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Agriculture Development Specialist

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

June 4, 2020 - August 20, 2022

Application Window

May 1, 2019 - October 1, 2019

Location

  • Togo

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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As 72.6% of impoverished populations are independent farmers, the Togolese Ministry of Agriculture is endeavoring to organize rural communities and agricultural affiliates in order to increase production and consumption of nutritious foods. Support will focus on agriculture systems related to crops, forestry, and animals, that espouse modern, diversified, sustainable, and climate-resilient techniques. These techniques involve vegetables, animals, and trees (agroforestry) in order to increase production sustainably. In general, cereals, tubers, legumes, and meat production will continue to be promoted in order to diminish imports, and production of export products will be increased (e.g. coffee, cacao, cotton, and cashew), as viable markets already exist. Providing education on balanced nutrition will support the production, transformation, and consumption of fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, and non-wood forest products and consumption of a more diverse diets. The focus of our nutrition education program will be women as the primary distributors of food within households and 53% of farmers, as well as youth through agriculture education at secondary schools.

The Ministry of Agriculture has made it a priority to provide education and technical assistance for rural farmers. At the request of the Togolese Ministry of Agriculture Peace Corps/Togo responded to this high priority need by creating its Promoting Agriculture Education for Sustainability (PAGES) project, which sends Agriculture Development Specialists to serve in rural communities. The Agriculture Development Specialists work directly with local counterparts and smallholder farming families to increase the availability of diverse and nutritious foods; resulting in farming families improving their nutrition and food security. Activities can include:

• Conducting one-on-one, or group, trainings of farmers on improved technologies and management practices in the areas of crop cultivation, small animal husbandry, soil and water conservation, agroforestry tree production, and post-harvest management.

• Following up with and mentoring individual farmers who have been trained (either individually or in a group) to reinforce new technologies and practices.

• Identifying farmers who adopt improved technologies and management practices and instructing them on how to conduct demonstrations for peer farmers.

• Conducting surveys on available community organizations that provide agribusiness support to individuals and/or organizational capacity strengthening of agricultural cooperatives, community-based organizations (CBOs), and associations and referring farmer(s) to them.

• Teaching agriculture in schools to students at the middle school level.

• Teaching women of reproductive age and/or key household decision makers the importance of consuming a diverse nutrient-rich diet through cooking demonstrations.

Peace Corps/Togo is proud of the strong monitoring, reporting, and evaluation culture it has developed in recent years, which enables Volunteers, their communities, and our partner stakeholders to measure the impact of Peace Corps interventions and inform the decisions that influence the direction of future work. As part of all of your work, both within your sector and across all three Peace Corps/Togo sectors (health, agriculture, and education), you will report on these efforts and their impact.

Gender awareness and empowerment is a cross-sectorial activity for all Peace Corps/Togo Volunteers, who look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms. You will receive training on gender challenges in your community and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually and culturally appropriate once you are adequately integrated into your community, usually during your second year of service.

As 72.6% of impoverished populations are independent farmers, the Togolese Ministry of Agriculture is endeavoring to organize rural communities and agricultural affiliates in order to increase production and consumption of nutritious foods. Support will focus on agriculture systems related to crops, forestry, and animals, that espouse modern, diversified, sustainable, and climate-resilient techniques. These techniques involve vegetables, animals, and trees (agroforestry) in order to increase production sustainably. In general, cereals, tubers, legumes, and meat production will continue to be promoted in order to diminish imports, and production of export products will be increased (e.g. coffee, cacao, cotton, and cashew), as viable markets already exist. Providing education on balanced nutrition will support the production, transformation, and consumption of fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, and non-wood forest products and consumption of a more diverse diets. The focus of our nutrition education program will be women as the primary distributors of food within households and 53% of farmers, as well as youth through agriculture education at secondary schools.

The Ministry of Agriculture has made it a priority to provide education and technical assistance for rural farmers. At the request of the Togolese Ministry of Agriculture Peace Corps/Togo responded to this high priority need by creating its Promoting Agriculture Education for Sustainability (PAGES) project, which sends Agriculture Development Specialists to serve in rural communities. The Agriculture Development Specialists work directly with local counterparts and smallholder farming families to increase the availability of diverse and nutritious foods; resulting in farming families improving their nutrition and food security. Activities can include:

• Conducting one-on-one, or group, trainings of farmers on improved technologies and management practices in the areas of crop cultivation, small animal husbandry, soil and water conservation, agroforestry tree production, and post-harvest management.

• Following up with and mentoring individual farmers who have been trained (either individually or in a group) to reinforce new technologies and practices.

• Identifying farmers who adopt improved technologies and management practices and instructing them on how to conduct demonstrations for peer farmers.

• Conducting surveys on available community organizations that provide agribusiness support to individuals and/or organizational capacity strengthening of agricultural cooperatives, community-based organizations (CBOs), and associations and referring farmer(s) to them.

• Teaching agriculture in schools to students at the middle school level.

• Teaching women of reproductive age and/or key household decision makers the importance of consuming a diverse nutrient-rich diet through cooking demonstrations.

Peace Corps/Togo is proud of the strong monitoring, reporting, and evaluation culture it has developed in recent years, which enables Volunteers, their communities, and our partner stakeholders to measure the impact of Peace Corps interventions and inform the decisions that influence the direction of future work. As part of all of your work, both within your sector and across all three Peace Corps/Togo sectors (health, agriculture, and education), you will report on these efforts and their impact.

Gender awareness and empowerment is a cross-sectorial activity for all Peace Corps/Togo Volunteers, who look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms. You will receive training on gender challenges in your community and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually and culturally appropriate once you are adequately integrated into your community, usually during your second year of service.
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Benefits

Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English, French, Spanish

Other Conditions

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Economic Security, Environment, Health & Nutrition

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Combination of direct and indirect service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Hospital, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Recreation or Youth Center, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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