Partners of the Americas is driven by our members and we always need to ensure that we recognize and celebrate those spectacular volunteers, donors and other supporters who have contributed to Partners’ success each year. We presented awards to esteemed individuals during the What Works 2018 Conference gala dinner at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel on December 6.
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Partners of the Americas kicked off its fourth annual What Works Conference on December 4. For four days, 115 change-agents gathered from 27 Chapters and eight countries to strengthen inter-institutional partnerships and power greater connectivity across the Partners network.
For 27 years, Partners’ Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program has helped to connect hundreds of technical assistance volunteers to host country organizations in over 30 countries.
During the week of October 15, the PartnersCampus Network united forces to end poverty for the International Day to Eradicate Poverty.
This week, Partners of the Americas observes the International Day to Eradicate Poverty. Inspired by an initiative by the PartnersCampus Network, Partners would like to highlight the many ways in which our programs, projects, and members #endpoverty.
With his silver-streaked beard and fashion scarf, seated in Sukhasana (a yoga meditation pose), Marco Barbi may seem like an unlikely candidate to help kickstart the Guatemalan economy. For starters he is Italian, married to a French astrologist and is himself the author of several personal growth books. He arrived to Guatemala via Mexico over a decade ago, and choose to make the outskirts of Antigua his home.
As part of this F2F assignment, Mr. Ndi visited and led trainings at several of Fabretto’ youth centers in Managua as well as in northern town of San Jose de Cusmapa. At these centers, he delivered a series of youth-focused workshops meant to train Fabretto staff, tutors, and students on various aspects of merchandising and e-marking for small agricultural enterprises.
A look back at the past year of accomplishments from our Farmer-to-Farmer program which connects volunteers from the U.S. with farmers, cooperatives, and other institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Colombia-based natural skincare company Zen Naturals sources its ingredients from the Department of Cauca, one of the regions most affected by the country’s prolonged armed conflict. Through ethical manufacturing and fair trade practices, the company has taken a leadership role in re-investing in the Paez indigenous communities that grow the quinoa used in their products.
Partners’ Farmer-to-Farmer program recently sent Connie and Wayne Burleson on an assignment to Nicaragua. Connie provided training to school teachers on crop management, harvesting methods, and composting, while Wayne provided training to local organizations on the use of rotational cattle grazing practices with electric fences.
Partners' Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Abe Fisher urges malnourished Haitians to consider rabbit as a sustainable source of protein and income. Abe, a career network engineer and a hobby rabbit farmer from Pennsylvania, recently returned from 2 weeks in Haiti in which he exchanged best practices around rabbit breeding.
An assistant professor at the University of Illinois traveled to Nicaragua last month as a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer. Based on his experience, he made a number of recommendations to help improve livestock practices and increase efficiency.
"Products from Haiti face steep competition from cheap American and Latin American imports. My clients, Anatraf and Makouti are working to change that. They offer training and through a co-op, pool resources to allow small producers to bring products to market. Their goal is for Haitian farmers to evolve from subsistence farmers to entrepreneurs."
"Recently, the meat goat industry in Haiti has experienced significant advancement. Farmers and hosts have easier access to supplies including fencing wire, veterinary medicines and supplies, and feeds, and the number of goat farmers and goat inventories have increased."
Partners of the Americas has been implementing our Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program in Latin America and the Caribbean for over 25 years, making it one of our longest-running programs in the history of our organization.
Partners’ Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program is playing an important role in strengthening rural development in Guatemala by upgrading capacity-building, supporting rural value chains with high potential for impact, focusing on gender, and facilitating strategic alliances with public, academic, private, and international cooperation.
Did you know that the Latin American and Caribbean is now the second most enterprising region in the world? According to the World Bank, four out of every 10 Latin American youth hope to become entrepreneurs. It takes a supportive community and a wealth of resources for entrepreneurship to be a feasible venture. This is especially true when there is a cultural stigma of failure.
As Partners of the Americas' Haiti Nutrition Security Program (Haiti NSP) enters its final closeout phase, the Agriculture and Food Security team is gathering statistics on its three-year impact
Essential oils have a high price tag on the commercial market, due to both the time- and labor-intensive processes of producing them and the plethora of health benefits they provide consumers. While Jamaica is home to a variety of aromatic plants used to make essential oils, there are currently no major distilleries located on the island to produce these unique products.
It is estimated that throughout the 20th century, the Dominican Republic lost 75 to 85 percent of its forest coverage from deforestation. While deforestation has slowed over the past couple of decades, the country is still recovering from the high levels that occurred, mostly between the 1960’s and 1980’s.