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Farmer-to-Farmer Program

The Farmer-to-Farmer Program promotes sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development worldwide. Volunteers include US farmers, as well as people from agribusinesses, cooperatives, and universities help developing countries improve productivity, access new markets, build local capacity, combat climate change and conserve environmental and natural resources.
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: Since it started, volunteers have completed programs in over 110 countries.
  • Objective: The Program is funded through the US Farm Bill to assist developing countries, middle-income countries, emerging markets, sub-Saharan African countries, and Caribbean Basin countries to increase farm production and incomes.
  • Timeline: October 2013 - October 2018
  • Volunteers: Over 16,000 volunteers have served since 1985.
  • Theme: Agriculture and Food Security
F2F Overview Video

CNFA produced a short video highlighting the United States Agency for International Development's Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program. F2F promotes sustainable economic growth, food security, and agricultural development worldwide. CNFA currently implements the Farmer-to-Farmer program in Southern Africa.

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Partners of the Americas Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer working a seed project.

Winrock F2F

Winrock Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer, Mickey Foley, training CMES technicians on improved mushroom production.

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ACDI/VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer, Mathew Wolverton, with the Dekaworwor Rice Growers Association representatives.

USAID & F2F logo (2)The Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program promotes sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development worldwide. Volunteer technical assistance from US farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives, and universities helps developing countries improve productivity, access new markets, build local capacity, combat climate change and conserve environmental and natural resources. F2F volunteers work with farmers, producer groups, rural businesses and service providers to develop local capacity necessary to increase food production and rural incomes, expand economic growth, and address environmental and natural resource management challenges. This people-to-people exchange promotes international goodwill, understanding of US foreign assistance programs and private involvement in development activities.

Program Strengths

  • Quality, cost effective technical assistance from practical, experienced specialists
  • Capacity development and technology transfer in focused value chain or sector support area
  • Citizen diplomacy that establishes long term relations, promotes goodwill, and raises understanding of international development issues.

Who Implements the Program?

The core Farmer-to-Farmer programs are implemented under LWA Cooperative Agreements. Each Agreement funds core country Farmer-to-Farmer programs in a defined geographic region, but also allows for global access for Associate Awards using voluntary technical assistance in agricultural development. You can download the capabilities statements for the LWA holders:

Farmer-to-Farmer includes a Special Program Support Project (SPSP) to test innovative approaches for use of volunteers, draw from non-traditional volunteer sources, develop capacity of non-traditional volunteer organizations, and address niche agricultural sector problems. Special projects will be implemented by voluntary technical assistance organizations as sub-awards.

Watch the Agrilinks Farmer-to-Farmer presentation from December 2013

Farmer-to-Farmer Common Application

You may convey your interest in serving in any of the above organizations’ Farmer-to-Farmer programs when you submit this form. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and shared with each implementing partner organization.

Common Application  (Word)

Want to Be a Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer?

Visit the implementing partners’ websites for more information about specific opportunities.

Background Information

Farmer-to-Farmer manual screenshotThis manual is  a reference for those who are new to setting up or managing an international volunteer program. It draws from a review of the 20 years of experience of the Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Program.

This manual describes many of the good practices developed by these organizations. While it generally answers the question, “What should the implementing agency do?” it does not necessarily explain how the agency should do it.

Farmer-to-Farmer Brochure

Farmer-to-Farmer Overview and Partner Summaries

VEGA Study -Minority Serving Institutions’ and Minority Serving Organizations’ Engagement and Participation in the F2F Program

PERSUAP- What Volunteers Should Know

PERSUAP- What Implementers Should Know

F2F Brochure ScreenshotContact Information

We are happy to answer your questions and speak with you about Farmer-to-Farmer opportunities.

Eric Wallace
Farmer-to-Farmer SPSP, Program Director

Gary Alex
Farmer-to-Farmer Agreement Officer Representative (USAID)