Job Vacancy: Local Seed Business Coordinator
Wageningen UR Uganda is recruiting a Local Seed Business Coordinator for the ISSD Plus project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kampala. The programme aims to strengthen the development of a vibrant, pluralistic and market-oriented seed sector that is able to address key challenges that hamper the seed sector development such as seed quality assurance and availability of foundation seed. ISSD Plus project has 4 components: a) addressing bottlenecks in early generation seed; b) enhancing the Quality Declared Seed system and support Local Seed Businesses; c) promotion of uptake of quality seed and d) promotion of advanced vegetable variety/seed use.
Wageningen UR Uganda has commissioned the construction of several grain seed stores at various sites across the country and are searching for experienced contractors, preferably with experience in building seed storage facilities and agricultural engineering construction work, to carry out this assignment in the East, South Western Highlands, Western Highlands, South Western and Northern zones of ISSD Plus’s intervention.
INTEGRATED SEED SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
Mon 15 May 2017 until Fri 2 June 2017
Organised by Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
Over the last decades, the formal seed system in most developing countries has shifted from a publicly dominated sector to a privately dominated sector. However, throughout the world, the largest quantities of seed are still produced by farmers themselves. Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) recognises the relevance of formal and informal systems and aims to balance public and private sector involvement.
Creating vibrant, market oriented and pluralistic seed sectors
Contemporary lessons in seed sector development
Seed is an essential input for crop production. Access of farmers to affordable quality seed of superior varieties is key in increasing agricultural production and productivity. ISSD recognizes that farmers obtain their seed from different sources or systems, and builds programmes upon a diversity of seed systems. Supporting the development of a vibrant and pluralistic seed sector can substantially contribute to increasing food security and prosperity in developing countries.
In this course participants can broaden their international experience and strengthen their competencies to support seed sector development, taking an integrated perspective. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance the capabilities to translate the ISSD concept into strategies for making seed programmes and policies that seek enhancement by connecting to present practices. The training is experience-based and task-oriented and highly interactive. It includes lectures, visits to different Dutch seed companies and organisations, case studies, group discussions, assignments and field work.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- be able to support farmer groups in taking an entrepreneurial approach towards seed production and trade;
- know how to strengthen private and public functions in seed sector development;
- know how to address through partnerships and innovation institutional bottlenecks in the seed sector;
- understand how international agreements impact on domestic seed policies, seed laws and regulatory frameworks;
- understand the opportunities for putting the ISSD-concept into practice in your own work context.
The course is designed for researchers, managers, policy makers and practitioners, working in a field related to seed sector development, employed by public, private, civil society, research, education and/or development organisations. Applicants should have a MSc degree and have at least three years of relevant professional experience. Proficiency in English is required.
Link to the course brochure: http://www.wur.nl/en/show/CDIcourse_ISSD_2017.htm
Interested candidates can apply to Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation for admission to the training. Click here to apply.