Team: Evergreen | Commitment: Volunteer | Location: Southern Africa; Malawi; Mozambique; Angola
Horticultural Production – General Application
CNFA is always accepting applications of individuals experienced in horticulture production, who are interested in serving as Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers in the future. If you see a specific volunteer assignment that you are interested in, please apply directly to that solicitation. If there are not any assignments that fit your skillset within horticultural production, please submit your information through this general application.
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 objectives that are determined by the needs of the host organization. Some examples of horticultural production assignment objectives include:
- Train smallholder farmers and community members in fruit/vegetable production techniques, potentially including integrated pest management and soil fertility management.
- Assist in the development of a production plan for farms or farmer associations.
- Train farmers on how maximize the use of available water resources.
- Assist farmers in defining resources necessary to implement a strategic plan (labor, machinery, tools, seeds, fertilizer)..
- Assist farmers in using composting technology to reduce input costs.
Example Volunteer Qualifications
- Degree and extensive experience in agriculture, agribusiness, crop and soil science, horticulture, farm management, or related field.
- Knowledge and experience in farm management.
- Experience in growing open field vegetables; may include tomato, cucumber, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce.
- Experience in small scale irrigation systems – set up, maintenance, use of.
- Experience in adult education.
- Good presentation and report writing skills.
- Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
These trips are volunteer-based, but all trip-related expenses are covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.