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


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


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

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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.