Through Lands for Life, Rare supports extension agents, small-scale farmers and local leaders to change farming practices to make them more climate-compatible, powering them with tools and knowledge to increase and sustain long-term productivity while safeguarding ecosystem services. Rather than just being receptors of information, farmers become themselves agents for change, testing and refining new practices and championing successful results. Inadequate and insufficient engagement and training of local farmers is one of the key barriers to the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices.
Rare’s expertise is in understanding how beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors are shaped, and how these can be influenced. Rare’s process blends insights from behavioral science and design thinking to effectively accelerate the uptake of more sustainable farming practices and to enable farmers to work their land in a more integrated manner. The transition to more sustainable agriculture represents the type of behavioral change challenge which is at the heart of Rare’s value proposition. Similarly, farmers need access to agricultural advice that is timed to the agricultural season, delivered on demand, subject to real-time iteration and quality control, and accessible to a large population at low cost. Rare is therefore partnering with Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD), another non-profit organization, that supports farmers with mobile phone based personalized agricultural information.
The program is being pioneered in Colombia with a focus on high mountain ecosystems where agricultural practices are undermining highly strategic ecosystem services and areas, as well as the very resources on which long-term agricultural productivity depends.
During the summer the program will be at the design phase and there is a need for considerable research across a range of practices.
Working closely with the teams based in both Colombia and Arlington, the intern will help generate key inputs that will include: information on specific geographies in Colombia; relevant work that other organizations are undertaking in both Colombia and elsewhere; and identification and characterization of potential funding streams.
Experience and Education:
The preferred candidate will have the following experiences and education:
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