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Hi:

This is a unique opportunity for farmers wishing to share their knowledge
with less fortunate individuals.

John

>Hello, Passing along this message as I thought it might be of interest to
>some in Extension. thanks, Deb
>
>>Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 15:50:53 -0500
>>Sender: [log in to unmask]
>>From: Kristina Gribovskaja <[log in to unmask]>
>>To: [log in to unmask] (FAP-NE-AG-DEVEL-L)
>>Subject: Overseas Volunteer Opportunities
>>
>>Please allow me to take a moment of your time and introduce you to CNFA and
>>our Agribusiness Volunteer Program.
>>
>>The Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs (CNFA) is a non-profit, nonpartisan
>>organization dedicated to stimulating international economic growth in
>>developing and emerging world markets.  CNFA is currently working in the
>>food and agriculture sector of the New Independent States of the former
>>Soviet Union - Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, and Belarus; and in southern Africa
>>- Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Zambia.
>>
>>CNFA's Agribusiness Volunteer Program (AVP) has sent over 700 American
>>farmers and other agribusiness professionals on short-term assignments to
>>the former Soviet Union and Africa to share their know-how with their
>>counterparts and empower them to solve problems.
>>
>>In Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, the CNFA Agribusiness Volunteer Program is
>>creating pillars of support for democracy and a market economy.  AVP
>>volunteers train family farmers who have broken away from the old collective
>>farm system to make wise business decisions, improve productivity, and
>>market their produce.  AVP also supports the development of democratic
>>farmer associations, cooperatives, and agribusinesses that will strengthen
>>private enterprise agriculture. AVP volunteers that travel to southern
>>Africa, show groups of farmers how to analyze which crops to grow, how to
>>work together to buy inputs at lower prices and to sell their produce at
>>higher prices.
>>
>>We are funded by the US government (USAID), and cover all expenses related
>>to the assignment, including all travel expenses, an interpreter, room and
>>board, etc.  However, since these are volunteer assignments, we do not pay
>>any consulting fees or honorariums.  The expert volunteers his or her time
>>and knowledge.  Most of our projects are three-weeks long. CNFA volunteers
>>take advantage of the opportunity to help people around the world, make new
>>friends and business contacts and obtain insights into agriculture in other
>>countries that they can use at home.
>>
>>Below please see a list of all currently available assignments by country:
>>
>>Ukraine:
>>
>>Agricultural Marketing:  Help a diversified agricultural company to clearly
>>define its marketing strategy and to develop an operational marketing plan.
>>
>>Cattle Breeding:  Train farmers in modern, scientific methods of cattle
>>breeding.  Help develop a work plan for increasing cattle production.
>>
>>Dairy Marketing and Distribution: Train marketing managers on how to improve
>>their marketing techniques and how to find new markets in order to increase
>>sales volume of the dairy.
>>
>>Marketing Training:  Work with marketing and sales managers of a farm input
>>supply company to develop an operational marketing plan.
>>
>>Produce Marketing: Train members in western marketing techniques to increase
>>sales of their fruits and vegetables.
>>
>>Train-the-Trainer Marketing: Work with the management of a farm input supply
>>company to prepare a marketing training program for the company.  Help
>>regional branch managers acquire the skills necessary to provide continuing
>>marketing training for their staff.
>>
>>
>>Belarus:
>>
>>Association Management/Apple Storage and Marketing: Train managers in
>>effective association management techniques.  Teach members apple storage
>>and apple marketing methods.
>>
>>Farm Products Marketing: Work with staff to implement a marketing program to
>>increase sales.
>>
>>Fruit and Vegetable Marketing: Train members in western marketing techniques
>>to increase sales of their crops.
>>
>>Pork Production and Management: Train farm managers and employees in Western
>>pork production techniques and management.  Work with agribusiness managers
>>to develop a pork production and management plan.
>>
>>Sturgeon Production:  Work with management to improve sturgeon production
