GCAN Student Challenge – Deadline extended to July 28 2017

Achieving the goals of Feed-the-Future and the Global Food Security Strategy requires careful consideration of the impact of relevant climate science on agricultural production, while at the same time considering other cross-cutting issues that influence agricultural growth, poverty alleviation and resilience, especially gender and nutrition.

Little is known about the impact of climate change and climate-responsive agricultural approaches on men’s and women’s time use or key nutrition outcomes, such as child growth, micronutrient status and diet quality of women, children and households, and about how the adoption of climate smart agricultural practices at scale may influence the availability of micro- and macronutrient availability across value chains and landscapes.

To address these challenges the Gender, Climate Change and Nutrition Integration Initiative (GCAN) initiative works with USAID headquarters, field missions and partners to enhance understanding between climate, gender and nutrition toward enhanced resilience, women’s empowerment and nutrition outcomes.

One workstream of GCAN focuses on supporting the increased use of Feed the Future data. To ensure that these data are more widely used and learnings from the data are enhanced, GCAN is currently implementing the following activities: 1) Standardization of Feed the Future datasets to enhance their accessibility and interoperability; 2) Mapping of Feed the Future data to link household survey data with biophysical characteristics and support policy analysis; 3) Hackathon or Datathon to develop new data analyses and visualization; 4) Develop a working group on gender data under GODAN; and 5) the Student Challenge.

The Student Challenge is open! GCAN is looking for up to 4 students (advanced MA or PhD level) who are interested to work on the intersection of climate, gender and nutrition using Feed-the-Future datasets. IFPRI currently has access to the following datasets: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Haiti, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.

Please send your CV plus a 1-2 page summary with research question/s, hypothesis, methodology and identified Feed the Future dataset no later than July 28 to ifpri-gcan@cgiar.org. Selected studies get a stipend of up to $5,000 upon successful delivery of a publishable research paper. The deadline for the final draft paper is December/2017.