Team: Farmer-to-Farmer | Commitment: Volunteer | Location: Angola
Citrus Nursery Management and Seed Production – Magave
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.
- Magave cooperative is located in the village of Wolongo in M’Banza Kongo, Angola, and consists of 35 members. The cooperative board controls 1500 hectares, of which only 214 hectares of land are used for production. They grow fruits, vegetables and legumes, such as bananas, oranges, lemons, mangoes, papayas, tomatoes, green pepper, eggplants, okra, leaf cabbage, head cabbage, common beans, soybeans, cassava and maize.Their farming methods are also well mechanized, as the cooperative uses tractors, rotators, planters, a seed drill, etc.
- Magave cooperative intends to expand the area under fruit production by 50%, however, there are some problems hindering the fruit farming industry in the Magave cooperative; primarily citrus disease such as citrus canker, melanose, creasy spot, sooty mold, root rot, and insects like: aphids, citrus, whitefly, orange dog caterpillars, citrus thrips, and brown soft scale. The cooperative hopes to start growing in green houses and introduce fruit grafting methods; in addition, the farmers hope that good farming methods may enable the farmer to extend the idea to the neighboring communities, and start providing citrus plants to farmers in M’banza Congo. The cooperative has requested assistance from a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer provide technical assistance in training his farm members on citrus nursery management.
- Improved knowledge on pest management and disease control techniques;
- Improved management of citrus production, grafting techniques and seed multiplication.
Desired Qualifications of Volunteer
- Fruit (specifically citrus) and horticulture expert with a background in seed multiplication, grafting, and citrus production management;
- Prior experience working with cooperatives;
- Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is desired but not preferred;
- 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.