Current Grants

PDP: Improving Food Safety Systems (IFSSP) in Ghana

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The objective is to strengthen the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) compliance system for Ghanaian fruits and vegetables to enable public and private sector collaboration for active growth in exports and sector productivity/profitability. To achieve this vision, specialists and policymakers will be prepared to implement agricultural traceability systems and farmers and other value chain actors will adopt recommendations to mitigate SPS issues. IESC and its partner, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), will deploy 60 volunteers who will contribute more than 1,000 days of service to accomplish these results.

ContactKayla Sainato

PDP: Jamaican Sustainable Farm Enterprise Program

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Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and Americas (FAVACA) three-year program will focus on the development of market-driven organic agricultural production in the parish of St. Thomas, Jamaica. FAVACA seeks to collaborate with local partners to ensure multi-layered sustainable practices across food systems, businesses, institutions, and organizations. Over the course of the initiative, FAVACA will place 70 U.S. professionals to train an estimated 2,500 individuals on various practices including water irrigation and management, distribution, and organic food systems. Based on over thirty years of experience and several development projects within Jamaica, FAVACA aims to empower local farmers in St. Thomas to address the number of environmental challenges and climate change issues that are hindering economic growth and crop production. Through increasing food security and enterprise profitability, this program will improve financial service and set the foundation for reproducible disaster-resistant agricultural environments.

ContactDemian Pasquarelli

Small Grant: Farmer-to-Farmer Project for Aquaculture in Kenya

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Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) project will build upon past Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) Farmer-to-Farmer efforts in Kenya in order to increase capacity-building for the aquaculture sector. Eleven volunteers will conduct technical trainings on best management practices, integrated framing systems, aquaponics, and other methods that aim to improve fish farming technology. Activities will target small- and medium-scale farmers, but will also benefit host partners that include cooperatives, universities, NGOs, and local government offices. FAU and AwF also seek to increase engagement with disadvantaged groups, including women, landless workers, and the impoverished. By aiding the expansion of aquaculture in Kenya, this project will help alleviate poverty, enhance food security, and improve nutrition and health, contributing to the sustainable economic growth and development of rural communities.

Contact – Marty Riche

Small Grant: Farmer-to-Farmer: Colombia Agricultural Network Development Opportunity (Can Do)

New Mexico State University (NMSU)’s Can Do program aims to develop agricultural extension models to ensure delivery of applied agricultural research news and information to smallholder farmers in post-conflict Colombia. Ten Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers will partner with graduates from Universidad de La Salle’s Utopia campus to work in remote areas of the Bolivar and Sucre departments. Together, they will assess information gaps, share relevant research and techniques developed from Utopia’s agricultural school, and suggest interventions to improve production, food safety, marketing, nutrition, or other practices. Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer participation will also help provide training for local extension agents, such as the Utopia graduates, and local agricultural organizations. Overall, the project will build the capacity of a growing network of agricultural specialists while supporting national goals to improve livelihoods and sustain peace.

ContactRod McSherry

Small Grant: Sustainable Animal Herding in Mongolia

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The objective of Development Solution International’s project in Mongolia is to improve Mongolian herders’ ability to produce, market, and sell quality products. Eight volunteers will lend their expertise on livestock processing and business skills, helping herders in Uvurkhangai province increase the productivity and profitability of their livelihoods. Volunteers will also engage in capacity building that will include formal training on innovative livestock methods and technologies for government officials and university students in the agricultural sector. Together, these activities aim to encourage entrepreneurship among herders and ensure the long-term sustainability of the livestock sector.

ContactHolly Kinzie