Food Chemistry, Food Processing, Product Development & Ingredient Innovations
We are looking for a volunteer to support one of our hosts in Guyana, the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC), with virtual and in-country technical assistance related to product development of plantain chips. Please see a general description of the scope of work for this technical assistance below:
To help the staff establish manufacturing practices, a volunteer is requested to refine the initial efforts of GMC staff in the production of plantain chips for export markets (US, Canada, Caribbean). It is expected that at the end of the assignment GMC will be able to produce plantain chips of a stable quality (texture, color, general appearance, shelf life, etc.) that are ready to be marketed.
Currently, they are having problems with clumping and think that an anti-caking agent is needed. They also want to use local peppers to produce a new ‘Spicy’ flavor of plantain chips.
During the remote part of the assignment, the volunteer will provide guidance via recordings, presentations, videos, etc. as well as via Zoom interactions with GMC’s staff.
After the COVID-19 pandemic, the volunteer would visit Guyana to interact with staff and review procedures, making any further adjustments as required and having input into the increased productivity of plantain chips and the development of other flavors.
Volunteers must either be US citizens, permanent residents of the US, or have a visa that enables them to work in the US.
At least a Master’s Degree in Food Science and Technology, Food Chemistry or a related field.
Minimum of 3 years of experience working in the area of product development with a specific focus on plantain/banana chips.
Proven ability at developing agro-products from the primary production stage through to a final product, packaged and ready to be marketed.
Experience testing raw materials to determine best suited for higher productivity and quality.
Ability to provide mentoring and training to staff.
Fluent use of English language a priority.
Experience working in a developing country preferred.
Ability to work via videoconference and with other remote arrangements.
Additional Salary Information: This program covers all volunteer costs including airfare, lodging, meals, insurance, and other assignment-related expenses.
About Partners of the Americas
Since 1991, Partners of the Americas' Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program has been transforming lives in over 30 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. F2F connects specialized volunteers from the United States with farmers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, extension services, government agencies and other institutions. F2F is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
These volunteers provide technical assistance on practical interventions that increase food production and income, improve farm and agribusiness operations, help farmers gain access to markets, build local capacity, and conserve natural resources. Volunteers not only offer much-needed training, but they also build meaningful relationships, fostering mutual understanding and respect. The 2018-2023 program focuses on Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, and Myanmar; as well as other select countries in the region. A projected 610 volunteer experiences will be completed over the next five years.