Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Texas A&M University - Kingsville recently published a news article about Steven Lukefahr's Farmer to Farmer trip to Haiti. Dr. Lukefahr is an expert in rabbit production and genetics and has traveled around the world to assist rabbit producers. Click here to read about his trip.
Friday, September 24, 2010
|FTF Volunteers Cheryl Diermyer and Lauren Rosen use creative means to collect footage of available dairy products in Nicaragua|
- Was this activity outlined in my Farmer to Farmer volunteer assignment scope of work?
- "Bananas - check. Salad - check. Woman with camera - check...?"
- This is much more entertaining than my desk job
Read more about their unique assignment here and here.
Monday, September 20, 2010
open volunteer opportunities in Nicaragua, Haiti, Guyana, and the Dominican Republic. The program covers costs for transportation, lodging, meals and other travel-related costs. Volunteers for Nicaragua and the DR will ideally have some proficiency in Spanish. Contact us today if you have any questions!
In the words of recent FTF volunteers:
In the words of recent FTF volunteers:
"I look forward to hearing from the friends I made in Guyana whether the message is of a technical nature or just a hello. My Farmer to Farmer experience was a positive one due to the friendship shown to me by Shaun Francis, Kelvin Craig as well as every Ministry of Agriculture official and grower I met." - Dan Egel, Guyana
"My volunteer assignment was a rewarding personal experience. Rafael and Juan were very accommodating and handled any issues that came up." -Rhett Farrell, FTF DR
"Bob and I cannot thank enough Ronald and the Haitian Farmer to Farmer staff for their watching out for us during our stay. We were in good hands. We are also thankful for the Haitian beekeepers we met. They were a real encouragement to us." - Tim Schuler, FTF Haiti
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Nicaragua, and I am extremely appreciative that I was able to participate in the Farmer to Farmer program. Daniel Ingram was a wonderful companion and guide on my trip. He made me feel welcome, invited me to spend time with his absolutely wonderful family, and spent time with me outside of the work hours. Almost all Nicaraguans that I encountered were also friendly and welcoming. Nicaragua is a beautiful country with a wonderful culture (and great food!)." - Chase McNulty, FTF Nicaragua
Thursday, September 16, 2010
|Benito and "Little Benito"|
So what is that worth? In Benito's words, his whole life depends on it. In Haiti, the vast majority of schools (around 92%) are private and children cannot go to school unless they pay the required fees. With the poverty that is so rampant in Haiti, this means that nearly the majority of children are not enrolled in school. As written in a July 2010 report from the US Institute of Peace,
Following the earthquake and the financial strain it has put on Haitian families, we can only imagine how low enrollment rates must be today, not to mention the fact that many schools have been destroyed. The chance to go to school means a lot for this little boy, his future, and the future of Haiti. He must understand the opportunity he is given to a certain extent as well - after all, he wants to legally change his name to "Benito"! And of course, in addition to what he learns in school, "little Benito" has learned a great deal about rabbit raising along the way."According to the 2002–03 education census cited by the World Bank, only 8 percent of Haitian schools were public, while approximately 92 percent were privately owned and financed, meaning they were tuition-based in most cases. Because of Haiti’s extreme poverty, most schools were unaffordable and therefore inaccessible to the majority of families. In fact, only 55 percent of children aged six to twelve were enrolled in school, and less than one-third of those enrolled reached the fifth grade."
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Farmer to Farmer volunteers, Cheryl and Lauren, continue to work hard to put together a video clip that promotes the consumption of local dairy products and educates the audience on nutrition. The volunteers are interviewing farmers, dairy cooperative managers, school teachers and others to truly capture the local situation and best attract the viewers. Meanwhile, another Farmer to Farmer volunteer, Kshinte continues to visit schools and support the "Si a la Leche" campaign with educational games and promotional activities. Please see below the volunteers "in action" photos.
|Lauren, Cheryl and Daniel (FTF field officer) edit through the videos to put together a great promotional piece.|
|Thanks to the volunteers for their filming and editing equipment!|
|Kshinte and the Director of the Solingalpa School in Matalgalpa work together to support the dairy campaign and educate the students on nutrition.|
Thursday, September 9, 2010
|Kshinte teaches children about nutrition in milk|
Even though Nicaragua is the country in the region of Central America with the most exports of dairy products, generally has the biggest cattle, and the most land potential to raise cattle, it is still the country that consumes the least amount of dairy products. According to official information the annual local consumption of milk is 75 liters/person in contrast to 220 liters/person in Costa Rica.
In the urban and rural sectors of Nicaragua there has been a decrease in the consumption of dairy products. Nicaraguans have changed their habits and now consume more sodas which do not have the same nutritional qualities as dairy products. It has been calculated that in Nicaragua for each liter of milk consumed, eight liters of soda are consumed. Furthermore, at times when milk production is at its highest there can be an abundance of local milk.
Volunteers Cheryl Dyermier and Lauren Rosen are helping to address this gap by creating a video consumption campaign in collaboration with local dairy farmers and organizations. They are working together with volunteer Kshinte Brathwaite, who specializes in nutrition and is a repeat volunteer to Nicaragua. Here are some photos from their trip so far, as they visit farms, schools, and organizations to gather information and footage as well as teach about the nutritional properties of dairy products.
|Children observe calf getting milk straight from the source!|
|Sampling local dairy products - even more delicious with a fun straw|
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
|Identifying forage for rabbits in Dourmond|
|New rabbit cages arrive|
Even though rabbits may "breed like rabbits," a new project takes time and strategic thought. The project in Dourmond began in January 2009 with a feasibility study conducted by three individuals who are, collectively, leaders in Partners' Haiti Farmer to Farmer Program, Makouti Agro Enterprise, Devils Gulch Educational Services, and the Patricia Sullivan Haitian Outreach Foundation. Dourmond turned out to have an appropriate supportive environment such as enough forage foods and motivation to raise rabbits, and the Foundation later supplied 30 cages to 30 women who make up the Association Femmes Chretiennes de Dourmond.
|The rabbit training is well-attended|
|Rabbit hutches are in place and full of rabbits, including offspring (August 2010)|
|Young residents of Dourmond with Evaluation Specialist Volunteer Kerry Zaleski|