Farmers Helping Farmers evolved from an International Family Farm Consultation which took place in Charlottetown in 1979.
The conference sparked our interest in global food issues, and, as a result, we have continued to share our knowledge, time, and materials with these developing countries. Over the years we have conducted several exchanges. Some of us have traveled to Kenya and Tanzania, to experience, first-hand, the difficulties faced by the rural people there. In return, African farmers have visited PEI to learn about our various agricultural methods.
Initially called the International Family Farm Exchange Association, this registered charity is now simply known as Farmers Helping Farmers. The organization has carried out several hundred development projects in both Kenya and Tanzania. Financial inputs since 1980 exceed $10 million Canadian, including funds contributed by CIDA. These projects are estimated to have touched the lives of at least 100,000 people in East Africa.