F2F Team

Farmer-to-Farmer Team

Kashchandra (Ragu) Raghothama

Dr. Kashchandra (Ragu) Raghothama

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Principal Investigator

Dr. Kashchandra Raghothama is a Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and serves as the PI. He brings significant international experience spanning many countries in Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. He is also the recipient of the Agriculture Research Award, the highest award for a researcher in the College of Agriculture at Purdue, and was elected as a University Faculty Fellow.

Amanda Dickson

Amanda Dickson

International Programs in Agriculture
Program Director, Co-Principal Investigator

Amanda Dickson is the International Extension Specialist for the College of Agriculture and serves as the Co-PI and Program Director on this project. She has been directly involved in numerous projects in South America, the Caribbean, and Asia.  In addition, Amanda served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and was a professor in South Korea. She brings a wide range of international project experience.

Carole Braund

Carole Braund

International Programs in Agriculture
Senior Program Manager

Carole Braund has extensive international development experience with various grant activities in many countries including, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda. She currently serves as Senior Program Manager in the department of International Programs in Agriculture at Purdue University. Carole is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). 

Wayne Ganpat

Dr. Wayne Ganpat

Faculty of Food and Agriculture
Country Director | Dean (retired), The University of West Indies at St. Augustin

Dr. Wayne Ganpat – Former Dean of the Faculty of Food and Agriculture (FFA). Dr. Ganpat started his career as an agricultural officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Trinidad and Tobago over 30 years ago. He joined The UWI in 2010 as a Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension and in 2015 was appointed as Head of that Department. In 2016, he was selected as the Dean of FFA and re-established the once vibrant presence of the Faculty in the region; worked to help governments and food producers solve their many problems, and repositioned the FFA at St. Augustine as the agricultural center for the region.

Lorraine Waldropt-Ferguson

Dr. Lorraine Waldropt-Ferguson

The University of West Indies at St. Augustin
Field Coordinator

Dr. Lorraine Waldropt-Ferguson is the Field Coordinator for the F2F project and is an avid agricultural extension economist with a penchant for agricultural development through collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation. She received her bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. from the UWI. Lorraine is a part-time lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Extension, Managerial Economics, and Communication. She is a well-known columnist with the Trinidad and Tobago Express Newspaper, active on national/state boards, volunteers, and loves adventure. She will be your “go-to” person during your F2F assignment.