Dear all,
Please find attached the details for a media competition launched by Future Agricultures Consortium in the run up to the ‘Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa’ conference to be held in Pretoria, South Africa from 18-20 March, 2013.

Two finalists will be awarded places to attend the FAC conference and to provide further coverage. Besides the winning entries, the top 10 selected pieces will be published and promoted regionally, internationally and on the FAC website
We are looking for excellent case studies around the following themes:
·         Investing in agriculture: With agriculture the backbone of the African economy, why is it that African governments do not invest more in agriculture for the benefit of their economies? What are the political pressures leading African governments to increase investment in agricultural development? Do these favour smallholder agriculture or large-scale farming, food staples or export crops, state-led or private sector-led models, investment in public goods or transfers (such as subsidies)?
·         Influencing policy - the role of civil society: How can a civil society organisation have an influence on agricultural policy making?
·         BRICS investment in Africa: How are investments from China and Brazil and other ‘rising powers’ having an impact on African agriculture? And what impact will they have in the future?
The deadline for receipt of submissions is 8th February, 2013.
We look forward to some exciting responses from you! And please help us bring this announcement to the attention of potential candidates by circulating it widely amongst your networks.
Media competition link:
CNS Health Fellowship Programme 2013
-       for health writers -
Citizen News Service – CNS is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting applications for new fellows for its CNS Health Fellowship Programme 2013. This programme offers training on neglected health priorities for health writers through mentorship, peer support, networking opportunities, and technical assistance. CNS awards annual health fellowships to health writers from low- and middle- income countries to achieve the following objectives:
·       Increase health reporting from the frontlines
·       Document voices of affected communities dealing with specific health issues 
·       Build upon the understanding and sensitivity of CNS Health Fellows on a range of health issues
·       Increase community-centric health news coverage in local newspapers and other media channels
·       Raise awareness on public health issues through sustained health news coverage
The CNS Health Fellows will:
·       Receive exclusive and latest media advisories and/or issue briefs on specific health issues regularly so that they can conduct in-country interviews and speak their world bringing local realities to the fore
·       Participate in video-conferencing/ webinars/ online dialogue on specific issues
·       Ongoing mentorship from CNS experts and key external stakeholders
·       Connect with key experts in their own country or region on relevant issues for interviews or learning sessions, including those from affected communities
·       Write in-depth (500-700 words) news feature articles every month based upon interviews with affected communities and suggested experts
·       Receive high quality professional editing of their articles by CNS Editors
·       Benefit from high quality translation of their articles if required
·       Get published on CNS websites
·       Get more visibility through dissemination of their articles through CNS syndicate, and other social media platforms
·       Get preference when CNS is putting together an on-site team for conference reporting at various regional or global health conferences, meetings or other events
·       Be awarded a certificate recognizing their contribution and participation in the annual CNS Health Fellowship programme
·       and a lot more!
Who should apply?
·       Those who have written (or broadcasted), preferably for at least two years, on relevant health priorities in their local contexts in local vernacular languages or English for online, print or electronic media
·       Those who write from low- and middle- income countries
·       Those interested in expanding their knowledge of neglected health issues, translating scientific information and mobilizing communities
·       Those who have excellent writing skills and ability to tailor writing to a range of audiences
·       Those living and/or working in communities affected by key health conditions
·       Those with a working knowledge of social, structural and biological issues related to health
·       Those who have ability to communicate with a wide variety of people including senior government officials, officers of non-governmental agencies or other stakeholders for interviews
·       Those who have the ability to work independently and deliver high-quality work on time
·       Those who are computer proficient in MS Word and have access to internet (for Skype calls)
·       Those who have contributed content to CNS in the past will get a preference
* CNS is committed to workforce diversity in terms of gender
-      Those who have ever worked with tobacco industry or its allies (directly or indirectly) must not apply
-      This CNS Health Fellowship Programme does not provide any financial assistance (although Fellows will be considered for other projects CNS is involved with)
How to apply?
If you are interested in applying to the programme, submit online application on CNS website:
DEADLINE: Friday, 18th January 2013: 5pm IST

Selection announcements will be made by end of January 2013

Breakfast Policy Forum
Managing Food Prices in Kenya: Domestic Pricing Policies and Cross-border Trade

Date: Wednesday, October 31st 2012
Time: Between 7:00am and 10:00am
Venue: Hotel Inter-Continental, Nairobi.

The need to contain food prices is critical for every nation and society. While ensuring affordability and accessibility of food for all, low food prices do also help contain inflation thus allowing for increased investment and growth. Kenya has been grappling with high food prices since 2008, a situation that has no doubt contributed to increasing demand for higher wages for workers. While various initiatives and instruments have been used to try and ensure affordable food, the outcomes/results have not been as effective as intended. This is evidenced by the high and rising food prices experienced today. This scenario underscores the need for continued dialogue and deliberation on feasible options that could present better opportunities for ensuring lower and stable food prices and food security for all.

Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Egerton University and the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS-ECA), will hold a breakfast policy forum on Wednesday, October 31st 2012 between 7:00am and 10:00am at the Hotel Inter-Continental, Nairobi. The forum will bring together a select group of stakeholders from among others, relevant government departments, private sector and civil society to deliberate on the current state of play of food prices, domestic pricing policies such as the VAT bill, price support, and tariffs, and the role of cross-border trade in ensuring food security in Kenya. The analysis and deliberations will focus on maize, which is the key food staple commodity in Kenya. It is expected that discussions at the forum will generate options for addressing the broad challenge of achieving food security in the country.