Agriculture: Working with Haitian University Students Part 3
MFK is lucky to be working with several Haitian university students in the final year of their undergraduate studies. Developing local research and applied agricultural capacity is one of the MFK agriculture team’s key areas of focus. Internship activities at MFK are supported financially and logistically by University of Georgia and University of Florida faculty through the Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab (PMIL) project. These faculty assist MFK in developing and implementing research studies, and the MFK team in turn works closely with our student interns to carry out research-related tasks. To obtain a diploma, most agronomy students in Haiti complete an end-of-studies research project or thesis. MFK is currently working with five university students whose theses will be based on current MFK agricultural research trials. In addition to receiving materials and technical assistance in completing their end-of-studies projects, these students are also able to develop applied agricultural experience through participating directly in MFK research activities. Each student or group of students is assigned to a specific study, which they manage with the supervision of the MFK agriculture fellows. They participate in a wide variety of activities, including soil and land preparation, planting, weeding, watering, fungicide and fertilizer applications, plant disease evaluations and data collection, harvesting, and data analysis. Throughout this process, the MFK agriculture team will provide continual support and guidance in preparation for the students’ thesis defense and submission. We are very grateful for these students and their contribution to our agricultural program at MFK. In the coming weeks we will be highlighting our research interns:
Institution: Université Roi Henri Christophe
Degree: Agronomy (undergraduate)
Study: Effect of low-input fungicide regimes on foliar peanut diseases, yields, and post-harvest aflatoxin levels
Biography: Exan is from Mont-Organisé in the Nord-Est department. He is in his final year of undergraduate studies at Université Roi Henri Christophe. After obtaining his degree, Exan would like to continue his studies by pursuing a graduate degree in plant production or environmental science at another institution. In addition to agriculture, Exan is also interested in environmental conservation and ecology. In his free time, he enjoys reading and volunteering with nonprofit organizations. For example, he is a member of Association des Jeunes pour un Environnement Durable en Haïti, an environmental youth organization in Haiti.