Strategic Plan Development

Strategic 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

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.

Desired Impacts

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.

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Farm Management

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Farm Management

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

Chiverano is a farmer association located in Nhamatanda district, about 75 miles from Beira. It was founded in 2006 and has 26 members. The association primarily produces vegetables, cereals, legumes and sesame on 50 hectares of land. Chiverano members normally buy input from Agrodealers in Manica province and sell their products at the farm gate to customers from Beira. Last season, the association grew 118 tons of produce for both household consumption and sales.  The association made around 33,000 USD in gross sales.

In 2016, Chiverano received a volunteer who provided training on how to increase the production of vegetables. The association has fertile soils on their land and access to water for their crops, but lack the necessary knowledge of farm management. Therefore, the association is requesting a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to provide technical assistance on general farm management, with a focus on farm planning.  The association is primarily seeking guidance on how to improve land use for a variety of crops and how to create a crop budget plan. 

Desired Impacts

  • Broaden members’ knowledge on farm management and crop budget
  • Increase production volume of the most profitable crops and members’ net income 

Desired Qualifications

  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town
  • Practical experience in farm management
  • Experience in developing marketing plans for smallholder farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S 

Peanut Butter Processing – General Application

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Train the Host in Peanut Butter Processing

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:

Ndzero Mbairi association is located in Ciluvo administrative post about 9 miles from Nhamatanda Village. The region of Ciluvo is known for its production of legumes and cereals during the main growing season (February – July).During this period, the production of groundnuts is very high, which leads to high surplus and low crop prices. In addition, farmers do not have a continuous, guaranteed market for groundnuts nor the technology to adequately store the surplus, which leads to farmers dumping a significant portion of what they have grown. The lack of market access and high post-harvest losses have a major negative impact on their income. In response, Ndzero Mbairi has begun creating a value-added product with their excess groundnuts – peanut butter – for household consumption and sale.

Ndzero Mbairi requests a F2F volunteer to train them on peanut butter processing and to assist with researching locally-available equipment to improve their peanut butter processing operation. Members currently utilize a traditional technique of peanut butter processing, but the group is seeking to improve their technique and increase member income.

Desired Impacts:

·         Added value to existing product through shelf-life extension

·         Increased number of local and others consumers of legumes derivatives

Desired qualifications:

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

·         Practical experience in post-harvest conservation, post-harvest management of peanuts and others crops

·         Knowledge and experience in using basic equipment required for quality control and grading of peanuts for processing

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

Technical Assistance with Vegetable and Fruit Processing

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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

Associação Simucai Kwaedza is a 48-hectacre farmer’s association that was founded in 2008. Associação Simucai Kwaedza’s activities include vegetable, cereal, legume, and sesame production and marketing.  Because Associação Simucai Kwaedza is situated along the bank of the Metuchira River, which holds water for longer periods of the year, they are able to produce vegetables for longer periods of the year. As well, the proximity to the Metuchira River means that Associação Simucai Kwaedza is able to produce on very fertile land. Last year, Associação Simucai Kwaedza produced about 105 tons of horticultural crops, including 37 tons of vegetables. Associação Simucai Kwaedza has 16 members (6 women) and is awaiting their registration.

Associação Simucai Kwaedza has suffered from significant crop loss because of post-harvest issues such as food damage.  Fortunately, food damage can be prevented by using conservation infrastructures and having a greater knowledge of various conservation methods.  Associação Simucai Kwaedza requests a volunteer to help them improve their vegetable production and management. Specifically, Associação Simucai Kwaedza seeks a volunteer who can improve their technologies and knowledge of vegetable post-harvest conservation.  This assistance will help Associação Simucai Kwaedza increase their vegetable production as well as income and profit of the Associação Simucai Kwaedza members and surrounding community.

Desired Impact

  • Added value to existing product through shelf-life extension
  • Increased number of local consumers of vegetables derivatives in the off-season.

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town
  • Practical experience in post-harvest conservation
  • Practical experience in vegetables processing for smallholder family
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.