Catholic Relief Services recently held a blog carnival surrounding the Farmer to Farmer program on their website. We want to highlight the work they are doing as one of Foods Resource Bank's parter organzations and celebrate with them in the successes of
their programming! Click here to read the short story of Velma Gwishiri's experience as a farmer to farmer volunteer in Uganda on the CRS blog.
Here's more information on how FRB is involved with the Farmer to Farmer program:
Foods Resource Bank is one of 5 organizations partnering with Catholic Relief Services in the Farmer to Farmer Program with USAID.
CRS' Farmer to Farmer Program will promote sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania by sending U.S. volunteers with agricultural expertise to share skills and help build capacity for African farmers through short-term training and technical assistance projects.
As a new implementer of the 28 year old Farmer to Farmer Program (F2F), CRS will send US volunteers to almost 500 project assignments over the 5-year life of the project, to increase the productivity and marketing of key priority value chains, including livestock and grains, in line with USAID’s Feed the Future initiative.
The program will benefit at least 350 host organizations, and train over 19,000 people, more than half of whom will be women. The Farmer to Farmer Program works to maximize its impact through clustering assignments to build geographic capacity or through multiple assignments addressing different disciplines to provide comprehensive technical assistance as needed.