Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

This article is a contribution to a blog series on how Partners Agriculture and Food Security programs contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This week’s blog highlights the work Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers have been doing to achieve SDG 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Partnership can be a powerful tool for innovation, development, and social change - key cornerstones of programming at Partners of the Americas. Our Farmer-to-Farmer success stories often focus on sustainable development strategies throughout Guatemala, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. What we don't often emphasize is the long-lasting impact of F2f on volunteers' lives once they leave their host countries. 

 While on-site, our volunteers face daily challenges as they apply their skills in unique environments. Check out how agricultural experts use their F2F experiences to improve global partnership and meet this Goal 17 target:

Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

"I plan on using my experience to continue to work in agriculture in developing countries.  I really feel that Agroforestry can improve farming and animal husbandry practices and help shift attitudes toward planting more trees."

-Dan Krull, F2F Haiti Volunteer 2015

"Nicaragua is always a wonderful opportunity. This has been very helpful to me professionally as it has allowed me to compare my experience in livelihood development in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Central America."

-Bryan Dodson, F2F Nicaragua Volunteer 2016

"By spending a few weeks inland in the Dominican Republic and learning about these specific communities, I started to have a better understanding on motivations, politics, and possible solutions [for waste management]"

-Annette Poliwka, F2F DR Volunteer 2016

Vanessa Campoverde assists an ornamental plant grower with nutrition analysis.
Find out more about the power of partnership through one volunteers continued success cultivating relationships with sweet potato farmers in Guyana - 19 years after his initial trip with F2F!

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