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Ecological Farming Systems Development Intern - The Gambia

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Resource Efficient Agricultural Production (REAP) - Canada
Acronyme : REAP-Canada
Type : Organisme non gouvernemental
Mandat : Our mandate is to serve our members, partners, and other organizations by assisting them in developing ecological solutions to producing food, fibre, and fuel both in Canada and abroad.
- We encourage and support the development of sustainable agriculture and bioenergy systems
- We aim to develop food, fibre, and fuel production systems that mitigate greenhouse gases and conserve and enhance natural resources
- We assist farmers to make efficient use of on-farm resources and reduce off-farm inputs to increase their self reliance and economic well-being
- We promote the development of participatory approaches for community development, on-farm research, and farmer to farmer training
- We aim to improve the quality of life of rural communities while protecting and enhancing biodiversity and the environment

REAP-Canada strives to maintain the highest standard of integrity when developing our projects internationally. REAP is committed to several objectives that ensure a working environmental awareness and the development of projects that promote Health (including HIV/AIDS), Safety and the Environment (HSE). REAP-Canada activities, employees and Board of Directors do this by;
* Developing projects that improve environmental and social conditions in developing countries
* Ensuring that HSE considerations are integrated into all project activities
* Providing a safe and healthy work environment for all employees and interns
* Resolutely being a responsible member of society comminuted to continuous improvement and development of HSE standards
* Developing a culture and work environment that supports the open discussion of HSE and encourages employees to take personal responsibility for HSE
* Meeting and exceeding national regulations, legal requirements and international agreements
Adresse : Box 125 Centennial Centre CCB13
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Québec,
H9X 3V9
FAX: (514) 398-7972
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : Claudia Ho Lem
Courriel : cholem@reap-canada.com
Pays : Gambie
Ville : Njawara
Secteur : Agriculture
Description du stage : The Gambia faces extreme challenges of poverty and environmental degradation, with the difficult farming conditions made worse by deforestation, reduced rainfall, and mono-cropping. The Gambia Agro-Ecological Village (GAEV) Development Project aims to address these interrelated challenges in the North Bank Division the Gambia. The project aims to strengthen the current efforts of our partners NATC in the development of ecological farming systems, agricultural techniques, agro-forestry and participatory plant improvement programs. Implementation of the Agro-Ecological Village (AEV) model also supports the development of local farmer-to-farmer training networks including women as trainers as participants, ecological training modules and the establishment of "learning farms" on local farmers farms. AEV implementation and also supports the development of appropriate technologies and sustainable on-farm energy solutions including the introduction of the Mayon Turbo Stove, a clean burning cook stove that uses rice hulls instead of the declining wood supplies, and also Bokashi organic fertilizer which can be made using locally available materials and can dramatically improve yields and sustain production through conversion to more ecological systems of agriculture and can also be a source of local income generation.

In Canada
In Canada, successful applicants will start and finish their work experience in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec with REAP-Canada. The internship will include an 8 week term in Canada, where interns will support REAP's ongoing national and international farming systems research and development program. Interns will learn about participatory on-farm development, sustainable agriculture, bio-energy and climate change mitigation strategies through research, fieldwork and program outreach and development. There will also be a one week orientation / pre-departure workshop to prepare interns for their overseas activities and a debriefing workshop in Canada to complete their experience.

Overseas
In the Gambia, the intern will further this knowledge where they will be based with our local southern partner the Njawara Agricultural Training Centre (NATC). The overseas term will begin with one month of intensive language training and cultural immersion. The intern will then work with local farming communities on ecological farming systems development to improve farm production and profitability while promoting sustainable natural resource management. The intern will work to expand local farmer-to-farmer training networks, and develop farm planning and "learning farms" for diversified ecological farming and food production systems. They will also be involved in the establishment and development of trials and demonstrations for food self-sufficiency and gardening, plant improvement programs and nursery management, erosion control, soil fertility and management, Bokashi organic fertilizer production, live fencing, agro-forestry and orchard and woodlot management and small animal husbandry. The intern will also work on the development of sustainable cooking technologies in the country, including the Mayon Turbo Stove and the Rocket stove, as greenhouse gas mitigation strategies that also alleviate poverty and promote women's health. Much of the interns work will focus on developing projects in a holistic, participatory manner through the Agro-Ecological Village Development Model, which simultaneously addresses social development, gender equity, poverty mitigation, agriculture and the environment.
Organisation d'accueil : Njawara Agricultural Training Centre
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The Njawara Agricultural Training Centre (NATC) was established in 1990, a community initiated and owned organization, established by the Njawara community for the purpose of training youth and adult farmers in sustainable agro-forestry techniques so as to improve farm production and profitability while promoting sustainable natural resource management.

Mandate
- To alleviate poverty in the North Bank Division;
- To increase agricultural production and income in a sustainable way through better use of land and labour resources;
- To improve the balance of participation in agriculture to ensure a greater degree of gender equity.