FFA Global Outreach: Africa

Burkina Faso 2013 – Applications are Currently Being Accepted

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On June 20, 2013, six upper-level collegiate FFA members will gather to begin a nineteen-day experience learning firsthand about the challenges of life and agriculture in one of the world’s poorest countries, Burkina Faso, as part of the FFA Global Outreach: Africa program (FFA GO: Africa). Following an orientation in Washington, DC, the team and their adult leader will fly to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to learn about the life-sustaining development work that CRS and its partners are doing throughout the country.

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in the heart of the Sahel region of Africa. With most of the economy engaged in mining and agriculture, especially cotton, Burkina Faso's economy is highly susceptible to fluctuations in world commodity prices and natural disasters. Since most farmers engage in subsistence farming, recurring prolonged droughts and severe floods have led to widespread food shortages. In addition, current instability in Mali has led to an influx of refugees, adding to the populations' already vulnerable state. Coupled with limited access to health care and education, it is difficult for most Burkinabé to meet even their most basic needs.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been present in Burkina Faso since 1960. CRS provided humanitarian and food aid to Burkina Faso shortly after its independence from France in 1960. In 1962, CRS began providing education assistance, especially school feeding. CRS has continued to provide humanitarian and food aid as well as emergency response to several severe droughts in the 1970s and 1980s and floods in 2007, 2009 and 2010. CRS has expanded its programs to include long-term development in education, agriculture, health, HIV and AIDS, microfinance, water and sanitation, and peace and justice. (Source: Catholic Relief Services Website)

Junior-level and above collegiate FFA members (as of fall 2013) are eligible to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Download the FFA GO: Africa application.

If you have questions about the 2013 FFA GO: Africa application, please contact Nina Crutchfield at ncrutchfield@ffa.org or 317-802-4363.

Rwanda 2011

In 2011 FFA members spent three weeks in Rwanda as part of the FFA GO: Africa program. Read about their experiences here:

Rwanda Blog

Zambia 2010

FFA GO: Africa 2010 The six college-age FFA members selected to participate in the FFA Global Outreach: Africa (FFA GO: Africa) program in 2010 embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Zambia, Africa. As part of the intensive three-week engagement experience, members of the team assisted local farmers fighting area hunger and poverty through sustainable agriculture and conservation.

Zambia Blog

FFA Global Outreach: Africa (FFA GO: Africa) is a program of the National FFA Organization made possible through a generous gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to the National FFA Foundation.