Marketing Coordinator – Low Carbon Agriculture programme – Aga Khan Foundation (India), Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh (28 Feb 2021)by Madan Mohan
Category : Agricultural Jobs
AGA KHAN FOUNDATION (INDIA)
About the Aga Khan Foundation (India)
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) brings together human, financial and technical resources to address some of the challenges faced by the poorest and most marginalized communities in the world. Special emphasis is placed on investing in human potential, expanding opportunity and improving the overall quality of life, especially for women and girls. The Foundation primarily works across six thematic areas – agriculture and food security, economic inclusion, education, early childhood development, health and nutrition, and the strengthening of community institutions to lead development interventions. AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of 11 development agencies addressing the needs of poor and marginalized communities in more than thirty countries where it operates.
AKF started its operations in India in 1978, and today implements programs in both rural and urban areas across six states (Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi).
In partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), AKF has initiated an innovative pilot programme to promote the adoption of low carbon agriculture practices by smallholder farmers in three agro-ecological zones in the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The three-year pilot initiative aims at establishing proof of concept that low carbon farming systems can enable the agriculture sector to become a net carbon sink, while at the same time enabling a shift to improved nutrition outcomes and reduced gender inequalities. Key programme interventions include the creation and strengthening of community institutions to enable the adoption of sustainable farming practices, promoting water use efficiency for a range of crops in target geographies, soil and water conservation, regeneration of common lands, promoting agro-forestry and farm forestry, reducing GHG emissions from livestock through the adoption of ration balancing, scaling-up the use of renewable energy, particularly for crop irrigation, and diversifying incomes for smallholder farmers through the development of sustainable enterprises (eg bio-pesticide manufacture, bee-keeping etc.). The programme also seeks to engage actively with the market to expand demand for low carbon agriculture products, contributing directly to increased incomes for smallholder farmers, and track and document emerging learning for policy dialogue. The empowerment of women farmers, and initiatives to strengthen agriculture-nutrition linkages through crop diversification are other key objectives. AKF will lead implementation in Uttar Pradesh and will work closely with other implementing partners in the selected geographies in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
AKF is seeking to recruit an ambitious, energetic and hard-working Coordinator to lead the market and value chain development interventions in the programme, expanding market opportunities and market farming and livestock products, resulting in increased incomes from the adoption of low carbon agriculture practices by smallholder farmers.
The Marketing Coordinator – Low Carbon Agriculture programme will lead the market and value chain development related interventions in 60 villages of Risia and Chittaura blocks in district Bahraich. The position will work with the implementation team on the mapping the demand for LCA produce, exploring market opportunities at the district and state levels, and facilitating market linkages for smallholder farmers from the project area. Responsibilities include facilitating market linkages between producers and potential buyers at different levels by conducting market research, value chain analysis, packaging, branding and negotiation with potential buyers. The position will report to the Programme Officer (Agriculture, Food Security and Economic Inclusion), Uttar Pradesh and work under the leadership and guidance of the State Programme Manager.
Qualifications and Skills Required
Please submit your updated CV, accompanied by a cover letter (200 words) stating the reasons for your interest and suitability for the position by 28th February, 2021_ through the following link:
The Aga Khan Development Network is an international group of private, non-denominational development agencies and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities. Visit us at www.akdn.org.
The Aga Khan Foundation is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and will strive to ensure that all job applicants, staff and volunteers, do not suffer negative discrimination on the basis of their religion, race, caste, color, nationality, social class, sex, place of birth, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, HIV status, age etc. or any combination of these.
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