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:
- 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.