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

Peanut Butter Processing – Associação Agropecuária Ndzero Mbairi

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

Ndzero Mbairi, a local name meaning “knowledge is better when we join ideas,” is a farmer association located in Ciluvo. It was founded in 2007 and is currently in the process of being formally registered through the assistance of UDAC Nhamatanda. The association is comprised of 20 members who produce and market vegetables, cereals, legumes and sweet potatoes on 84 hectares of land. Last season, the host produced about 146.8 tons and sold about 128 tons of different products and made $19,652 in gross sales.

 

Nderzo Mbairi are currently facing difficulties with selling all their legumes and cereals, because during the harvest season (June-July) there is a high supply of legumes and cereals in the region which leads to low demand and crop prices.  In response, Ndzero Mbairi would like to process their peanuts into peanut butter for household consumption and sale and are requesting a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to provide technical knowledge on modernized peanut butter processing techniques and to provide recommendations suitable peanut butter processing equipment for the association to purchase. They hope to scale up their production of peanut butter and fill a market niche, ultimately increasing profits and improving livelihoods for the members and the diet of community members including children.

 

Desired Outcomes

·   Members trained on peanut processing to improve shelf-life and add value to their peanut production.

·   Improved market access and increased customer base from the production of peanut butter.

Desired qualifications

·   Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town.

·   Practical experience in post-harvest conservation and management of peanuts and other

·   crops.

·   Practical experience in peanut butter processing.

·   Knowledge and experience in using basic equipment required for quality control and grading of peanuts for processing.

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

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