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Postdoctoral Fellow, Systems Agronomist




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  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

Postdoctoral Fellow, Systems Agronomist (Ref: DDG-R4D/PDF/SA/01/18)

Background: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the


internationally recruited position of Postdoctoral Fellow, System Agronomist.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates

agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and

natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve

livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource

integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.

Please visit http://www.iita.org/ for more information on IITA.

Project

CocoaSoils aims to build the knowledge base for sustainable intensification of cocoa production through

a large public-private partnership that spans all cocoa growing regions of the tropics. Enhancing cocoa

productivity and nutrient use efficiency requires a deeper understanding of the nutrient requirements of

the cocoa tree and the roles and physiological responses to different nutrients. Integrated Soil Fertility

Management (ISFM) recommendations will be developed based on medium- and long-term data from

carefully planned and consistently managed nutrient response trials following agreed protocols and

resource commitments. Specific ISFM and other productivity-enhancing recommendations will be

delivered towards the sustainable intensification of cocoa production. CocoaSoils will be implemented

through public-private partnerships with leading partners IITA and WUR in collaboration with CIAT,

ICRAF, UNEP-WCMC, NARS (including CNRA, CRIG, CRIN, IRAD, and Universities), cocoa

authorities, fertilizer industry partners, cocoa industry partners and IDH. A global network of long-term

cocoa fertilizer trials across different environments and systems will be established by companies

participating in the CocoaSoils consortium. The main objective of these trials is to collectively design and

adopt fertilizer recommendations for cocoa growers, guidelines for recycling of cocoa husks, as well as

guidelines to manage the risk of spreading diseases; and to develop a database on the efficacy and

availability of organic resources.

Position Responsibilities

The postdoctoral fellow will undertake the following activities:

Design a decision support framework based on a stepwise approach that has been developed by IITA

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