Agriculture: Working with Haitian University Students Part 5

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:

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Gary Benoit

Institution: Université Roi Henri Christophe

Degree: Agronomy (undergraduate)

Study: Evaluating the performance of local and improved Valencia varieties with and without fungicide

Biography: Rodnie is from Ennery in the Artibonite department. She is in her final year of studies in plant and animal production at Université Roi Henri Christophe. After she finishes her degree, she would like to continue her studies through pursuing a graduate degree in plant production science. She would also like to study foreign languages, including English and Spanish. In her free time, Rodnie enjoys reading, serving disadvantaged people in her community, and going to church. She is a member of the Saint Joseph Parish in Cap-Haïtien.