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.
- 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.
Opportunity: Request for Applications
Small Grants under Farmer-to-Farmer
Special Program Support Project
The Farmer to Farmer Program (F2F) provides for the transfer of knowledge and expertise from volunteers coming from U.S. producers, businesses and other institutions to organizations in developing countries and emerging democracies. As part of the current phase of the F2F Program, VEGA was awarded a F2F Special Program Support Project (SPSP) to contribute to meeting overall F2F Program objectives. This SPSP involves awarding grants to qualified U.S.-based organizations to implement small scale F2F projects using voluntary U.S. technical assistance for agricultural development programs in developing countries and emerging democracies.
This RFA is to solicit applications from organizations interested in participating in the implementation of the F2F Small Grant Projects.
Contact Information: F2F@Vegaalliance.org
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:
- ACDI/VOCA – core country programs in West Africa and in Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia; Contact – Angelina Tracy
- Catholic Relief Services – core country programs in East Africa; Contact – Bruce White
- CNFA – core country programs in Southern Africa; Contact - Scott Clark
- Land O’Lakes – core country programs in the Middle East and North Africa; Contact – Dean Smith
- Partners of the Americas – core country programs in the Caribbean Basin; Contact – Peggy Carlson
- Winrock International – core country programs in Asia and in West Africa agricultural education and training; Contact - Nona Fisher
- Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance – Special Program Support Project (SPSP); Contact – Eric Wallace
- Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) – F2F Small Grant in Haiti; Contact - Harriett Paul or Nandkumar Divate
- HaitiCoffee.com, Inc – F2F Small Grant in Haiti; Contact - Myriam Kaplan Pasternak
- Cooperative League of the USA (CLUSA) and National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) – F2F Small Grant in El Salvador; Contact - Kris Klassen
- Regents of the University of Minnesota – F2F Small Grant in Morocco; Contact - Renee Pardello
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.
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.
This 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.
We are happy to answer your questions and speak with you about Farmer-to-Farmer opportunities.
Farmer-to-Farmer SPSP, Program Director
Farmer-to-Farmer Agreement Officer Representative (USAID)