We are looking for a volunteer to support one of our hosts in Myanmar, the Myanmar Avocado Producer and Exporter Association (MAVO), with virtual technical assistance relating to Avocado Pests and Diseases. Please see a general description of the scope of work for this technical assistance below:
The expanding avocado industry in Myanmar seeks technical assistance to improve the identification, control, and management of common pests (weeds, insects, and diseases) that harm crop yields during the Monsoon season. To help improve the current state of the industry, a volunteer is requested to provide guidance on pest and disease mitigation with an emphasis on alternatives to pesticides.
MAVO will provide photos of the avocado orchards for the volunteer to review and identify symptoms. There will also be video calls where the volunteer can answer farmer questions, and provide monitoring practices, preventive measures and control guides for the identified pests and diseases.
Master’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, tree crops, especially plant pathologist and/or pests and diseases specialist
At least 5 years of experience in Pests and Diseases Management on avocado or a related field
Hands-on experience in the identification and management of pests or diseases using IPM practices, farming, or extension work including avocados and/or tropical fruits.
Experience working in a developing country preferred
Ability to work via videoconference and with other remote arrangements
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: This program covers all volunteer costs including airfare, lodging, meals, insurance, and other assignment-related expenses.
About Partners of the Americas
Since 1991, Partners of the Americas' Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program has been transforming lives in over 30 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. F2F connects specialized volunteers from the United States with farmers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, extension services, government agencies and other institutions. F2F is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
These volunteers provide technical assistance on practical interventions that increase food production and income, improve farm and agribusiness operations, help farmers gain access to markets, build local capacity, and conserve natural resources. Volunteers not only offer much-needed training, but they also build meaningful relationships, fostering mutual understanding and respect. The 2018-2023 program focuses on Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, and Myanmar; as well as other select countries in the region. A projected 610 volunteer experiences will be completed over the next five years.