Food Nutrition and Food Security Training

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.

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.