The Better U Foundation (BUF) and the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) established the SRI International Network and Resource Center – SRI-RICE as an international support system to raise the agricultural innovation and productivity of poor rural households, especially in Africa, in ways that are sustainable, equitable and environmentally friendly. BUF, and CIIFAD created the first ever SRI technical resource center in their desire to help people in need achieve greater and broader food security and economic advancement efficiently, effectively, while enhancing soil systems and natural resources. Jim Carrey’s Better U Foundation was a catalysts in the formation of SRI-Rice, as well as, its primary early stage funder during the first three years of its existence.
The System of Rice Intensification (SRI) for which CIIFAD has been working for over a decade offers many advantages for producers, consumers at no cost to the environment. Moreover, SRI’s ecoagricultural concepts and methods are being extended to other crops, increasing its potential to improve farming systems. Demand is growing for information on SRI, collecting and sharing the lessons of experience, offering advice and problem-solving, building up the human resource base for further spread and improvement of SRI methods, and further strengthening institutional capacities and linkages for effective, knowledge-based innovation in agricultural systems. The SRI International Network and Resource Center (SRI-RICE) performs a vital role in the research and advancement of knowledge about SRI. SRI-RICE maintains the largest research library on SRI and its derived practices and principles.
Jim Carrey’s Better U Foundation (BUF), a non-profit organization focusing on the promotion of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), is seeking highly qualified graduate students for its International Fellows Program (FP).
The FP is designed to give graduate students interested in a career in international relief and development the opportunity to increase their overseas experience, gain project management experience and participate in the work of Jim Carrey’s Better U Foundation and its partners in the promotion of SRI and its derived practices.
The Fellow’s Program opportunities are based overseas wherever SRI is practiced and where strong SRI partners have been identified. During the course of the year, they will be exposed to various aspects of project management and technical assistance including proposal writing, project planning, budgeting, donor collaboration, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation. The BUF Fellow program is run by SRI Global, a non-profit USA Non-Government Organization (NGO) based in Ithaca, New York. Fellows are positioned in various countries based on their skills and experience, the priorities of the country, and the strengths and capacities of SRI partners.
The FP includes a comprehensive orientation program, site visits to local development projects where feasible, mentorship from faculty at Cornell University’s SRI-Rice and staff from the BUF, and a reflective and analytical exercise allowing fellows to share and present their work and observations.