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.
This guide was produced by Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) as a resource to help volunteer sending organizations create or improve their volunteer safety and security policies and procedures. It includes recommended steps for creating policies and procedures, a policies and procedures template, and links to additional resources.
Farmer-to-Farmer Implementers collaborated to hold a learning event in celebration of 30 years of Farmer-to-Farmer. This two-hour learning event, held in Washington D.C. on December 3, 2016, attracted approximately 95 participants from Farmer-to-Farmer implementers, USAID, Congress, media outlets, and volunteers. Former F2F volunteers comprised approximately 20 percent of the attendees.
Ghana is a signatory of the WTO agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures. This international agreement sets out a framework for food safety as well as plant health. While food safety is important for both national as well as international trade, phytosanitary compliance can especially be a big obstacle for international trade. The current weakness of the sanitary and phytosanitary compliance system for Ghanaian vegetables might hamper development of the sector in the years to come.
Presentation on specific fruit borer pests of significance for exports of peppers