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Engineering Support, Livelihoods Diversification

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Engineers Without Borders - Ingénieurs Sans Frontières
Acronyme : EWB-ISF
Type : Organisme non gouvernemental
Mandat : Engineers Without Borders (EWB) works to promote human development through access to technology. We accomplish this by working with partner governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as small scale entrepreneurs overseas. We also recognize the importance of educating Canadians on the role they can play at home in assisting disadvantaged communities to improve their own situation. Formed in 2000, EWB is Canada's fastest growing development organisation.
Adresse : 601 - 366 Adelaide St.
Toronto, Ontario,
M5V 1R9
FAX: (416) 352 5360
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : Russ Groves
Courriel : projects@ewb.ca
Pays : Zambie
Ville : Livingstone
Secteur : Agriculture
Description du stage : Created in 2005 the three year project hopes to re-introduce sorghum production to farmers in South Western Zambia. The project also aims to create a sustainable commercialized Sorghum industry where the sorghum is grown, processed and sold to a diversified market base. Sorghum is an indigenous crop that was replaced with maize with the arrival of the British during the colonial period. Unfortunately while maize has become a staple crop it does not have the drought resistant properties of sorghum. As rainfall patterns have become increasingly tenuous over the past 10 years CARE is working with local cooperatives to reinvigorate the local production of sorghum via crop diversification. The main strategy for the success of this program is linking the cooperatives with bulk sorghum purchasers in urban areas through an out growers scheme that offers guaranteed prices for farmers.
In Canada
The intern will participate actively in EWB's renowned pre-departure training program. The 200 hours of training is offered in small groups that are capped at 10 participants to ensure a suitable learning environment. Material is presented primarily though a case study based approach drawing heavily on EWB's field experience. Participants are expected to complete an extensive preparatory program prior to their arrival at training and to work diligently during training on the numerous assignments and activities.

Overseas
The intern will work directly with local CARE Zambia staff to develop strategies to enhance access to urban markets for rural sorghum producers. Specifically the intern will work closely with the farmer's cooperatives to organize model farmers and provide participants with technical knowledge.
Organisation d'accueil : CARE Zambia
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : CARE International began operating in Zambia in January 1992 at the invitation of the Zambian government. Activities initially focused on emergency relief in response to the severe drought of the early 1990s. The emphasis of programming has now shifted to long-term, community-based development. Several of the organization's projects are focused on improving conditions connected to agriculture and natural resources. Projects working in this sector work in a variety of aspects including rural agri-business development.