Hot Sauce Processing – Marie and Associates

Hot Sauce Processing – Marie and Associates

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Farmer to Farmer description

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is authorized by the U.S. Farm Bill and managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). F2F works to generate rapid, sustained economic growth in the agricultural sector through short-term technical assistance provided by U.S. volunteers and supported by highly trained local staff. A secondary goal of F2F is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs, and international understanding of the United States and U.S. development programs.

CNFA is implementing F2F in the Southern Africa region, working in Malawi, Mozambique, and Angola. We rely on the expertise of U.S. volunteers from diverse backgrounds to respond to the needs of hosts. These hosts can be farms, processors, cooperatives, farmer associations, or other agricultural enterprises; they vary in size and commodity focus. Each volunteer assignment has distinct objective that are determined by the needs of the host organization.

Issue Description

Marie Chikuni has owned Marie and Associates since 2015.  Ms. Chikuni produces chili sauce using a local variety of chili pepper called Kambuzi, which she sells both locally and internationally.  Due to the success of her company, she is planning to construct a bigger processing factory in 2017.

 

Marie’s clients were reporting a loss of quality after 3 months and a change of color; the sauce changed from bright orange to light brown color. The host is requesting expertise through the F2F Program on how to improve shelf life and other quality issues.  Through the volunteers’ assistance, Ms. Chikuni would like to ensure the hot sauce will remain fresh for at least 12 months unopened.

 

Desired Impacts

•  Improved processing methodology and procedures to allow longer shelf life of the final product.

•  Increase in total commodity sales.

 

Desired Qualifications

·   Extensive experience in food processing for mass markets, particularly in hot sauce.

·   Experience and knowledge in food science and food preservation.

·   Experience in managing or consulting processing companies.

·   Prior experience working with small enterprises or agribusinesses in Africa strongly preferred.

·   Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

 

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Soybean and Peanut Production – Mwati Farmers Cooperative Society Limited

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Farmer to Farmer description

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is authorized by the U.S. Farm Bill and managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). F2F works to generate rapid, sustained economic growth in the agricultural sector through short-term technical assistance provided by U.S. volunteers and supported by highly trained local staff. A secondary goal of F2F is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs, and international understanding of the United States and U.S. development programs.

CNFA is implementing F2F in the Southern Africa region, working in Malawi, Mozambique, and Angola. We rely on the expertise of U.S. volunteers from diverse backgrounds to respond to the needs of hosts. These hosts can be farms, processors, cooperatives, farmer associations, or other agricultural enterprises; they vary in size and commodity focus. Each volunteer assignment has distinct objective that are determined by the needs of the host organization.

Issue description

Mwati Farmers Cooperative Society Limited was formed in 2011 with the aim of encouraging smallholder farmers in the area to adopt improved farming technologies and increased access to markets through collective marketing. The group become formerly registered as a cooperative in 2016 and has a total membership of 300 (50 males and 250 females).

Mwati Farmers’ Cooperative is mainly produces soybeans and peanuts, however they have been struggling with low yields and decreased produce from pests and diseases. The host has requested a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to train them in best soybean and peanut farming techniques. The training will involve the general management of soybean and peanuts crops starting from land preparation to harvesting.

Desired Outcomes

·   Ability to grow soybean and pigeon peas in a commercially viable way.

·   Increase in total commodity production.

Desired Qualifications

·   Experienced soybean and peanut farmer or experience with soybean & peanut production, preferably in tropical areas or in Sub-Saharan Africa.

·   Knowledge of innovative and easily transferrable soybean & peanut farming methods.

·   Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred.

·   Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

 

 

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Proposal Development – Kanthu Ndi Khama Cooperative

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Farmer to Farmer description

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is authorized by the U.S. Farm Bill and managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). F2F works to generate rapid, sustained economic growth in the agricultural sector through short-term technical assistance provided by U.S. volunteers and supported by highly trained local staff. A secondary goal of F2F is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs, and international understanding of the United States and U.S. development programs.

CNFA is implementing F2F in the Southern Africa region, working in Malawi, Mozambique, and Angola. We rely on the expertise of U.S. volunteers from diverse backgrounds to respond to the needs of hosts. These hosts can be farms, processors, cooperatives, farmer associations, or other agricultural enterprises; they vary in size and commodity focus. Each volunteer assignment has distinct objective that are determined by the needs of the host organization.

