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AMERICAN AGRI-WOMEN PARTNERS WITH FARMER-TO-FARMER PROGRAM
Source: American AgriWomen news release sent via AgPR--the news distribution service for agriculture

American Agri-Women (AAW) is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to join the United States Agency for International Development's Farmer-to-Farmer program. The program will link AAW members with farmers in East African countries, so they can offer training and technical assistance.

The partnership marks AAW's first international support effort. "Our diverse membership has expertise in many agricultural areas and our organization is based on our commitment to promoting agriculture.

The Farmer-to-Farmer program is a great opportunity for our members to share their first-hand knowledge and help other family farmers, including women farmers," says AAW President Sue McCrum.

The program, which was authorized in 1985, is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and has been implemented in more than 80 countries since its inception. This particular program will take place over the next five years and will offer aid in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.

Other partners in the Farmer-to-Farmer program include the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, Food Resource Bank, National Association of Agricultural Educators and the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

CRS received a grant from the Agency for International Development for the program to identify the communities in Africa and their needs. CRS is in the process of identifying farmers in these East Africa Regions to assess their needs. They will then match these needs with more than 300 U.S. volunteers that will conduct 500 volunteer assignments over a five-year period.

CRS will assume orientation and manage the logistics for those who are selected. Those who are in the program will volunteer their time of approximately two to three weeks, depending upon the project. The volunteers will have expenses covered.

Those who are interested can apply on the CRS website at: www.farmertofarmer.crs.org. All questions can be directed to: farmertofarmer@crs.org.


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