ACDI/VOCA has won a $7.24 million, five-year, USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. ACDI/VOCA has been a leading implementer of F2F: through it and other programs over the years we have placed expert volunteers in over 120 emerging-market and developing countries.
Short-term F2F volunteer consultants advise local farmers on technology transfer, quality control, product diversity, business strategy and human resources management, among other agribusiness issues. F2F works to improve the quality and viability of agricultural support institutions and financial institutions that provide much-needed resources to the agricultural sector. In a consortium with Land O' Lakes and Winrock International, ACDI/VOCA focuses on strengthening five components of the producer-to-market agricultural system in Jordan and other countries in the MENA region: farm production, post-harvest handling, intermediate and final processing, retail and wholesale sales and local and regional markets.
F2F MENA provides volunteers to our core program countries of Egypt and Lebanon and also provides support to other regional countries, including Jordan, where the consortium will field highly qualified volunteers to support the agricultural development activities of the Jordan Badia Research Development Center and Hashemite Fund for Development. In FY09, the consortium completed a total of 57 volunteer assignments in the MENA region, providing technical assistance to 167 hosts and reaching 1,140 direct beneficiaries and 9,120 indirect beneficiaries.
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