Mango Pest and Disease Volunteer

Mango Pest and Disease Volunteer

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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.

 

IV.             Deliverables

 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

 Desired Outcomes

Improved technical knowledge of disease and pest management for both farmer associations trained and FAS technical staff

Desired Impacts

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.

Business Linkages Strategy Assignment

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CNFA is implementing a three-year USAID-funded Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project. The Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project provides technical backstopping to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), which is establishing 20 new Farm Service Centers (FSCs) throughout Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and SNNPR. These FSCs are private, retail input and farm service supply businesses that serve as an innovative and replicable model for scale up in Ethiopia and throughout Africa. In addition, the Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project is strengthening the apex wholesale buying entity, EGAA Agricultural Input Suppliers PLC (EGAA), which was formed under the Commercial Farm Service Program and has been designed to streamline the inventory needs of the FSCs from multinational suppliers.

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Major Responsibilities

  • Assess and observe possible scenarios existing business strategy at EGAA Agricultural Input Supplies PLC and provide concrete steps forward to guide EGAA’s business linkages approach with local and multinational input supply corporations;
  • Design and develop a reliable business linkages strategy document for EGAA to establish long-term business relationships with top tier suppliers.

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • MA/MSc Degree in a relevant field with at least 10 years of experience in international marketing/business management; or a BA degree with equivalent years of experience;
  • Practical and proven experience in designing business negotiation methodologies and guidelines;
  • Excellent communications skills;
  • Exposure to USAID or other donor-funded programs;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Able to work under pressure with strict deadlines;
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Application deadline: December 5, 2016.

Technical Assistance with Vegetable and Fruit Processing

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

Issue Description

Associação Simucai Kwaedza is a 48-hectacre farmer’s association that was founded in 2008. Associação Simucai Kwaedza’s activities include vegetable, cereal, legume, and sesame production and marketing.  Because Associação Simucai Kwaedza is situated along the bank of the Metuchira River, which holds water for longer periods of the year, they are able to produce vegetables for longer periods of the year. As well, the proximity to the Metuchira River means that Associação Simucai Kwaedza is able to produce on very fertile land. Last year, Associação Simucai Kwaedza produced about 105 tons of horticultural crops, including 37 tons of vegetables. Associação Simucai Kwaedza has 16 members (6 women) and is awaiting their registration.

Associação Simucai Kwaedza has suffered from significant crop loss because of post-harvest issues such as food damage.  Fortunately, food damage can be prevented by using conservation infrastructures and having a greater knowledge of various conservation methods.  Associação Simucai Kwaedza requests a volunteer to help them improve their vegetable production and management. Specifically, Associação Simucai Kwaedza seeks a volunteer who can improve their technologies and knowledge of vegetable post-harvest conservation.  This assistance will help Associação Simucai Kwaedza increase their vegetable production as well as income and profit of the Associação Simucai Kwaedza members and surrounding community.

Desired Impact

  • Added value to existing product through shelf-life extension
  • Increased number of local consumers of vegetables derivatives in the off-season.

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town
  • Practical experience in post-harvest conservation
  • Practical experience in vegetables processing for smallholder family
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. 

Community Development and Proposal Writing

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

Issue Description

The Mwandama Cooperative is a union of 8 primary cooperatives that are located within 10 kilometers of each other. The Cooperative has 400 members (188 women) who grow a variety of horticultural crops including maize, pigeon peas, cassava, soybeans and sweet potatoes. The members sell their crops to the cooperatives who then clean and sort the crops for bulk sale. The Mwandama Cooperative also generates income from other activities including maize milling, running a grocery store, and renting out a truck. This Cooperative was created under the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) in 2006. Through MVP, farmers in the area were trained in improved methods of farming and given a 2,000 square meter warehouse for grain storage.  Since the MVP ended in 2015, the Mwandama Cooperative is now left to manage and source funds for their businesses by themselves.  One way the cooperative can receive funds is through grants and loans.

