Farmer-to-Farmer Biols and Biofertilizer
Atacames Canton, Esmeraldas, Ecuador
hace 4 días

Job Description

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 group consisting 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


  • Assessment of current biol and organic fertilizers process.
  • Provide trainings on bio-fertilizers formulation to benefit cacao crops
  • Train participants to elaborate biofertilizer that integrates local resources.
  • Recommend strategies that will help guarantee a higher use of biofertilizers by the cacao farmers.
  • Qualifications


  • A degree in horticulture or a related field is preferred
  • Broad experience in biofertilizer elaboration, agroecology, organic agriculture, organic pest management, smallholder farming, with good communication skills.
  • Background in cacao value chain is a plus, but not mandatory.
  • Available for virtual communications with Host Organization, Staff and Co-volunteer
  • Advanced English language skills; reading, writing, speaking.
  • Additional Information

    All application materials must be submitted in English.

    Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

  • NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply;
  • all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.

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