Team: Farmer-to-Farmer | Commitment: Volunteer | Location: Mozambique
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.
Chiverano is a farmer association located in Nhamatanda district, about 75 miles from Beira. It was founded in 2006 and has 26 members. The association primarily produces vegetables, cereals, legumes and sesame on 50 hectares of land. Chiverano members normally buy input from Agrodealers in Manica province and sell their products at the farm gate to customers from Beira. Last season, the association grew 118 tons of produce for both household consumption and sales. The association made around 33,000 USD in gross sales.
In 2016, Chiverano received a volunteer who provided training on how to increase the production of vegetables. The association has fertile soils on their land and access to water for their crops, but lack the necessary knowledge of farm management. Therefore, the association is requesting a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to provide technical assistance on general farm management, with a focus on farm planning. The association is primarily seeking guidance on how to improve land use for a variety of crops and how to create a crop budget plan.
- Broaden members’ knowledge on farm management and crop budget
- Increase production volume of the most profitable crops and members’ net income
- Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town
- Practical experience in farm management
- Experience in developing marketing plans for smallholder farmers
- Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S