STTA: Sweet Potato Post-Harvest Volunteer

STTA: Sweet Potato Post-Harvest Volunteer

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Assignment Location:

Minia and Bani Suef  

 

Assignment:

Post-Harvest (Curing) for Sweet Potatoes

Dates:

June 2017

Objectives:

Improve farmer’s technical knowledge and practical applications for post-harvest handling and technologies, specifically relate to curing, of sweet potatoes in Upper Egypt.

Host Background:

Sweet potatoes are mainly grown in the governorates of Minia and Bani Suef. The volunteer will be based out of the FAS project office located in Minia with visits to sweet potato farmers in the surrounding area. 

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 sustaintable, 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

Sweet potatoes are one of the key vegetable value chains in Upper Egypt that are targetted by FAS. It is widely grown in the governorates of Assiut, Aswan, Beni Suef, Menia, and Sohag of Upper Egypt. Due to Upper Egypt having both an ideal climate and soil for sweet potatoes, there are many opportunities for smallholder farmers to vertically integrate themselves into the sweet potato value chain by engaging in better production and post-harvest processes, most especially curing. However, there is a lack of both technical knowledge and infrastructure available to smallholder farmers that allow them to take advantage of simple post-harvest techniques that can increase the shelf life and profitability of their produce.  

The host therefore has requested for a volunteer to train FAS staff in post-harvest techniques that can increase the profitability and quality of sweet potatoes, mostly importantly related to curing. The volunteer will visit farmer fields that grow sweet potatoes to assess the current capacity and knowledge of farmers as well as identify any existing infrastructure that can be used for sweet potato curing. Once the volunteer has assessed the operating environment, they will develop a training plan that addresses relevant post-harvest handling techniques that farmers can use to increase the quality and production of their harvests and work with the FAS technical team to put together a training regimen for future trainings for additional farmer groups. These trainings should focus on producing sweet potatoes that are export quality to markets in the EU and Arab Gulf.

Desired Outcomes and Impacts:

Desired outcomes: Improved technical knowledge of sweet potato post-harvest handling techniques and technologies for both farmer associations trained and FAS technical staff

Desired impacts: Increase in the quality and production of smallholder farmers’ sweet potato harvest through the utilization of post-harvest techniques, including curing.

Accommodations: 

While in Minia, volunteers stay at the Grand Aton hotel which is located close to several food options and easy transport to the FAS office via taxi.

Volunteer Preparation:

The month of  June 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 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 slides, videos, overheads, PowerPoint presentations and hands-on activities to emphasize main points are strongly recommended during your assignment.

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.

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Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experienced managing post-harvest practices for sweet potatoes, specifically with utilizing and managing curing room technology
  • Extensive practical experience managing sweet potato farms
  • Knowledge of post-harvest techniques and technologies for sweet potatoes
  • Knowledge of private sector markets for sweet potatoes in Egypt, Arab Gulf, and Europe preferred
  • Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Deliverables

  • A Sweet Potato Post-Harvest Needs Assessment Report
  • Sweet Potato Post-Harvest 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. 

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STTA: Table Grapes Volunteer

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Assignment Location:

Minia, Egypt

Assignment:

Table grapes good agriculture practices (GAP), harvest, handling, and postharvest trainings

Dates:

April 2017

Objectives:

Improve farmer’s technical knowledge and practical applications to increase their incomes by improving quantity, quality and reducing losses of table grapes in Minia

Host Background:

Table grapes are considered the top deciduous fruit crop widely grown in Egypt. It is present in the seven targeted Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support Project (FAS) governorates of Upper Egypt. According to the latest 2015 statistics from the Egyptian Ministry for Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR), table grapes occupy 39,085 acres (37,224 feddans) in the seven governorates of Bani Suef, Sohag, Assiut, Minia, Luxor, Qena, and Aswan. However, Minia governorate is the largest in its cultivated area with 25,098 Feddans and subsequently with the largest number of table grape farmers. The recent Value Chain & End Market Analysis studies conducted by FAS showed that table grape productivity varies sharply from one governorate to the other. The highest productivity was noticed in Bani Suef which averaged 11.77 MT/feddan and the lowest was recorded in Qena which averaged 5.91 MT/feddan. This shows that there is opportunity for smallholder farmers to improve the productivity and quality of their orchards, which will result in an increase in smallholder farmers’ incomes. Technical trainings on GAP, harvesting, handling, and postharvest handling will can contribute to improving incomes. Starting from Minia, there are table grape farmer groups identified by the FAS agronomy team and Technical Advisor for Associations who will benefit from different project activities. And grapes growers in other governorates will follow.

 

Issue Description:

FAS works to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmer in Upper Egypt using a market-driven approach that facilitate sustaintable, 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

 

Table grapes are one of the key fruit value chains in Upper Egypt that are targetted 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 table grape value chain by engaging in better production and post-harvest processes, as well as the export of grapes to Gulf countries, Africa, and Europe. However, grape orchard management in Egypt is subject to numerous ineffiecient practices such as dormancy breaking and controlling bunch shape and berry sizes which hinder the profitability of this value chain and limit the productivity of smallholders.Local farmers’ knowledge of integrated managment practices 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 good agriculture practices of table grapes in Upper Egypt as well as the most effective treatments and protective measures to pest control, pruning, harvest, and handling. The volunteer will visit farmer grape 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, 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 and Impacts:

Desired Outcomes: Improved technical knowledge of table grapes GAP and integrated management for both farmer associations trained and FAS technical staff

Desired Impacts: Increase in smallholder farmers’ ability to effectively manage their orchards to increase their incomes

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experienced in global GAP requirements for table grapes
  • Extensive practical experience managing grapes vineyards
  • Knowledge of harvest, handling and postharvest techniques of table grapes
  • Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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Grant Solicitation: Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) Project

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Dear Prospective Offerors:

 

This notice serves as Amendment No. 1 to the Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support (FtF Egypt FAS) Project Private Sector Request for Concept Notes (RFCN) issued on January 27, 2017 with an initial submission date of March 26, 2017.

 

Due to the addition of a new information sharing workshop in Luxor, the submission date will be extended to allow attendees for that workshop adequate time to develop their concept note submission. This change has been reflected in the Amendment included herein.

 

Accordingly, the submission date for this RFCN will be extended to no later than 4:00 p.m. Luxor time, Sunday, April 16, 2017.

 

In addition, this amendment also includes answers to those questions submitted by applicants per Section III of the original RFCN, and amendments to the RFCN based on responses to those questions.

 

All other terms and conditions of the original RFCN posted on January 27, 2017. We appreciate your interest in this opportunity and look forward to receiving your Concept Note in response to this RFCN.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support Project

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