Current 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: 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: 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: 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