Jesus Is Lord Farm – Irrigation and Water Management

Jesus Is Lord Farm – Irrigation and Water Management

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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

 

Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Farm is a family owned business which started in 2003. The farm grows various high value horticultural crops such as tomatoes, green papers, eggplants, chilies onions and bananas. The farm also has small greenhouse structure which they use to produce these crops. The host’s vision is to fully venture into automated greenhouse crop production. The host uses surface irrigation system for the growth of their crops.

 

Jesus Is Lord Farm intends to fully venture into automated greenhouse crop production, but first need to address how to efficiently use the scarce water available for their production practices. The farm has requested assistance from a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to help them design and set up a drip irrigation system on the farm, and provide training on water management to improve the use of available water.

Desired Outcomes

  • Design and install drip irrigation system on the farm
  • Identify and implement suitable water management techniques

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experience in designing and installation of drip irrigation system
  • Knowledge of water management techniques
  • Experience working cross culturally in developing countries
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Malawian town
  • 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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Kabeza Cooperative- Business Management and Business Plan Development

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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

Kabeza Cooperative was formally registered as a cooperative in June 2013 with the goal of sharing ideas with its members on economic empowerment through farming. The Cooperative has 10 clubs with a total of 187 members (108 males and 79 females). Members of the cooperative grow a variety of crops, including, soybeans, peanuts, sunflower and beans. Once the crops are harvested, the cooperative collectively sells the crops through the Agricultural Commodity Exchange (ACE).

Kabeza Cooperative is able to get reasonable price for their produce, but the members’ lack of business knowledge causes problems with tracking their operational costs and profits. The cooperative is requesting a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer consultant to conduct an assessment on their current business, provide trainings on how to improve the business management structure, and provide assistance with developing a simple practical business plan for the cooperative.

Desired Impacts

  • Strategic business plan developed
  • Effective business team established
  • Increase in total commodity sales

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experience in business management for cooperatives
  • Extensive experience and knowledge in developing  strategic business plans
  • Experience leading training sessions for adult learners with varying degrees of comprehension and potential illiteracy
  • Good presentation and report writing skills
  • 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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Stall Feeding and Disease Management in Beef Cattle

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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

Dolo Livestock Cooperative Society Limited is a group of farmers that raise beef cattle commercially. The group was formed in 2016 by the Malawi Government Initiative through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, with the objective of mobilizing cattle farmers in the area and introducing them to commercial beef production. The group was trained in cooperative formation principles in the same year by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Currently, the cooperative has 38 registered members: 32 males and 6 females. The cooperative’s long term vision is to have a community-based beef abattoir/slaughterhouse.

 

Dolo Cooperative raises its cattle free-range, whereby roughages such as maize stove, groundnuts tops and grass are the main feed. The cattle are rarely provided feed concentrates and supplements and are susceptible to different diseases. Dolo cooperative has requested a beef cattle expert through the Farmer to Farmer program to train them on the nutritional needs of cattle, feed formulation and disease management improve the quality of their animals and increase the cooperative’s profits. 

Desired Impacts

  • Stall feeding system for fattening beef cattle designed
  • Beef formulation ration/ recipe produced and sustained
  • Suitable disease management techniques identified and implemented

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experience in intensive  beef cattle production
  • Practical knowledge of feeds and feeding of beef cattle
  • Knowledge of disease management for  beef cattle
  • Experience working cross culturally in developing countries
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Malawian town
  • 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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Soy Milk Processing-Mdunga/Kasiya Cooperative

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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

 

Mdunga/Kasiya cooperative is a group of 25 farmers who produce soymilk using soybeans grown by the individual members. The cooperative became fully registered in 2010 with the support of the Malawi Government’s One Village One Product project. The hosts’ primary market is the local community, and the main beneficiaries are the buyers and members. Buyers benefit nutritionally while the members benefit economically after selling their product.

 

 The primary challenge of this cooperative has been the short shelf life of their soymilk which has limited the level of production and access to formal markets.. Despite having received electric equipment to process soybeans and trainingon soy milk processing from OVOP, the group still needs a comprehensive training on general management of the processing equipment and training on how to improve the shelf life of their product. Mdunga/Kasiya Cooperative has requested assistance from a Farmer-Farmer volunteer to help them address their challenges in soy milk. By receiving this technical support, the cooperative hopesto produce high quality milk and reach agreements with formal markets.  

Desired Outcomes

  • Produce high quality product
  • Increase the shelf life of soymilk
  • Ability to sell soymilk at formal markets

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experience in processing of food products particularly soy bean
  • Experience and knowledge in food science and food preservation
  • Practical experience in value addition of processed products
  • Knowledge of food safety standards
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Malawian town
  • 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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Fruit Juice Processing-Liwinza Wine Cooperative

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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

 

Liwinza Wine Cooperative is a group of 23 farmers who produce wine and honey.  Liwinza Wine Cooperative recently received a grant from a UNDP-funded project – Sustainable Land Development (SLD) to build a small wine factory. product diversification as a way to generate income. In addition to honey and wine, Liwinza Wine Cooperative plans to start producing fruit juice from a variety of fruits, including oranges, mangoes, baobab, pineapples and guavas. Since the members have not been trained on how to produce fruit juice, Liwinza Wine Cooperative has requested a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to train them on fruit juice processing.

Desired Outcomes

  • Produce a variety of fruit juices to diversify their products sold 
  • Increase in sales

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experience and knowledge in processing of fruit juice.
  • 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.