Meds & Food For Kids was chosen as Haiti’s in-country partner for two Peanut Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
This exciting and unique opportunity puts MFK in the position to work with some of the most brilliant minds in peanut farming and production. These individuals include Bob Kermerait, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia, Dan Brown, Expert in Nutritional Toxicology and Associate Professor at Cornell University, Tim Brenneman, Plant Pathologist and Professor at the University of Georgia, John Damicone, Professor of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University, Chad Godsey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Oklahoma State University, and Christopher Butts, Agricultural Engineer.
According to Tom Stehl, MFK’s Coordinator of Operations, “We count on partnerships to make things happen and this is an incredibly valuable partnership for agricultural development.”
In order to improve markets and create opportunities for Haitian peanut farmers, the quality of Haitian peanuts must be improved. Farmers working with MFK are developing the best quality peanuts through agricultural trainings, the reduction of toxins, and field trials that control for soil preparations, seed treatments, and more.
It is important for buyers to understand the benefit of buying locally grown peanuts to support sustainable agricultural practices and long term development in Haiti. These innovative technical assistance Peanut CRSP projects funded by USAID support MFK's agricultural goals to increase yields, reduce toxin levels, and increase farmer incomes.
Meds & Food for Kids saves the lives of Haiti's malnourished children by producing and distributing highly nutritious foods, including Medika Mamba, a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food endorsed by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Because of its commitment to Haiti's long-term development, MFK produces Medika Mamba in Haiti, with Haitian labor, and with many Haitian raw materials.