Team: Programs | Commitment: Volunteer | Location: Egypt

Composting Volunteer

Assignment

Management of farm residuals and production of compost

Dates

April- May 2017

Objectives

Increase incomes of small farmers in Upper Egypt by producing organic fertilizer from farm residuals, improve soil fertility, water holding capacity, and irrigation efficiency 

The Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support project (FAS) works to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmer in Upper Egypt using a market-driven approach that facilitate sustainable, pro-poor value chain development and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. This market-driven approach is support by four interrelated components:

1.      Improved on-farm production

2.      More efficient post-harvest processes

3.      Improved marketing of agriculture crops and products

4.      Improved nutrition status, especially for women and children

 

Currently many Upper Egyptian farmers burn organic residuals from their horticulture production which is considered a source of environmental pollution while others leave residuals around their orchard which is considered a source of pests and disease. Compost production utilizes all farm residuals, improves the production, efficiency, and profitability of FAS small farmers for different value chains within their farmer associations as well as decreasing input costs for fertilizer. The key benefits compost production are as follows:

·         Increased agricultural productivity through:

o   Improved soil conditioning (i.e. physical and chemical characteristics)

o   Disease suppression

o   Pathogen destruction

·         Reduced waste disposal costs and water usage

·         More positive environmental impact

 

The host has therefore requested for a volunteer to train them in common practices to produce compost from farm residuals in Upper Egypt. The volunteer will visit farmer groups to assess the current needs and conduct trainings with farmer organizations on these topics, as well as work with the FAS technical team to put together a training regimen for future trainings for additional farmer groups. 

Deliverables

Horticulture Residual Composting Training Curriculum, CNFA’s Training Beneficiaries Record, Volunteer Value Reporting System Survey, and Trip Report. These documents must be completed no later than a week after assignment and preferably before the last day on assignment. 

Desired Outcomes

Improved technical knowledge of farm residuals management for both farmer associations and FAS technical staff

Desired Impacts

Increase in smallholder farmers’ income by producing organic fertilizer and improve environmental impact and disease and pest infection rates

Desired Qualifications of Volunteer

  • Experienced managing farm residuals
  • Extensive practical experience in compost production
  • Knowledge of common organic fertilizers to horticulture crops
  • Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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