Location: Dodowa in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater-Accra Region
Assignment Number: GHA128
Volunteers Requested: 1
Winrock International requests the support of a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer for a 16 day volunteer assignment (including travel) located in Dodowa in the Shai Osudoku District of the Greater-Accra Region. 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.
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
***As part of the Farmer-to-Farmer Consortium, this assignment is made possible through USAID funding. In accordance to USAID guidelines, any candidates submitted for consideration under this project must have a valid US passport or Green Card.***