Agriculture: Working with Haitian University Students
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 Chrétienne du Nord d’Haïti
Degree: Agronomy (undergraduate)
Study: Effect of low-input fungicide regimes on foliar peanut diseases, yields, and post-harvest aflatoxin levels (Local Valencia and New Mexico Valencia A varieties)
Biography: Elizé is from the town of Grande Rivière du Nord and is currently living in Cap-Haïtien. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in agronomy from Université Chrétienne du Nord d’Haïti in Limbé. He is interested in research experience that will help him develop his professional skills and prepare him for graduate studies, and is happy to be working with peanuts and plant pathology at Meds & Food for Kids. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Elizé hopes to pursue a graduate degree in agriculture and food production. In his free time, Elizé enjoys current events and politics as well as volunteering with nonprofit organizations; for example, he is currently working on project development and training for several organizations, including Groupe Innovateurs d’Haïti, Jeunes de l’Espoir d’Haïti, and Groupe de Recherches et d’Action pour le Développement de l’Agriculture.