Rotary Increases Support of Farmers of the Future to $130,000!

Helen Greenberg - Thursday, September 08, 2016


 

 

When John joined his local Rotary Club in Colorado they were looking for a bold international project to call their own. When John described Farmers of the Future and its goal of lifting millions of subsistence farmers out of poverty, naturally, they were excited by the challenge. The Rotary Club of Carbondale recently approved its third grant to support the expansion of Farmers of the Future. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Carbondale and their leadership in enlisting support from other clubs and from The Rotary Foundation, Rotary has now provided over $130,000 for the Farmers of the Future program. 

John with fellow Nigerian Rotarianexchanging chapter flags

 

This latest grant is particularly exciting. We’ve been refining the Farmers of the Future concept for 5 years in a handful of villages in Niger. These pilot villages have not only been a great source of learning, they’ve also become our best vehicle to build awareness and support. We’ve had a parade of visitors over the years: government officials from Niger and neighboring countries; members of international development organizations like USAID, USADF, and the World Food Program to name just a few; agricultural specialists; academics; and more. And the universal reaction is “WOW!” They’re blown away by the progress and especially by the knowledge and commitment displayed by our women farmers.

Last year we decided to create a 5th site, a place to showcase the expertise and best practices we’ve cultivated from the pilot phase. It’s called the Leadership Academy Garden. It will be twice the size of any existing garden. The size of women’s plots will also double - as will their potential to earn sustainable income. The new site, funded entirely by Rotary, is underway and the initial crop should be ready for planting in October.

 

Hamani Djibo, local FOF team member, at the Leadership Academy Garden

 

 

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What a life altering experience!

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1st impressions of Niger: Peter Wentworth

Dexter Strong - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

 This was EPN Board member Peter Wentworth's first visit to Niger, and to a Farmers of Future site. Needless to say he was impressed. You can read all about it here. 

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Farmers of the Future is Ready to Take Off!

Helen Greenberg - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

 With the Farmers of the Future program expansion of the horizon, we'll be creating new opportunities for people in the Niamey area! 

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Success in Benin!

Dexter Strong - Wednesday, March 02, 2016

John's trip to Benin was a great one. John heard some wonderful success stories, and was inspired by the wonderful work our partners are doing on the ground. Here is a little of the great news John received on his visit. 

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Greetings from Benin

Dexter Strong - Wednesday, March 02, 2016

John is in beautiful Benin, meeting with the founder of the Songhai Centre, Father Godfrey. Click here and see what's new at one of Africa's premiere agricultural training and research facilities.

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Off to Africa

Helen Greenberg - Thursday, February 25, 2016

John is off to Africa again. This time he'll be spending two weeks checking in with some of our amazing partners, and their projects. Click here to see what he is up to!

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