Team: Farmer-to-Farmer | Commitment: Volunteer | Location: Mozambique
Technical Assistance with Vegetable and Fruit Processing
Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative, which sends American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but all trip-related expenses are covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.
Associação Simucai Kwaedza is a 48-hectacre farmer’s association that was founded in 2008. Associação Simucai Kwaedza’s activities include vegetable, cereal, legume, and sesame production and marketing. Because Associação Simucai Kwaedza is situated along the bank of the Metuchira River, which holds water for longer periods of the year, they are able to produce vegetables for longer periods of the year. As well, the proximity to the Metuchira River means that Associação Simucai Kwaedza is able to produce on very fertile land. Last year, Associação Simucai Kwaedza produced about 105 tons of horticultural crops, including 37 tons of vegetables. Associação Simucai Kwaedza has 16 members (6 women) and is awaiting their registration.
Associação Simucai Kwaedza has suffered from significant crop loss because of post-harvest issues such as food damage. Fortunately, food damage can be prevented by using conservation infrastructures and having a greater knowledge of various conservation methods. Associação Simucai Kwaedza requests a volunteer to help them improve their vegetable production and management. Specifically, Associação Simucai Kwaedza seeks a volunteer who can improve their technologies and knowledge of vegetable post-harvest conservation. This assistance will help Associação Simucai Kwaedza increase their vegetable production as well as income and profit of the Associação Simucai Kwaedza members and surrounding community.
- Added value to existing product through shelf-life extension
- Increased number of local consumers of vegetables derivatives in the off-season.
Desired Qualifications of Volunteer
- Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town
- Practical experience in post-harvest conservation
- Practical experience in vegetables processing for smallholder family
- Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.