Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Consultant

Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Consultant

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Host Organization:                 Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project

Assignment Location:             Addis Ababa

Duration of Assignment:         Up to20 working days

 

Assignment

Develop FSC Financial Management tools

 

Dates:

May 2017/June 2017 (10 working days in country plus travel days, and up to 10 working days remotely)

 

Objectives:

Design an FSC Financial Management and Operations Standard Operations Toolkit with Templates.

Program Description:

 

The Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project (herein after called the “Project”) is a three-year initiative implemented by CNFA in partnership with USAID. The project provides technical assistance and implementation support to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) in establishing 20 Farm Service Centers (FSCs) throughout the Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ (SNNPR), and Tigray regions of Ethiopia. The main goal of the project is to improve smallholder farmers’ access to agricultural inputs, improved agricultural technologies and good agricultural practices and improve farm productivity, food security and incomes. The Project directly addresses the USAID/Ethiopia Strategic Objective of “increased growth and resiliency in rural Ethiopia” and directly aligns with the United States Government’s (USG) Feed the Future initiative goal to “sustainably reduce poverty and hunger” and Government of Ethiopia’s (GOE) priority areas of increasing smallholder productivity through improved access to inputs and agronomic and veterinary services.

The central goal of the project is to further institutionalize the Farm Service Center (FSC) Business Model within the Ethiopian ATA’s transformation agenda, which aims to improve smallholder farmers’ production and productivity. The Project has three intervention areas, namely:

IR 1: Improved capacity of ATA to implement rural development programs;

IR 2: Increased competitiveness of EGAA agricultural input suppliers PLC; and 

IR 3: Improved Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning capacity of ATA. 

In addition, the Project intervenes across a range of cross-cutting activities including gender integration, environmental stewardship, communications and public outreach, leveraging partnerships, and coordinating with relevant local initiatives. In the implementation process, the Project combines expertise of Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) volunteers and local experts to supplement internal capabilities.  

Through the establishment of 20 FSCs, the Project is leveraging more than $3.12 million in new investments from participating Ethiopian entrepreneurs. The FSCs supply high quality and affordable agricultural inputs to more than 100,000 smallholder farmers, facilitating the creation of over 150 direct new jobs at FSCs and providing training in best agricultural practices and input-demand creation activities to 10,300 smallholder farmers.  

Assignment Description:

Currently ATA is in the process of finalizing the ribbon-cutting events that will launch 10 FSCs into operation. CNFA believes that FSC start-up operations influence the FSCs’ level of success. As FSCs emerge, it is critical to have Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in place to establish strong financial management systems and processes and ensure that FSC finances adhere to locally and internationally recognized accounting and financial management standards and protocols. Additionally, SOPs can help FSC owners maintain reliable financial statements and reports. The first year of operation is a critical time for FSC staff and managers to acquire sufficient business management experience while Project support is still available. The Project will only cover salaries and some operational costs for approximately 12-15 months with the assumption that within that time frame, the FSCs will build a sufficient customer base and generate a steady cash flow to carry the business forward in subsequent years.

Major Responsibilities:

 

On the first assignment day, the Project will provide sample Standard Operating Procedures for FSC administration and operations in order to demonstrate the Project’s expectations. This assignment is about the development of a comprehensive and hands-on Standard Operating Procedures Manual for financial systems tailored specifically to FSC operations.

 

·           Assess and gather relevant information about existing FSC financial record keeping and reporting processes (questionnaires, reviews of existing FSC processes to design SOPs that can be replicable across FSCs).

·           Develop financial management Standard Operating Procedures to be used across FSCs.

o   Accounting process descriptions from source documents to financial report preparations.

o   Design accounting codes for overall FSC operations.

o   Define an internal control system including segregation of duties and dual controls.

o   Basic accounting records tools (receipts, journals, payroll, payment vouchers) and methods of recording (e.g. depreciation, purchases, sales).

o   Financial policy, recording and accounting procedures.

o   Develop templates for all accounting systems and types.

 

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer:

 MA/MSc Degree and above in a relevant field with extensive experience in financial management systems development for over 10 years.

– Practical experience in financial management and systems design;

– Excellent project planning, business management and communications skills;

– Exposure to USAID or other donor-funded programs;

– Excellent financial and organization skills and attention to detail;

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

 

Desired Impacts:

·    Increased number of new FSCs with vested interest in implementation of uniform financial management SOPs;

·    Increased number of new FSCs with strong financial record-keeping processes.

