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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.

Farmer-to-Farmer Welcomes Morocco and Philippines Programs

| AVOP Farmer-to-Farmer

Two new sub-awardees join the Farmer-to-Farmer Program: High Atlas Foundation and Grameen Foundation. High Atlas Foundation will be implementing Farmer-to-Farmer in Morocco and Grameen Foundation will be implementing Farmer-to-Farmer in the Philippines.

Volunteering through Generations: How a Wisconsin Family Supports Armenian Farmers

| ACDI-VOCA

After first hearing about the Farmer-to-Farmer Program in 1994, John Bobbe eagerly signed up to volunteer in Poland. The program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, mobilizes volunteers like John to provide technical assistance to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses, and others in developing and transitional countries...

Malawi Government Impressed with USAID Funded Farmer-to-Farmer Project

| Chancy Namadzunda

Authorities have expressed satisfaction with the efforts by the Washington DC based non partisan organization, called the Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) for implementing a five year project called Farmer-to-Farmer observed it has generated a rapid and sustainable economic growth in Malawi's agricultural sector.

The project started in 2013 …

About Farmer-to-Farmer Video: Meet CRS Volunteer Jeff Semler F2F Volunteers Share Soil Nutrient Management and Best Irrigation Methods for Saline Soils in Gujarat, India

| FAMU

Imagine living in a place where the land is so dry it barely produces enough crops to sustain a small, family farm – let alone provide a stable agricultural income to its community. Now, add to that the challenge of that community being in a coastal area where most irrigation water contains too much salt, making it unusable for growing healthy, sustainable plant crops.

Host Spotlight: Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala

| Partners of the Americas

The Federacion Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala (FECCEG) is an association of small organic coffee producers established in 2006. FECCEG currently works with 10 cooperatives in Chimaltenango, Huehuetenango, Quiché, Sololá, San Marcos, and Quetzaltenango, and over 1,000 farmers, of which more than 350 are women. Their mission is to promote and …