Jesus Is Lord Farm – Irrigation and Water Management

Jesus Is Lord Farm – Irrigation and Water Management

Posted On: Filed Under:

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

 

Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Farm is a family owned business which started in 2003. The farm grows various high value horticultural crops such as tomatoes, green papers, eggplants, chilies onions and bananas. The farm also has small greenhouse structure which they use to produce these crops. The host’s vision is to fully venture into automated greenhouse crop production. The host uses surface irrigation system for the growth of their crops.

 

Jesus Is Lord Farm intends to fully venture into automated greenhouse crop production, but first need to address how to efficiently use the scarce water available for their production practices. The farm has requested assistance from a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to help them design and set up a drip irrigation system on the farm, and provide training on water management to improve the use of available water.

Desired Outcomes

  • Design and install drip irrigation system on the farm
  • Identify and implement suitable water management techniques

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experience in designing and installation of drip irrigation system
  • Knowledge of water management techniques
  • Experience working cross culturally in developing countries
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Malawian town
  • Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Download full description

Citrus Nursery Management

Posted On: Filed Under:

Citrus Nursery Management 

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

TOPGEL was founded and owned by Agostinho Pedro Gurgelo to conduct agro-livestock and agriculture, transportation, filling stations and warehousing activities in M’Banza Kongo.  TOPGEL has 49 permanent workers and approximately 140 part-time workers who are hired during growing season.  The farm currently grows a variety of fruits and vegetables on 9200 hectares of land. Besides, it also raises pigs, cows and poultry. To increase profit, Mr. Gurgelo plans to expand his business by producing quality fruits in large quantities for sales and providing citrus plants to smallholder farmers around Zaire province. TOPGEL has requested a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to help train them on modern grating methods and general citrus operation management.    

Desired Impacts

  • Improve necessary production skills
  • Evaluate and propose suitable varieties for the farm
  • Increase production volume, sales and profit

Desired Qualifications

  • Agronomist or expert on grafting of plants (especially citrus trees)
  • Experience working with cooperatives of all sizes
  • Able to develop a list of necessary equipment and materials to be used for grafting of plants
  • US citizenship or permanent citizen of the US

Download full description

Kabeza Cooperative- Business Management and Business Plan Development

Posted On: Filed Under:

Farmer to Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA and typically last between two and three weeks.

Issue Description

Kabeza Cooperative was formally registered as a cooperative in June 2013 with the goal of sharing ideas with its members on economic empowerment through farming. The Cooperative has 10 clubs with a total of 187 members (108 males and 79 females). Members of the cooperative grow a variety of crops, including, soybeans, peanuts, sunflower and beans. Once the crops are harvested, the cooperative collectively sells the crops through the Agricultural Commodity Exchange (ACE).

Kabeza Cooperative is able to get reasonable price for their produce, but the members’ lack of business knowledge causes problems with tracking their operational costs and profits. The cooperative is requesting a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer consultant to conduct an assessment on their current business, provide trainings on how to improve the business management structure, and provide assistance with developing a simple practical business plan for the cooperative.

Desired Impacts

  • Strategic business plan developed
  • Effective business team established
  • Increase in total commodity sales

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experience in business management for cooperatives
  • Extensive experience and knowledge in developing  strategic business plans
  • Experience leading training sessions for adult learners with varying degrees of comprehension and potential illiteracy
  • Good presentation and report writing skills
  • 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.

Download full description

Stall Feeding and Disease Management in Beef Cattle

Posted On: Filed Under:

Farmer to Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA and typically last between two and three weeks.

Issue Description

Dolo Livestock Cooperative Society Limited is a group of farmers that raise beef cattle commercially. The group was formed in 2016 by the Malawi Government Initiative through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, with the objective of mobilizing cattle farmers in the area and introducing them to commercial beef production. The group was trained in cooperative formation principles in the same year by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Currently, the cooperative has 38 registered members: 32 males and 6 females. The cooperative’s long term vision is to have a community-based beef abattoir/slaughterhouse.

 

Dolo Cooperative raises its cattle free-range, whereby roughages such as maize stove, groundnuts tops and grass are the main feed. The cattle are rarely provided feed concentrates and supplements and are susceptible to different diseases. Dolo cooperative has requested a beef cattle expert through the Farmer to Farmer program to train them on the nutritional needs of cattle, feed formulation and disease management improve the quality of their animals and increase the cooperative’s profits. 

Desired Impacts

  • Stall feeding system for fattening beef cattle designed
  • Beef formulation ration/ recipe produced and sustained
  • Suitable disease management techniques identified and implemented

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experience in intensive  beef cattle production
  • Practical knowledge of feeds and feeding of beef cattle
  • Knowledge of disease management for  beef cattle
  • Experience working cross culturally in developing countries
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Malawian town
  • Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Download full description

Strategic Plan Development

Posted On: Filed Under:

Farmer to Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA and typically last between two and three weeks.

Issue Description

União Distrital das Associações de Camponeses (UDAC) is a non-profit organization located in Manica District, approximately 31.70 miles from Chimoio Town. Legally established in 1994, the association is a union of 35 smallholder farmer associations totaling 1050 members (525 of whom are women). UDAC’s main mission is to “defend the interest of famers affiliated to the union”.  Their activitiesare centeredon assisting those 35 associations in different areas such as: production and marketing ofvegetables, legumes and cereals, legalization process, training on different issues, preparationof business plans, environment, linkage of associations with different institutions and partners, land conflicts, gender and empowerment of woman etc.

