2020 Cochran Fellowship Program

Program Overview, Objectives, and Priorities The Cochran Fellowship Program is requesting the design and delivery of training activities for Cochran Fellowship Program Fellows.BACKGROUNDSince 1984, the U. S. Congress has made funds available to the Cochran Fellowship Program for training agriculturalists


from middle-income countries, emerging markets, and emerging democracies.

Training opportunities are for senior and mid-level specialists and administrators working in agricultural trade and policy, agribusiness development, management, animal, plant, and food sciences, extension services, agricultural marketing, and many other areas.

Individuals selected for Cochran trainings come from both the public and private sectors.

All training occurs in the United States.

Training programs are designed and organized in conjunction with U. S. universities, USDA and other government agencies, agribusinesses, and consultants.

The Cochran Fellowship Program is part of the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service.

Since its start in 1984, the Cochran Fellowship Program has provided U.S.-based training for over 18,900 international participants from 126 countries worldwide.OBJECTIVESTraining objectives must support the agricultural extension goals of the Cochran Fellowship Program to assist eligible countries to develop agricultural systems necessary to meet the food and fiber needs of their domestic populations and/or strengthen and enhance trade linkages between eligible countries and agricultural interests in the United States by providing fellowships to individuals from eligible countries who specialize in agriculture for study in the United States.In general, USDA will identify Fellows based on country-specific topics of importance to the international agricultural trading system and place them with U. S. institutions for 1-2 week intensive programs.

These programs are expected to contribute to the strategic goals and objectives of the institutions through a hands-on experience in a "real-world" international trade scenario, providing an opportunity for application of research, extension, or teaching agendas.

Host institutions will be able to share the knowledge gained through the program in their classroom and extension work with their faculty, students, extension officers, and constituents; and they will be able to continue to maintain professional contacts with the Fellows after their departure from the United States.Team-specific ObjectivesAPPENDIX Proposals due June 30, 2020 11:59 EDT• Overview of U. S. Sanitary/Phytosanitary Standards and Technical Barriers to Trade for Albania (page 18)• Laboratory and Diagnostic Training for Animal Health and Food Safety Officials from Dominica, Grenada, St.

Lucia, and, St.

Vincent and the Grenadines (page 20)• Trade Facilitation for Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador (page 22)• Overview of U. S. Food Safety and International Standards for Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Haiti (page 25)• U. S. Cuisine and Culinary Arts for Burkina Faso, Mali, The Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea (page 28)• Risk Management for U. S. Livestock for Algeria (page 30)• Overview of International Standards for Food Safety for Albania (page 32)• Overview of Enzyme Regulation for Turkey (page 34)• Eco-Friendly U. S. Fuel Ethanol for Colombia (page 36)• U. S. Supermarket Management Applications and Consumer Oriented Products for Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador (page 38)• Post-Harvest Fruit and Vegetable Management for Mexico (page 40)• Produce Post-Harvest Handling and Value Chain Development for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the Caribbean (page 42)• U. S. Dairy Processing for Mexico (page 45)• Introduction to U. S. Gastronomy and Food Ingredients for Argentina and Paraguay (page 47)• Restaurant Management for Argentina, Paraguay, and Mexico (page 50)• U. S. Wine and Cheese Export Promotion for Burma (page 53)• Introduction to U. S. Food Processing Ingredients and Additives for India (page 56)• Overview of U. S. Beer, Wine, and Spirits for Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda (page 59)• U. S. Healthy Food Ingredients for Thailand (page 62)• Introduction to U. S. Artisanal and Gourmet Cheese for Thailand (page 64)• U. S. Rice Marketing for Guatemala and Honduras (page 67)• U. S. Agricultural Policy and International Trade for Bosnia and Herzegovina (page 70)• U. S. Craft Beer Ingredients and Marketing for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (page 72)• Overview of Biotechnology Communication and Policy for Serbia (page 74)• Overview of Soybean Processing for Ethiopia (page 77)• U. S. Tourism and Hotel, Restaurant, Institutional Sector Management for Senegal and The Gambia (page 79)• U. S. Management Practices in Dairy and Livestock Operations for Egypt and Jordan (page 81)• U. S. Wheat Marketing and Promotion for Morocco and Tunisia (page 83)• Overview of U. S. Food Safety Regulations and Standards for Bangladesh and the Philippines (page 85)Trade Facilitation and Import/Export Procedures for Brazil (page 88)• Import/Export Documentation and Sanitary/Logistical Practices at U. S. Ports for Dominican Republic (page 91)• Import/Export Documentation and Inspection Processes at U. S. Ports for Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Brazil (page 94)• Regulatory Protocols on Import/Export Documentation and Sanitary/Logistical Practices for Malaysia (page 97)• Introduction to Animal and Plant Health Risk Assessment for Sri Lanka (page 100)• Risk Based Management for Plant and Animal Products for Vietnam (page 103)• Overview of U. S. Feed Sector for Bangladesh (page 105)• Intro to U. S. Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, and Biosafety for Burma (page 107)• Overview of U. S. Craft Beer and Ingredients for South Africa (page 109)• Overview of U. S. Craft Beer and Ingredients for Brazil (page 112)• Overview of the U. S. Rice Supply Chain for Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire (page 115)• Consolidated Shipping and Distribution of U. S. Consumer Oriented Products for Nigeria (page 117)• U. S. Grain Procurement and Storage Management for Algeria (page 119)• U. S. Cheese Marketing and Promotion for Brazil (page 121)• U. S. Dry Beans Processing, Promotion and Marketing for Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras (page 123 )• U. S. Meat Products Processing:
Food Additives and Ingredients for Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras (page 125 )• Introduction to U. S. Soybeans Processing, Marketing, and Re-Export Strategies for Pakistan (page 127)• Introduction to U. S. Supply Chain, Post-Harvest Loss, and Food Distribution Systems for the Philippines (page 129)• Availability and Marketing of U. S. Tree Nuts and Dried Fruits for Vietnam (page 131)• Introduction to U. S. Private Label Management for China (page 133)• Introduction to U. S. Supply Chain Management for China (page 135)• Availability and Marketing of U. S. Seafood for China (page 137)• Hops, Malt, and Yeast Management for China (page 139)
Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: Cochran Fellowship Prog-Intl Trng 10.962

Estimated Funding: $8,000,000

Who's Eligible

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
The full announcement is located under the tab "Related Documents" at the top of this synopsis.

Additional Information of Eligibility:
U. S. State Cooperative Institutions or other colleges and universities in the United States.A single Principal Investigator (PI) may not host two groups of Fellows simultaneously.

The PI must hold a position at an eligible U. S. institution.

Full Opportunity Web Address:
The full announcement is located under the tab "Related Documents" at the top of this synopsis.


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