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Senegal F2F: Getting to know Relais et VNC, and their communities

Bonjour from Senegal! On days three and four of my Farmer to Farmer assignment, we visited Relais et Volontaire pour la Nutrition Communautaire (Relais et VNC) members in five villages to learn about the behavioral changes they’re promoting, the related … Continue reading

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Farmer to Farmer Senegal: First Few Days

Bonjour from Senegal, where I’m starting my fourth USAID Farmer to Farmer (F2F) volunteer assignment. I volunteered via ACDI/VOCA previously (Jordan, Ghana and Viet Nam), and am with NCBA CLUSA this time. Thanks to Jane (CLUSA program manager), Abibou (in-country … Continue reading

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ACDI/VOCA Assignment: Cocoa farmer financial record keeping & GAP

This summer, I had the good fortune to do another ACDI/VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignment. I evaluated financial record keeping, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) adoption and cost-benefit, among Ghanaian cocoa farmers. It was a great experience that allowed me to … Continue reading

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Cacao Travels: Grenada – Cacao Enterprises & Other Sites

This is blog#3 on my Grenada-Dominican Republic cacao trip, highlighting travels around Grenada, particilaely visits to cacao/chocolate enterprises. (Part one covers my experience volunteering on a cacao farm.) Grenada is beautiful. Check out some photos of the natural environs here (scroll through … Continue reading

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Cacao Travels: Grenada – Cacao Farm Stay

In mid-January, I stayed on a cacao farm in Grenada for a week to get involved in its daily operations and increase my understanding of producer/community dynamics. (See other posts for background on the purpose of the trip, and visits to cacao … Continue reading

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Media Coverage on ACDI/VOCA volunteer placement in Jordan

The Mail Tribune and Daily Tidings ran articles on my volunteer placement in Jordan through ACDI/VOCA. Mail Tribune piece below. Ashland woman helps Jordanian farmers It’s a lesson in marketing and the possibility for growth  September 13, 2011 By John … Continue reading

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ACDI/VOCA Jordan Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Assignment Recap

ACDI/VOCA sent me to Amman, Jordan for three weeks to work with the Jordan Exporters and Producers Association for Fruit and Vegetables (JEPA), a nonprofit association of producers, exporters and allied service providers that promotes the export of fruit, vegetables, … Continue reading

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