KAMPALA- U.S. Mission Uganda today announced a program that connects farmers in the United States with their counterparts around the world for training and technical assistance. U.S. Mission Uganda, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will place 125 American volunteer farmers with projects that assist local farmers in Uganda. The projects under consideration are maize and oil seed crops such as ground nuts, sunflower, and sesame value chains.
Farmer-to-Farmer is 28-year-old flagship USAID program that transforms agricultural sector development through volunteer assistance targeted at small farmers, agribusinesses and associations, and support services enterprises. This is the first time CRS is partnering with the Farmer-to-Farmer Program. This partnership is a five-year program to include nearly 500 volunteer assignments in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda.
The Ohio Ag Connection highlights American Agri-Women’s first international support effort in partnership with CRS’Farmer-to-Farmer program in the article below:
Catholic Relief Services has joined a program that connects farmers in the United States with their counterparts around the world for training and technical assistance. The CRS project will focus on East Africa.
“The program will use the expertise of U.S. Catholics and non-Catholics to help the impoverished communities we serve in this part of Africa,” said Bruce White, director for the program.
Plans call for almost 500 project assignments over the five-year life of the program, focusing on agriculture, food security and nutrition in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
This is the first time CRS has been involved in the 28-year-old Farmer-to-Farmer Program funded by the U.S. government.
CRS’s Farmer to Farmer program director, Bruce White, was recently interviewed by the University of Illinois about the Farmer to Farmer program approach.
The Farmer-to-Farmer Program connects American farmers, agribusinessmen and others with knowledge in different agricultural fields with farmers and communities in developing countries around the world. The program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and has been implemented in more than 80 countries since its inception, according to the agency’s website.
“We have a very diverse agricultural sector in this country, and there are innovations popping up all over the place,” White said, “And what a great way to take some of those innovations, take some of those experiences and share them with our programming overseas and with the communities that we work with.”
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