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

Macadamia Farming – General Application

Macadamia Farming

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:

Nachisaka Macadamia Cooperative was established by a group of farmers in 2003 with the support of    Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture to encourage former tobacco smallholder farmers to diversify into other crops such as macadamia. Since its establishment, Nachisaka Macadamia Cooperative has continued to receive macadamia seedlings from the Ministry of Agriculture. In addition to macadamia production, the cooperative also buys and re-sells farm produce such as soybeans, groundnuts and maize as a way of increasing their income. Officially registered as a cooperative in 2009, the group currently has a total of 35 members, including 28 men and 7 women.

Nachisaka Macadamia Cooperative requests a F2F volunteer to train them on macadamia farming techniques. The training will involve the general management of macadamia starting from land preparation to harvesting.  The training will be both practical and theoretical.

Desired Impacts:

·         Ability to grow macadamia in a commercially viable way

·         Increase in total commodity production

 

Desired qualifications:

·         Experienced in Macadamia production, preferably in tropical or Sub-Saharan Africa.

·         Knowledge of innovative and easily transferrable Macadamia farming methods.

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

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