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ACDI/VOCA Ghana Volunteer David Ringuette

ACDI/VOCA Volunteer Helps Mango Farmers Improve Productivity

Mango growers in southern Ghana with ACDI/VOCA Volunteer David Ringuette (center), wearing gifts he received during their last session Ghana …

Uganda RWANU Farmer Field Day

Environmental Awareness in Uganda and at Home

Recent studies show that the human population’s growth rate is increasing by 1.11% per year. Less clear, however, are the …

ACDI/VOCA Famer to Farmer project participant in DRC

Moving Energy from Pastures to Cattle to You—and Back

Everyone should be good at something, right? Everyone should have one skill they practice their whole lives that their bodies …


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ACDI/VOCA volunteer Phil Smith with the general director of a poultry company in Kumasi

ACDI/VOCA Volunteer Evaluates Assets for Ghana Poultry Company

In April, I arrived home from Ghana after completing an ACDI/VOCA volunteer assignment with the USAID-funded West Africa Farmer-to-Farmer Program …


“Can You Hear Me Now?” Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Developing Markets 

Globe-trotting international development professionals know mobile phones have become common tools in the countries where we work, in bustling metropolises …


Development Works

I recently passed my 40th anniversary of joining the Peace Corps and going off to discover Africa. Ever since, I’ve …

ACDI/VOCA signature tools

Why Signature Tools?

International development is often criticized because organizations took a “one size fits all” approach to their work, ignoring local history, …

Bangladesh LPIN, market, nutrition

Multiple Pathways to Nutrition in Bangladesh

As an agricultural development professional (and someone who eats regularly), I’m well aware that sustained, quality nutrition is a foundation …

Makeba Clay in Ghana, Farmer-to-Farmer

Field Notes from Ghana: Looking Back

As my volunteering assignment came to an end, I couldn’t help but reflect on the entire experience. Working with members …

Ghana ADVANCE II Techiman Maize tradersTechiman Maize traders

Field Notes from Ghana: Part II

It’s so hard to believe that I have only been working with the farmers of the Techiman Maize Traders Association …

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