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From helping farmers to improve their diets to developing marketing activities to starting up school gardens, Peace Corps volunteers can work with FAO in a wide variety of areas.

Peace Corps volunteers in rural settings will benefit from FAO's technical expertise in agriculture and other food and nutrition related subjects. Because they live and work in the communities they serve, Peace Corps volunteers are able to facilitate sharing of information, skills and technical knowledge at the grassroots level.

For example, volunteers working in HIV/AIDS education and prevention can strengthen and contribute to FAO's activities in AIDS-affected communities, or, FAO's expanding network of school garden initiatives can be coordinated with the Peace Corps' network of education volunteers.

FAO and the Peace Corps have been working together in a number of countries, in support of Farmer Field Schools, school garden projects, marketing activities or projects linked to FAO's Special Programme for Food Security. In Guatemala , for example, five Peace Corps volunteers have provided support to FAO's Special Programme for Food Security. In Kenya , the Peace Corps collaborated with FAO's Farmer Field Schools and marketing activities have been successfully developed. Peace Corps volunteers in Senegal helped with the construction of a poultry farm and in Samoa and Tonga several PCVs helped young farmers with the start-up of small agribusinesses.

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