In March of 2017, Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs, a poultry extension project manager at the University of Kentucky, traveled to Haiti to conduct a USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer assignment with local host SAKALA under Partners of the Americas' Rural Enterprise Development project. SAKALA is an organization that provides technical assistance to groups throughout Haiti and runs a community center in the heart of Haiti's largest underdeveloped area, where youth come together to grow, learn, and play. The purpose of the assignment was to train older students on how to raise poultry and develop a poultry flock at the community center that can be used as a training tool for the school. As SAKALA supports other communities around the country, the second part of the assignment was to give outreach and technical assistance to these groups.
Dr. Jacobs provided SAKALA with several recommendations to assist them in developing their poultry operations. These recommendations consisted of a 6-tier development framework that included the use of free-range Haitian chickens for the production of eggs for sale. Additionally, Dr. Jacobs suggested that the organization and students work to develop business plans prior to implementing their poultry systems. Dr. Jacobs is an extension project manager from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She earned her PhD from the University of British Columbia and has extensive experience in poultry management and production.