The Alliance, on behalf of HarvestPlus is seeking a Plant Breeder for an anticipated World Bank Multisectoral Child Nutrition and Health Project (PMNS) project in DRC. The recruitment of this position is contingent on the award of the project. The Plant Breeder will be based in Kinshasa and will responsible for achieving key breeding objectives for biofortified crops under the PMNS program. He/she will part of the HarvestPlus Crop Improvement Alliance in coordinating and actively engaging in all activities related to product-oriented crop improvement and variety development. Breeding profiles for DRC in developing competitive profitable biofortified crops with attributes that trigger adoption by farmers embrace the range of productivity-, biotic-, abiotic- and end-use quality traits. The position has a strong training and capacity-building component.
HarvestPlus has established a global crop development research network for the world’s major staples. CGIAR centers form the nexus of development of biofortified crops, and with public/private sector NARES, civil societies and research institutions make up a research alliance that conducts tactical and strategic breeding and performance testing in target countries, related plant science/agronomy research, the development of enabling technologies, and training and capacity building. To date, 300 micronutrient dense varieties of eleven crops have been released in more than 30 countries; over 10 million farmers are growing biofortified crops and providing access to biofortified food for 50 million farming household members. Under a World Bank loan to the Ministry of Health, HarvestPlus will be providing technical assistance services to the government of DRC. Deliverables range from building capacity and integrating biofortification into government agricultural breeding programs, the development of quality seed markets and dissemination to farmers, creating demand for and promotion of biofortified crops and their nutritional benefits via food processors, markets, and community promoters to training of value chain partners.