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IIP-Bioversity Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Community Service
Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
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Organization Overview
Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization with 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.  

Intern Responsibilities:

Gender Studies Intern
The intern in this role will have an active role in the project “Improving seed systems for smallholder farmers’ food security”, which is now in its second phase; it is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and is being implemented in five countries: Bolivia, Uzbekistan, Burkina Faso, Uganda, and Nepal.

The main goal of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of smallholder farmers by improving their access to quality seed and increasing genetic diversity in local seed systems. The intern will work with the local team on gender-disaggregated data including policy briefs. Specific objectives of the project include the following:

  • Having more seed suppliers with enhanced capacity to produce, distribute, and sell a wide diversity of seed in large enough quantities that enable the provision of local crop genetic diversity to smallholders to minimize risk in vulnerable agro-ecosystems;
  • Increasing the availability of crop genetic diversity that is available to smallholder farmers, in the form of seeds and other planting materials, as a means to increase their agricultural productivity  and the resilience of their farming systems to  vis-a-vis  ‘shocks’ such as climate change; 
  • Ensuring that local, national, and international institutions and policies affecting seed systems reflect the realities of smallholder farmers and support the development of pluralistic seed systems.
  • Research the socio-economic and gender data has been collected, specifically looking at women’s participation in fruit tree seed production and value chains as well as benefits derived from access and use of fruit tree seeds. 

IIP candidates with interests in agricultural development, biodiversity conservation, socio-economic conditions of rural development, ecology, natural resource management, and gender studies 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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