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Members Spotlight: Farmers Helping Farmers

In Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, there is a unique registered charity, dedicated to different global food issues in developing countries. Farmers Helping Farmers began as an International Family Farm Consultation in 1979, but has since evolved into what it is today.

When it comes to the organization’s current projects, they are quite busy at the moment! Most recently, they held the PEI Kenya Youth Tour 2015, which doubled as a part of 35th anniversary celebrations for the Island-based group. The PEI Kenya Youth Tour consists of ten Prince Edward Island Youth travelling to Nairobi and spending time with Youth from a Kenyan high school, and participating in different activities with them.

Farmers Helping Farmers has also worked with the Naari Dairy Co-operative Society in Kenya. Each year, UPEI sends two veterinary students to Kenya to help out with their efforts. The first year, two students collected baseline information on local farms and developed and delivered training programs in cattle health management for three months.

Two more veterinary students will travel to Kenya in 2016, to conduct training on other cattle health management topics for three months. The first two of the students will be joining them as well. Kitchen gardens will be developed at two schools twinned with Canadian schools through Farmers Helping Farmers and also on women’s group farms. Since cell phones are commonly used in Kenya, the traditional training methods will be augmented by cell phone transmission of bi-weekly information summaries and advice for dairy and crop producers starting in 2016.

Farmers Helping Farmers have completed around several hundred projects within Kenya and Tanzania. Their efforts have touched the lives of at least 100,000 people in East Africa. In return to the organization’s travel, African farmers have travelled to PEI, with the purpose of learning other different agricultural methods.

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