 

Host Profile Verification Items

·     Number of FSCs implementing uniform financial SOPs increased.

 

Assignment Itinerary:

 

Day 1:

Morning: Meet with the Project’s Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, and Finance Specialist to refine the overall expected outcome of the assignment.  

Afternoon: Meet with the DCOP to get an overview of current program assignment timetable review.

 

Days 2-3: Visit Bishoftu FSC to gather information and templates how existing FSCs conduct finance-related operations.

 

Days 4-6: Visit Shashemene FSC to gather information and templates how existing FSCs conduct finance-related operations.

 

Days 7-10: Begin developing SOPs and templates, develop accompany training PPTs and deliver assignment debriefing with the field office.

 

Days 11-18: Finalize the development of SOPs and templates, develop accompany training PPTs.

 

Day 19: Share finalized copies of deliverables with the Field Office for final approval.

 

Day 20: Incorporate any additional feedback into documents, finalize deliverables and submit to Field Office.

 

Accommodations:

1. Hotel Accommodations:

·   Desalegn Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;

·   Contact Information: +251 116 624524;

·    Desalegn Hotel will arrange airport pick-up and transport to the hotel.

 

2. Transportation Facilities:

·    Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Project will provide daily pick-up to the hotel and office and hotel;

·    Provide business trips transportation and translation facilities.

  

3. Communications:

·     The project will provide a mobile phone and credit for the entire assignment period.

 

Recommended Preparation:

·     The month of May is a relatively hot season in Ethiopia.

·      It is also recommended that the Volunteer Consultant should take anti-malarial medication and receive all necessary vaccines prior to departure from home country. 

·      It is recommended to keep medicine and other important items with you in your handbag or carry on in case luggage is misplaced during transit.

 

Outreach:

CNFA requests that each volunteer completes at least eight hours of outreach after returning from an assignment.  This includes newspaper articles, presentations, any conversations you had about your project, and other modes of communication. Please keep this in mind during your project, and ensure that you are taking notes to correspond with photographs, meetings, or notable activities.  Your Washington DC coordinator will follow up with you both during a debriefing and again several months after your assignment is completed to get an update of your outreach efforts.

Contact Information:

CNFA – Ethiopia

Martha Zewdie

Administration Officer

CNFA Feed the Future Farm Service Center Project Ethiopia

+251(0)911-468452 [mobile]

mzewdie@cnfaethiopia.org

Feed the Future Farm Service Center Project Office Address

Yeshi Building, 4th Floor

Bole Road

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Azeb Teshale

Reception & Secretary

CNFA Feed the Future Farm Service Center Project

Ethiopia

+251(0)911-747359 [mobile]

ateshale@cnfaethiopia.org

  

Project Host(s) in Ethiopia

·   USAID Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

·   For information regarding FSCs visit http://www.cfspethiopia.org/

·   For information regarding ATA visit http://www.ata.gov.et/

Volunteer: Mango Harvest Management

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Assignment

Maturity indices, harvest, handling and post-harvest management for mangoes

Dates

May 2017

Objectives

Improve farmer’s technical knowledge and practical applications for higher quality and reduced losses of mangoes in Upper Egypt

Host Background

Mangoes are one of the value chains that has great potential and impact on improving incomes of small farmers in Upper Egypt as identified by the Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support project (FAS). According to the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR) 2014 statistics, mangoes occupies 22,874 feddans (23,743 acres) in the governorates of Beni Suef, Sohag, Assuit, Menia, Aswan, Luxor, and Qena. The Aswan governorate produces the largest amount of mangoes with 10,633 feddans (11,037 acres) of groves. Small farmers need training on harvest, handling and post-harvest in order to improve quality of their produce, which will result in an increase in smallholder farmers’ incomes. Mango groves are generally located in the Wady Elnokra, Wady Elsaaida, Nasser Alnoba, and Edfu districts in the Aswan governorate. In each of these regions, there are mango famer groups identified by the FAS agronomy team and Technical Advisor for Associations who will benefit from different project activities.

Issue Description

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 for juice and freezing. However, mango trees in Egypt are subject to numerous shortcomings in orchard establishment and agriculture practices such as poor training, pruning, and irrigation that hinders the profitability of this value chain and limits the productivity of smallholders. One key example that is common are trees with 15-20 meter high canopies that reduces the crop and decreases the quality of fruits. Local farmers’ knowledge of deciding the best stage to harvest and management practices of harvest and handling are limited and management plans generally do not exist. Farmers do not have the technical knowledge to identify common post-harvest treatments as well as sorting, grading, and packing that are required for better marketing opportunities which will play an important role in increasing their incomes and provide job opportunities.

