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Food Security Volunteer

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

January 31, 2020 - April 16, 2022

Application Window

February 1, 2019 - July 1, 2019

Location

  • Nepal

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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Description

The Food Security Project aims to improve the food and nutrition security of rural Nepalese families. The target communities of the project are rural smallholder farming families, particularly women and children. The project focuses on nutrition-sensitive agriculture and the key components of the framework are soil conservation/management, bio-intensive gardening, fruit tree cultivation, and nutrition education. The project framework has also outlined four anchor activities:

1. Composting
2. Establishment of fruit tree nurseries
3. Improved cook stoves
4. Mushroom cultivation

You will be a catalyst on a wide range of activities including, but not limited to:

Train and coach smallholder farming families so they can establish bio-intensive gardening practices (compost making, green manure, vegetable nursery, use of bio-pesticides) to meet the daily dietary recommendations.

Train smallholder farming families on seed production and guide them to establish small scale community seed banks.

Train and follow up with smallholder farming families and community members to further the adoption of improved nutrition-related behaviors.

While there is strong potential for Volunteers to contribute to improving the food security situation of rural community people, working in rural communities can present certain challenges. For example, Nepali government supervisors assigned to work with Volunteers are located outside the communities where Volunteers work, and this can prevent supervisors from regularly meeting with Volunteers. To remain effective, Volunteers must demonstrate a high degree of motivation, commitment, and initiative to properly engage with relevant community stakeholders to develop and implement work plans.

The Food Security Project aims to improve the food and nutrition security of rural Nepalese families. The target communities of the project are rural smallholder farming families, particularly women and children. The project focuses on nutrition-sensitive agriculture and the key components of the framework are soil conservation/management, bio-intensive gardening, fruit tree cultivation, and nutrition education. The project framework has also outlined four anchor activities:

1. Composting
2. Establishment of fruit tree nurseries
3. Improved cook stoves
4. Mushroom cultivation

You will be a catalyst on a wide range of activities including, but not limited to:

Train and coach smallholder farming families so they can establish bio-intensive gardening practices (compost making, green manure, vegetable nursery, use of bio-pesticides) to meet the daily dietary recommendations.

Train smallholder farming families on seed production and guide them to establish small scale community seed banks.

Train and follow up with smallholder farming families and community members to further the adoption of improved nutrition-related behaviors.

While there is strong potential for Volunteers to contribute to improving the food security situation of rural community people, working in rural communities can present certain challenges. For example, Nepali government supervisors assigned to work with Volunteers are located outside the communities where Volunteers work, and this can prevent supervisors from regularly meeting with Volunteers. To remain effective, Volunteers must demonstrate a high degree of motivation, commitment, and initiative to properly engage with relevant community stakeholders to develop and implement work plans.
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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

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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