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Agriculture & Ecological Coordinator

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Crossroads Christian Communications, Inc.
Acronyme : CCCI
Type : Organisme non gouvernemental
Mandat : CCCI provides relief and assistance to people affected by disaster, famine, poverty and war, and facilitates sustainable development programs in the countries affected. Since 1982, CCCI an Ontario-based NGO, has partnered with other Canadian and Southern NGOs in more than 40 countries around the world to implement a wide range of developement and relief projects. Assistance provided include: flood and famine relief; agricultural development/food security; shelter and hospital reconstruction; animal husbandry & livestock; micro-credit initiatives; HIV/AIDS education; as well as medical aid and GIK supplies.
Adresse : PO Box 5100, 1295 North Service Road
Burlington, Ontario,
L7R 4M2
FAX: (905) 332-1880
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Personne ressource : David Shelley
Courriel : dshelley@crossroads.ca
Pays : Zambie
Ville : Lusaka
Secteur : Agriculture
Description du stage : The Lazarus project was developed from a street feeding program. From a simple feeding program, grew a more comprehensive program that sought to target all aspect of child development/wellbeing. On a 200-acre farm, street boys are housed, educated, and rehabilitated for a period of six-months, before being reintegrated back into a family unit. The farm hosts: larger scale agricultural production (for sustainability & teaching purposes); small garden plots (for project beneficiaries + community members); dormatories; education buildings; skills trianing; and micro-enterprise activities.

In Canada
The internship will last for a 9.5 month period. A total of six weeks will be spent at CCCI headquarters in Burlington, Ontario (4-week pre-departure and 2-week debriefing), two weeks at ECHO farms in Ft. Myers, Florida, USA for practical indigenous agricultural training and country-specific research. The intern will spend 8 months overseas.

Overseas
The Agricultural and Ecological Coordinator will continue the work of the previous intern by focusing on improving the ecological farming systems, implementing agriculturally sustainable farming techniques and continuing with the development of agribusiness initiatives on the farm. Of all the countries in Southern Africa, research has shown Zambia to have very high rates of malnutrition therefore an emphasis will be placed on expanding the diversity of produce in order to provide better nutrition to the boys at the LPZ.

Working in cooperation with the LPZ farm manager, the intern will:
- Provide assistance to the support staff and aid with record keeping and budgeting.
- Conduct feasibility studies to propose and initiate sustainable agricultural practices along with a diversity of agricultural produce to improve food security.
- Continue existing and establish new contacts with national and international organizations, government agricultural departments and farmers associations.
- Assess the current fruit and nut tree demonstration orchard, compile a report on its progress, research similar in-country orchards and submit written recommendations for its expansion.
- Implement the approved recommendations for expansion.
- Continue development of the tree nursery established by last year's intern, promoting the use of trees in natural resource management and their ability to decrease soil erosion thereby improving soil conservation leading to increased agricultural production.
- Run a pilot test using trees from the nursery to establish an agroforestry demonstration plot.
- Prepare a report on this trial and include recommendations for next steps.
- Evaluate, update and implement the micro-business plan for long-term sustainability through surplus crop production and sales.
- Conduct local market and competitiveness studies aimed at further penetrating the local fruit and vegetable markets to sell surplus produce in order to work toward increasing the self-sustainability of the project.
Organisation d'accueil : The Lazarus Project
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The Lazarus Street Boys Project provides transitional shelter, counseling, basic education, and reintegration services to street youth. Located on a 40-acre farm, on the outskirts of Lusaka, the project, which was developed from a street feeding program, now provides a comprehensive program to beneficiaries, while developing the agricultural production capacity of the farm.