The Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program promotes sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development worldwide. Volunteer technical assistance from US farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives, and universities helps developing countries improve productivity, access new markets, build local capacity, combat climate change and conserve environmental and natural resources.

F2F volunteers work with farmers, producer groups, rural businesses and service providers to develop local capacity necessary to increase food production and rural incomes, expand economic growth, and address environmental and natural resource management challenges. This people-to-people exchange promotes international goodwill, understanding of US foreign assistance programs and private involvement in development activities.

Program Strengths

  • Quality, cost effective technical assistance from practical, experienced specialists
  • Capacity development and technology transfer in focused value chain or sector support area
  • Citizen diplomacy that establishes long term relations, promotes goodwill, and raises understanding of international development issues.

The F2FProgram is funded by the US Agency for International Development through the US Farm Bill to assist developing countries, middle-income countries, emerging markets, sub-Saharan African countries, and Caribbean Basin countries to increase farm production and incomes.

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About Doug Bereuter

The Honorable Doug Bereuter was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1978 and served the 1st Congressional District of Nebraska for over 25 years until 2004. A fifth-generation Nebraskan, former Congressman Bereuter represented one of the nation's premier agricultural districts including the state capital of Lincoln, Nebraska. A member of the House Select Committee on Hunger, Bereuter is well-known for his global hunger and agriculture initiatives. 

About John Ogonowski

John Ogonowski is remembered for his dedication to his family, community, extensive agriculture advocacy, and his international work assisting immigrant farmers from Cambodia. As the pilot of the American Airlines Flight 11 to Los Angeles that crashed on September 11, 2001, into the World Trade Center in New York City, John is fondly remembered by his home community in Massachusetts and the Tufts University New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.  John served within the New Entry program as Farmer Mentor and dedicated acreage of his farm in the U.S. to help Cambodians learn to begin farming. He provided production advice, helped erect a shed and greenhouse, and donated production space. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, and their three daughters. Peggy and John's brother, Jim Ogonowski, are actively involved in the New Entry program and continuing John's legacy.