The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program provides technical assistance from U.S. volunteers to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses, and other agriculture sector institutions in developing and transitional countries with the goal of promoting sustainable improvements in food security and agricultural processing, production, and marketing. The program leverages the expertise of volunteers from U.S. farms, universities, cooperatives, private agribusinesses, and nonprofit farm organizations to respond to the local needs of host-country farmers and organizations.
Summary of Assignment
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACDI/VOCA will be engaging a local volunteer, who will personally meet and engage with the host, and a US-based volunteer, who will provide mentorship, guidance, and recommendations to the local volunteer and host virtually, as required by USAID.
The demand for almond (Prunus dulcis L.) milk is currently increasing in the Republic of Georgia. Due to this, the host sees a business niche for the local production of almond milk in Georgia. The advantage of this business is driven by lower production costs, which are achieved by only importing raw almonds (to save on freight) and advertising the use of high-quality Georgian water in the production of almond milk. The host requests a volunteer team to assist in writing a business plan for an almond processing project (machinery, equipment). The US volunteer should possess knowledge on almond milk production, including nut storage, handling, grinding, mixing, packaging, storage, and food safety protocols.
Due to travel restrictions, this assignment will take place remotely.
University degree in Business, Food Processing, Food Technology or another related field.
At least 5 years of experience processing almonds and familiarity with almond milk.
Experience writing a business plan.
Familiarity with social platforms such as MS Teams, Zoom, WhatsApp, etc.
Internal Number: GEO-2014-050
ACDI/VOCA is an economic development organization that fosters broad-based economic growth, raises living standards, and creates vibrant communities. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA has worked in 147 countries since 1963. Its expertise is in catalyzing investment, climate smart agriculture, empowerment & resilience, institutional strengthening, and market systems.