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

Peanut Butter Processing – General Application

Train the Host in Peanut Butter Processing

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 association is located in Ciluvo administrative post about 9 miles from Nhamatanda Village. The region of Ciluvo is known for its production of legumes and cereals during the main growing season (February – July).During this period, the production of groundnuts is very high, which leads to high surplus and low crop prices. In addition, farmers do not have a continuous, guaranteed market for groundnuts nor the technology to adequately store the surplus, which leads to farmers dumping a significant portion of what they have grown. The lack of market access and high post-harvest losses have a major negative impact on their income. In response, Ndzero Mbairi has begun creating a value-added product with their excess groundnuts – peanut butter – for household consumption and sale.

Ndzero Mbairi requests a F2F volunteer to train them on peanut butter processing and to assist with researching locally-available equipment to improve their peanut butter processing operation. Members currently utilize a traditional technique of peanut butter processing, but the group is seeking to improve their technique and increase member income.

Desired Impacts:

·         Added value to existing product through shelf-life extension

·         Increased number of local and others consumers of legumes derivatives

Desired qualifications:

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

·         Practical experience in post-harvest conservation, post-harvest management of peanuts and others crops

·         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