Newsletter: New RFP for pest management

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We have funding for a new research project related to nematodes in Latin America, so please help us by sharing this newsletter with your pest management colleagues who might be interested. Below you will also find news about the CoolBot, Kate Scow, Bangladesh Agricultural University, and opportunities for new jobs, grants, awards, and fellowships.

RFP: FUNDING FOR NEMATODE CONTROL IN CENTRAL AMERICAThe Horticulture Innovation Lab is seeking pre-proposals for research on nematode control in fruits and vegetables in Guatemala, Honduras, and/or Haiti. Projects will be funded up to a total of $450,000 over three years and must be led by a U.S. university researcher. Find details at:

Various nematodes are critical pests of horticultural crops in Central America and the Caribbean, causing smallholder farmers to lose crops or to face quarantine restrictions.

So, the Horticulture Innovation Lab is looking for research project proposals in integrated pest management practices important to, and appropriate for, smallholder farmers in the Feed the Future zones of Guatemala, Honduras, and/or Haiti. The research should result in useful practices and recommendations for smallholder farmers.

We will host an optional Q&A webinar about this funding opportunity at 12 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST), on March 7.

The deadline to submit a pre-proposal is before 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), April 1. Pre-proposals must be submitted here:

Please pass this opportunity along to researchers you know who might be interested. Full details available at:


COOLBOT: HOW AN AMERICAN FARMER’S INVENTION REDUCES FOOD WASTE AROUND THE WORLD The partnership between Store It Cold and the Horticulture Innovation Lab was the subject of a recent Feed the Future newsletter article, with updates here:

SCOW LEADS NEW PROGRAM IN ENERGY FOR YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS With leadership from our partner Kate Scow, UC Davis will host the first energy-themed institute through the Mandela Washington Fellowship, as part of the U.S. government’s Young African Leaders Initiative:


BUILDING A SOLAR DRYER AT BANGLADESH AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY Beth Mitcham and team met with faculty and students in Bangladesh to build a chimney solar dryer for testing with tropical fruits:


NEW ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER Guillermo Alvarado-Downing, the former Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, has agreed to serve as a member of the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s International Advisory Board. More about him:


JOB: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN HORTICULTURE The Escuela Agricultura Panamericana, Zamorano, is seeking a vegetable crops specialist with a Ph.D. to serve as an associate professor in Honduras. Apply by Feb. 29:

NOMINATIONS: YOUNG FOOD LEADERS AWARDS Feb. 29 is the deadline to nominate young leaders under 30 years of age who are working toward solving global food challenges, for the UC Global Food Initiative’s “30 Under 30” awards:

JOB: INNOVATION LAB ASSISTANT DIRECTOR March 21 is the application deadline for a position at the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab at Kansas State University:

FELLOWSHIP: AFRICAN SOCIAL SCIENTISTS The East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative is seeking East African social science researchers to apply for its 2016-17 EASST Visiting Fellowship, for short sabbaticals in the United States, by March 31:

GRANTS: EDUCATIONAL EQUIPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE Up to $2 million awards available from USAID, for schools with U.S. sponsors. Closing date is May 2:

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