The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program provides voluntary technical assistance to farmers, farm groups, and agribusinesses in developing countries to promote sustainable capacity building. The program relies on the expertise of U.S. volunteers from diverse backgrounds—farms, land grant universities, cooperatives, private agribusinesses, nonprofit farm organizations and others—to respond to the needs of host country farmers and organizations. Volunteers have come from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In general, volunteers are not overseas development professionals, but individuals who have domestic careers, farms, and agribusinesses, or are retired and want to participate in development efforts. Typically, volunteers spend about 14 to 21 days in the host country. Volunteers have completed over 15,000 assignments in more than 110 countries since the program began in 1985.
The F2F Program was initially authorized by Congress in the 1985 Farm Bill and is funded through Title V of Public Law 480. The U.S. Congress has designated it the “John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter F2F Program” in honor of one of the pilots killed September 11, 2001 and of former Congressman Bereuter, who initially sponsored the program.
Winrock is one of six organizations implementing Farmer-to-Farmer around the world.
For more information on F2F, please visit: http://www.Farmer-to-Farmer.org.