NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking 2 (1- remote US volunteer and 1- volunteer based in Ecuador) qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer candidates for the position of Organic Farming and Certification Specialist to support Corporación de Asociaciones de la Chakra Amazónica de Napo, based in Tena, Ecuador .
Corporación de Asociaciones de la Chakra Amazónica de Napo was established in 2015 as a way to organize local coffee producing associations.
Their goal is to promote and defend the Chakra system, a traditional sustainable agroecological production method. Corporación de Asociaciones de la Chakra Amazónica de Napo Works to improve their farmers’ quality of life, improve their products’ quality, and standardize production.
90% of the associations’ representatives are youth and 60% of their members are women. This inclusion is part of the organization’s dedication to improving participation among women and youth in coffee production.
Youth have continued to leave farming due to its unprofitability, but the associations’ want to change this trend.
While farmers are aware of organic production and hold organic certification, they want to improve their current production methods and maintain their organic certification.
Many farmers are still unsure what parts of their production is organic and want to continue to meet those requirements.
The farmers also hope to improve their yields by learning and applying organic methods more appropriately.
Duration : 2 Weeks (October December 2021)
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