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Land O’Lakes Venture37 is pleased to offer a volunteer position in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for someone with expertise in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) related to Fall Armyworm for the Feed the Future DRC Fall Armyworm Activity. Your time is donated and all expenses such as airfare, lodging, meals and an interpreter are covered by the program.
Key Experiences and Qualifications:
- Experience working in agricultural education or extension or sustainable agricultural development field crop pest management and integrated pest management
- Degree in agriculture, entomology, biology or similar
- A minimum of 5 years of practical experience in the pest control in industry or on-farm, either in private sector or in an institution
- Knowledge of maize production and IPM
- Previous experience serving in Africa in developing countries is desirable but not required
- Able to conduct field-work with small scale maize farmers in rural areas
- Professional skills in French and/or Kiswahili are desired but not required
- Strong technical knowledge covering entomology, agronomy, and bio-control systems.
- Knowledge and background in the agrochemical industry will be very advantageous.
- Ability to work in rural African farming context and with a cross-cultural team, adaptable and flexible.
Length of Assignment: 16 days
The Feed the Future DRC Fall Armyworm Activity is helping improve the application of integrated pest management (IPM) and good agricultural practices (GAP) by smallholder maize farmers working through public, private, and non-governmental organization (NGO) channels and collaborators. The project’s primary goal is to use selective IPM and GAP approaches to help limit the damage to the DRC maize crop from Fall Armyworm (FAW, Spodoptera Frugiperda). The project is organized into three activity Components:
- Component 1: Validate safe and cost-effective integrated pest management (IPM) technologies suitable for smallholder maize producers;
- Component 2: Facilitate system adoption of suitable technologies and approaches that will build the resilience of smallholder producers and the supporting market system; and
- Component 3: Strengthen the enabling enivornment necessary to coordinate systemic approaches to FAW response.
The project works in 5 provinces, South Kivu, Tanganyika, Haut Katange, Lomami and Kasai Oriental through 328 farmer field schools that have been set in maize growing areas in these Provinces.
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