Farmer-to-Farmer Coffee Harvest and Post-Harvest Expert
ncba-clusa
Loja, Ecuador
hace 6 días

Job Description

NCBA CLUSA’s USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer program sends American farmers and agribusiness professionals on 2-4 week agricultural development assignments, promoting sustainable growth and agricultural development worldwide.

Volunteer technical assistance from U.S. farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives and universities helps smallholder farmers in developing countries improve productivity, access new markets and conserve environmental and natural resources.

During COVID-19 we have shifted to a hybrid volunteer model that affords US volunteers and in-country volunteers the opportunity to continue to provide technical assistance.

For more information visit NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer.

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking 2 (1- remote US volunteer and 1- volunteer based in Ecuador) qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer candidates for the position of Coffee Harvest and Post-Harvest Manager to support Asociación Agroartesanal de Productores de Café de Altura Puyango (PROCAP), based in Loja, Ecuador .

PROCAP is an organization created by coffee growers, who produce organic coffee in Puyango canton. It was established in March of 2000 due to the low price of coffee beans and the realization that growers could obtain better benefits if they sell associatively.

These coffee farmers need help improving their harvest and post-harvest techniques in order to avoid mold growth. They have identified that the issues stem from the fermentation and drying process and are currently using the washed method.

Duration : 2 weeks, September- November 2021

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY :

  • Analyze the current harvest and post-harvesting process and provide constructive feedback about improvement opportunities.
  • Support members' knowledge about good post-harvest practices focusing on the steps of drying, fermentation, and storage of coffee.
  • Teach participants about protocols used in the post-harvest process for improving coffee quality and collaborate with members to refine post-harvest techniques.
  • Develop comprehensive training on coffee harvest and post-harvest, and their importance for the association's development.
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