Friday, July 18, 2014

Reflections on the Farmer-to-Farmer Program

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 US 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

All week, Partners of the Americas has participated in the Agrilinks Blog Carnival highlighting the John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program. This has given us a chance to share stories from around the world and to hopefully show that F2F can have an impact.

We shared a glimpse into the "day in the life" of a volunteer team in Nicaragua that gave you a better idea of what a volunteer assignment could be like. Maybe this sparked your interest in being a volunteer yourself? If so, click here to find out more and see some of our open assignments!

We asked the question "can a rabbit change your life?" and gave the answer with the powerful story of Andremene Solomon - a small producer in Haiti. Rabbits changed everything for her. With more food for her family, increased income, the ability to send her kids to school, and much more, her outlook is now brighter thanks to F2F. We also shared how F2F assignments matter and have impacted women in the Dominican Republic, vegetable producers in Nicaragua, and beekeepers in Haiti. These are just a few of the many stories you can find on our blog about what F2F can accomplish.

Our fellow F2F implementers shared equally inspiring stories from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere showing that this program - heading toward our 30 year anniversary - is broader and more powerful that most people know. So we hope that this blog carnival was successful in spreading the word about this amazing program.

Did you miss the blog carnival this week? Visit the Agrilinks page to see stories or use #AgBlogCarnival to find the story links on Twitter. And continue to read our blog even after this week to stay informed about F2F in Latin America and the Caribbean!

As aligned with Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative, F2F works to support inclusive agriculture sector growth, facilitate private sector engagement in the agriculture sector, enhance development of local capacity and promote climate-smart development. Volunteer assignments address host-led priorities to expand economic growth that increases incomes and improves access to nutritious food.  Read more articles on this topic on Agrilinks. Also, make sure to subscribe to receive a daily digest in your inbox, for one week only! 

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