Knowledge for a sustainable world

Gillian Summers, Jeremy Haggar, Valerie Nelson

Are you interested in increasing food security, conserving the environment and improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Africa? Would you like to be involved in generating new evidence and decision-making support tools to create an enabling environment for poorer smallholder farmers to engage in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification?

If so, apply today for the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning Programme in Africa (SAIRLA) research opportunity.

The SAIRLA programme, run by WYG International and NRI, will commission research and facilitate learning to understand different ways of achieving Sustainable Agricultural Intensification (SAI). SAIRLA has a key focus on assessing how SAI can be promoted in ways that enable poorer smallholders in Africa, especially women and youth, to participate in and benefit from agricultural development through SAI approaches.

The research grants will be funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and each will be awarded between £400,000 and £750,000. Concept notes must respond to one or two of the research questions as indicated on the SAIRLA website, and cover at least two priority countries. Applicants must include at least one African organisation in each country. In addition to completing the proposed research, successful applicants will be expected to participate in SAIRLA’s Learning Alliances to inform, generate, and share data among stakeholders and engage with decision makers.

Submit your concept notes before the deadline of the 19th November 2015. Full research questions, eligibility criteria and application procedures are included in the guidance for submitting proposals now available on the SAIRLA website. Short-listed applicants will subsequently be requested to submit full proposals early in 2016.

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Links: SAIRLA website | SAIRLA programme launch | Contact SAIRLA
WYG press release: open research call | WYG website