 

The host therefore has requested for a volunteer to train them in identifying common practices to improve harvest and handling of mangoes in Upper Egypt as well as the most effective treatments and measures to enhance 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. 

Deliverables

CNFA’s Training Beneficiaries Record, Mango Training Curriculum, 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. 

Desired Outcomes

Improved technical knowledge of fruit maturity indices, harvest and handling management for both farmer associations trained and FAS technical staff

Desired Impacts

Increase in smallholder farmers’ ability to improve fruit quality and reduce losses

Accommodations

While in Aswan, volunteers stay at the Helnan Hotel. This is located on the east bank of the Nile in Aswan and located close to several food options and easy transport to the FAS office via taxi.

Outreach

CNFA requests each volunteer to complete outreach activities after returning from an assignment.  Volunteer outreach helps foster cultural understanding and spreads the word about U.S. international development efforts. Outreach activities include any conversations you have about your project, newspaper articles, presentations, social media posts, or other events.  Please keep this in mind during your project, and ensure that you are taking notes to correspond with photographs, meetings, or notable activities.  Your Washington DC coordinator will follow up with you both during debriefing and again several months after your assignment is completed to get an update of your outreach efforts.

For full assignment itinerary and project contacts, please download the full description at the bottom of this job posting.

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experienced managing maturity indices, harvest and handling in fruit trees, especially mango
  • Extensive practical experience managing fruit trees, especially mango
  • Knowledge of common postharvest requirements for fruit trees
  • Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Volunteer Preparation

  • The month of May is the spring season in Egypt. Volunteers are encouraged therefore to bring some clothes for warm weather. 
  • CNFA volunteer assignments require some pre-departure preparation by the volunteer, since time in country is limited. Please consult with your CNFA program officer or field staff for any information or assistance you need to properly prepare for your assignment. Needed materials can be discussed with in-country staff, via email, prior to departure.
  • The volunteer will be equipped with local cell phone for easy communication with FAS team in Egypt.
  • The volunteer will have full access to an FAS laptop computer, flip-chart stand, and other office equipment. Please inform FAS staff if training will require additional resources.
  • The use of videos, PowerPoint presentations and hands-on activities to emphasize main points are strongly recommended during your assignment.

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Composting Volunteer

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Assignment

Management of farm residuals and production of compost

Dates

April- May 2017

Objectives

Increase incomes of small farmers in Upper Egypt by producing organic fertilizer from farm residuals, improve soil fertility, water holding capacity, and irrigation efficiency 

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

 

Currently many Upper Egyptian farmers burn organic residuals from their horticulture production which is considered a source of environmental pollution while others leave residuals around their orchard which is considered a source of pests and disease. Compost production utilizes all farm residuals, improves the production, efficiency, and profitability of FAS small farmers for different value chains within their farmer associations as well as decreasing input costs for fertilizer. The key benefits compost production are as follows:

·         Increased agricultural productivity through:

o   Improved soil conditioning (i.e. physical and chemical characteristics)

o   Disease suppression

o   Pathogen destruction

·         Reduced waste disposal costs and water usage

·         More positive environmental impact

 

The host has therefore requested for a volunteer to train them in common practices to produce compost from farm residuals in Upper Egypt. The volunteer will visit farmer groups 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. 

Deliverables

Horticulture Residual Composting Training Curriculum, 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. 

Desired Outcomes

Improved technical knowledge of farm residuals management for both farmer associations and FAS technical staff

Desired Impacts

Increase in smallholder farmers’ income by producing organic fertilizer and improve environmental impact and disease and pest infection rates

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experienced managing farm residuals
  • Extensive practical experience in compost production
  • Knowledge of common organic fertilizers to horticulture crops
  • Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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Jesus Is Lord Farm – Irrigation and Water Management

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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.

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Citrus Nursery Management

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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

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Kabeza Cooperative- Business Management and Business Plan Development

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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.

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Stall Feeding and Disease Management in Beef Cattle

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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.

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Strategic Plan Development

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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.

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Soy Milk Processing-Mdunga/Kasiya Cooperative

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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.

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