Issue Description

Tiyamike Mathiya Cooperative is a group of cassava processors with 76 members, of which 52 are women. The group became formally registered as a Cooperative in 2013. The group has built a small factory and owns a processing machine to produce cassava flour, however, they have discovered that there is better business in further processing the flour into starch. The group currently takes their cassava flour to other processors to make starch, but would like to purchase their own machine to produce cassava starch.

The group would like to purchase another machine to turn cassava flour into cassava starch, which they can sell as a final product. The group would like to apply for a grant or a soft loan to purchase the machinery and have requested for a farmer to farmer volunteer to train them on how to develop a winning proposal and business plan.

Desired Impacts

·   Development of a winning proposal

·   Increase in total commodity sales and income

 

Desired qualifications

·   Extensive experience in working with rural agricultural cooperatives/associations

·   Knowledge and experience in writing successful grant proposals

·   Patience while working with a host with low levels of formal education.

·   Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred

·   Experience working cross culturally in developing countries

·   Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Malawian town

·   Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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Marketing and Business Development – Associação Chingurirai Kulima

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Farmer to Farmer description

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is authorized by the U.S. Farm Bill and managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). F2F works to generate rapid, sustained economic growth in the agricultural sector through short-term technical assistance provided by U.S. volunteers and supported by highly trained local staff. A secondary goal of F2F is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs, and international understanding of the United States and U.S. development programs.

CNFA is implementing F2F in the Southern Africa region, working in Malawi, Mozambique, and Angola. We rely on the expertise of U.S. volunteers from diverse backgrounds to respond to the needs of hosts. These hosts can be farms, processors, cooperatives, farmer associations, or other agricultural enterprises; they vary in size and commodity focus. Each volunteer assignment has distinct objective that are determined by the needs of the host organization.

Issue Description

Associação Chinguirirai Kulima, a local name meaning “encourage yourself in farming”, is a smallholder farm association located in Cafumpe. Founded in June 2012, the association is comprised of 28 members (15 women), which each have 2 hectares to produce vegetables, cereals and legumes. In addition, the association owns an area of 15 hectares distributed as following: 5 hectares for vegetables and 10 hectares for other crops. Last agricultural season, the association sold 6 tons of lettuces, 8 tons of cabbages, 6 tons of tomatoes, 4 tons of onions, 3 tons of sesame, 31 tons of corns, 4 tons of dry beans and 500 kg of flesh potatoes and the gross sales was about 1,400,000 MZN (about 24 ,000 USD).

 

One of the challenges that the associations members face is to understand how to market their produce. Ultimately, the association hopes to sell its produce to formal markets such as, local supermarkets, restaurants and hotels.   Chinguirirai Kulima is seeking a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer that could to assist the association members on creating a marketing plan and improving business management.

 

Desired Outcomes

Members of Chinguirirai Kulima trained in development of marketing plant and tools for better business management. That will help them to find better ways to increase their incomes and profits and become commercial farmers.

Desired Qualifications

·   Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town.

·   Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

·   Former agribusiness management or consulting experience.

·   Practical experience on business plan development.

·   Experience in developing marketing plans for smallholders’ farmers.

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Farming Business Management and Business Plan Development – Kanthu Ndi Khama Cooperative

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Farmer to Farmer description

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is authorized by the U.S. Farm Bill and managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). F2F works to generate rapid, sustained economic growth in the agricultural sector through short-term technical assistance provided by U.S. volunteers and supported by highly trained local staff. A secondary goal of F2F is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs, and international understanding of the United States and U.S. development programs.

CNFA is implementing F2F in the Southern Africa region, working in Malawi, Mozambique, and Angola. We rely on the expertise of U.S. volunteers from diverse backgrounds to respond to the needs of hosts. These hosts can be farms, processors, cooperatives, farmer associations, or other agricultural enterprises; they vary in size and commodity focus. Each volunteer assignment has distinct objective that are determined by the needs of the host organization.

Issue Description

Kanthu ndi Khama (Likalazi) COMSIP cooperative Society Limited started in 2013 as a fish farming club. The cooperative is comprised of four clubs – “Makaka” (cassava) club, fish club, bee keeping club and Village Savings and Loan Club. Currently, the group is finalizing their formal registration with Ministry of Trade and Industry and has 189 members (109 females, 80 males).

