The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Global office was awarded a $13.7 million grant by USAID as part of the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. The five-year grant will be used to strengthen the human and institutional capacity in Haiti to help farmers and agribusiness gain access to better information, technologies, and services. UF/IFAS will be involved in student and professional training, technical assistance and identifying innovative research and Extension models that work for the diverse agriculture landscape in Haiti.
“High population growth rates, degraded environmental resources, the recent earthquake and limited research in agriculture have created formidable challenges to food production and food security in Haiti,” said UF/IFAS Global Director Walter Bowen. “Investment and support of the public institutions, private organizations and businesses that serve small holder farmers and represent Haiti’s diverse agriculture sector is essential to jumpstart economic recovery, and increase economic and food security.” via | The Haitian Times