Agronomic Practices for Chili Peppers Short-term Volunteer Assignment in Ghana
Requirement of the Program: U.S. Citizen or Green Card
Start Date: Between July and September 2011
Length of Assignment: Three to four weeks
Type of Assignment: Volunteer position (donate time), all expenses such as airfare, lodging, meals, and an interpreter, are paid
The Association of African Agro Exporters (AAFEX Ghana Chapter) was inaugurated in December 2009, with eight companies and associations. Their core activities include the production of papaya, pineapple, sweet potatoes, yam, waxed cassava and horticultural products for export. The AAFEX Ghana Chapter has selected Bird’s Eye and Scotch Bonnet varieties of chili peppers to be their major pepper crops. The two varieties of chili peppers have a very high market demand, and AAFEX wants to take advantage of such market opportunity. As such, AAFEX executives seek assistance that will equip and enable them to produce high quality chili peppers; from the production of seedlings through to packaging that will appeal to the broader markets in the EU & USA markets. AAFEX also wants to establish a demonstration farm for its members.
- Meet with executives to understand the current agronomic practices of the AAFEX and develop a work plan;
- Assist in setting up a demonstration farm;
- Train farmers on the following topics:
- Soil testing to identify the various soil nutrients, how to measure, and when to add more nutrients;
- Handle, identify and select quality seeds for planting;
- Land preparation methods;
- Application of soil nutrients and fertilizers;
- Effective disease prevention methods and how to easily identify diseased plants;
- How to nurse seedlings;
- How to apply both the EU and USA market standards;
- Effective and improved post-harvest practices;
- Effective, hygienic and modernized methods of packaging chilies for increased shelf life.
- Minimum of 10 years of practical experience as a horticultural agronomist.
- Experience in production of chili peppers from seedlings to packaging into the EU market, for Bird’s eye and Scotch Bonnet varieties.
- Good writing skills to prepare manuals and brochures to help guide the farmers during and after the assignment.
- Previous experience in a rural setting of West Africa or African country is desired.
If you feel you are qualified for this opportunity, please apply directly online at http://apply.idd.landolakes.com. You will be contacted further if considered for this assignment or if additional information is needed. Thank you for your interest.