Current Grants

PDP: Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Colombia's Orinoquia Region

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Purdue University’s project aim to promote rural development to support a sustainable and economically equitable peace in the Orinoquia region of Colombia, through integrated volunteer technical assistance. This will be accomplished by improved agricultural productivity through sustainable agricultural practices and natural resource management. Volunteers will work with smallholder farmers so that they understand and be able to train others, strengthened regional agricultural economy through value-added processing and sustainable innovations along the value chain. Volunteers will provide technical assistance in agricultural processing, product innovation, and marketing and creating new and strengthened networks support small farms and markets for local food systems

ContactEmma Charlebois

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: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University SPSP India

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) project in India aims to utilize highly skilled volunteers to train key Indian organizations to use Climate Smart Agricultural (CSA) practices. FAMU will be working in collaboration with the National Council for Climate Change Sustainable Development and Public Leadership (NCCSD), a premier national organization involved in providing sustainable agricultural solutions through sharing platforms for farmers’ experience, interactions with policy makers, training programs and representing farmer’s issues to policy makers. Together, FAMU and NCCSD will help one of NCCSD’s 27 member organizations, Vivekanand Research and Training Institute (VRTI), establish a “Non-formal Education Center” (the Center) on the VRTI campus at Mandvi. The purpose of the Center will be to provide a structured program of CSA service delivery to small farmers, including helping mitigate against climate shocks, introducing the use of appropriate new technologies, and teaching methods to increase productivity and income.  

ContactHarriett Paul

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