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Vegetable and Fruit Drying – Angola

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.

ASSIGNMENT

Teka Funtuka is a 28-member cooperative, of which 80% are women. The cooperative operates in two areas: Mucula, 50 kilometers from Tombocco and Kilongola, 6 kilometers from Tombocco, and covers an area of about 70 hectares. Currently, the cooperative is producing tomatoes, onion, cabbage, groundnuts, leaf cabbage, green pepper, cabbage, cassava, oranges, guavas, pineapples and lemons.

Teka Funtuka seeks a F2F Volunteer to share information about food transformation and preservation options and present practical demonstrations of various possible options to be used in Angola. The volunteer should be able to provide demonstrations on fruit and vegetable drying technology, using a supplemental heat source (solar, electricity, gas or charcoal, depending upon what is practical and available at the location).

DESIRED IMPACTS

  • Improved knowledge on food dehydration and storage.
  • Increased understanding of equipment necessary for processing/packaging of vegetables.
  • Increase in members’ profits due to higher quality/quantity of produce available for sale.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Experienced in food dehydration and conservation.

• Willingness to work for a week or more in rural Angola.

• Must be citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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