Agroforestry and organic farming as adaptation strategies for households affected by HIV/AIDS

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

Are you interested in agroforestry and micro-farm management? This project combines public health and sustainable agriculture to improve the livelihoods of families affected by HIV/Aids. We are looking for two participants who can support technical training programmes on agroforestry and organic farming. If you are a team player and want to gain some hands-on experiences, you might be one of them! You should have excellent communication skills and a background in agriculture, forestry or environmental sciences.

The Ndibwami Integrated Rescue Project (NIRP) supports families of children who are affected by HIV/Aids. Based in Masaka in central Uganda, its primary objective is to improve life of those living with HIV/Aids and to support their fight against the virus. Activities include awareness and prevention campaigns, orphan and family support through education, women self-help groups and trauma counselling. Water, sanitation and hygiene are also addressed by NIRP. Further strategies to improve socio-economic welfare and health are agroforestry and sustainable agriculture.

As an intern you will participate in the development of organic farming practices. You will support training programmes on agroforestry and manure production and vegetable farming for students and community groups. Together with local interns who have a background in social work, rural development or agriculture, you will provide technical support and engage in market research in order to explore potentials of the local market. Maintenance of gardens and the establishment of a model farming site will also be part of your tasks. According to your skills, you can further contribute to the construction of efficient wood saving stoves. Overall aims are also to promote agroforestry, reduce deforestation and improve soil quality in the region.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between July and September 2017.

Training and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN tandem will be formed by a German and an Estonian participant.

Program component: GLEN Anglo

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Ecology/Environment, Rural Development

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Agriculture

Field(s) of study: Agricultural/Forest Science, Environmental sciences, Agroforestry, Agribusiness, Education

Period of the internship: 3 months between July and September

Country: Uganda

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Henry Muhwezi, Program manager

Classification of the internship in the development fields: 8 (Rural Development), 13 (Environment)

Number of the internship: 50004002-1122


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