Through the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer program, NCBA's CLUSA International program provides an opportunity for American farmers and agribusiness professionals to assist farmers in remote parts of Africa. Volunteers, with expertise in various trades and practices, offer their services to train and assist community members in agriculture, cooperative development, finance, insurance, energy, technology, and housing.
Heading to Senegal for two weeks beginning on February 16, Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Rex Burns from Wellington, Colorado, is going to train a local Senegalese farmers association in soil fertility improvement. Burns is the president of Local Grower Solutions, a company dedicated to improve the efficiency of farms through technological solutions.
“I am taking part in this assignment because I believe I can help the Farmers in Thiare Village grow better crops,” said Burns. When asked what he believes will be the most challenging part of his assignment, Burns felt that “engaging with the farmers enough so that they adapt my recommendations.” Through his recommendations the farmers will be able to apply more effective techniques and realized greater and more prosperous yields.