The Common Pastures Project is partially funded by the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program. F2F provides technical assistance to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses and other agriculture sector institutions in developing countries to promote sustainable improvements in food security and agricultural processing, production, and marketing. The main goal of the program is to generate sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector through voluntary technical assistance.
Volunteers are generally individuals who have domestic careers, farms and agribusinesses, or are retirees who want to participate in development efforts. Volunteers do not have to be overseas development professionals to join the program.
Sharing your knowledge and skills with farmers, cooperatives, and agribusinesses in Mali and Burkina Faso makes a tremendous difference in the life of small-scale farmers. The Common Pastures project sends U.S. volunteers to provide hands-on training and mentorship to help smallholder farmers develop the skills they need to be sustainable and successful. Currently, technical support and trainings are provided remotely due to COVID-19 precautions.
How You Help
You can make a difference by providing your expertise and skills in the areas of agriculture, farming, marketing, small business management, organizational development and more. Volunteer assignments last from two to six weeks although many are ongoing through friendship and shared interests.
For more information about F2F and other opportunities, view our brochure here.
Volunteers share their knowledge and experience to small-scale farmers, cooperatives and agriculture businesses.