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Participatory Extension Specialist




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  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

Participatory Extension Specialist, Abidjan

Organization: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


Country: Cote d’Ivoire

City: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Office: IITA in Abidjan

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Closing date: Thursday, 3 May 2018

Participatory Extension Specialist (Ref: DDG-R4D/PES/CS/01/18)

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

internationally recruited position of Participatory Extension Specialist.

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

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