Monday, July 15, 2013

F2F Field Staff Travel to Washington, DC for Training

The 2013 Farmer-to-Farmer Field Staff Workshop was a wonderful way to reflect on the past 5 years of the program's success. From July 9-12 Farmer-to-Farmer headquarter staff Peggy Carlson, Meghan Olivier, Marcela Trask, and Christine McCurdy hosted field staff from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Guyana in Washington, D.C. The University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX) team joined the headquarters staff and field officers to provide much needed assistance with monitoring and evaluation. As this cycle of the program comes to a close, field staff will be busily working to collect final qualitative and quantitative data. Program Officer Christine McCurdy exclaimed, "I give a lot of credit to UWEX for helping all of us better understand what information we need to collect for our final report and how it can be collected effectively, appropriately, and efficiently."

Pictured: Field staff from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Guyana, as well as Washington, D.C. headquarter staff attending a breakfast held by Partners of the Americas for the 2013 Farmer to Farmer Field Staff Workshop.
During the Workshop each team gave a brief presentation about their country's success, presented plans for the final round of data collection, and reviewed the various impact indicators. After four days of hard work everyone enjoyed lunch at the Supreme Court cafeteria followed by a tour of the U.S. Capitol. That evening many of the field staff attended a DC United game before departing the next day for their respective countries. The Workshop gave Farmer-to-Farmer staff a chance to meditate on 5 years of hard work and dedication, to determine how to best demonstrate their success, and to celebrate the program's many accomplishments.

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