Tuesday, June 08, 2010


EMPLOYMENT: Bioversity International Associate Expert, Enterprise and value chain strengthening

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By their perishable nature, bananas must be sold as quickly as they are mature. This coupled with the lack of a reliable source of market information and with limited value-addition capacity, forces individual small scale farmers to sell their banana at any price offered by vendors. This has resulted in a stagnation of income and living conditions and increased poverty in small-scale farming communities in the great lakes region of east Africa. A frequently proposed alternative is for farmer organizations to improve understanding of markets and prices, to strengthen local negotiating power and to consolidate greater volumes of production. The implementation of such strategies is incipient and has often been based specialty crops such as cocoa, essential oils and natural medicinal products. The opportunities for refocusing value-chains for food crops towards greater farmer participation and greater value are abundant, but have not been the focus of most research projects. Bioversity International is undertaking new research grants with components focused on the marketing of banana biodiversity for increased added value to small-scale farmers and their rural community enterprises.

In these new grants, the proposed associate expert would work to integrate production technology testing and promotion with value addition and marketing initiatives in banana producing communities in six countries in the region. The associate expert will collaborate with Bioversity staff, external consultants and national counterparts in the development of strategies to improve the contribution of banana production and marketing to rural development and to the reduction of rural poverty.

Bioversity is seeking candidates prepared to make a three-year commitment with an anticipated start date by 1 October 2010.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: June 30, 2010

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