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Florida International University is an urban, multi-campus, research university serving South Florida, the state, the nation and the international community. It fulfills its mission by imparting knowledge through excellent teaching, promoting public service, discovering new knowledge, solving problems through research, and fostering creativity.


John Ogonowski Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Program Focusing on Technology Transfer, Market Chain Development and Strengthening Local Organizations The Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) Program, funded by The United States Agency for International Development, (USAID), was first authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1985 to provide for the transfer of knowledge and expertise of U.S. agricultural producers and businesses on a voluntary basis to middle-income countries and emerging democracies. Since that time, the Program has earned the respect for the high-quality technical services it provides to developing country host institutions. The U.S. Congress re-authorized the Farmer-to-Farmer Program in the 2002 Farm Bill, designating to the John Ogonowski FTF Program in honor of one of the pilots killed on September 11, 2001. International Volunteer Opportunities Participate in an, all expense paid, 2-4 week volunteer assignment in any of the following countries in Central America: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Share your business expertise with farmer organizations, agribusinesses and other support organizations with an interest in domestic, regional and international trade. Farmer-to-Farmer specialists volunteer their time and expertise, while the program covers all travel, lodging, meals and incidental expenses. Volunteer specialists: Help partner organizations to increase competitiveness, upgrade production capacity and quality and prepare for liberalized trade opportunities. Enhance the competitiveness of agribusiness firms and producer organizations and to strategically prepare for regional and international market entrance. Expand market linkages and domestic and international public and private sector alliances for trade capacity building. Requirements: US Citizenship or Residency Status Spanish language skills preferred but not required Minimum 5 years of work experience For more information, please contact: Carmen Algeciras algecira@fiu.edu www.entrepreneurship.fiu.edu/usaid



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