The Mwandama Cooperative Union requests a F2F volunteer who can provide them with formal training on writing successful proposals.  Through the volunteer assistance, the Mwandama Cooperative also hopes to strengthen their Union as a social enterprise in order to help develop their local community. 

Desired Impact

  •   Development of a winning proposal for a grant for the Cooperative Union
  • The host is expected to acquire improved knowledge and capacity to operate as a social enterprise

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Knowledge and experience in writing successful grant proposals
  • Knowledge of social enterprises
  • Good presentation and report writing skills
  • Patience while working with a host with low levels of formal education
  • 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.

Food Nutrition and Food Security Training

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

Issue Description

Frei Giorgio Zulianello Center is a professional training center for orphans aged 18 years old and younger. Frei Giorgio Zulianello is funded by the Ministry of Social Reintegration (MINARS) and the National Institution for Child Assistance and is supervised and sponsored by the Catholic Church. The 14 employees at this center work extensively with the 54 children, mentoring and educating them on various topics. Nutrition, sanitation, and healthy eating habits are all important lessons this center wants to teach its children. 

Frei Giorgio Zulianello requests a F2F volunteer to provide training to the adult employees on basic concepts of food nutrition and its relation to agriculture, how to prepare nutrition packages for the children to prevent malnutrition, and the importance of food safety and hygiene to improve sanitation. Through the volunteer assistance, Frei Giorgio Zulianello also hopes to dissemination information on nutrition and community health to the greater M’Banza Kongo area.  

Desired Impact

  • Increased knowledge of nutrition by the center’s employees and children and increased interest in consuming a healthier diet filled with a variety of vegetables, fruits and legumes
  • Increased knowledge of nutrition by the centers’ cooks to assure a balanced diet and good health of workers and children

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Extensive experience on social assistance
  • Practical experience in food nutrition improvement
  • Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Pigeon Pea Farming Assignment

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

Issue Description

Founded in 2005, Kaombe Club is a compilation of six farmer groups that sell legumes commercially.  The group has a total of 90 members who grow different crops, including, pigeon peas, soybeans, and cassava. While the members have been growing pigeon peas primarily for home consumption, the rising demand of legumes in Malawi has encouraged the members to grow pigeon pea for commercial purposes. The market demand for pigeon peas, coupled with the groups’ access to new varieties of pigeon peas and the need to address the effects of climate change has led members of the Kaombe Club to request formal training on pigeon pea farming. 

Kaombe Club is seeking assistance from a F2F volunteer to train them on best production practices, from land preparation to harvesting. 

Desired Impact

  • Ability to grow Pigeon peas in a commercially viable and efficient way
  • Increased total commodity production of Pigeon peas

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experience with pigeon pea production, preferably in tropical areas or in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Knowledge of innovative and easily transferrable pigeon pea farming methods
  • Patience and positive attitude when working with local Malawian farmers
  • 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.

Webpage Content Development Assignment

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CNFA is implementing a three-year USAID-funded Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project. The Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project provides technical backstopping to the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), which is establishing 20 new Farm Service Centers (FSCs) throughout Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and SNNPR. These FSCs are private, retail input and farm service supply businesses that serve as an innovative and replicable model for scale up in Ethiopia and throughout Africa. In addition, the Feed the Future Ethiopia Farm Service Center Project is strengthening the apex wholesale buying entity, EGAA Agricultural Input Suppliers PLC (EGAA), which was formed under the Commercial Farm Service Program and has been designed to streamline the inventory needs of the FSCs from multinational suppliers.

