Implemented by ACDI/VOCA; Report covering October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016; Cooperative Agreement Number: AID‐OAA‐L‐13‐0000
At our recent Farmer-to-Farmer Quarterly Meeting on September 15, 2016, we gathered a panel of volunteers from different backgrounds, organizations and a variety of project locations to ask them, "What makes a good volunteer assignment?" Our objective is that the information gathered will help inform program implementors and provide valuable feedback to further enhance the experience of volunteers on future projects. A video of the presentation is provided below along with a one-page summary.
Written by Benjamin J. Lough, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rebecca Tiessen, University of Ottawa, with the support of The International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum)
The John Ogonowski Farmer-to-Farmer Program Environmental and Natural Resource Management Issues document explains the importance of environmental and resource management under F2F. It provides guidelines for all implementing partners to consider and is required documentation for programs fielding PERSUAP assignments.
The purpose of this manual is to serve as a reference for those who are new to setting up or managing an international volunteer program. It draws from a review of over 30 years of experience of the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Volunteer Program. Since 1986, F2F has used short-term volunteer technical assistance to promote agricultural sector development, people-to-people exchanges, and wider public understanding of development issues and objectives.
This Lessons Learned Study was commissioned by VEGA's F2F Special Program Support Project (SPSP). VEGA has managed the Farmer-to-Farmer SPSP since 2013. The SPSP is a supporting entity for the overall F2F Program, and its goals include working with new F2F implementers, reaching new volunteers, and advancing learning, innovation and growth within the F2F program. The program has reached its halfway mark and to investigate the effectiveness of its work thus far, VEGA conducted this Lessons Learned Special Study.
One key aspect of both VEGA and F2F programs is the integration of volunteers. In this panel discussion, representatives from organizations that utilize volunteers discussed best practices in volunteer recruitment, tools and resources, and common challenges. Many thanks to the panel participants for contributing their time and sharing their experiences. Below you will find a 1-page summary of the discussion and a video of the full-length panel discussion.
This study was commissioned by the F2F Special Program Support Project (SPSP), implemented by the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA). It looks at the extent of minority engagement within the F2F program, particularly how to increase the recruitment of minority volunteers and expand engagement with minority serving organizations (MSOs). In contrast to previous studies, this assignment involved not only a review of the literature, but also surveys and interviews to capture the perspectives of current and potential participants to the Farmer-to-Farmer Program.