The UDAC is market oriented organization with solid leadership, however, they have no strategic plan in place towards actualizing their goals. Their goals include the purchase of tractors and other farming machinery, the establishment of a strong commercialization committee to collectively manage all the commercialization processes of the members, and the diversification and increased farm production of member assocations. UDAC also seeks to answer the following three critical questions:  where are they now; where are they going; and how will they get there? UDAC is seeking a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to assist with conducting a SWOT analysis, interview member and help create a strategic plan for UDAC’s board.

Desired Impacts

Members of UDAC association will have a clear vision for the future of the organization. The union will be able to follow through on all the necessary steps that will lead them forward towards meeting their strategic objectives.

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town.  
  • Experience developing business and strategic plans for farmers’ associations.
  • Practical experience in accounting and financial management for farmers’ associations.
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Download full description

Soy Milk Processing-Mdunga/Kasiya Cooperative

Posted On: Filed Under:

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

 

Mdunga/Kasiya cooperative is a group of 25 farmers who produce soymilk using soybeans grown by the individual members. The cooperative became fully registered in 2010 with the support of the Malawi Government’s One Village One Product project. The hosts’ primary market is the local community, and the main beneficiaries are the buyers and members. Buyers benefit nutritionally while the members benefit economically after selling their product.

 

 The primary challenge of this cooperative has been the short shelf life of their soymilk which has limited the level of production and access to formal markets.. Despite having received electric equipment to process soybeans and trainingon soy milk processing from OVOP, the group still needs a comprehensive training on general management of the processing equipment and training on how to improve the shelf life of their product. Mdunga/Kasiya Cooperative has requested assistance from a Farmer-Farmer volunteer to help them address their challenges in soy milk. By receiving this technical support, the cooperative hopesto produce high quality milk and reach agreements with formal markets.  

Desired Outcomes

  • Produce high quality product
  • Increase the shelf life of soymilk
  • Ability to sell soymilk at formal markets

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experience in processing of food products particularly soy bean
  • Experience and knowledge in food science and food preservation
  • Practical experience in value addition of processed products
  • Knowledge of food safety standards
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Malawian town
  • Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Download full description

Mavanga Nleke-Cooperative Management & Leadership

Posted On: Filed Under:

Cooperative Management and Leadership

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

Mavanga Nleke is a newly formed cooperative located in the Municipality of N´Zeto about 233 kilometers away from the provincial capital of Zaire. The cooperative is managed by the 10 founding members.  The cooperative collectively owns 11 hectares of land and uses an additional 18 hectares of private land owned by individual members. Mavanga Nleke grows a variety of vegetables and fruits and plans to continue diversifying their production to increase their profit. A major constraint to growth, however, is the organization within the cooperative. Therefore, the board of directors and the members have requested a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to assist with the cooperative’s efforts in improving management practices to better manage cash flow and benefit livelihoods of the cooperative members and the community. Through their improved internal organization, the cooperative members hope to qualify for a bank loan to expand their operations, which will ultimately help increase food and cash crop production.  

Desired Impacts

  • Provide basic knowledge in farmer cooperative management.
  • Equip the cooperative with necessary tools and documents to assist with organizational structure
  • Improve management and leadership skills to help members of the group work more effectively 

Desired Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in business management and administration.
  • Specific knowledge and experience with the cooperatives and associations.
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in rural areas.
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Download full description

Market Study

Posted On: Filed Under:

Farmer to Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA and typically last between two and three weeks.

Issue Description

Independente is an association located in the municipality of Nóqui, in the village of Kembo. The association was established in 2006 and is comprised of 24 members (17 women and 7 men). The association works in partnership with the Agriculture Institute Development (IDA), who provides field demonstration to association members. Each member of the association is given a portion of land where they cultivate all of the crops defined by the association’s board. The board is responsible for purchasing all necessary inputs for the association members, many of which are bought from RDC. Currently, the association farms on 24 hectares of land growing citrus, avocados, banana, sweet potatoes, pigeon beans, common beans, sesame, onion, cassava, green pepper and cabbage.

Independente association is suffering from post-harvest loss due to the lack of market availability. The association board feels that there is a gap between the producer and the consumers. The farmers do not know who they are producing for, what kind of crops are needed by the consumers, or what time they need the crops and consumers also do not know where to get different agricultural products and crops. Independente association is seeking a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to conduct a market study to identify which crops are in demand and identify potential markets and clients for the association.

Desired Impacts

  • Identification of potential clients and possible contracts or partnerships are created
  • Established list of in demand crops per periods.
  • Market plan including distribution information designed
  • Increased clientele and increased profit from farm produce

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural town of Angola.
  • Extensive experience in business management
  • Specific knowledge and experience with the cooperatives and associations

Download full description

Eniasrasse Nsoro Semente – Cooperative Management & Leadership

Posted On: Filed Under:

Cooperative Management and Leadership

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

Eniasrasse Nsoro Semente is a private farm located in Chitunga about 12 miles away from Manica province. The farm has two permanent employees and 10 temporary employees who help with growing fruits, vegetables, legumes and cereals on 10 hectares of land. The farm’s owner, Mrs. Semente primarily sells her produce to women in her community and residents of Manica village who then sell the agricultural products in their local market.  Last season, the farm sold about 26 tons of products and made 700,000MZN (10,000 USD) in gross sales.

Eniasrasse Nsoro Semente would like to improve her knowledge on producing different crops and fruits. The farm has thus requested a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to provide technical knowledge on farming management and crop budget. Through CNFA F2F program assistance, Mrs. Semente hopes to increase farm income, ultimately improving the livelihood of her community. 

Desired Impacts

  • Enhance knowledge on farm planning and crop budgeting
  • Increase production volume and net income

Desired Qualifications

  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town.
  • Practical experience on farm management
  • Experience in developing business plans for smallholder farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. 

Download full description