Past Grants

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 focused 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 were fielded over 12 months. Over the life of the project, volunteers trained 968 people, 59.6% of whom are women, benefitting 5,517 farm family members. Volunteers directly assisted 1,044 people, 59.4% of whom are women. These farmers will be able to earn more income through increased production and value added activities of drying, processing, and storing.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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.

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