START, the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training, has just announced the 2012 Call for Proposals (CFP) for Global Environmental Change (GEC) Research in Africa on the theme of global environmental change, agriculture and food security.  The 2012 round of GEC grants will build directly on the 2011 Africa GEC grants ( that focused on how climatic and environmental changes potentially impact ecosystem services critical to agriculture and food and livelihood security in arid, semi-arid, sub-humid, and humid environments as well as for communities dependent on coastal marine systems.

The deadline for submission of proposals is midnight (2400 hours), US Eastern Standard Time, on 28 March 2012 and all submissions should be submitted electronically to (DOWNLOAD THE 2012 APPLICATION FORM HERE).  Kulima is particularly excited to see the criteria that successful proposals will contain a communications and outreach strategy.