Past Grants

Farmer-to-Farmer Special Program Support Project for Madagascar: Addressing Vanilla through Cooperative Enterprise (ADVANCE)

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The NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer Program will provide eight volunteers who will work with producer organization in the Vatovavy-Fitovinany and Sava Regions of Madagascar. These volunteers will assist 300 smallholder vanilla farmers to organize themselves into cooperatives that will provide member services under the program sub-element: Agribusiness and Producer Organizations. At the end of the project, small and medium-scale vanilla farmers will sustainably increase their annual income through producer organization member services to resolve priority issues as determined by the farmers including preventing crop theft, increasing access to finance, value-addition, and market linkages with both national and international buyers. 

ContactVirginia Bunker

Farmer-to-Farmer: Improving the Sustainability of Kosovo Agriculture

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Engineers Without Borders will partner with the Kosovo Agricultural Growth and Rural Opportunities (AGRO) Activity administered by USAID through Tetra Tech to provide volunteer services to its Strategic Partners active in targeted agricultural value chains. Professional engineer volunteers will be leveraged by the existing network already established in the Kosovo Agricultural Community. The Kosovo AGRO program currently works with Strategic Partners to improve targeted Value Chains including apples, pears, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, peppers, tomatoes, pickles, cucumbers, lettuce, asparagus, medicinal & aromatic plants and dairy. The intended outcome of the grant is to improve the efficiency and profitability of the agricultural community in Kosovo. Volunteers will work to solve engineering challenges identified by the AGRO Activity’s Strategic Partners.  

ContactKevin Adrezejewski

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: 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: Common Pastures - Sustaining Flocks, Farms & Families

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Browse & Grass Growers Cooperative implements this project in Mali with the objective of increasing Malian farmers' profits through training and implementation of sustainable, small ruminant production and marketing practices. The program beneficiaries are cooperative members and their families including youth, single and widowed women, individuals with disabilities, students attending agricultural schools, food entrepreneurs and purveyors. Volunteers will provide technical skills and assistance to accomplish these objectives by implementing preventative health care, nutrition training, specialized marketing training, and youth training on grazing, supplemental feeding and health surveillance. 

ContactJudy Moses

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

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Due to the previous success of the Browse and Grass Grower Cooperative's Farmer-to-Farmer: Improving the Sustainability of Malian Sheep and Goat Farming Program, a continuation was granted. Additional 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.

ContactJudy Moses

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.

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