Team: Programs | Commitment: Consultant | Location: Egypt
STTA: Table Grapes Volunteer
Table grapes good agriculture practices (GAP), harvest, handling, and postharvest trainings
Improve farmer’s technical knowledge and practical applications to increase their incomes by improving quantity, quality and reducing losses of table grapes in Minia
Table grapes are considered the top deciduous fruit crop widely grown in Egypt. It is present in the seven targeted Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support Project (FAS) governorates of Upper Egypt. According to the latest 2015 statistics from the Egyptian Ministry for Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MALR), table grapes occupy 39,085 acres (37,224 feddans) in the seven governorates of Bani Suef, Sohag, Assiut, Minia, Luxor, Qena, and Aswan. However, Minia governorate is the largest in its cultivated area with 25,098 Feddans and subsequently with the largest number of table grape farmers. The recent Value Chain & End Market Analysis studies conducted by FAS showed that table grape productivity varies sharply from one governorate to the other. The highest productivity was noticed in Bani Suef which averaged 11.77 MT/feddan and the lowest was recorded in Qena which averaged 5.91 MT/feddan. This shows that there is opportunity for smallholder farmers to improve the productivity and quality of their orchards, which will result in an increase in smallholder farmers’ incomes. Technical trainings on GAP, harvesting, handling, and postharvest handling will can contribute to improving incomes. Starting from Minia, there are table grape farmer groups identified by the FAS agronomy team and Technical Advisor for Associations who will benefit from different project activities. And grapes growers in other governorates will follow.
FAS works to increase agriculture-related incomes of smallholder farmer in Upper Egypt using a market-driven approach that facilitate sustaintable, pro-poor value chain development and helps smallholders increase access to domestic and export markets. This market-driven approach is support by four interrelated components:
1. Improved on-farm production
2. More efficient post-harvest processes
3. Improved marketing of agriculture crops and products
4. Improved nutrition status, especially for women and children
Table grapes are one of the key fruit value chains in Upper Egypt that are targetted by FAS. There are a substantial number of groves throughout the area and there are numerous opportunities for smallholder farmers to vertically integrate themselves into the table grape value chain by engaging in better production and post-harvest processes, as well as the export of grapes to Gulf countries, Africa, and Europe. However, grape orchard management in Egypt is subject to numerous ineffiecient practices such as dormancy breaking and controlling bunch shape and berry sizes which hinder the profitability of this value chain and limit the productivity of smallholders.Local farmers’ knowledge of integrated managment practices is limited and management plans generally do not exist. Farmers do not have the technical knowledge to identify common diseases and pests as well as what treatments and/or protective measures should be done to minimize the disease or pest’s effects.
The host therefore has requested for a volunteer to train them good agriculture practices of table grapes in Upper Egypt as well as the most effective treatments and protective measures to pest control, pruning, harvest, and handling. The volunteer will visit farmer grape groves to assess the current needs and conduct trainings with farmer organizations on these topics, as well as work with the FAS technical team to put together a training regimen for future trainings for additional farmer groups.
CNFA’s Training Beneficiaries Record, Volunteer Value Reporting System Survey, and Trip Report. These documents must be completed no later than a week after assignment and preferably before the last day on assignment.
Desired Outcomes and Impacts:
Desired Outcomes: Improved technical knowledge of table grapes GAP and integrated management for both farmer associations trained and FAS technical staff
Desired Impacts: Increase in smallholder farmers’ ability to effectively manage their orchards to increase their incomes
Desired Qualifications of Volunteer
- Experienced in global GAP requirements for table grapes
- Extensive practical experience managing grapes vineyards
- Knowledge of harvest, handling and postharvest techniques of table grapes
- Patience and positive attitude when working with local Egyptian farmers
- Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.