**All applicants must have US citizenship or green card status due to donor requirements**
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 use remote technology to build the capacity of 25 staff of the Department of Agriculture of Atiwa East District Assembly on improved branding, labeling, and packaging of local rice to meet required standards for the local market. This training is expected to equip them with the skills to build a brand for local rice produced by smallholder farmers in the District that assures food quality and leads to increased incomes for farmers, millers, and other actors of the rice value chain.
The Department of Agriculture (DoA) is the lead agency and focal point of the Atiwa East District Assembly, responsible for executing policies and strategies for the agriculture sector within the context of a coordinated socio-economic growth and development agenda. It is also mainly responsible for post-harvest technology dissemination for about 8,000 farmers in the District. Currently, the DoA is leading the development of the rice sub sector in the District through a government flagship program referred to as Special Rice Initiative (SRI). The average yearly rice production of the District is 3200 metric tons. SRI is assisting rice farmers in the Atiwa East District to adopt System of Rice Intensification Technology by supplying them with improved rice varieties and fertilizers at subsidized prices. In 2019, 400 hectares of rice farms were established under the program resulting in the production of 2000 metric tons of rice. However, farmers are not able to package the rice to meet required standards of market. They do not use any standardized methods but package the rice in 50kg bags. To curb this challenge, the DoA currently assists the farmers to package the rice and create market linkages for them within the District. They also provide training for them on marketing standards and proper storage of rice in addition to taking selected rice farmers and staff on a study tour to Kpong Irrigation Center. If the farmers can package the rice themselves and retail, their profit margins will increase. The organization is seeking collaboration that will result in addressing this challenge through proper branding, labeling, and packaging as well as minimizing rice postharvest losses.
The volunteer should have the following qualifications and background:
University degree in agribusiness, agro-processing, marketing, business management, or a related field;
Experience in appropriate technology in standard methods of labeling, packaging, and branding;
Familiarity with international standards for labeling & packaging of products is preferred but not required;
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 Citizenship or Green Card status
Internal Number: GHA137.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.