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

Proposal 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

Tiyamike Mathiya Cooperative is a group of cassava processors with 76 members, of which 52 are women. The group became formally registered as a Cooperative in 2013. The group has built a small factory and owns a processing machine to produce cassava flour, however, they have discovered that there is better business in further processing the flour into starch. The group currently takes their cassava flour to other processors to make starch, but would like to purchase their own machine to produce cassava starch.

The group would like to purchase another machine to turn cassava flour into cassava starch, which they can sell as a final product. The group would like to apply for a grant or a soft loan to purchase the machinery and have requested for a farmer to farmer volunteer to train them on how to develop a winning proposal and business plan.

Desired Impacts

·   Development of a winning proposal

·   Increase in total commodity sales and income


Desired qualifications

·   Extensive experience in working with rural agricultural cooperatives/associations

·   Knowledge and experience in writing successful grant proposals

·   Patience while working with a host with low levels of formal education.

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

·   Experience working cross culturally in developing countries

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

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

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