Global Partners & Country Representatives

We partner with like-minded organizations and individuals to facilitate experiential training and cultural exchange opportunities for beginning farmers

Who forms MESA’s global network?

Global Partners are non-governmental organizations, farmer associations or academic institutions that have the capacity to support MESA’s mission to strengthen the social networks that sustain resilient and just food systems. Global Partners recruit and help prepare candidates for the US-based training program. Global Partners also offer reciprocal training opportunities for MESA’s network of farmer advocates.

Country Representatives are trusted colleagues or Steward alumni who are passionate about MESA’s mission. MESA authorizes Country Representatives to recruit and help prepare exchange candidates for the US-based training program.

Key Global Partner and Country Representative responsibilities:

• Recruit, screen, and prepare Steward candidates for MESA’s US-based training and exchange program in sustainable agriculture, based on strict eligibility criteria for both MESA and for the J-1 visa;
• Provide administrative support for confirmed MESA Stewards before and during their US training program;
• Represent MESA’s program and Steward alumni at regional and international conferences.

MESA’s current global network:

Brazil Country Representative and alumna Daniela Nascimento: danielanascimento13 at
Colombia Country Representative Professor Natalia Escobar: nataliaescobar.e at
France Global Partner EXPERIENCE INTERNATIONALE primary contact: remi.martiniere at
Mexico Global Partner EL MEZQUITE, primary contact: marisol_tl at yahoo dot
Peru Country Representatives James S. and Maria A.: peru-rep at mesaprogram dot org
Sierra Leone Global Partner: WWWOOF_Sierra Leone, primary contact Shed Jah: villagecaresl at gmail dot com
South Africa Country Representative Lunga Phewa: lphewa at hotmail dot com
Thailand Global Partner: EARTH NET FOUNDATION, primary contact Michael Commons: michael at greennet dot

A note for individuals wanting to train in MESA’s US-based program:

If you see a Global Partner or Country Representative listed above for your country, please contact them directly to learn about the application process and to schedule an interview. Don’t see anyone listed for your country? You may be eligible to apply as an individual. Please email: lauren at mesaprogram dot org for individual applicant information.

How to Apply to be a Global Partner or Country Representative:

If your organization, school or farmers association would like to become a Global Partner, or if you’re a Steward alum or referred by a trusted colleague to apply as a Country Representative, we invite you to complete this preliminary survey.
MESA will respond to eligible inquiries within 30 days. Please note that preliminary forms submitted by individual persons unknown to our organization will be discarded.