I. Host Background
In the Aswan governorate of Upper Egypt, mango ranks the second fruit crop after date palms as it occupies more than 1,500 feddans of land which produces 6,075 tons of mangoes each year. Small farmers need training on IPM and good agriculture practices in order to improve the productivity and quality of their orchards, which will result in an increase in smallholder farmers’ incomes. Mango groves are generally located in Wady Elnokra, Wady Elsaaida, Nasser Alnoba and Edfu districts in the Aswan governorate. In each of these regions, there are mango farmer groups identified by the FAS agronomy team and Technical Advisor for Associations who will benefit from different project activities.
II. Issue Description
The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support project (FAS) works to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmer in Upper Egypt using a market-driven approach that facilitate sustainable, pro-poor value chain development and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. This market-driven approach is support by four interrelated components:
1. Improved on-farm production
2. More efficient post-harvest processes
3. Improved marketing of agriculture crops and products
4. Improved nutrition status, especially for women and children
Mangoes are one of the key fruit value chains in Upper Egypt that are targeted by FAS. There are a substantial number of groves throughout the area and there are numerous opportunities for smallholder farmers to vertically integrate themselves into the mango value chain by engaging in better production and post-harvest processes, as well as processing of mangoes like drying. However, mango trees in Egypt are subject to numerous pests and diseases that hinder the profitability of this value chain and limit the productivity of smallholders. One key example of a disease that affects local varieties of mango tree is Mango Malformation Disease (fusarium mangiferae). Local farmers’ knowledge of disease and pest management is limited and management plans generally do not exist. Farmers do not have the technical knowledge to identify common diseases and pests as well as what treatments and/or protective measures should be done to minimize the disease or pest’s effects.
The host therefore has requested for a volunteer to train them in identifying common diseases and pests that affect mangoes in Upper Egypt as well as the most effective treatments and protective measures to mitigate their effects. The volunteer will visit farmer mango groves to assess the current needs and conduct trainings with farmer organizations on these topics, as well as work with the FAS technical team to put together a training regimen for future trainings for additional farmer groups.
CNFA’s Training Beneficiaries Record, Volunteer Value Reporting System Survey, and Trip Report. These documents must be completed no later than a week after assignment and preferably before the last day on assignment.
V. Desired Outcomes and impacts
Improved technical knowledge of disease and pest management for both farmer associations trained and FAS technical staff
Increase in smallholder farmers’ ability to manage and mitigate the effects of common mango diseases and pests
Desired Qualifications of Volunteer
- Experienced managing pests and disease in fruit trees, especially mango
- Extensive practical experience managing fruit trees, especially mango
- Knowledge of common pests and diseases (e.g. Mango Malformation Disease) for fruit trees and treatment and mitigation methods
- Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
- Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
This is an active recruit, with candidates being interviewed on a rolling basis. Application close date is December 14, 2016.