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Virtual F2F Assignments

| AVOP

Stay home, stay safe, and volunteer! Despite current travel restrictions, the Farmer-to-Farmer program continues its impactful work through virtual assignments. Read more to learn about virtual assignments and what volunteer opportunities are currently available.

Skilllanthropy in the Philippines

| Grameen Foundation

The Farmer-to-Farmer Capacity Building of the Coconut Sub Sector (F2F COCOS) program in the Philippines provides technical assistance improving productivity, profitability, and access to financial services. Volunteers donating their unique skills and talents are helping poor coconut farmers in the Philippines through Grameen's Farmer-to-Farmer COCOS program. Volunteers are experts in agriculture, food processing and supply chains, marketing and business, banking and finance, international development and more...

Webinar: "What is Rural Tourism? Opportunities for Development"

| ACDI/VOCA

As the COVID-19 crisis impacts traditional tourism and constrains travelers’ ability to gather in large groups, we see small group rural tourism as the best way safely forward. Our discussants will examine rural tourism, how it can equip communities to prosper economically, and how host communities can prepare to leverage this promising change.

F2F COCOS Knowledge Sharing Webinar

| AVOP

Grameen Foundation's Farmer-to-Farmer team hosted a webinar to highlight a volunteer who worked side by side with a local microfinance NGO in the Philippines to develop a farmer profile development survey tool. The volunteer, Eric Doesburg, is a mechanical engineer and supply chain expert. Tune in to learn more: 

Opinion: Farmer-to-Farmer: Making a Difference

| CNFA

It is easy to feel that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought life to a standstill. But life does carry on. Every day, the news is full of stories that illustrate the innovative solutions that individuals and organizations are adopting to adapt to this challenging environment—and when needed, to fulfill their …

Volunteer to Tajikistan Shares How to Advocate to End World Hunger

| ACDI/VOCA

Written by María Cecilia Pfund on 2/13/2020

Food truly unites us all. It is a cultural experience and being immersed in another culture opened my eyes to foods and traditions that enhanced my life in many ways.

Last month, I returned home to Washington, D.C., from a short-term volunteer …

Volunteer Reflects on 100+ Assignments

| ACDI/VOCA

Meet Ross Penhallegon, a volunteer heading out this month on his 109th assignment. He and his wife Kate are dedicated to helping people around the globe. They’ve volunteered 1,417 days, that’s nearly four years, in pursuit of this objective. Before heading to Kyrgyzstan for their 21st trip there, we caught …

Resilience During a Pandemic

| Partners of the Americas

USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Guatemala Host Adapts Business Model and Perseveres

Like others throughout the world, many farmers and agribusinesses are beginning to suffer substantial economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of them, however, are leveraging knowledge and skills gained through the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program (F2F) and are now better-positioned to …

Georgian Cheesemaker Expands His Business with Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Assistance

| ACDI-VOCA

Entrepreneur Gocha Gagashvili started his milk collecting and cheese production business in 2008 in the small village of Kurdgelauri in Georgia’s Kakheti Region. Almost a decade later, in 2017, he welcomed Steve Morgan, a U.S. volunteer with ACDI/VOCA’s USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program in the Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia regions. The Farmer-to-Farmer Program mobilizes highly qualified U.S. volunteers, who provide technical assistance with the goal of increasing productivity and raising farmers’ incomes.

Oregon State University Professor Volunteers in Kyrgyzstan

| ACDI-VOCA

Fruit production employs more than 35,000 people in the Kyrgyz Republic’s Issyk-Kul Oblast, where more than 1,000 hectares of land is covered by orchards. The export potential of this industry is considerable. But many farmers lack basic knowledge of pruning and grafting, organic farming, and pest and disease prevention.