Sustainable Cocoa Production and Cooperative Advisor

Project Description

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Cameroon has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Sustainable Cocoa Production and Cooperative Advisor. WWF has launched the “Green Commodity Landscape Programme" in the Cameroon segment of the Tri-National Dja-Odzala-Minkebe (TRIDOM) trans-border conservation landscape. This program promotes sustainable agriculture production and creates new economic activities for smallholder farmers while contributing to forest protection. It focuses on strengthening the capacity of smallholder cacao farmers in increasing the productivity and profitability of their cocoa farms. This program has proven popular with farmers and there is a need for technical support locally available to these farmers.

To secure the commitment of key stakeholders to forest degradation reduction, sustainable forest and wildlife resources management and local development processes, the PCRV will provide technical and organizational support to the key project beneficiaries. The PCRV will train cacao farmers, especially cooperative members, on sustainable and improved farm management practices that include integrated pest and improved soil fertility management.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Cameroon together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

World Wide Fund for Nature - WWF

Required Skills

• Master’s degree in agriculture, agribusiness, sustainable development, natural resource management or related field
• At least 2 years of experience in farm management or income generating activities.
• Experience with activity planning and coordination
• Good knowledge of government policy and projects in agriculture.
• Excellent communication skills
• French language skills (intermediate-mid level)
• Experience in working with local communities in the tropical zone.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Cameroon

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Medical Considerations

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