The Cochran Fellowship Program (CFP) is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). It provides U.S.-based agricultural training opportunities for senior and mid-level specialists and administrators from public and private sectors who are concerned with agricultural trade, agribusiness development, management, policy, and marketing.
Over 20 years ago, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi envisioned providing training and support to help developing nations improve their agricultural systems and strengthen and enhance trade links with the United States.
Since its inception in 1984, the Cochran Program has provided training for more than 13,000 international participants from 103 countries worldwide.
The Cochran Fellowship Program has been active in Malaysia since 1989. To date, more than 290 Malaysians have received training in such diverse fields as food safety and meat inspection, fruit merchandising, animal health and livestock management, food service management, and agricultural biotechnology.