Monday, February 14, 2011

Meat Quality Assurance in Haiti

For the past week, volunteer Robert Spencer has been in Haiti training and learning together with Makouti Agro Enterprise and the Haiti FTF Team. Robert is a farm owner and employee of the Alabama Cooperative Extension, and he has garnered the support of his colleagues at the USDA FSIS who have generously supported his trip by donating meat thermometers which will be distributed to restaurants and supermarkets to improve food safety.

This past week Robert has begun conducting a second level training in meat quality assurance, building on the knowledge base presented during his 2010 trip, as well as experimenting with changes in processing and packaging of meat products which have already improved the appearance and safety of the product. He is also having a great time trying his hand at rooftop beekeeping, drinking Haitian coffee, and eating delicious Haitian food. Thank you Robert for sending in these photos and we hope to have more updates on your trip as it progresses!

Volunteer Robert Spencer poses with Makouti AgroEnterprise workshop participants

Enjoying the delicious rice, beans, vegetables, and rabbit prepared by Makouti staff Jojo and Wilnese

Robert poses with a frame from the Makouti rooftop hive

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