Though there is a market for cassava and fish grown by the group, the members’ lack of knowledge on business management is affecting the growth and success of their business. Specifically, members have little information of business practices such as how to prepare some basic financial records and develop a viable business plan. The group has therefore requested for a business management expert through Farmer to Farmer program to train them in these areas.

Desired Impacts

·   Improvement in business management skills

·   Increase in sales

 

Desired qualifications

·   Experience in business management for cooperatives

·   Experienced in business plan development for small businesses

·   Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred

·   Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

 

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General Factory Management

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Farmer to Farmer description

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is authorized by the U.S. Farm Bill and managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). F2F works to generate rapid, sustained economic growth in the agricultural sector through short-term technical assistance provided by U.S. volunteers and supported by highly trained local staff. A secondary goal of F2F is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs, and international understanding of the United States and U.S. development programs.

CNFA is implementing F2F in the Southern Africa region, working in Malawi, Mozambique, and Angola. We rely on the expertise of U.S. volunteers from diverse backgrounds to respond to the needs of hosts. These hosts can be farms, processors, cooperatives, farmer associations, or other agricultural enterprises; they vary in size and commodity focus. Each volunteer assignment has distinct objective that are determined by the needs of the host organization.

Issue Description

Phalombe Association is a group of farmers who grow different crops, including: sunflower, soybeans, chilies and pigeon peas. Since forming in 2008, Phalombe association has 2000 registered members (1200 female, 800 male).

 

Phalombe Association recently received a grant from Farm Income Diversification Program and built a sunflower processing factory, to produce a high-quality sunflower oil that meets the specifications of the Malawi Bureau of Standards so that it can be accepted on the local and international markets. The members and leaders need to be trained on how to do the actual processing of the cooking oil and how to manage the factory in general. The group has requested a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to train them in basic factory management and sunflower cooking oil processing. Members of Phalombe are also requesting assistance with developing an efficient record keeping system.

Desired Outcomes

·   The group is expected to acquire improved capacity to run their factory effectively and improve operational efficiency.

·   Acquire skills in sunflower oil processing.

·   High quality sunflower cooking oil produced.

·   Efficient record keeping system developed and sustained.

 

Desired Qualifications

·   Experienced in factory management.

·   Knowledge and experience of cooking oil processing.

·   Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred.

·   Experience working cross culturally in developing countries.

·   Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Malawian town.

·   Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

 

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Vegetable production – Fransisco Manuel Franque

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Farmer to Farmer description

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is authorized by the U.S. Farm Bill and managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). F2F works to generate rapid, sustained economic growth in the agricultural sector through short-term technical assistance provided by U.S. volunteers and supported by highly trained local staff. A secondary goal of F2F is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs, and international understanding of the United States and U.S. development programs.

CNFA is implementing F2F in the Southern Africa region, working in Malawi, Mozambique, and Angola. We rely on the expertise of U.S. volunteers from diverse backgrounds to respond to the needs of hosts. These hosts can be farms, processors, cooperatives, farmer associations, or other agricultural enterprises; they vary in size and commodity focus. Each volunteer assignment has distinct objective that are determined by the needs of the host organization.

Issue Description

Francisco Manuel Franque is a private farmer who has owned a farm with the same name since 1999. The owner produces vegetables, legumes and cereals for sale and for household consumption and on an area of 4 Ha. The owner has 5 permanent employees, 3 men and 2 women. Last season the host sold about 8 tons of cabbage, 4 tons of tomatoes, 3 tons of garden beans, 2 tons of onion, 3 tons of maize and 1 tons of dry beans for a total of $9,000.

 

Mr. Franque has struggled to increase his vegetable production, especially during the warm season. From November to April, vegetables being sold in the local market are coming other cities and the prices are extremely high. The host is seeking a F2F volunteer to provide recommendations on how to extend the production season and guarantee the availability of vegetables in quality and quantity throughout the year.

 

Desired Outcomes

Host trained in best practices of vegetable production year-round that will help them to increase their yields, vegetables availability in off season and consequently income and profits increases.

Desired Qualifications

·      Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town.

·      Practical experience in the production of vegetables in low input systems and sustainable solutions.

