NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking 1- qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer based in Ecuador for the position of Biols & Biofertilizer Expert to support Unión de Organizaciones de Productores de Cacao Arriba Ecuador (UOPROCAE) based in Atacames, Ecuador .
The Biols & Biofertilizer Expert will support this groupconsisting of 5 grassroots cacao producing organizations : APROCA, APROCAM, Ecocacao, APROCAR and ASOPROARONES to develop a universal biofertilizer recipe.
These 450 farmer members sell their chocolate under the brand Herencia Esmeraldas which is sold worldwide.
As fertilizer costs are on the rise, farmers in UOPROCAE are looking for new ways or techniques to provide the necessary nutrients to cacao cultivation and one of the options is organic fertilizers such as biol.
UOPROCAE supplements the biol with MM (Mountain Microorganism) and they apply it to the crops. This action provides better nutrition to the plant and protection against pests and diseases such as Monilia (Moniliophthora roreri) and Escoba de Bruja (Moniliophthora perniciosa).
Currently 20-30% of their producers are using the biols techniques, but leaders comment that their formula needs to be improved and adopted by 100% of producers.
They would like to receive training on biol preparation techniques that use readily available resources to increase cacao productivity.
Duration : 2 weeks, May-July 2021
ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY :