The Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs (CNFA)

Agribusiness Volunteer Program

The Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs, Inc (CNFA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to stimulating economic growth in emerging and developing world markets. CNFA takes a multi-faceted approach to promoting agricultural development in developing countries from training farmers and members of farmers organizations at the grass-roots level to facilitating joint ventures between American and foreign agribusinesses.

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The CNFA Agribusiness Volunteer Program is part of the U.S. foreign aid program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Their goal is to improve the lives of small-scale and private farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs in the former Soviet Union and Southern Africa by providing technical assistance.


CNFA advisors are American citizens who have relevent background experience in:
- farmer cooperative and association organization and management
- agribusiness management and marketing
- farm management
- marketing - farm credit / credit union development
- value-added processing
- crop and livestock production
- organic farming
- women's empowerment
- representation and advocacy
- record keeping/financial mangement

Financial Arrangements

CNFA pays all assignment-related costs including but not limited to airfare, lodging, meals and incidental expenses.

Contact Information

Web Site:

E-Mail: Tim White

1111 19th St., NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-296-3920

Fax: 202-296-3948

Registration / Application

The CNFA web site has an on-line application form. You can also call CNFA at 202-296-3920 to receive a print application (ask for an AVP program coordinator).


History: Established in 1985, The Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs (CNFA Inc.) is a non-profit, international development organization dedicated to stimulating economic growth and policy reform in the world's transitional economies.

Current age range of advisors: 25 to 80 years

Current average advisor age: 50 years

Advisors sent on field projects: 800 in 2001.

Total USAID Funding: $496,000 (1999)
Farmer-to-Farmer Program: $496,000

Regional Activitiy: The Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs currently has projects in 7 countries in 2 Regions (Africa: 4, Eastern Europe: 3)

Mission Statement

CNFA was founded on the belief that global economic growth is critical to future stability and that private enterprise is one of the most potent and sustainable engines of developmental change. By leveraging government resources with American private sector investment, technology and know-how, CNFA Inc. helps to create market-oriented, economically viable enterprises.

With over nine years of experience fielding volunteers, CNFA has developed a program that produces maximum impact by building long-term partnerships with a few hosts and developing long-term projects with narrow, well-defined objectives.

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