FAMU Farmer-to-Farmer in Haiti

FAMU Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Haiti is part of the VEGA Farmer-to-Farmer USAID-funded Special Program Support Project (SPSP).
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: Haiti
  • Award Value: $150,000
  • VEGA Lead Member: Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University (FAMU)
  • Objective: (1) Strengthen the curricula in agriculture and entrepreneurship through the development of a “practical application” Small Enterprise Development Program at the partner Higher Educational Institutions. (2) Increase Haitian students’ capacity to gain real-life hands-on agricultural production and business experience through community and business internship projects. (3) Increase students’ ability to successfully develop, finance, and manage a small business. (4) Improve students’ ability to effectively transfer knowledge to farmers in their community to increase productivity and incomes, and protect the natural resource base.
  • Timeline: March 23, 2015-March 22, 2016
  • Volunteers: 13
  • Local Partners:

    The State University of Haiti (Université d’État d’Haiti – UEH), Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (Faculté d’Agronomie et de Médecine Vétérinaire – FAMV), PAUP, Haiti, Universite Caraibe, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

  • Theme: Sustainable Agriculture, Value Chains, Agriculture Education and Training

FAMU Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Christopher Laughton (Connecticut) with beneficiary

FAMU Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers, Djanan Nemours and Trevor Hylton, with Universite Caraibe mentor with Farmers Group members

Universite Caraibe mentor with Farmers Group members

FAMU Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers Chester Bunker (North Carolina) and Roman Bunker (California) with Universite Caraibe students

FAMU and its Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers will work with the faculty, staff, students and administrators at Haitian universities non-governmental organizations to build a strong Small Enterprise Development Program that focuses on developing small agro-enterprises.

FAMU’s Farmer-to-Farmer program will help students gain practical agribusiness experience through internships in their communities organized through Food For the Poor.

FAMU Farmer-to-Farmer challenges local students participating the program to achieve a 40 percent profit margin. FAMU anticipates that this approach will motivate Haitian higher educational institutions to advance the quality of their academic programs.