We are looking for a suitably qualified and enthusiastic person to fill the position of Farming System Analyst who will lead the efforts of IITA in relation to farming system analysis activities in the West and East/Central African Action Areas of the Humidtropics. The Farming System Analyst will work in close cooperation with other institutes engaged in this research area and report to the Director for Central Africa and NRM of IITA.
Closing Date: 15 November 2013 or until suitable candidate is found
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The successful candidate will be part of the HarvestPlus project team and assist in the development, testing and dissemination of maize germplasm with enhanced levels of pro-vitamin A and zinc to partners. In addition, she/he will help identify sources of novel alleles associated with enhanced concentrations of pro-vitamin A from adapted and introduced maize germplasm and utilize molecular markers to introduce the alleles into maize germplasm with different genetic backgrounds and adaptive traits.
Closing Date: The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
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Capable of being grown on sloping fields, without need for terracing or irrigation, maize is a vital crop in the mid-hills of Nepal, particularly among poorer families and disadvantaged groups. It accounts for 20 percent of calorie intake in the country, and is typically grown in small fields (average land holding in the hills is half a hectare) by families who spend 75 percent of their income on food. Harsh climate, poor infrastructure and market access, and worsening shortages of labor, are just some of the challenges they face, with crop yields also constrained by poor access to a supply of quality seed. In recent years, however, work by the Hill Maize Research Project (HMRP) is helping to address these constraints and have a positive impact on farm productivity.