Global Partners

We partner with Trusted representatives, Non-governmental agricultural organizations & INSTITUTIONS to facilitate experiential training and cultural exchange opportunities for beginning farmers & food systems leaders

What/where is MESA’s Global Network?

Global Partners are reputable NGOs & academic institutions that are directly aligned with MESA’s mission. Global Partners recruit, screen and help prepare exchange candidates (Stewards) for the U.S.-based training program in sustainable agriculture. Global Partners are required to ensure that their exchange nominees qualify for U.S. training, and are encouraged to facilitate an online Sustainable Global Food Systems certificate course* that can dually provide careeer development training for aspiring agriculturists, and also serve as a requirement for potential Stewards. GPs may also offer reciprocal training opportunities for MESA’s network of sustainable farm and food systems advocates.

*the course is open to all within the GP’s region and does not require all students to apply for U.S. training. GPs are encouraged to collect student enrollment fees to support their facilitation services and community work. MESA staff and partners provide development assistance and resources for course development.


MESA’s current Global Partner NGOs are based in these 3 geographic regions:


Global representatives for

Latin America and the Caribbean: Sandra Figueroa and Marcelita Ponce de Leon (LAC at mesaprogram dot org)


Global Partner for



Global Partner for

South Asia: SAPSRI


How to Apply to be a Global Partner:

We welcome reputable, established NGOs & universities to consider partnering with MESA to facilitate training and exchange opportunities between the United States and your home country. Click here to review eligibility expectations and submit an application.

A note for individuals wanting to apply for SAGE, MESA’s US-based program:

If you see a Global Partner listed above for your home country or region, please contact them directly to learn about the application process and to join the next Sustainable Global Food Systems course.

Don’t see your country or region listed? You may still be eligible to apply as an individual Steward candidate, but only if:

1. You enroll in/complete the next SAGE prep course offered by a MESA Global Partner located in one of the 3 regions above

2. You have already secured a U.S. Host placement that intends to submit a Host application to MESA.

To review more about SAGE Steward requirements, U.S. program costs, etc., click here