LSU and Southern University group visits the home of the leader of the local farmer cooperative in Cayes-Jacmel. Photo by Carl Motsenbocker.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Southern University Ag Center’s research associate, Mila Berhane joined Carl Motsenbocker and a group from Louisiana State University on trip to Haiti in January with ideas on how to engage LSU students and the community in developing sustainable agriculture projects in the Caribbean country.
Motsenbocker, a horticulture professor in the LSU College of Agriculture, traveled to Haiti with Ann Savage, an LSU AgCenter sustainable agriculture extension associate, and Anna Claire Ferchaud, a College of Agriculture senior studying natural resource ecology and management. The group left Baton Rouge for Haiti on Jan. 1 and was there for 10 days.
Motsenbocker describes the trip as a sustainable agriculture excursion to look at the local food systems in Haiti, assess needs at three Haitian sites and work with collaborators to support agricultural development. The group was also exploring opportunities for student and faculty exchanges.
“One of my goals is to develop a sustainable agriculture and food systems class that I will teach in spring 2016, with an optional trip to Haiti during spring break,” Motsenbocker said.
The Southern University and LSU group visited villagers in three areas of the country to identify potential projects.
Berhane and Motsenbocker presented lectures to Centre de Formation Fritz Lafontant agriculture students. They also worked with the students from the school and conducted a hands-on lab to plant vegetables using trickle irrigation and demonstrated a simple bucket irrigation kit.
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