As Partners reaches the halfway point of its 2013-2018 Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program, our staff are reviewing and analyzing program data and reflecting on the program so far. Below, José Cano, the Country Coordinator for the Guatemala F2F program, shares highlights and information on what the program has been able to accomplish so far in Guatemala.
|F2F Country Coordinator, José Cano, presenting the|
F2F program to a women's group
|F2F volunteer, Beth Sastre Flores, meeting with apple producers during her|
Since the beginning of F2F in Guatemala back in May 2014, we have focused on training farmers, women, and youth of a variety of different organizations, such as rural producer associations, small farmers groups, small and medium sized enterprises, cooperatives, and universities. The technical assistance provided by volunteers in Guatemala F2F is based in two main areas: Value-Added Horticulture and Rural Enterprise Development.
Our Value-added Horticulture Strategy provides producers with knowledge, skills, and appropriate technologies to produce a variety of horticultural crops to sell in local, regional, or international markets or for household consumption. Adding value to horticultural products offers great opportunities for Guatemalan producers, so F2F assists producers and processors in meeting quality and sanitation standards to obtain domestic and international certification. Rural enterprises in Guatemala - from individual households to medium or large operations - are engaged in producing and distributing goods and services. They also play a vital role in poverty reduction and economic development but need improved access to local, urban and regional markets. Therefore, F2F works to promote the products of rural enterprises, identify potential micro-enterprise opportunities, and build capacity in key skills such as business development, market orientation, and leadership.
|F2F volunteer, Wayne Burleson, poses for a photo after his organic compost|
We have several success stories that show the impact F2F is having in Guatemala´s rural areas and on local associations, cooperatives, small farmers groups, and the other organizations with which we work. To learn more about the impact of the F2F Guatemala program, please see our Success Stories page found on the Partners' website here. You can also visit the Guatemala F2F Facebook page here.