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Irrigation Best Practices

Date Posted:              January 19, 2010
Posting Deadline:      Anytime
Location:                     South Africa
 
Problem Statement:
Members of the Agripark cooperatives and their families are dependent on the success of this agribusiness venture for their livelihood. They have identified that undependable provision of fresh and quality vegetables constitute a serious threat to their efforts to increase their income and to expand the business. In addition their knowledge of irrigation delivery best practices and water quality is extremely limited. It should also be borne in mind that South Africa is regarded as a water scarce country which makes this learning area even more compelling.  
 
The cooperatives’ members have also conceded that they do not have an irrigation best practices plan or a strategy towards it in place. They are convinced that knowledge of proven irrigation systems and water quality will contribute towards the reliable provision of quality fresh vegetables.
 
Assignment Purpose:
Irrigation best practices including e.g. salinity management, irrigation delivery systems, leaching, runoff, water quality – knowledge of these learning areas and the comprehension to introduce it by members of Khanya Agricultural Cooperative (seedling nursery), Lovedale I Agricultural Cooperative Limited and Lovedale II Agricultural (vegetable production) Cooperative is required.
 
Expected Results/Impact:
  1. Members of Khanya Agricultural Cooperative (seedling nursery), Lovedale I Agricultural Cooperative Limited and Lovedale II Agricultural (vegetable production) Cooperative must be empowered with knowledge and information (including the application thereof) of irrigation best practices.
  2. They must be able to apply the newly acquired knowledge within their respective cooperatives.
  3. The newly acquired knowledge must enable the beneficiary cooperatives towards best irrigation practices and ultimately quality fresh produce.
  4. Knowledge transferable will be taking place through site visits, one-on-one and group meetings as well as the development of information sheets and documents which the volunteer must develop and hand submit to the FAMU SA Eastern Cape Office and the beneficiary cooperatives. 
 
In addition, the volunteer will also be required to do a presentation of about 20 to 30 minutes on a topic of his/ her choice to a small group of members of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture (academics); this will be scheduled for the second Thursday or Friday of the visit. 
 
Desired Volunteer Qualification(s):
Knowledge of an agribusiness, irrigation systems and practices, salinity management, leaching, water quality, runoff, agricultural economics & extension, concise and clear communication skills (graphic presentations, as far as possible, will yield the desired result) and project management.

How to Apply: Please complete and submit the FAMU FTF Volunteer Application to the FTF Program staff.