The Faculty Exchange Program (FEP) was
created in 1995 to bring qualified
agricultural educators from progressive
agricultural institutions of higher
learning in Kazakhstan, Russia, and
Ukraine to the United States. The goal
was to increase knowledge and
ability to teach Agricultural Economics
(AgE) marketing, agribusiness, and
agrarian law in a market-based economy.
All activities supported in the
Freedom Support Act.
Since then, FEP has expanded to include
faculty from Kyrgyzstan, Serbia,
Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, and Armenia.
2003, the Agricultural Sciences (AgS)
program was started with research
professors from Bulgaria and Serbia.
2006, Armenia, Afghanistan, and Romania
joined the AgS.
AgS began in Africa in
2007 to support the Africa Growth and
Opportunity Act (AGOA).
Then, in 2008 AgS expanded to Ecuador, Guatemala,
Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras and Peru
thanks to the Central/North America Free
Trade Agreement (CAFTA-NAFTA).
AgS includes emphasis on
research methods and techniques,
in the areas of animal
health, food quality, food inspection, phytosanitary
measures, and grades and standards.
In 2009, FEP hosted seven agricultural
science participants from Africa, three from
Central/South America, four from Ukraine,
from Uzbekistan, one from Kazakhstan and 3
Funding for 2010 is
secured for six agricultural
economics participants from Ukraine and
Kazakhstan, four from Africa, three from South
There is possibility of
expanding the program to Egypt and
Turkmenistan. Expansion will depend on candidate
eligibility and/or funding.