Tim Jergenson, UW-Extension Agricultural Agent for Barron County traveled to Tanzania for two weeks in September to share his technical skills and expertise with Tanzanian Extension Field Staff, Extension Supervisors and Farm Community Volunteers to enable them to conduct better educational meetings and help to build sustainable farmer networks. Extension staff in Tanzania were taught how to create meeting environments that provide better educational experiences, increase the active membership in the organization, and to become stronger leaders in their villages and broader communities. Up to 233 direct beneficiaries were reached.
All expenses related to Jergenson’s travel were funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This five-year program matches the technical assistance of U.S. farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives, and universities to help farmers in developing countries improve agricultural productivity, access new markets, and increase their incomes.