F2F Overview Video

F2F Overview Video


– Relationships. [SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE] – Engaging. – It’s a whole lot of fun. – I would use the word
“rewarding.” – Interesting! – Adventure! [DOG YAPS] – My experience with
the Farmer-to-Farmer Program has been awesome. [♪♪♪] FEMALE NARRATOR:
The United States Agency for International Development’s John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program provides voluntary
technical assistance to farmers, producer groups, rural businesses, agricultural education
institutions, and service providers to promote sustainable
improvements in food security and economic growth
in developing countries. The Farmer-to-Farmer Program, which was initially authorized by Congress
in the 1985 Farm Bill, currently operates
in seven regions. The program relies
on the expertise of volunteers from diverse backgrounds such as agribusiness,
cooperatives, banking and financial
services, agriculture, marketing, universities, and non-profits. Over the course of
a 2-3 week assignment, volunteers work with a host to help develop
its local capacity. – It’s not easy,
farming is not easy. [FOREIGN LANGUAGE] – One of the more interesting
projects I’ve been involved in was in the Republic of Georgia. I took a wide selection
of different herbs and different
leafy vegetables, and we planted those
in his greenhouses, and the first year, he actually turned a profit
on those herbs. And to see him
actually harvest the herbs was extremely satisfying. – I taught classes
on basic business to a bean Farmer Co-op
in Tanzania. And these people were
very, very good farmers, very dedicated. We went through
the basic business format of setting up
a chart of accounts and showing whether they were
going to make a profit or loss. And you could see the lights
go on in their eyes as we took the information
that they delivered and put it into a formula
that they could understand. – The most rewarding part
of the assignments, without question, I think, is exposure to
very different cultures, lovely people! – US taxpayers’ dollars
are changing people’s lives. It’s not only
the beneficiaries’ lives. We bring an expert,
the expert is working with them, they immediately get more milk or they get more strawberries harvested. But actually this project
changed the lives of everyone
who touched them. The volunteers changed a lot, everyone changes,
and changes to the better. NARRATOR:
This is what the Farmer-to-Farmer Program
is all about. – Good afternoon! NARRATOR:
This people-to-people exchange promotes
international goodwill, encourages different cultures
to understand each other better, while at the same time
helping to build the economies and promote sustainable
food security in developing countries by providing voluntary
technical assistance from practical
experienced specialists. USAID has recruited volunteers
from all 50 states, and since its inception,
volunteers have completed nearly 16,000 assignments
in over 110 countries. – I hope I can
continue to volunteer with the Farmer-to-Farmer
Program because I feel as though
there is so much that I can offer and there is so much
I can receive.

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