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The F2F program leverages the expertise of volunteers from U. 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 the program. Volunteers tend to be senior or mid-career professionals with practical agro-industry experience. F2F represents the diversity, ingenuity and generosity of U. The program was deated as the "John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program" in honor of one of the pilots killed September 11, and of former Congressman Bereuter, who initially sponsored the program.
As aligned with Feed the Future, the U. Volunteer asments address host-led priorities to expand economic growth that increases incomes and improves access to nutritious food. The F2F program has demonstrated ificant impact through high-quality services from volunteers. Volunteers help individuals and organizations build local institutions and linkages to resolve local problems. Since , over 19, F2F volunteer asments have supported more than 12, organizations, reaching million people in countries.
Volunteers worked directly with more than , agribusiness professionals, with benefits accruing to over 30 million people. Please see below for specific examples of volunteer successes. USAID has awarded cooperative agreements to eight organizations for implementation of the core F2F volunteer programs for international agricultural development for fiscal years — The program will extend services to 36 core countries, providing over 3, volunteer technical assistance asments averaging three weeks each.
An additional Agricultural Volunteer Opportunity Program will fund volunteer activities with new implementing organizations and special activities. The eight program implementing organizations will work closely with overseas USAID Missions and local partner organizations, supporting a variety of development programs aimed at reducing poverty and stimulating sustainable and broad-based economic growth.
The core program agreements allow USAID country programs to provide additional funding for agricultural development projects using F2F volunteers. Each F2F award is global in nature but implements core country programs in a specific region or technical area:. F2F emphasizes achieving economic impact and measurable by concentrating volunteer asments in specific geographic areas and on specific agricultural value chains and service sectors. Programs go beyond simply placing volunteers on an individual basis and focus on developing specific market chains for which overall impact can be evaluated.
Programs build institutions and transfer technology and management expertise to link smallholder farmers with markets that make use of comparative advantages in production, processing and marketing. Volunteers typically work with medium and small agro-enterprises, cooperatives, individual producers, agricultural extension and research agencies, and financial institutions. Major areas of program focus are: horticulture, dairy and livestock, staple food crops, producer organization development, financial services, marketing and processing, agricultural education and training, and natural resources management.
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