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

Farming Business Management and Business Plan Development – Kanthu Ndi Khama Cooperative

Farmer to Farmer description

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

Kanthu ndi Khama (Likalazi) COMSIP cooperative Society Limited started in 2013 as a fish farming club. The cooperative is comprised of four clubs – “Makaka” (cassava) club, fish club, bee keeping club and Village Savings and Loan Club. Currently, the group is finalizing their formal registration with Ministry of Trade and Industry and has 189 members (109 females, 80 males).

Though there is a market for cassava and fish grown by the group, the members’ lack of knowledge on business management is affecting the growth and success of their business. Specifically, members have little information of business practices such as how to prepare some basic financial records and develop a viable business plan. The group has therefore requested for a business management expert through Farmer to Farmer program to train them in these areas.

Desired Impacts

·   Improvement in business management skills

·   Increase in sales

 

Desired qualifications

·   Experience in business management for cooperatives

·   Experienced in business plan development for small businesses

·   Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred

·   Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

 

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