·      Practical experience in soil improvement and pest management.

·      Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

 

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Tractor Mechanization – Mandonga Cooperative

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Farmer to Farmer description

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is authorized by the U.S. Farm Bill and managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). F2F works to generate rapid, sustained economic growth in the agricultural sector through short-term technical assistance provided by U.S. volunteers and supported by highly trained local staff. A secondary goal of F2F is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs, and international understanding of the United States and U.S. development programs.

CNFA is implementing F2F in the Southern Africa region, working in Malawi, Mozambique, and Angola. We rely on the expertise of U.S. volunteers from diverse backgrounds to respond to the needs of hosts. These hosts can be farms, processors, cooperatives, farmer associations, or other agricultural enterprises; they vary in size and commodity focus. Each volunteer assignment has distinct objective that are determined by the needs of the host organization.

Issue Description

Mandonga Cooperative is located 52 kilometers from the provincial headquarter, M’Banza Kongo. The Cooperative produces a variety of fruits, vegetables and beans, and has a large orchard which occupies 80% of the land.  The coopeatives owns approximately 300 hectares, but only 47 are used for farming, which is managed by Mr. João Nkusu Mandonga. He is assisted by 68 members of Wolongo community (37 are women and paid as part–time workers).  The Cooperative has had two previous CNFA Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers.

The Cooperative’s ability to lease tractors to the community has been limited. Two of their tractors need repair, and the other three need regular maintenance. The Cooperative requests assistance from Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers to help them improve their mechanical knowledge of tractors.  This includes, evaluating their machinery, training mechanics, and developing a list of equipment for future repairs.

Desired Outcomes

•   Evaluate equipment and create a list of recommendations for tractor repairs and maintenance.

•   An updated reference manual to help maintain their tractors.

•   Train mechanics on basic tractor maintenance and repairs.

•   Train operators on basic land preparation.

Desired Qualifications

   Agriculture engineer with experience in land preparation.

   Advance knowledge of farm equipment and machinery.

  Experience in tractor repair.

   Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred.

   Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

 

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Peanut Butter Processing – Associação Agropecuária Ndzero Mbairi

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Farmer to Farmer description

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is authorized by the U.S. Farm Bill and managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). F2F works to generate rapid, sustained economic growth in the agricultural sector through short-term technical assistance provided by U.S. volunteers and supported by highly trained local staff. A secondary goal of F2F is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs, and international understanding of the United States and U.S. development programs.

CNFA is implementing F2F in the Southern Africa region, working in Malawi, Mozambique, and Angola. We rely on the expertise of U.S. volunteers from diverse backgrounds to respond to the needs of hosts. These hosts can be farms, processors, cooperatives, farmer associations, or other agricultural enterprises; they vary in size and commodity focus. Each volunteer assignment has distinct objective that are determined by the needs of the host organization.

Issue Description

Ndzero Mbairi, a local name meaning “knowledge is better when we join ideas,” is a farmer association located in Ciluvo. It was founded in 2007 and is currently in the process of being formally registered through the assistance of UDAC Nhamatanda. The association is comprised of 20 members who produce and market vegetables, cereals, legumes and sweet potatoes on 84 hectares of land. Last season, the host produced about 146.8 tons and sold about 128 tons of different products and made $19,652 in gross sales.

 

Nderzo Mbairi are currently facing difficulties with selling all their legumes and cereals, because during the harvest season (June-July) there is a high supply of legumes and cereals in the region which leads to low demand and crop prices.  In response, Ndzero Mbairi would like to process their peanuts into peanut butter for household consumption and sale and are requesting a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to provide technical knowledge on modernized peanut butter processing techniques and to provide recommendations suitable peanut butter processing equipment for the association to purchase. They hope to scale up their production of peanut butter and fill a market niche, ultimately increasing profits and improving livelihoods for the members and the diet of community members including children.

 

Desired Outcomes

·   Members trained on peanut processing to improve shelf-life and add value to their peanut production.

·   Improved market access and increased customer base from the production of peanut butter.

Desired qualifications

·   Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town.

·   Practical experience in post-harvest conservation and management of peanuts and other

·   crops.

·   Practical experience in peanut butter processing.

·   Knowledge and experience in using basic equipment required for quality control and grading of peanuts for processing.

·   Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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