary microbiology. Deadline: 21 December 2018
 
 
 
 
SANBio Expert Database - Connecting Experts
 
 
Please feel free to disseminate this newsletter further.
 
 
This email was sent to {EMAIL}
You received this email because you are registered with NEPAD SANBio
 
 
Sent by
SendinBlue
 
 
© 2018 NEPAD SANBio
 
 
View in browser