Legume Production – General Application

Legume Production – General Application

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CNFA is always accepting applications of individuals experienced in legume processing, (soybean, peanuts, etc.) who are interested in serving as Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers. If you see a specific volunteer assignment that you are interested in, please apply directly to that solicitation. If there are not any assignments that fit your skillset within legume processing, please submit your information through this general application.

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 in-country 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 objectives that are determined by the needs of the host organization. Some examples of legume production assignment objectives include:

Example Objectives

  • Train smallholder farmers and community members in legume production techniques, potentially including integrated pest management and/or soil fertility management
  • Assist in the development of a production plan for farms or farmer associations.
  • Advise farmers on how to maximize the use of available water resources.
  • Assist farmers in defining resources necessary to implement a strategic plan (labor, machinery, tools, seeds, fertilizer).

Example Volunteer Qualifications

  • Degree and extensive experience in agriculture, agribusiness, agronomy, crop and soil science, farm management, or related field.
  • Practical experience in growing legumes (soybeans, peanuts, common, beans, etc).
  • Knowledge and experience in farm management.
  • Experience in small scale irrigation systems – set up, maintenance, use of.
  • Knowledge of integrated pest management, soil conservation, and crop rotation principles.
  • Experience in adult education.
  • Good presentation and report writing skills.
  • You must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be a F2F volunteer.

These trips are volunteer-based, but all trip-related expenses are covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Horticultural Processing – General Application

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CNFA is always accepting applications of individuals experienced in horticulture production, who are interested in serving as Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers in the future. If you see a specific volunteer assignment that you are interested in, please apply directly to that solicitation. If there are not any assignments that fit your skillset within horticultural production, please submit your information through this general application.

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 objectives that are determined by the needs of the host organization. Some examples of horticulture processing assignment objectives include:

Example Objectives

  • Provide recommendations on how to improve food quality and safety
  • Training on harvesting, fresh fruit receiving, identification and sorting, cold storage, order accumulation, packaging, and/or transport.
  • Provide warehouse operators with training on commodity grading and warehouse management.
  • Evaluate the testing methods of the nutrition lab and improve upon these methods based on modern techniques.
  • Setup cold storage operation with host; including humidity and temperature control in cooling rooms.
  • Build the capacity for effective and efficient production of value-added fruit/vegetable products such as juices, purees, or dried fruits; may include assisting host create standard recipes for their goods.
  • Prepare a comprehensive, step-by-step processing manual to leave with the host. This manual will serve as an ongoing resource to ensure high-quality processing after the volunteer departs.

Example Volunteer Qualifications

  • Degree and/or extensive experience in agriculture, agribusiness, horticulture, food processing and technology, food sciences, nutrition, or related field.
  • Experience in post-harvest management of fruits and/or vegetables.
  • Experience with controlled atmosphere systems, including the use of computer-controlled cold storage systems.
  • Experience in nutrition and testing of nutritional value of foodstuffs.
  • Knowledge of the physiological aspects of fruit and vegetable storage.
  • Skills in development and processing of juice and other fruit/vegetable value added products.
  • Knowledge of operation and maintenance of produce processing plants.
  • Knowledge and experience in using basic equipment required for quality control and grading of fruit/vegetables.
  • Be able to teach local farmers how to harvest, sort, clean, calibrate and package fresh fruits/vegetables in basic conditions.
  • Experience in adult education.
  • Good presentation and report writing skills.
  • Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

These trips are volunteer-based, but all trip-related expenses are covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Business Development – General Application

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CNFA is always accepting applications of individuals experienced in horticulture production, who are interested in serving as Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers in the future. If you see a specific volunteer assignment that you are interested in, please apply directly to that solicitation. If there are not any assignments that fit your skillset within horticultural production, please submit your information through this general application.

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.

