This article is a contribution to a week-long blog carnival on USAID's John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program. From July 14-18, F2F program partners and American volunteers are sharing their knowledge and experience of providing technical assistance to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses, service providers, and other agriculture sector institutions in developing and transitional countries. This blog carnival aims to capture and share this program experience. You can find all contributions on Agrilinks.
|Andremene transporting some of her rabbits|
Partners’ Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is playing a significant role in tackling some of these issues. Andremene started receiving training and assistance from F2F and local partner Makouti Agro Enterprise in 2007 as part of the rabbit production project in her town. She steadily grew her production and started increasing her income by selling rabbits to her neighbors and friends.
In 2010, Andremene experienced a significant setback when she lost 83 rabbit offspring to what was later determined to be an unbalanced diet. She did not let this deter her though. F2F volunteers determined the source of the problem and adjusted the diets of her young rabbits to include avocados and other foods high in energy and protein. Andremene and other rabbit producers in Grand Boulage also received F2F training in recordkeeping. They now use record books to track their rabbits’ breeding, fertility and mortality rates, and other information vital to maintaining healthy animals and producing the best offspring.
Since her involvement with F2F, Andremene has increased her household income by producing and selling rabbits, paid school tuition for all four of her children, covered family medical expenses, shared rabbit meat with her neighbors, and increased her household food consumption. She credits F2F volunteer Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak, among others, for teaching her some valuable lessons about rabbit production, including the importance of checking the ears of rabbits for skin mage, and ensuring that rabbits have a protein-rich diet.
Nutrition Security Program (NSP) that hinges on a holistic community health, nutrition and livelihoods approach. Some of the activities under NSP promote income generation and food security through small gardens, nurseries, and animal husbandry, particularly among women. Makouti is linking up with NSP to spread the knowledge they learned through F2F to new groups.
Although many challenges still remain, through volunteer visits, technical assistance and training, Partners' Agriculture and Food Security programs are making a long-term impact on the people they serve.
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