Monday, December 7, 2015

Partners of the Americas Celebrates Farmer-to-Farmer’s Legacy

This article is a contribution to a four-week blog series celebrating 30 years of USAID’s John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program.

On Thursday, December 3rd, friends of Farmer-to-Farmer gathered for a Farmer-to-Farmer Learning Event, which recognized accomplishments of volunteers and staff over the 30 years of the program and highlighted lessons learned. Participants heard from the Honorable Douglas Bereuter, former Member of Congress, who was responsible for starting the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Program. In his words: "remarkable things have been accomplished!" and "F2F puts a face on US foreign assistance." A panel of F2F volunteers shared their experiences working in the key areas of technology transfer, natural resource management, citizen diplomacy, and organizational capacity. Attendees also had to the chance to hear from key players in agriculture and rural development and to connect with colleagues and old and new friends. 

As we look to the future of F2F, we also pause to celebrate the accomplishments of the program! Below is a snapshot of the F2F work of Partners of the Americas. 

From November 16-December 11, F2F program partners are sharing their knowledge and experience providing technical assistance to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses, service providers, and other agriculture sector institutions in developing and transitional countries. 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. This blog series aims to capture and share this program experience.

Read more articles celebrating 30 years of F2F on Agrilinks.

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