Past Grants

PDP: Syndromic Surveillance for Livestock Health

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Veterinarians Without Borders Syndromic Surveillance for Livestock Health aims to improve smallholder animal health and therefore nutrition through increased awareness of key diseases and how to control them in Ethiopia and Uganda. The project will also increase awareness of trade-related and zoonotic diseases by creation of passive surveillance all along the value chain, promote awareness and recognition of foreign animal diseases for US veterinarians and support existing USDA and USAID commitments to regional disease control to advance trade.

Small Grant: Farmer-to-Farmer Improving the Sustainability of Malian Sheep and Goat Farming

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Browse and Grass Grower Cooperative's Farmer-to-Farmer: Improving the Sustainability of Malian Sheep and Goat Farming Program, volunteers will train Malian sheep and goat farmers in improved nutrition, breeding, health and livestock management techniques. Volunteers will assist producer cooperatives in two regions: Koulikoro and Sikasso. These two regions have complementary strengths and would benefit from increased connections among their sheep and goat farmers. Through this coordinated effort at the production and the organizational level, Malian farmers have the potential to increase their incomes from the sale of livestock products.

Small Grant: Farmer-to-Farmer Special Program Support Project (F2F SPSP) (Zambia)

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Africare's The Farmer-to-Farmer Special Program Support Project (F2F SPSP) program targeted Small Holder Farmers and their producer associations working in the dairy value chain. Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers helped Zambian farmers and their associates improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their livestock operations. As a result of this project, farmers will be better able to increase their incomes and levels of food security.

Small Grant: Farmer-to-Farmer Special Program Support Project Zambia

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NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer Special Program Support Project Zambia (F2F SPSP Z) program will focus on the peanut value chain, assisting local farmers in increasing their annual income through targeted technical expertise provided by Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers. Eight two-week volunteer assignments will be fielded over 12 months. At the end of the program, through the knowledge provided by volunteer technical assistance, 16 Zambian host farmers, 40 percent of whom will be women, will earn more income through increased production, but also through value added activities of drying, processing, and storing. Volunteers, program staff and Zambian farmers will share technical advice with relevant government agencies, donors, universities, and development projects making the information widely available.

Small Grant: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)

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FAMU Farmer-to-Farmer project empowers local women small farmers, which indirectly improves the livelihood of their communities. Working with a local partner, Universite Caraibe, FAMU Farmer-to-Farmer project improves the knowledge, skills and productivity of local women farmers and youth beneficiaries in sustainable agriculture, natural resource production, and the use of improved technologies, increases agriculture mentor and advisory services, increases fresh vegetables and legumes in the diet of local beneficiary families, increased income through local markets sales and decreases household risk profile for women beneficiaries due to sustainable agriculture knowledge, crop diversification, new market outlets, and creation of household savings.

Small Grant: HaitiCoffee.com, Inc.

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The USAID Haiti Coffee DG Educational Services F2F Haitian Coffee Program aims to enhance and repair the direct linkages of Haiti coffee value chain from the producers to the consumers (Farm to Cup) to increase understanding, product quality and cash flow. Haiti Coffee Farmer-to-Farmer also increases the capacity of the new potential implementers and nine new potential host organizations, including a creating of a new host organization for women. Additionally, the project establishes and trains farmers in universal Quality Assurance Standards for coffee.

Small Grant: Issues and Challenges in Sustainable Agricultural Research, Extension and Education for Woman Farmers in Bangladesh project

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Tennessee State University's Farmer-to-Farmer In Bangladesh, organic farming activities are focused currently on vegetable crops. However, farmers lack sustainable know-how and technology. The Farmer-to-Farmer program will address these problems by providing technical assistance in sustainable vegetable cultivation. The Program will enhance the research capacity of the agricultural sector in rural areas in Bangladesh, particularly around the production of organic vegetables for local and foreign markets and development of support systems for small-scale and women farmers to participate in the production of these crops. Since organic vegetable production is a new area for Bangladeshi farmers, as well as the national university system, the project will provide numerous opportunities in capacity building at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU).

Small Grant: National Cooperative Business Association Cooperative League of the USA (NCBA CLUSA)

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NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer program increases market access of agriculture cooperatives in El Salvador, specifically those cooperatives that produce organic tropical projects, for which there is a rapidly growing demand in the United States. The program will facilitate increased income and development for 281 small holder farmer members of participating cooperatives, 44% of which are women. The program will achieve the objective through helping cooperatives in El Salvador understand what products are in demand by US cooperative grocery retailers and the product requirements for export to the United States. Cooperatives will receive technical assistance to address identified issues with accessing these markets and establish direct contacts with staff from retail food cooperatives as well as international suppliers supplying the US food cooperative sector.

Small Grant: Regents of the University of Minnesota

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University of Minnesota's Morocco Rural Leadership Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program strengthens the leadership and strategic planning capabilities of rural-based farmer associations (FBAs) to further the development of decentralized decision-making, which will contribute to sustaining the goals of the Green Morocco Plan. The leadership program develops a cohort of trainers and a cohort of decision makers with common responsibilities to govern, manage and operate strong FBAs and affiliated enterprises. Many of these associations were created under the program efforts of the Millennium Challenge Corporation project to develop key value chains in rain-fed and irrigated areas growing olives, almonds, dates and figs. Strong and effective FBAs will improve productivity, decrease production loss and increase rural household incomes.

Small Grant: USAID VEGA FAMU F2F Project

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FAMU and its Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers will work with the faculty, staff, students and administrators at Haitian universities and non-governmental organizations to build a strong Small Enterprise Development Program that focuses on developing small agro-enterprises. FAMU’s Farmer-to-Farmer program will help students gain practical agribusiness experience through internships in their communities organized through Food For the Poor. FAMU Farmer-to-Farmer challenges local students participating the program to achieve a 40 percent profit margin. FAMU anticipates that this approach will help to prepare agriculture graduates for self-employment.