FARMER TO FARMER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Background: Since 1991, Partners of the Americas’ Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program has been transforming lives in over 30 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. F2F connects specialized volunteers from the United States with farmers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, extension services, government agencies and other institutions. F2F is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Ethos of Engagement has partnered on a volunteer basis with F2F on projects taking place in Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
Partner: Partners of the Americas
Local Partners: El Instituto de Estudios Superiores en El Media Ambiente y Recursos Naturales en Jarabacoa
The involvement of EoE in the Dominican Republic (DR) project took place in the form of organizational development. Our consultants conducted an assessment and assisted El Instituto Técnico de Estudios Superiores en El Media Ambiente y Recursos Naturales en Jarabacoa. The institute objectives were to become an accredited institution recognized nationally and internationally, to qualify technicians to meet the country’s demands for expertise in natural resource management. The project focused on improving the economic livelihoods of individuals, communities and organizations in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
EoE was able to develop a strategic plan for accreditation. The project galvanized the shared vision and commitment to helping the DR and Haiti reclaim their natural resources through a series of 29 interviews which included senior government elected representatives. The project facilitated a more open and consistent dialogue between staff and the institute’s director as well as making recommendations available for the involvement of future consultants on the project.