strengthen Haitian coffee cooperatives, improve the quality of calves in the Nicaraguan livestock sector, aloe vera producers in Guatemala to reduce water, and helped improve water management in the DR. Our Nutrition Security Program in Haiti reached over 25,000 pregnant and lactating women, held cooking demonstrations to share nutritious recipes, and changed lives in one of the most challenging countries in this hemisphere.
And 2017 is going to be an exciting year. Our Farmer-to-Farmer Program in particular has a lot of exciting assignments we are recruiting for throughout the hemisphere. Check our website for a sampling of open assignments, or drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your resume and we will see what might fit your skills.
Enjoy the rest of 2016 and have a wonderful start to 2017!
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
|Photo from first training of Makouti technicians|
I have been volunteering in Haiti for ten years. My initial work involved meat rabbit production and evolved into food security and meat quality assurance; this is my first assignment specific to meat goat production and management. This assignment was expected to help producers to 1) evaluate/assess their current system of goat production management, including feeding, reproduction, and overall maintenance (shade, ventilation, aeration, heat, etc.); 2) identify and reinforce best practices to improve the quality of their product.
Excessive rains and flooding were a serious constraint during this visit, we received over 36” of rain during our two weeks. For the first five days we had limited access to areas beyond the hotel, and our in-country colleagues were unable to access us. Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak (F2F volunteer from California) and I took advantage of this time to develop relevant training documents and detailed presentation to be utilized for the final Friday of week one and four days of the following week.
|Flooding situation at end of first week|
Both the lecture and hands-on training covered detailed information on nutrition (including continuous access to water), selection, production, management, reproduction, parasitism, FAMACHA, health, disease, shelter, confirmation, kidding, body-condition scoring, estimating body weights using a measuring tape, hoof trimming, castration, injection sites, ear tag application, castration, and deworming.
|Hoof trimming demonstration|
The meat goat industry in Haiti has experienced significant advancement. Farmers and hosts have easier access to supplies (fencing wire, veterinary medicines and supplies, feeds, etc.) and number of goat farmers and goat inventories have increased. What seems to be much needed is a strong interest for improving quality of individual animals and herds, providing adequate nutrition including water, and quality of animal husbandry. While many of these farmers sincerely enjoy raising goats, they fail to take the initiative for improving various aspects of production quality. I have observed this for years with all types of livestock production in Haiti, and is a common problem in the U.S. with novice livestock producers.
|Individual filling out evaluation form|
|Technician looking into microscope to assess fecal-egg count|
Makouti technician assisting farmer with goat evaluation in Robillard
To find out more about our open assignments in Haiti, please email email@example.com.
Monday, December 5, 2016
International Volunteer Day, started in 1985 by the United Nations, is an opportunity to celebrate all those who volunteer their time to make a difference in the world. Partners' Farmer-to-Farmer Program would like to thank all the excellent volunteers who have traveled to Latin America and the Caribbean to work with their counterparts to address agricultural and environmental issues. Giving your time has made a difference in the hemisphere! And we thank you. Below, a few of our Partners F2F volunteers share about their experiences.