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

Tractor Mechanization – Mandonga 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

Mandonga Cooperative is located 52 kilometers from the provincial headquarter, M’Banza Kongo. The Cooperative produces a variety of fruits, vegetables and beans, and has a large orchard which occupies 80% of the land.  The coopeatives owns approximately 300 hectares, but only 47 are used for farming, which is managed by Mr. João Nkusu Mandonga. He is assisted by 68 members of Wolongo community (37 are women and paid as part–time workers).  The Cooperative has had two previous CNFA Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers.

The Cooperative’s ability to lease tractors to the community has been limited. Two of their tractors need repair, and the other three need regular maintenance. The Cooperative requests assistance from Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers to help them improve their mechanical knowledge of tractors.  This includes, evaluating their machinery, training mechanics, and developing a list of equipment for future repairs.

Desired Outcomes

•   Evaluate equipment and create a list of recommendations for tractor repairs and maintenance.

•   An updated reference manual to help maintain their tractors.

•   Train mechanics on basic tractor maintenance and repairs.

•   Train operators on basic land preparation.

Desired Qualifications

   Agriculture engineer with experience in land preparation.

   Advance knowledge of farm equipment and machinery.

  Experience in tractor repair.

   Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred.

   Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

 

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