U of I to Provide Volunteers to Train Farmers in Africa
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2013
- Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is partnering with the University of Illinois
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and four
other institutions on a program to conduct a USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program
that connects farmers in the United States with other farmers in the East African
nations of Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda for training and technical
Relief Services will work with grassroots organizations to identify specific
farmers in their East Africa Region to assess their needs," said Rolin Oliver
Ferguson, international program coordinator in ACES. "Our role will be to help
locate knowledgeable volunteers who will travel to Africa and provide
that the volunteers may be individuals, growers, and producers with specific expertise,
Master Gardeners, and U of I Extension personnel.
Farmer-to-Farmer program proposes to place over 300 volunteers to conduct 500
volunteer assignments over a five-year period. "We have many talented people in
Illinois and affiliated with the university who might be willing to contribute
and provide training in agriculture, food security, or nutrition," Ferguson
said. The volunteers would travel to East Africa with their expenses for two to
three weeks covered by the project.
will use the expertise of U.S. Catholics and non-Catholics to help the
impoverished communities we serve in this part of Africa," said Bruce White,
director for the CRS program. White said that this is the first time CRS has
been involved in the 28-year-old Farmer-to-Farmer program funded by the U.S.
four institutions that are involved with the partnership are the National
Catholic Rural Life Conference, Foods Resource Bank, National Association of
Agricultural Educators, and American Agri-Women.
information or to learn more about volunteering for the program, contact
Ferguson at 217-300-0203 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Source:
Rolin Oliver Ferguson,