Vegetable Production & Record Keeping

Vegetable Production & Record Keeping

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Farmer to Farmer Description

Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

WN association has a great potential for horticultural and crop production given the fertile soils and water availability on the farm throughoutthe year. However, the association has struggled with ways to increase their vegetable production, how to estimate the potential yields and how to establish ascheme for collecting data, record production and sales data. These factors lead to poor availability of vegetables in the market during peak periods, low incomes and lost profits to the members of the association andweak production and sales data analysis.

In that regard, WN is looking for a volunteer consultant that is able to assist the association members on vegetable production best practices and a sustainable record keeping system for production and sales. The association members request technical assistance with soil improvement, (specifically the utilization of compost, cover crops, mulching and animal manure), pest management, and crop storage practices for preservation.

Through CNFA F2F program assistance, WN association would improve vegetable production in quality and quantity as well as increase profits which willensure the sustainability of the group. At the same time, members of the Association would be able to monitor and evaluate their activities accurately.

Desired Impacts

  • Income and profits increase
  • Increase the quality and quantity of vegetables
  • Improve data collection and record keeping

Desire Qualification of Volunteer

  • Practical experience in the production of vegetablesin low input systems
  • Practical experience in soil improvement and pest management
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Mozambican town
  • Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred, but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Applying

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Train smallholders on vegetable production & record keeping’ as the subject.

Pond Aquaculture on Sugarcane Farm

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Farmer to Farmer Description

Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

Chilomoni Integrated Fish Farming, located in Blanytre, is an aquaculture production facility which also grows vegetables and sugarcane. The farmers are prioritizing their aquaculture business, and are seeking a F2F volunteer to provide technical assistance with their business model and help improve capacity to increase production and supply.

Desired Impacts

Improve productivity, increase technical knowledge, and increase the capacity for growth.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience and extensive knowledge in aquaculture
  • Experience in adult education
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural Malawian town
  • Previous experience working with rural communities, experience working in Africa preferred but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S

How to Apply

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Pond Aquaculture on Sugarcane Farm’ as the subject.

Peanut Processing

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Farmer to Farmer Description

Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

Estrell Trading Company, a peanut butter producer located in Blanytre, Malawi, is seeking assistance from F2F to improve its production practices.

Desired Impacts

  • Assist in the development of a production plan
  • Increase in total sales due to increased production capabilities.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in agriculture business plan development
  • Experience and extensive knowledge of peanut production
  • Experience in adult teaching
  • Previous experience working with rural communities, experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred, but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S

How to Apply

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Peanut processing’ as the subject.

Marketing and Business Plan Development

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Farmer to Farmer Description
Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment
Associacao Santa Isabel, a farm association based in Lamego, produces a variety of vegetables, cereals and legumes. The association is requesting a volunteer to assist with a marketing plan that will enable them to provide a greater distribution of products to a wider market. They would benefit greatly from technical assistance in business and marketing development to increase their potential for economic growth.

Desired Impacts
• A greater understanding on the part of the association on the network and structure of commercialization in order to increase economic potential.

Desired Qualification 
• Extensive knowledge in agricultural record-keeping systems and agricultural business development
• Experience in adult education and instruction
• Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred but not required
• Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S

 

How to Apply 
Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Marketing and Business Plan Development’ as the subject.

Ground Nuts/Peanut Production 

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Farmer to Farmer Description

Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

Nkanya Producers and Marketing Society Cooperation Limited (NPMSCL) produces two products; soya milk and peanut butter (locally called chiponde). The main inputs for their products are groundnuts and soy beans which are grown by the farmers themselves. The majority of the ground nut farmers have never received formal training in ground nut farming, and use traditional methods which result in low yields. The farmers lack up-to-date production information on groundnut farming. The farmers also lack knowledge on proper varieties of groundnuts suitable for processing.

The farmers would like to increase their yield of ground nuts to increase the quantity of product that can be sold raw, as well as sold as value-added products. The cooperative therefore has requested a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer to train them in proper ground nut farming techniques in order to increase their yields. The training will involve the general management of ground nuts plants starting from land preparation to harvesting.

Desired Impacts

  • Increase in total commodity production
  • Improved yield and quality of ground nuts

Desire Qualification of Volunteer

  • Experienced ground nuts farmer or experience with ground nuts production
  • Previous experience working with rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred, but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Applying

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Ground Nuts/Peanut Production’ as the subject.

Disease control (Tomato, Green Pepper, Onion)

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Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

Teka Funtuka, a farm association based out of Tomboco, focuses on the production of onions, tomatoes, and green peppers. In 2014, the members of the association faced challenges with their yield, due to a pest infestation and crop disease. The farm association has requested a volunteer to provide technical assistance on integrated pest management and crop disease prevention.

Desired Impacts

  • Increased knowledge of Integrated Pest Management techniques for vegetables; specifically for tomatoes, green peppers, and onions
  • Ultimately, increased production and profits for member of the farm association

Desired Qualifications

  • Practical experience in vegetable production and pest management
  • Experience in teaching (particularly adult education)
  • Willingness to work for a week or more in a rural town in Angola
  • Previous experience working with rural communities, in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred, but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S

Applying

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Disease control (Tomato, Green Pepper, Onion)’ as the subject.

Business Plan Development for Soy-Based Animal Feed

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Farmer to Farmer Description

Farmer-to-Farmer is a USAID-funded initiative to send American agricultural/agribusiness experts to developing countries to offer technical assistance to our host organizations. These trips are volunteer-based, but with all expenses covered by CNFA, and typically last between two and three weeks.

Assignment

The host, a private farmer based out of Dondo, Mozambique, aspires to expand his existing business to include the production ofsoy based animal feed through a strategic partnership with local soybeanproducers.

Desired Impacts

  • Assist in the development of a production plan
  • Assist farmers in defining resources necessary to implement the production plan (labor, machinery, tools, etc.)
  • Assist farmers in developing a clear vision for the business venture and partnership

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience developing business/strategic plans, preferably in the agricultural industry
  • A backgroundin agricultural production
  • Previous experience working with rural communities, in Sub-Saharan Africa is preferred but not required
  • Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S

How to Apply

Please email your CV to F2Finfo@cnfa.org with ‘Business Plan Development for Soy-Based Animal Feed’ as the subject.

Legume Production – General Application

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Legume Processing – General Application

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