What We Do / Agriculture and Food Security Overview

Partners’ Agriculture and Food Security Programs contribute to global nutrition security and livelihood development by strengthening organizational and individual capacity and leveraging Partners’ extensive network to build productive and sustainable partnerships. Partners has implemented agriculture and food security programs for 23 years in 24 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa, assisting close thousands of agribusinesses, cooperatives, universities, and private farmers, benefiting over 90,000 people and leveraging more than $35,000,000 in resources. 

  • John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program- Caribbean Region: From 2013-2018, Partners is working on the US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program in Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, with activities in select other countries. The program focuses on agricultural commodity chains, and US volunteers provide specific technical assistance to small and medium producers, agro-processors and others working at all levels of these chains. An estimated 540 volunteer trips will be completed over 5 years. 
  • Haiti Nutrition Security Program: The Partners Haiti Nutrition Security Program (NSP) seeks to improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and young children in 3 geographic-focus corridors in Haiti. Launched in 2013, the NSP is funded by the USAID Feed the Future Initiative – a U.S. Government effort to combat global hunger and food insecurity. The NSP strategy hinges on a holistic community health, nutrition, and livelihoods approach that works through local NGOs and integrates assistance activities within the existing government health and nutrition systems.
  • John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer to Farmer Program- Caribbean Region: From 2008 to 2013, Partners worked on the USAID funded Farmer to Farmer Program in Haiti, Guyana, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, with activities in select other countries. The program fielded 594 volunteers, working mainly in horticulture, tree crops, small animal production, apiculture, and dairy development. 
  • John Ogonowski Farmer to Farmer Program - Caribbean Basin: From 2003 through 2008, Partners fielded 196 volunteers on technical assistance assignments to Haiti, Jamaica and Guyana, focusing on horticulture and other high value crops. Partners assisted 276 host organizations and had close to 14,000 direct and 570,000 indirect beneficiaries.  
  • Farmer to Farmer Program – Latin America and Caribbean: From 1996 to 2003, Partners sent 615 volunteers on assignments in 17 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and West Africa. The program worked with 840 host organizations, impacted 35,000 direct beneficiaries and countless indirect beneficiaries, leveraged millions of dollars of in-kind resources, recruited volunteers from 36 U.S. states and reached tens of thousands of people in the US through public outreach activities. 
  • Guyana Dairy Development Program (GDDP): From March 2001 through February 2004, this USAID-funded program strengthened the dairy sector by improving production, processing and distribution. More than 7,000 cattle farmers learned new techniques; three milk processing plants were either started or strengthened; and the quality, variety and accessibility of dairy products for Guyanese consumers increased. 
  • Farmer to Farmer Program – Latin America: From 1991 to 1996, Partners sent 289 US farmers and agriculturists from 29 different states to work in 12 countries to increase food production and distribution and promote environmentally sound agricultural production. The specialists worked in areas such as: cattle production, horticulture, vegetable production, poultry, aquaculture, irrigation, integrated pest management and food processing for exportation.

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