Good Morning Colleagues of the International Goat Association (IGA),
On behalf of the USAID-funded program, Farmer to Farmer, administered by Partners of the Americas with headquarters in Washington, DC, it is a pleasure to share the following opportunity for volunteering and collaborating with us.
The Farmer to Farmer program was designed to bring US volunteers to developing countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. These volunteers support producers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, extension units, and agricultural institutions to develop their local capacity, increase productivity, and position themselves as competitors in the market.
As you can imagine, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected our activities and in the past couple months we have innovated and adapted our program to continue to support our communities through remote technical assistance with remote US volunteers.
Previously, our program could only support the participation of volunteers with US citizenship or work permits. However, due to the travel restrictions associated with the pandemic, USAID has authorized a temporary modification to the program format to include the participation of local volunteers. These local volunteers include technical experts who can support their communities by sharing their knowledge as it relates to themes in agriculture and food security.
We are looking for volunteer experts in Small Ruminants to support our programs in Guatemala and Jamaica who can collaborate with remote volunteers in the US and support our F2F programming. The hope is that both the local and remote volunteer will collaborate, complement each other in their expertise, provide robust contributions to the host. In this way, program beneficiaries will benefit from the knowledge of both volunteers.
If you or anyone in your networks would be interested in volunteering with us, please contact our recruitment office in Washington, DC at email@example.com.
Finally, we would like to clarify that these are volunteer assignments and participants will not receive any financial compensation for their time. We offer the opportunity for local volunteers to participate virtually with the host organization in their country should in-person participation be compromised by risks associated with COVID-19. Volunteers who will make in-person visits to the host will be provided with personal protective equipment and financial compensation for basic needs associated with the assignment.
Please let us know should you have any questions and thank you for your interest in our F2F program.
The Farmer to Farmer team at Partners of the Americas
IGA Regional Director for Mexico, Caribbean & Central America
Hector received a Master of Science (MSc) in Ruminant Nutrition from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico – UNAM) and a Doctoral degree (PhD) in Veterinary Medicine with a concentration in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Murcia, Spain. Since 1985, he has been working as Professor-Investigator at the Autonomous University of Queretaro (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro – UAQ), and is presently serving as Coordinator of the University Campus and Agricultural Research and Teaching Center of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
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