Posted: Sunday, November 01, 2009

Winrock International’s Volunteer Technical Assistance programs send more than 450 volunteers each year to assist farmers, agribusinesses and local nonprofit organizations. Skilled U.S. volunteers provide expertise in a wide variety of areas, including agribusiness, enterprise development, marketing, international trade, food processing, credit and financing, farming, agricultural sciences, training, organizational development and renewable energy.

Since 1991, more than 4,636 volunteers have been sent on two- to six-week assignments to deliver technical assistance. One such volunteer is Juneau commercial fisherman Mark Stopha, who is working to help the fisheries sector decrease post-harvest losses and increase production and subsequently benefit the people of Mali.

Stopha participated in a three-day workshop in September in Mopti to instruct fishery agents on improved fish harvest quality care and sanitation. He also introduced citric acid as a natural alternative to insecticides for treating smoked and dried fish.

For more information about Winrock International’s volunteer programs, visit or write to Volunteer Technical Assistance Program, Winrock International, 2101 Riverfront Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202.

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., that works with people in the United States and around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources and protect the environment.

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