Team: Farmer-to-Farmer | Commitment: Volunteer | Location: Angola

Business/Organization 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

  • Independente is a 24 member (19 women) farmers’ association located in the village of Kembo, Nó​qui Municipality, Zaire Province, Angola. Started in 2006, the association members currently cultivate varieties of citrus, banana, sweet potato, pigeon pea, beans, sesame, onion, peppers, and cabbage on roughly 24 hectares of land.
  • Extension agents from the Institute of Agriculture, and the Nó​qui Department of Agriculture, support the association members in developing demonstration plots to test new crop varieties, as well as providing access to farm inputs. Despite this assistance in the field, the association lacks awareness of and training in best practices for association management and strategic business development. Independente requests an F2F Volunteer in order to be trained in association management principles and business strategy.

Desired Impacts

  • Improved management techniques.
  • Improved ability to track finances, inventory, farm products, and other key aspects of association.
  • Increased awareness of individual roles of association members.

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Willingness to work for a week or more in rural Angola.
  • Extensive experience in business management and administration.
  • Experience working with farmer cooperatives/associations.
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of 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.