>>practices, water management, and sturgeon breeding.
>>
>>
>>Southern Africa:
>>
>>Institutional Strategic Analysis: Assess local association of retailers to
>>identify financial, organizational and training needs.
>>
>>Business Management Train-the-Trainer: Teach local trainers to administer
>>small business management course geared toward small-scale farmers and
>>retailers.
>>
>>Recordkeeping for retailers: Teach rural retailers basic recordkeeping,
>>working from a CNFA training module.
>>
>>Credit Union Development: Help farmers in Mozambique start a savings and
>>credit union.
>>
>>Fishery management and breeding: Teach genetics and fishpond management to
>>small scale fish farmers in Zambia.
>>
>>Leadership and Organizational Development: Help small scale fish farmers
>>associations in Zambia become more membership-driven and effective.
>>
>>Association Strategic Planning: Teach associations how to develop
>>strategic/action plans, cost activities and make good decisions according to
>>member needs.
>>
>>Small Business Management: Train small scale fish farmers in business
>>management, marketing (for local and export markets) and financial
>>management in Zambia.
>>
>>Business Planning and Budgeting: Teach rural retailers basic budgeting and
>>business plan development, working from a CNFA training module.
>>
>>Farm & Financial Management: Teach basic principles of commercial farming,
>>recordkeeping and profitability analysis to South African small scale
>>farmers.
>>
>>Retail Marketing: Teach basic principles of marketing to rural retailers in
>>Mozambique.
>>
>>Produce Marketing: Teach basic principles of marketing and collective
>>marketing to small scale farmers in South Africa.
>>
>>Developing New Business: Teach rural retailers in Mozambique techniques in
>>growing business.
>>
>>Training Module Development: In partnership with local companies, develop
>>training modules to improve business analysis skills of indigenous
>>smallholder farmers.
>>
>>Cooperative Development: Help farmer cooperatives improve marketing
>>capability in Mozambique.
>>
>>Small Business Management: Train small scale farmers in business management,
>>marketing (for local and export markets) and financial management in South
>>Africa.
>>
>>
>>Moldova:
>>
>>Cooperative Business Management: Work with co-op board to construct a work
>>plan and a budget.
>>
>>Cooperative Development (3 assignments in different regions): Work with
>>co-op board to construct a work plan and train the manager on how to create
>>a budget, and improve current services.
>>
>>Farm Financial Management: Teach farmers how to construct their own balance
>>sheets and record farm incomes and expenses in their Farm Record Books.
>>Train farmers in developing a farm-specific business plan.
>>
>>Marketing Training: Train farmers and local trainers in basic marketing
>>tools and marketing plan development.
>>
>>Training of Regional Trainers: Improve local trainers' understanding of farm
>>financial management concepts (i.e., record keeping, farm planning,
>>financial forecasting and business plan development) and agricultural
>>marketing and sales principles.
>>
>>Veterinarian Services Organizational Development: Train managers on how to
>>develop a pricelist for services and products, a marketing plan for expanded
>>distribution of veterinarian services and budgets for new services/products.
>>
>>Milk Production Management:  Train cooperative members in basic techniques
>>of rotational grazing, herd health, and optimizing milk production.
>>
>>
>>If you are interested in any of these assignments, please contact:
>>
>>For Ukraine/Belarus: Dan Hadley ([log in to unmask])
>>For Ukraine/Belarus: Kristina Gribovskaja ([log in to unmask])
>>For Moldova:  Tim White ([log in to unmask])
>>For Southern Africa: Andrea Lima ([log in to unmask])
>>
>>CNFA
>>1111 19th Street N.W. #900
>>Washington D.C. 20036
>>1-888-872-2632 toll free
>>202-296-3920
>>202-296-3948 fax
>>www.cnfa.org
>>
>>We would be happy to provide you with more information on CNFA and/or the
>>projects!
>>
>>Thank you.
>>
>>
>>Kristina Gribovskaja
>>Program Coordinator
>>CNFA
>>1111 19th St., NW, Suite 900
>>Washington, DC 20036
>>tel: 1-888-872-2632
>>tel: 202-296-3920
>>fax: 202-296-3948
>>www.cnfa.org
>
>Debra M. Heleba
>Land Link Vermont
>Center for Sustainable Agriculture
>at the University of Vermont
>590 Main Street
>Burlington, VT  05405
>(802) 656-0233
>http://www.uvm.edu/landlinkvt