The USAID-funded John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program provides technical assistance to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses and other agriculture sector institutions in developing and transitional countries to promote sustainable improvements in food security and agricultural processing, production, and marketing. The main goal of the program is to generate sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector through voluntary technical assistance. A secondary goal is to increase the U.S. public’s understanding of international development issues and programs and international understanding of the U.S. and U.S. development programs.
The main objectives of the program are to:
Increase agricultural sector productivity and profitability;
Improve conservation and sustainable use of environmental and natural resources;
Expand agricultural sector access to financial services; and
Strengthen agricultural sector institutions.
The Farmer-to-Farmer Program leverages the expertise of volunteers from U.S. farms, universities, cooperatives, private agribusinesses and nonprofit farm organizations to respond to the local needs of host-country farmers and organizations. Volunteers, recruited from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, are generally individuals who have domestic careers, farms and agribusinesses, or are retirees who want to participate in development efforts; volunteers do not have to be overseas development professionals to join the program. Farmer-to-Farmer is USAID-funded and implemented by Catholic Relief Services, ACDI/VOCA, CNFA, IESC, Land O'Lakes International Development, National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International, Partners of the Americas, and Winrock International.
The Farmer-to-Farmer program creates sustainable change by:
Volunteers provide technical assistance to smallholder farmers and rural farmer organizations with the goal of increasing crop yields, improving post-harvest practices, and generating greater economic returns.
Volunteers work with local, regional, and export-oriented processors and agribusinesses to improve quality standards and facilitate market linkages.
Building Local Capacity
Volunteers help local organizations develop stronger management, leadership, and strategic practices in order to ensure long-term sustainability.