The F2F Program was first authorized by the U. S. Congress in 1985 to provide for the transfer of knowledge and expertise of U. S. agricultural producers and businesses on a voluntary basis to middle-income countries and emerging democracies. Since that time, the Program has earned respect for the high-quality technical services it provides to developing country host institutions. The U.S. Congress authorized the current phase of the F2F Program (funded FY2013-17, implemented largely FY2014-18) in the 2014 Farm Bill, designating it the John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter F2F Program in honor of one of the pilots killed September 11, 2001 and former Congressman Bereuter.
F2F Focus Area Sustainable Farm Enterprise, Food Hub Development, Food Safety Systems, Syndromic Surveillance for Livestock Health, Vanilla Cooperative Enterprise, Sustainable Animal Herding, Ag Sustainability
F2F Program Goal and Objective
The Recipient’s F2F Program goal should be to generate sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector. A secondary goal should be to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs and international understanding of the U.S. and U.S. development programs.
The Recipient’s F2F Program objective (or purpose) should be to introduce innovation and develop local capacity for more productive, profitable, sustainable, and equitable agricultural systems while providing opportunity for people-to-people interaction in agricultural development activities. The Recipient’s F2F Program should focus on one or more of the following objectives:
a) Increase agricultural sector productivity and profitability;
b) Improve conservation and sustainable use of environmental and natural resources;
c) Expand agricultural sector access to financial services; and
d) Strengthen agricultural sector institutions.
The Recipient’s F2F Program need not address all four of the above F2F Program objective but must address at least one of these and must be able to respond to any of these, as required.
Number of Awards, Funding, and Performance Periods
It is anticipated that up to eight (8) Leader with Associate awards may be made. Future budget levels, policy decisions, and the U.S. Farm Bill may affect funding for the F2F program. Funding for LWAs is subject to USAID policies establishing ceiling levels for funding of these awards. USAID expects to award approximately two-thirds of F2F funding for activities in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean Basin.
It is anticipated that only one Leader Award Cooperative Agreement will be awarded per organization, regardless of the number of geographic locations, or core countries proposed.
To be eligible for a Farmer-to-Farmer Cooperative Agreement(s) under this NFO, principal applicants must meet the below applicable eligibility requirements. Any proposed deviation to the eligibility requirements will not be accepted.
The F2F Cooperative Agreements are fully competed among eligible organizations. Eligible applicants must be either: a US Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) registered with USAID; a U.S. nonprofit farm organization; a US agricultural cooperative; a private U.S. agribusiness or agriculturally-related business or consulting firm; private organization (including grassroots organizations with an established and demonstrated capacity to carry out such a bilateral exchange program), private corporation, or a U.S. college, university or foundation maintained by a college or university. (A PVO may be in the registration process during the NFO Part I: Concept Note stage, however must be fully registered before NFO Part II: Full Application stage. To register with USAID as a U.S. PVO, please refer to USAID’s website at www.usaid.gov, USAID Keyword: PVO Registration.
Applicants must also have within the past five (5) years a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in planning, managing, monitoring and reporting on international agricultural development programs. For profit businesses must waive profits and/or fees to be eligible to submit an application. USAID strongly encourages applications from new US partners.
Applicants must also have a current registration with no active exclusions in the System for Award Management (www.sam.gov ) in order to receive an award
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