Connect2Grow will create a connection point through which small-scale farmers in developing nations can connect, converse, share information and collaboratively problem solve with farmers from advanced farming systems internationally.
The concept is premised on partnering established farming groups or collectives in developed nations with a small-scale farming group or collective in a developing nation in a structured way.
While the initial pairing process relies on each farming group (or a support agency acting on their behalf) accessing the Connect2Grow website to establish a profile and find a partner group; the collaboration that follows can take place by whatever means is appropriate for the level of access to technology and communications of each group (E.g, snail mail, email, skype, video conferencing etc.).
Under this arrangement the two farming groups would be paired and information about contact details, preferred methods of contact and a general background would initially be exchanged through the Connect2Grow website.
A set of resources prompting the groups on how they can connect and undertake a structured conversation/collaboration would also be available on the Connect2Grow website along with a broad range of other information, resources and case studies. However, the partner groups may opt to move forward using their own processes and techniques.
The available resources would prompt the following:
Contact 1 - Meet and Greet At first contact the partner groups will focus on getting to know one another, their respective cultures and on learning a little bit about each other's farming systems and the local farming environment.
Contact 2 - Understanding the Challenges A second contact will focus on discussing specific farming challenge/s that each group faces and will result in each partner group being asked to consider possible solutions for the other's challenge/s. Following this contact each partner group will draw upon their own knowledge and dedicate time to thinking about possible solutions for the challenges that they have heard about.
Contact 3 - Building Solutions On the third contact the partners will put forward and discuss their ideas about how the challenges that they have heard about might be able to be addressed. Ideas will be shared, questions will be asked and learning will happen.
Contact 4- Testing and Refining On the fourth contact the partner groups will report back on whether they have tested the ideas that were put forward, what the outcomes have been and will have an opportunity to trouble shoot and discuss any challenges.
Contact 5 - Determining the Future At this contact the partner groups will be given a choice as to whether they would like to continue to connect and collaborate or to bring the arrangement to an end. Some may choose to continue with enduring collaborations, others may establish new partnerships and some may choose to opt out of Connect2Grow.