Citrus Nursery Management

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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Mavanga Nleke-Cooperative Management & Leadership

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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.

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Market Study

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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

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

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Eniasrasse Nsoro Semente – Cooperative Management & Leadership

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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. 

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Citrus Nursery Management and Seed Production – Magave

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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

  • Magave cooperative is located in the village of Wolongo in M’Banza Kongo, Angola, and consists of 35 members. The cooperative board controls 1500 hectares, of which only 214 hectares of land are used for production. They grow fruits, vegetables and legumes, such as bananas, oranges, lemons, mangoes, papayas, tomatoes, green pepper, eggplants, okra, leaf cabbage, head cabbage, common beans, soybeans, cassava and maize.Their farming methods are also well mechanized, as the cooperative uses tractors, rotators, planters, a seed drill, etc.
  • Magave cooperative intends to expand the area under fruit production by 50%, however, there are some problems hindering the fruit farming industry in the Magave cooperative; primarily citrus disease such as citrus canker, melanose, creasy spot, sooty mold, root rot, and insects like: aphids, citrus, whitefly, orange dog caterpillars, citrus thrips, and brown soft scale. The cooperative hopes to start growing in green houses and introduce fruit grafting methods; in addition, the farmers hope that good farming methods may enable the farmer to extend the idea to the neighboring communities, and start providing citrus plants to farmers in M’banza Congo. The cooperative has requested assistance from a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer provide technical assistance in training his farm members on citrus nursery management. 

Desired Impacts

  • Improved knowledge on pest management and disease control techniques;
  • Improved management of citrus production, grafting techniques and seed multiplication.

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Fruit (specifically citrus) and horticulture expert with a background in seed multiplication, grafting, and citrus production management;
  • Prior experience working with cooperatives;
  • Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is desired but not preferred;
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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

Citrus Nursery Management – Lukunga

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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

  • Lukunga is a 23-member farmer association, with 25 hectares in production, located in Quero Commune, about 60 kilometers from Soyo, Zaire Province, Angola. Lukunga currently produces oranges, pineapples, beans, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and cabbage. The farm employs 17 permanent workers, and another 6 temporary workers as needed during the year.
  • The association struggles with the quantity and quality of their citrus production (currently 8 hectares). The hope is to expand the current area under production by 50%, with the intent to become a major supplier of citrus transplants for area farmers. Lukunga seeks an F2F Volunteer in order to provide training on nursery propagation and grafting, as well as general orchard management.

Desired Impacts

  • Improved production/management techniques.
  • Improved variety of fruits being produced.
  • Improved knowledge/application of grafting techniques.
  • Increase in area under production by 50%.

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  •  Willingness to work for a week or more in rural Angola.
  • Agronomist/expert with experience in grafting (particularly citrus).
  • Experience working with farmer cooperatives.
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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