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Agriculture Extension Agent-Rural Aquaculture Promotion (RAP)

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

March 9, 2020 - May 27, 2022

Application Window

February 1, 2019 - July 1, 2019

Location

  • Zambia

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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Volunteers who have served in Zambia consider it to be the ""quintessential Peace Corps experience"" due to living in the most rural communities, the warmth and friendliness of the Zambian people and the supportive professional environment in which they work.

The Rural Aquaculture Promotion (RAP) project is focused primarily on the principles and practices of rural-based, small-scale, integrated agriculture technologies. Volunteers collaborate with Zambia's Department of Fisheries with the goal of improving nutrition and rural livelihoods through fish farming. They live in rural farming communities and provide intensive extension services aimed at increasing farmer capacities to successfully build and manage fishponds to increase production and incomes. Volunteers teach and assist farmers in technical aspects such as site selection, pond construction, stocking, management, and harvesting. They also seek to enhance the integration of fish farming with other agricultural activities such as gardening, animal husbandry, fruit trees, and agro-forestry.

For farmers who are interested in scaling up their activities, Volunteers also provide training in basic business skills such as planning, record keeping, and marketing. In addition, Volunteers teach members of households the importance of improving nutrition by using more food groups and meals that include fish.

Given that 40% of natural water resources in Southern African Sub-region are found in Zambia, fisheries and aquaculture has gained increasing attention as a sub-sector that has potential to uplift food security, nutrition and income levels of people. Volunteers working on this project have an opportunity to transfer new or improved integrated aquaculture-agriculture-related knowledge, skills, and attitudes directly to smallholder farmers, including women, men, and youth.

The most successful Volunteers in Zambia are extremely flexible and adaptable, and have a passion for inspiring others. Peace Corps Zambia offers exceptional technical training during Pre-Service Training for those with the motivation to learn about Aquaculture and Food Security.

Please note that the Government of Zambia requires all Volunteers to hold a College Degree upon arrival in-country. If you have not completed your degree at the time of departure, you will not be able to serve in Zambia.

Volunteers who have served in Zambia consider it to be the ""quintessential Peace Corps experience"" due to living in the most rural communities, the warmth and friendliness of the Zambian people and the supportive professional environment in which they work.

The Rural Aquaculture Promotion (RAP) project is focused primarily on the principles and practices of rural-based, small-scale, integrated agriculture technologies. Volunteers collaborate with Zambia's Department of Fisheries with the goal of improving nutrition and rural livelihoods through fish farming. They live in rural farming communities and provide intensive extension services aimed at increasing farmer capacities to successfully build and manage fishponds to increase production and incomes. Volunteers teach and assist farmers in technical aspects such as site selection, pond construction, stocking, management, and harvesting. They also seek to enhance the integration of fish farming with other agricultural activities such as gardening, animal husbandry, fruit trees, and agro-forestry.

For farmers who are interested in scaling up their activities, Volunteers also provide training in basic business skills such as planning, record keeping, and marketing. In addition, Volunteers teach members of households the importance of improving nutrition by using more food groups and meals that include fish.

Given that 40% of natural water resources in Southern African Sub-region are found in Zambia, fisheries and aquaculture has gained increasing attention as a sub-sector that has potential to uplift food security, nutrition and income levels of people. Volunteers working on this project have an opportunity to transfer new or improved integrated aquaculture-agriculture-related knowledge, skills, and attitudes directly to smallholder farmers, including women, men, and youth.

The most successful Volunteers in Zambia are extremely flexible and adaptable, and have a passion for inspiring others. Peace Corps Zambia offers exceptional technical training during Pre-Service Training for those with the motivation to learn about Aquaculture and Food Security.

Please note that the Government of Zambia requires all Volunteers to hold a College Degree upon arrival in-country. If you have not completed your degree at the time of departure, you will not be able to serve in Zambia.
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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

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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