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

Citrus Nursery Management – Lukunga

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

  • Lukunga is a 23-member farmer association, with 25 hectares in production, located in Quero Commune, about 60 kilometers from Soyo, Zaire Province, Angola. Lukunga currently produces oranges, pineapples, beans, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and cabbage. The farm employs 17 permanent workers, and another 6 temporary workers as needed during the year.
  • The association struggles with the quantity and quality of their citrus production (currently 8 hectares). The hope is to expand the current area under production by 50%, with the intent to become a major supplier of citrus transplants for area farmers. Lukunga seeks an F2F Volunteer in order to provide training on nursery propagation and grafting, as well as general orchard management.

Desired Impacts

  • Improved production/management techniques.
  • Improved variety of fruits being produced.
  • Improved knowledge/application of grafting techniques.
  • Increase in area under production by 50%.

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  •  Willingness to work for a week or more in rural Angola.
  • Agronomist/expert with experience in grafting (particularly citrus).
  • Experience working with farmer cooperatives.
  • 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.