In response to the challenges of COVID-19 and the subsequent travel ban preventing in-person travel to Winrock’s F2F countries, Winrock F2F is engaging remote volunteers to provide supplementary support to host organizations as a way to remain engaged with our target beneficiaries. Unlike traditional volunteer assignments, remote volunteers will utilize technology and digital communications platforms to provide either real-time or pre-recorded technical assistance. Remote volunteer scopes of work will be afforded a greater degree of flexibility, allowing for shorter contributions of time and less involved deliverables than expected under a traditional two to three week in-person assignment. Each scope of work will support a designated host for a targeted and defined need and will result in an agreed upon deliverable.
Winrock International requests the support of a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer for a partially remote assignment to support our host organization in Ghana. The volunteer will review and improve on Hendy Farms’ existing plant layout for establishing a fruit (mango, pineapple and citrus) processing facility, make recommendations on the appropriate fruit processing equipment to acquire to scale up production and provide adequate planning and layout of the fruit processing facility recommended. It is expected that this technical assistance will help them to improve and expand their operations to make them more sustainable and increase their income.
Hendy Farms is a family farm established in 1997 with the vision to be an emerging farm in Ghana, contributing substantially to the growth and development of the mango industry. The farm produces fresh mangoes (Keitt, Kent, Palmer and Hayden varieties), processed mangoes (mango habanero hot sauce, mango & moringa hot sauce, mango blossom honey), mango jams, mango pulp (frozen), pineapples (Sugar loaf), and organic pork. It is focused on reducing food waste by minimizing post-harvest loss and growing quality fruits for both the Ghanaian and international markets. Its products are available in selected shops in Accra. Hendy Farms operates on about 8 hectares and currently has 7 employees (4 males and 3 females). It also buys mangoes from five individual small- to medium-scale farmers during season. The company currently processes its products manually. Over the next five years, Hendy Farms plans to develop exciting brands with longer shelf life produced from fresh fruits (mangoes, pineapples and citrus) for the local and international markets. It also plans to expand its operations by establishing a 200kg per day raw fruit processing factory that adds value to highly perishable mangoes, pineapples and citrus produced; but faces challenges on which equipment to invest in to make the business sustainable.
As a partially remote volunteer assignment, a portion of this assignment will be conducted remotely and will be eventually followed by in-person travel once appropriate. The volunteer conducting the remote work is not required to also commit to the in-person component, but it is recommended. The exact delineation between remote and in-person tasks is negotiable and will be contingent on the preference of the volunteer and ability of the host.
**Volunteers must be US citizens or green card holders per donor requirements**
The volunteer should have the following qualifications and background:
Degree and experience in Agricultural or Mechanical Engineering or related field
5-10 years’ experience in facilitating and knowledge in facility design and establishing equipment repairs and training to start-up processing enterprises in developing countries.
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
US citizen or green card holder
Internal Number: GHA128.R
About Winrock International
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.