Agriculture Volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation practices. They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil. They work alongside farmers on integrated projects that often combine vegetable gardening, livestock management, agroforestry, and food security.
Agriculture Volunteers promote fruit and vegetable crops that provide valuable micronutrients, alleviating iodine, iron, and vitamin A deficiencies among children. They also help implement agribusiness programs to market and sell surplus food and cash crops.
Click on the links below to learn more about the specific opportunities and requirements for agriculture Volunteers in the Peace Corps.
- Agriculture and Forestry Extension
- Volunteers assist communities where environmental issues are in conflict with basic needs for farming and income generation.
- Applied Agricultural Science
- Volunteers encourage sustainable crop production through promotion of organic farming techniques and better farm management.
- Farm Management and Agribusiness
- Volunteers work with small-scale farmers, farmers' cooperatives, agribusinesses, and nongovernmental organizations to teach basic business practices.
Last updated Jan 30 2014