USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Program
NCBA CLUSA’s USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer program sends American farmers and agribusiness professionals on two-to-four week agricultural development assignments, promoting sustainable growth and agricultural development worldwide.
Volunteer technical assistance from U.S. farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives and universities helps smallholder farmers in developing countries improve productivity, access new markets and conserve environmental and natural resources.
The knowledge that Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers provide never runs out, never breaks down, is never misspent and is infinitely transferable to others.
What do Volunteers Do?
**During the COVID-19 crisis NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer program will implement a hybrid program which allows 2 volunteers per assignment. There will be 1 US based volunteer (100% virtual) and 1 in-country volunteer (50% virtual, 50% in the field). This decision allows us to continue to provide technical assistance to Host Organizations, foster relationships and teamwork, as well as make progress in programming.**
Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers carry out a wide variety of projects. As the nation’s leading organization for cooperative businesses, NCBA CLUSA concentrates its technical assistance on cooperatives. Since 2010, NCBA CLUSA has deployed hundreds of volunteers across the world, offering more than three years of combined volunteers days and impacting thousands of smallholder farmers.
NCBA CLUSA began USAID’s Farmer-to-Farmer “Strengthening Rural Enterprises” program in Ecuador and Peru in August 2018. This five-year program will work in three sub-sectors:
- Co-op development
- Sustainable coffee production
- Horticulture enterprise
How to Get Involved
We are always looking for experts in agricultural production, post-harvest handing, marketing, cooperative development, financial management, food processing and other agricultural disciplines. NCBA CLUSA pays all assignment-related expenses.
If you are interested in learning more about the Farmer-to-Farmer Program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org