Hot Sauce Processing – Marie and Associates

Hot Sauce Processing – Marie and Associates

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Farmer to Farmer description

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

Marie Chikuni has owned Marie and Associates since 2015.  Ms. Chikuni produces chili sauce using a local variety of chili pepper called Kambuzi, which she sells both locally and internationally.  Due to the success of her company, she is planning to construct a bigger processing factory in 2017.

 

Marie’s clients were reporting a loss of quality after 3 months and a change of color; the sauce changed from bright orange to light brown color. The host is requesting expertise through the F2F Program on how to improve shelf life and other quality issues.  Through the volunteers’ assistance, Ms. Chikuni would like to ensure the hot sauce will remain fresh for at least 12 months unopened.

 

Desired Impacts

•  Improved processing methodology and procedures to allow longer shelf life of the final product.

•  Increase in total commodity sales.

 

Desired Qualifications

·   Extensive experience in food processing for mass markets, particularly in hot sauce.

·   Experience and knowledge in food science and food preservation.

·   Experience in managing or consulting processing companies.

·   Prior experience working with small enterprises or agribusinesses in Africa strongly preferred.

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

 

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Soybean and Peanut Production – Mwati Farmers Cooperative Society Limited

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Farmer to Farmer description

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

Mwati Farmers Cooperative Society Limited was formed in 2011 with the aim of encouraging smallholder farmers in the area to adopt improved farming technologies and increased access to markets through collective marketing. The group become formerly registered as a cooperative in 2016 and has a total membership of 300 (50 males and 250 females).

Mwati Farmers’ Cooperative is mainly produces soybeans and peanuts, however they have been struggling with low yields and decreased produce from pests and diseases. The host has requested a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to train them in best soybean and peanut farming techniques. The training will involve the general management of soybean and peanuts crops starting from land preparation to harvesting.

Desired Outcomes

·   Ability to grow soybean and pigeon peas in a commercially viable way.

·   Increase in total commodity production.

Desired Qualifications

·   Experienced soybean and peanut farmer or experience with soybean & peanut production, preferably in tropical areas or in Sub-Saharan Africa.

·   Knowledge of innovative and easily transferrable soybean & peanut farming methods.

·   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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Proposal Development – Kanthu Ndi Khama Cooperative

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Farmer to Farmer description

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

Tiyamike Mathiya Cooperative is a group of cassava processors with 76 members, of which 52 are women. The group became formally registered as a Cooperative in 2013. The group has built a small factory and owns a processing machine to produce cassava flour, however, they have discovered that there is better business in further processing the flour into starch. The group currently takes their cassava flour to other processors to make starch, but would like to purchase their own machine to produce cassava starch.

The group would like to purchase another machine to turn cassava flour into cassava starch, which they can sell as a final product. The group would like to apply for a grant or a soft loan to purchase the machinery and have requested for a farmer to farmer volunteer to train them on how to develop a winning proposal and business plan.

Desired Impacts

·   Development of a winning proposal

·   Increase in total commodity sales and income

 

Desired qualifications

·   Extensive experience in working with rural agricultural cooperatives/associations

·   Knowledge and experience in writing successful grant proposals

·   Patience while working with a host with low levels of formal education.

·   Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred

·   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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Farming Business Management and Business Plan Development – Kanthu Ndi Khama Cooperative

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Farmer to Farmer description

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

Kanthu ndi Khama (Likalazi) COMSIP cooperative Society Limited started in 2013 as a fish farming club. The cooperative is comprised of four clubs – “Makaka” (cassava) club, fish club, bee keeping club and Village Savings and Loan Club. Currently, the group is finalizing their formal registration with Ministry of Trade and Industry and has 189 members (109 females, 80 males).

Though there is a market for cassava and fish grown by the group, the members’ lack of knowledge on business management is affecting the growth and success of their business. Specifically, members have little information of business practices such as how to prepare some basic financial records and develop a viable business plan. The group has therefore requested for a business management expert through Farmer to Farmer program to train them in these areas.

Desired Impacts

·   Improvement in business management skills

·   Increase in sales

 

Desired qualifications

·   Experience in business management for cooperatives

·   Experienced in business plan development for small businesses

·   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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General Factory Management

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Farmer to Farmer description

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

Phalombe Association is a group of farmers who grow different crops, including: sunflower, soybeans, chilies and pigeon peas. Since forming in 2008, Phalombe association has 2000 registered members (1200 female, 800 male).

 

Phalombe Association recently received a grant from Farm Income Diversification Program and built a sunflower processing factory, to produce a high-quality sunflower oil that meets the specifications of the Malawi Bureau of Standards so that it can be accepted on the local and international markets. The members and leaders need to be trained on how to do the actual processing of the cooking oil and how to manage the factory in general. The group has requested a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to train them in basic factory management and sunflower cooking oil processing. Members of Phalombe are also requesting assistance with developing an efficient record keeping system.

Desired Outcomes

·   The group is expected to acquire improved capacity to run their factory effectively and improve operational efficiency.

·   Acquire skills in sunflower oil processing.

·   High quality sunflower cooking oil produced.

·   Efficient record keeping system developed and sustained.

 

Desired Qualifications

·   Experienced in factory management.

·   Knowledge and experience of cooking oil processing.

·   Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred.

·   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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General Factory Management – General Application

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General Factory Management

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 all trip-related expenses are covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Issue Description:

Phalombe Association is a farmers’ association which grows different crops such as sunflower, soybeans, chilies and pigeon peas. Established in 2008 by National Smallholder Farmer’s Association (NASFAM), Phalombe association has 2000 registered members, including 1200 females and 800 males. In 2014, Phalombe Association received a grant from Farm Income Diversification Program (FIDP) through Malawi Enterprise Productivity Enhancement (MEPE) to build a sunflower processing factory. The group plans to produce sunflower cooking oil which will be sold on the local markets and shops.

 

Phalombe Association requests a F2F volunteer to train them on basic factory management skills, how to develop an efficient record keeping system and production planning. Through the volunteer assistance, the association hopes to create a competent team that will lead to the success of their business.  

Desired Impacts:

·         Acquire improved capacity to run their factory effectively and improve operational efficiency

·         Develop efficient record keeping system

Desired qualifications:

·         Experienced in factory management

·         Knowledge of cooking oil processing skills is highly preferred

·         Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Malawian town

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

Macadamia Farming – General Application

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Macadamia Farming

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:

Nachisaka Macadamia Cooperative was established by a group of farmers in 2003 with the support of    Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture to encourage former tobacco smallholder farmers to diversify into other crops such as macadamia. Since its establishment, Nachisaka Macadamia Cooperative has continued to receive macadamia seedlings from the Ministry of Agriculture. In addition to macadamia production, the cooperative also buys and re-sells farm produce such as soybeans, groundnuts and maize as a way of increasing their income. Officially registered as a cooperative in 2009, the group currently has a total of 35 members, including 28 men and 7 women.

Nachisaka Macadamia Cooperative requests a F2F volunteer to train them on macadamia farming techniques. The training will involve the general management of macadamia starting from land preparation to harvesting.  The training will be both practical and theoretical.

Desired Impacts:

·         Ability to grow macadamia in a commercially viable way

·         Increase in total commodity production

 

Desired qualifications:

·         Experienced in Macadamia production, preferably in tropical or Sub-Saharan Africa.

·         Knowledge of innovative and easily transferrable Macadamia farming methods.

·         Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred.

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