Local volunteer teaches agri-business in Africa
The former farm business management instructor led a team in developing a business plan to increase food production.
Greg Kalinoski of Park Rapids traveled recently to N’Dali, Benin to teach farm business management.
Kalinoski is a retired farm business management instructor from Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. He and his wife, Barb, live in the Park Rapids area.
As a volunteer with Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) program, he spent two weeks in the West African nation, training staff in business planning for an agricultural development project to increase food production.
Kalinoski explained in a press release that the FTF program promotes economic growth, food security and agricultural development in African countries. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development, it is conducted in the field by partners like CRS.
Kalinoski said it was “gratifying to be able to help.” He noted that farmers in West Africa are challenged by drought, soil degradation, poor seed quality, transportation issues and poor access to information – challenges the FTF is helping to overcome.