International development organizations are increasingly investing resources in the development of stronggrassroots farmer organizations. They believe this approach is more sustainable, especially after so muchhistory of failed top-down efforts.The Citizen’s Network for Foreign Affairs (CNFA), Agricultural Cooperative Development International andVolunteers for Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA), the United States Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID), the United States Peace Corps, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization(UN/FAO), and other development organizations are in the forefront of assisting to strengthen these localfarmer groups.

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