Creating Inclusive Markets

Knowledge is perhaps the most valuable commodity that changes hands in agriculture. With that in mind, CNFA arranged a tour of state-of-the-art crop production and processing facilities in California and Washington State attended by top agricultural experts from Georgia and U.S. The seven-day tour organized through the CNFA-implemented USAID Agriculture Program in the Fall of 2019—which built on the success of two earlier CNFA-facilitated scientific missions to Georgia—provided Georgian participants with a close-up look at advanced U.S. agricultural practices and techniques for improved production, processing, packaging and pest management of high-value-chain crops.

The tour visited the Field Fresh Produce processing plant, the California Giant Berry Farms packing house, Driscoll’s strawberry greenhouses, and Tanimura & Antle Inc. vegetable production and processing facilities. Other stops on the tour included almond, walnut, pistachio and mandarin orchards, and table grape vineyards in the San Joaquin and Salinas Valleys—as well as apple growing, packing, storage and shipping operations in Washington State. The tour organizers later identified opportunities for further collaboration.