Winrock International requests the support of a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer for a 16-day volunteer assignment (including travel) located in Hikpo and Dendo, the South Tongu District of the Volta Region in Ghana. The volunteer will provide training on improved branding, labeling and packaging of fortified gari, powdered chili pepper and okra for Agbey Farmers Association (AFA) farmer members, and develop a simple manual which will help the farmers pack, label and brand their processed products to meet required local and international standards.
Agbey Farmers Association (AFA) was established in 2012 with the objectives to add value to farm produce, motivate farmers to form active Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) and encourage them to take farming as business. AFA has 104 members led by six executives (4 males, 2 females), who mainly produce cassava, okra and pepper on an average of two acres of land. Members are located in two communities: Hikpo and Dendo. The Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD), a unit under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has trained the group in processing cassava into fortified gari (mixed with either soya beans, moringa or orange flesh sweet potato), powdered chili pepper and okra. As a result of the training they have received, members are able to process fortified gari, powdered chili pepper and okra in commercial quantities. They use local materials such as zip tie bags, rubber containers, plain bags in different sizes, and staples to package the processed products; but do not have adequate skills to brand, label and package them professionally to meet the standards of the local as well as international markets. It is expected that the volunteer technical assistance will increase the incomes of AFA members and contribute to WIAD’s core mandate to collaborate with research and MOFA directorates transferring appropriate technologies to farm families in crop, livestock, and fish production, processing, utilization, and marketing.
The volunteer should have the following qualifications and background:
University degree in agriculture, agro-processing, and product development or relevant subject
Experience in appropriate technology in standard methods of labeling, packaging and branding
Experience in training and transferring hands-on knowledge to adults
Good report writing, verbal, and communication skills
Ability to use a computer for report writing and presentations without the assistance of others
***As part of the Farmer-to-Farmer Consortium, this assignment is made possible through USAID funding. In accordance to USAID guidelines, any candidates submitted for consideration under this project must have a valid US passport or Green Card.***
Internal Number: GHA121
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Winrock International is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development, providing solutions to some of the world’s most complex social, agricultural and environmental challenges. Inspired by its namesake Winthrop Rockefeller, Winrock’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. Winrock is a nonprofit organization that implements a portfolio of more than 150 agriculture, environment and social development projects in over 40 countries. It has annual revenue of $100 million, employing over 1,000 staff around the world managed from five Winrock offices and dozens of project offices. Winrock combines technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to improve lives around the globe.