While each volunteer assignment has distinct objectives that are determined by the needs of the host organization, business development assignments will often work with farm management, business plan development, cooperative development, and/or strategic planning. Some examples of business development assignment objectives include:

Example Objectives

  • Assess the current farmer association development stage (SWOT analysis) and define the path that they should follow in order to be a well-organized producer cooperative.
  • Assist in the development of a production plan for farms, farmer associations, or cooperatives.
  • Assist farmers in defining resources necessary to implement a strategic plan (labor, machinery, tools, seeds, fertilizer).
  • Assist members of an association to develop a clear vision for the future of their organization.
  • Train the board of directors of a farmer association in strategic business planning, leading to increased association revenues and profits.
  • Empower farmer group leaders on leadership strategies and organizational management by stressing the importance of participatory management.
  • Train smallholder farmers on the importance and best practices of financial record keeping.
  • Create a farm management plan that implements best agricultural practices – including a land use map and feasibility plan for new investment options.
  • Develop smallholder farmers’ ability to write basic business plans.
  • Assist an association/cooperative on the identification of new source of income/resources.
  • Develop buyer networks to secure the best prices for the associations’ products.
  • Develop seller networks to obtain the best prices for purchasing inputs and farming supplies.

Example Volunteer Qualifications

  • Degree and extensive experience in agriculture economics, agribusiness, business, economics, farm management, or related field.
  • Experience developing business/strategic plans for farmers associations or cooperatives.
  • Background in agricultural related businesses.
  • Practical experience in farm management and integrated farming systems.
  • Experience in the development, formation and management of associations or cooperatives.
  • Practical experience in accounting and financial management for farmer associations or cooperatives.
  • Knowledge of developing micro and small enterprises as well as demonstrated entrepreneurship.
  • Experience in adult learning styles and teaching methods
  • Good presentation and report writing skills.
  • Must be U.S. citizen or resident eligible to work in the U.S.

These trips are volunteer-based, but all trip-related expenses are covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Horticultural Production – General Application

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CNFA is always accepting applications of individuals experienced in horticulture production, who are interested in serving as Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers in the future. If you see a specific volunteer assignment that you are interested in, please apply directly to that solicitation. If there are not any assignments that fit your skillset within horticultural production, please submit your information through this general application.

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 objectives that are determined by the needs of the host organization. Some examples of horticultural production assignment objectives include:

Example Objectives

  • Train smallholder farmers and community members in fruit/vegetable production techniques, potentially including integrated pest management and soil fertility management.
  • Assist in the development of a production plan for farms or farmer associations.
  • Train farmers on how maximize the use of available water resources.
  • Assist farmers in defining resources necessary to implement a strategic plan (labor, machinery, tools, seeds, fertilizer)..
  • Assist farmers in using composting technology to reduce input costs.

Example Volunteer Qualifications

  • Degree and extensive experience in agriculture, agribusiness, crop and soil science, horticulture, farm management, or related field.
  • Knowledge and experience in farm management.
  • Experience in growing open field vegetables; may include tomato, cucumber, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce.
  • Experience in small scale irrigation systems – set up, maintenance, use of.
  • Experience in adult education.
  • Good presentation and report writing skills.
  • Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

These trips are volunteer-based, but all trip-related expenses are covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Legume Processing – General Application

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CNFA is always accepting applications of individuals experienced in legume processing, (soybean, peanuts, etc.) who are interested in serving as Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers. If you see a specific volunteer assignment that you are interested in, please apply directly to that solicitation. If there are not any assignments that fit your skillset within legume processing, please submit your information through this general application.

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 in-country 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 objectives that are determined by the needs of the host organization. Some examples of legume processing assignment objectives include:

Example Objectives

  • Advise operators of small/medium-scale legume processing operations on raw material criteria, optimization of equipment, cost control, food safety, and/or product quality.
  • Develop a strategic plan with factory operators; assist in overall business management.
  • Assist in the development of legume by-products to meet market demand.

Example Volunteer Qualifications

  • Degree and/or extensive experience in agriculture, agribusiness, food processing, food sciences, or related field
  • Experience in small enterprise food processing
  • Experience in processing and refining peanut, soybean or other oils
  • Experience in livestock feed formulation
  • Knowledge of HACCP for edible oils
  • Good presentation and report writing skills
  • You must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be a F2F volunteer.

These trips are volunteer-based, but all trip-related expenses are covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.