Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization
International Internship Program
About: Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization. They have a vision – that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet. They deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. They work with partners in low-income countries in different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.Their organization is active in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 300 staff working from some 20 country offices. It is one of the 15 centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Bioversity International has offices in Nepal and works closely with the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), the Nepalese Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) and Local Initiatives for Research and Development (LI-BIRD). Since 1984, Bioversity Nepal has implemented various projects related to on-farm agrobiodiversity conservation, home gardens, the genetic resource policy initiative (GRPI) and conservation and sustainable use of neglected and under-utilised species (NUS) for food and nutrition security. Presently, Bioversity International is implementing a UNEP-GEF- supported “Integrating Traditional Crop Genetic Diversity for Mountain Food Security” project in partnership with NARC, LI-BIRD and the Department of Agriculture in Nepal.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will be assigned to research projects and will learn to work as part of a project team and will gain a broad understanding of issues in international agricultural research for development, in particular regarding sustainable conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity for food and agriculture. IIP interns will typically gain experience in carrying out desk studies, literature searching, compilation and analysis of information, database work, and writing reports, papers, and public awareness materials.
Additional information on the IIP placement in Nepal:
Integrating Traditional Crop Genetic Diversity into Technology: Using a Biodiversity Portfolio Approach to Buffer against Unpredictable Environmental Change in the Nepal Himalayas.The Himalayan system, with its outlying sub-ranges, stretches across six countries, with the longest division in Nepal. The region, with extreme variations in topography and micro-environments, harbors centers of unique crop diversity adapted to mountain environments. The diversity of local crop varieties, with globally important cold-tolerant genes, is one of the few natural resources available to mountain farmers to cope with their marginal and heterogeneous environments that are likely to be starkly affected by climate change. These traditional crops are also important for sustainable development of their local economy. The key to the sustainability of the high-mountain agricultural ecosystems in Nepal is that farmers have continued to keep a large diversity of traits in their traditional varieties, despite the bottleneck of cold stress. In these vulnerable environments, diversity in the production system can support ecosystem provisioning, supporting, cultural and regulating services and buffer the risks of pest, disease and environmental stresses. The project aims to mainstream the use of diversity-rich solutions in the mountain agro-ecosystems to improve ecosystem services provisioning and resilience. The project will develop and promote diverse sets of varieties, improve access to diverse sets of planting materials and drudgery-reducing processing technologies and promote an enabling environment for access to and benefit-sharing of planting materials. The project will work on eight neglected and underutilized mountain crops.
The IIP intern for this program will have the following responsibilities: participate in project multi-disciplinary brainstorming and field work; and assist in writing project related articles, public awareness materials and a research paper. This internship will provide the IIP intern with an increased understanding of agricultural biodiversity and related disciplines; increased knowledge and understanding of collaboration with institutional partners; the opportunity to work in a decentralized and multi-cultural work environment, to work across different thematic areas and community based conservation work and to apply research and analytical skills.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in agricultural development, biodiversity conservation, socioeconomics of rural development, anthropology, natural resource management, and applied ecology are encouraged to apply. Research and analytical skills, the ability to write concise scientific reports, the ability to analyze data, and strong computer skills are assets.
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This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.