|Vista of coffee growing in the mountains of Colombia|
|Ben Faber during a 2009 F2F assignment in avocado |
production in the DR
In response to these difficulties, Colombia’s National Apprenticeship Service (SENA) reached out to Partners of the Americas’ Farmer-to-Farmer program to request the assistance of a U.S. citrus expert. SENA is a national organization that provides comprehensive vocational and technical training to Colombians in order to increase national productivity and promote the economic and social development of the country.
In September 2014, citrus expert Ben Faber will be traveling as a Flex F2F volunteer to Colombia to train SENA technicians on proper management (i.e., irrigation, fertilization, integrated pest management and harvesting) of citrus nurseries and orchards in order to increase their productivity and global competitiveness. He will also work with Colombian experts to identify and implement best practices for the proper development of nursery plants suitable for planting across the country.