Cochran Fellowship Program-International Training-Foreign Participant

To provide high quality training resulting in knowledge and skills that will assist eligible countries meet the food needs of their domestic populations; and to strengthen and enhance trade linkages between eligible countries and agricultural interests in the United States.

Examples of Funded Projects

Short-term training in such areas as pest risk assessment, meat and poultry inspection, food safety control methods and regulatory systems, organic certification, HACCP, veterinary epidemiology, and dairy herd management.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Program Accomplishments

This program currently includes short term agricultural and trade-related training programs for senior and mid-level specialists and administrators in such technical areas as food safety, biotechnology, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, agribusiness development and marketing. The program also strengthens local capacities in such commodity areas as dairy, livestock, poultry, horticultural products, grains, feeds and consumer ready products. The Cochran Fellowship Program trained 551 Fellows in 67 countries in FY06 and 706 Fellows in 70 countries in FY07.

Uses and Use Restrictions

No funding is available for unsolicited proposals.

Cochran Program funds are used for projects involved with international training activities, including course development and/or evaluation.