Team: Farmer-to-Farmer | Commitment: Volunteer | Location: Mozambique
Vegetable production – Fransisco Manuel Franque
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.
Francisco Manuel Franque is a private farmer who has owned a farm with the same name since 1999. The owner produces vegetables, legumes and cereals for sale and for household consumption and on an area of 4 Ha. The owner has 5 permanent employees, 3 men and 2 women. Last season the host sold about 8 tons of cabbage, 4 tons of tomatoes, 3 tons of garden beans, 2 tons of onion, 3 tons of maize and 1 tons of dry beans for a total of $9,000.
Mr. Franque has struggled to increase his vegetable production, especially during the warm season. From November to April, vegetables being sold in the local market are coming other cities and the prices are extremely high. The host is seeking a F2F volunteer to provide recommendations on how to extend the production season and guarantee the availability of vegetables in quality and quantity throughout the year.
Host trained in best practices of vegetable production year-round that will help them to increase their yields, vegetables availability in off season and consequently income and profits increases.
· Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town.
· Practical experience in the production of vegetables in low input systems and sustainable solutions.
· Practical experience in soil improvement and pest management.
· Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.