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.
União Distrital das Associações de Camponeses (UDAC) is a non-profit organization located in Manica District, approximately 31.70 miles from Chimoio Town. Legally established in 1994, the association is a union of 35 smallholder farmer associations totaling 1050 members (525 of whom are women). UDAC’s main mission is to “defend the interest of famers affiliated to the union”. Their activitiesare centeredon assisting those 35 associations in different areas such as: production and marketing ofvegetables, legumes and cereals, legalization process, training on different issues, preparationof business plans, environment, linkage of associations with different institutions and partners, land conflicts, gender and empowerment of woman etc.
The UDAC is market oriented organization with solid leadership, however, they have no strategic plan in place towards actualizing their goals. Their goals include the purchase of tractors and other farming machinery, the establishment of a strong commercialization committee to collectively manage all the commercialization processes of the members, and the diversification and increased farm production of member assocations. UDAC also seeks to answer the following three critical questions: where are they now; where are they going; and how will they get there? UDAC is seeking a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to assist with conducting a SWOT analysis, interview member and help create a strategic plan for UDAC’s board.
Members of UDAC association will have a clear vision for the future of the organization. The union will be able to follow through on all the necessary steps that will lead them forward towards meeting their strategic objectives.
Desired Qualifications of Volunteer
- Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town.
- Experience developing business and strategic plans for farmers’ associations.
- Practical experience in accounting and financial management for farmers’ associations.
- Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.