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: Climate Smart Agricultural Development Project

Florida A&M University’s India Farmer-to-Farmer Climate Smart Agricultural Development Project follows on from their successful 2016 project in the same area (Gujarat State). One of the major barriers to increased productivity for local farmers is the high salinity of soil and water. Ten volunteers will work with local partner VRTI (the Vivekanand Research and Training Institute), to establish a “Climate Smart” demonstration farm and train VRTI technicians to conduct basic soil and water analyses in support of local farmers. The demonstration farm will provide research and extension services and will be a location where new or alternative crop varieties can be tested under local conditions, and will allow farmers to participate in hands-on demonstrations to learn about new technologies and climate-resilient production methods. With these new tools to understand and deal with high salinity, the project aims to help local farmers increase their productivity.

ContactHarriet Paul

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