*Please note that only American citizens and green card holders may apply for this assignment.
Land O’Lakes International Development is pleased to offer a volunteer position in Lebanon for someone with expertise in dairy goats for the Farmer to Farmer Program. Your time is donated and all expenses such as airfare, lodging, meals and an interpreter are covered by the program.
Start Date: ASAP
Length of Assignment: Approx. 15 days
Country: Lebanon Region: Kab Elias – Bekaa
Small ruminants in Lebanon contribute to 25% of milk production. Lebanese goat population counts 403,800 animals of which most of it (96.8%) is Baladi breed. The goat milk sector in Lebanon continues to improve for many years. Although there were the biological, sanitary and socio-economic constraints, milk production has increased from 21.2 (2008) to 34 (2010) thousand tons.
Goat products have a distinctive and relatively strong flavor compared to cow milk products. The original products market is expanding not only in Lebanon, but in the whole Mediterranean area as well. The trend towards healthy eating and greener food has led to an increase in the economic importance to goat milk products.
The host organization is managing a goat dairy farm and working with other farmers to collect their milk for their dairy facility to produce different types goat cheeses and other dairy products.
The host organization is interested in proper guidance for 100% grass fed & pasture raised organic herd regarding:
- Feeding in a way to preserve an optimum milk production and milk quality
- What crop we need to grow, what feed we can buy, what are selection criteria?
- Pasture management practices
- Breeding planning especially in season synchronization in the case of organic herds
- Vaccination protocol and the allowed treatment in case of diseases, if possible
- Milking protocol in a way to preserve the udder health
- Optimum managing procedure in such practices
- Financial models for grass fed farms
To improve feeding for goats for an optimum milk production quantity and quality
To improve management of the goat farm to obtain a healthy and productive herd
Host organization trained on the best management practices for goat farm
Increased host revenue due to the increase production of milk quantity and quality
Deliverables. Each volunteer must submit a Final Report to the F2F Program, which includes the following sections:
A summary of tasks and observations from site visits
A list of 3-5 specific and actionable recommendations for the host organization(s). The recommendations are very important to the program as we use them to track host adoption of recommendations and the impact on hosts’ farms and businesses. These recommendations will be reviewed during the debriefing session with country staff at the end of the assignment and the volunteer may make revisions to them in their Final Report.
A section listing the assignment objectives above and how they were met or why they were not met.
A short summary of the assignment with relevant photos that can be posted on the F2F volunteer blog.
Upon return to the United States, the volunteer is requested to communicate his or her F2F experience. Outlets to share the volunteer experience include home groups (e.g., civic and religious groups, professional associations, etc.), workplace presentations, local newspapers, community or workplace newsletters, personal blogs and social media sites. It is important to give recognition to USAID for funding F2F. At least two outreach events are requested and should be communicated to Aimee Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org and Sadie Paschke at email@example.com. Volunteers will receive occasional surveys requesting information about completed outreach activities during each period.
Key Experiences and Qualifications:
The recruited volunteer is expected to have the following skills and qualifications:
Educational Background: University degree in Livestock or equivalent
More than 10 years of practical knowledge and experience in Goat farm management, nutrition and preferably with herd disease management experience
Training Skills, including training in group settings.
Good writing and computer skills
Sufficiently physically fit, with appropriate medical clearance.
Familiar with conducting trainings through translators/interpreters
Requirement of the Program: Only U.S. citizens or Green Card holders are eligible to apply.
About Land O'Lakes Venture37
Since 1981, we’ve been delivering market insights and technical expertise to agricultural development projects around the world. Through our affiliation with Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of the U.S.’s largest farmer-owned agribusinesses, we’re Feeding Human Progress by improving agricultural systems.