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Major Responsibilities

  • Define EGAA’s business scope to be clearly and sufficiently depicted on EGAA’s website;
  • Conceptualize, design and produce intuitive, user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing, thematically appropriate and technically efficient webpage content and layout that adheres to best web practices and standards;
  • Provide training and technical assistance to EGAA staff on how to efficiently manage the website;
  • Produce other communication materials like brochures, leaflets and fliers for EGAA

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer:

  • College degree and/or equivalent experience in Graphic Design or Communications;
  • Experience with word processing techniques and standards;
  • Background or skills in publishing, editorial operations or desktop publishing and experience in editorial content creation or multipurpose communication material preparations;
  • Individual must have demonstrated skills and verified experience in a Windows and Linux environment;
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, graphic manipulation and creation, and knowledge of web authoring tools is preferred.

Deadline: December 15th, 2016 

Legume Production – General Application

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CNFA is always accepting applications of individuals experienced in legume processing, (soybean, peanuts, etc.) who are interested in serving as Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers. If you see a specific volunteer assignment that you are interested in, please apply directly to that solicitation. If there are not any assignments that fit your skillset within legume processing, please submit your information through this general application.

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 in-country 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 objectives that are determined by the needs of the host organization. Some examples of legume production assignment objectives include:

Example Objectives

  • Train smallholder farmers and community members in legume production techniques, potentially including integrated pest management and/or soil fertility management
  • Assist in the development of a production plan for farms or farmer associations.
  • Advise farmers on how to maximize the use of available water resources.
  • Assist farmers in defining resources necessary to implement a strategic plan (labor, machinery, tools, seeds, fertilizer).

Example Volunteer Qualifications

  • Degree and extensive experience in agriculture, agribusiness, agronomy, crop and soil science, farm management, or related field.
  • Practical experience in growing legumes (soybeans, peanuts, common, beans, etc).
  • Knowledge and experience in farm management.
  • Experience in small scale irrigation systems – set up, maintenance, use of.
  • Knowledge of integrated pest management, soil conservation, and crop rotation principles.
  • Experience in adult education.
  • Good presentation and report writing skills.
  • You must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be a F2F volunteer.

These trips are volunteer-based, but all trip-related expenses are covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Horticultural Processing – General Application

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CNFA is always accepting applications of individuals experienced in horticulture production, who are interested in serving as Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers in the future. If you see a specific volunteer assignment that you are interested in, please apply directly to that solicitation. If there are not any assignments that fit your skillset within horticultural production, please submit your information through this general application.

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 objectives that are determined by the needs of the host organization. Some examples of horticulture processing assignment objectives include:

Example Objectives

  • Provide recommendations on how to improve food quality and safety
  • Training on harvesting, fresh fruit receiving, identification and sorting, cold storage, order accumulation, packaging, and/or transport.
  • Provide warehouse operators with training on commodity grading and warehouse management.
  • Evaluate the testing methods of the nutrition lab and improve upon these methods based on modern techniques.
  • Setup cold storage operation with host; including humidity and temperature control in cooling rooms.
  • Build the capacity for effective and efficient production of value-added fruit/vegetable products such as juices, purees, or dried fruits; may include assisting host create standard recipes for their goods.
  • Prepare a comprehensive, step-by-step processing manual to leave with the host. This manual will serve as an ongoing resource to ensure high-quality processing after the volunteer departs.

Example Volunteer Qualifications

  • Degree and/or extensive experience in agriculture, agribusiness, horticulture, food processing and technology, food sciences, nutrition, or related field.
  • Experience in post-harvest management of fruits and/or vegetables.
  • Experience with controlled atmosphere systems, including the use of computer-controlled cold storage systems.
  • Experience in nutrition and testing of nutritional value of foodstuffs.
  • Knowledge of the physiological aspects of fruit and vegetable storage.
  • Skills in development and processing of juice and other fruit/vegetable value added products.
  • Knowledge of operation and maintenance of produce processing plants.
  • Knowledge and experience in using basic equipment required for quality control and grading of fruit/vegetables.
  • Be able to teach local farmers how to harvest, sort, clean, calibrate and package fresh fruits/vegetables in basic conditions.
  • Experience in adult education.
  • Good presentation and report writing skills.
  • Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

These trips are volunteer-based, but all trip-related expenses are covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.