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 Talas oblast in Kyrgyzstan is known for its prunes that are large in size and sweet in flavor. The host is requesting a volunteer team to examine their current production situation, suggest better drying technologies, and provide recommendations on how to properly package their final products. The US volunteer should possess knowledge on agricultural processing technologies and marketing, as well as drying, packaging, and storing methods for fruits and vegetables.
Due to travel restrictions, this assignment will take place remotely.
University degree in Agricultural Processing Technologies and/or Marketing.
Experience with drying, packaging, and storing fruits and vegetables.
Familiarity with social platforms such as MS Teams, Zoom, WhatsApp, etc.
Internal Number: KYR-2014-030
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.