Farmer to Farmer Program Overview
The Partners of the Americas Farmer to Farmer Program provides technical assistance to local agricultural producers, producer organizations, and agribusinesses throughout the region. Through the program, U.S. agricultural volunteers share their knowledge on an individual basis to help increase farm production and farmer incomes while preserving the natural resource base.
The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). U.S. volunteers participating in Farmer to Farmer spend two to four weeks on assignment working directly with local counterparts in Latin America and the Caribbean to address previously identified local needs. Technical assistance is focused on agricultural commodity chains, from field to market, addressing bottlenecks wherever they are identified. The program targets small and medium scale producers, producer organizations and related enterprises, and emphasizes women and minority participation.
The current program is working primarily in Nicaragua, Haiti, Guyana and the Dominican Republic, as well as in other countries throughout the hemisphere (FTF Flex opportunities). Find out more about how to Volunteer and check out the links to the right to read newsletters and success stories, see photos and find out more about the program.
The program has had an impact throughout the hemisphere. For example, working with Makouti Agro Enterprise, a producers’ cooperative, the Farmer to Farmer Program helped create economic opportunities in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. Farmers struggled to make a living off the land and many chose to leave in search of work in the cities. Then farmers united to form Makouti, which allowed them to pool their resources to overcome obstacles. Farmer to Farmer volunteers advised the cooperative on financial management, marketing strategies, and packaging and labeling, and more. As a result, members are now earning two to three times their previous income. To read more, visit our Success Stories page.
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This webpage is made possible in part by the generous support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of Partners and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
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