Fairtrade International and Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers (NAPP) Looking For Research Team - Agrochemical Uses and Waste Management in Coffee Production Areas of Aceh Tengah and Bener Meriah Regency - Aceh Province, Indonesia

 Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. When farmers can sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every-day shopping.

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Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers is the association of Fairtrade producers in the region of Asia and Pacific. Fairtrade NAPP represents small-scale producers, workers and other producer stakeholders and works to secure a better deal for farmers and workers in Asia and Pacific.

Job Summary

For the background and context of the work/research please find the TOR uploaded in https://www.fairtradenapp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/TORs_Research-on-agrochemical-uses-and-waste-management-in-Coffee-Production.pdf

We are looking for a research team that will work on:

About the research

To start the advocacy initiative, Fairtrade would like to commission a study to better understand the uses of agrochemical materials and waste management by communities in Aceh Tengah and Bener Meriah district-Aceh Province, Indonesia. The objective of this research is to identify the local practices, drivers and opportunity for improvement of the uses of agrochemicals and waste management at community and district level. The finding of this research will be used to inform the initiation of local regulation that offers a better enabling environment for sustainable coffee farming and coffee business, which in turn will contribute to better welfare of coffee farmers in the area. The research components include the following:

 1. Agrochemicals: 

- Mapping existing practices of the use of Agrochemicals by farmers and plantations in the area. 

- Identify the agrochemicals used that fall into different Fairtrade categories of hazardous chemical materials. 

- Identify the driving factors of agrochemicals used by communities in the areas. 

- Identify the uses of alternative approaches (biological) by communities and the potential for replication. 

- Mapping the supply chain of agrochemical materials distribution in the areas.

2. Waste management:

- Documenting the community practice of waste management and best practices 

- Documenting the challenges and opportunities for waste management at community and local government levels in the area. 

3. Local regulation:

- Review relevant existing local regulation on agrochemicals hazardous material and waste management and its enforcement. 

- Propose recommendations for Improvement of the use of agrochemicals and waste management at community and district levels

Requirement criteria for research team

The research team should meet the following criteria: 

1. Research institution is preferable over individual researcher(s) 

2. Researchers’ qualification: advance degree in agriculture and (or) environment (Essential) 

3. Experience in mix-method and interdisciplinary research (Essential) 

4. Experience in conducting research particularly in coffee farming (Essential) 

5. Able to travel to the research areas in the coming months (the topic is not ideal for remote study) (Essential) 

6. Able to obtain the research permission from local authority (Essential) 

7. Experience in advocacy work (preferable) 

8. Able to communicate and produce high quality reports in English and share key finding (executive summary and Policy brief) in English and Indonesian language (Essential) 

9. Willingness to abide by all relevant internal and external policies, including the research ethics policy, protection policy, anti-fraud policy and others.

Interested researchers/ research institutions are requested to submit the toresearch@fairtradenapp.org

The application includes: Cover letter, Technical and financial proposal (research method, timeline and budget, max 7,000 Euros including tax) and research team composition. Please also provide the CV of each researcher and profile of your research institution. 

Deadline: 19 July 2021, 13.00 pm Jakarta Time.

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