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February 14, 2023

Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab initiative announces first enrollment of students at Haitian Universities

Submitted by Layne Davis

The first cohort of HAUP-CEMARCH undergraduate students in the agricultural sciences started their training at The University of State of Haiti (UEH)  - Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (FAMV)  in January, 2023.  Photo:  Dr. Jocelyn Louissaint

Through the support and leadership of the United State Agency for International Development, or USAID, and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable Intensification, or SIIL, at Kansas State University, the Haiti Agricultural University Partnership: Center for Mitigation, Adaptation, and Resilience to Climate-Change in Haiti, or HAUP-CEMARCH, project provides educational opportunities for Bachelor of Science students to pursue a degree in the agricultural sciences.

The Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, or FAMV, is one of six Haitian universities in the project, and the first to announce the scholarships to students through the HAUP-CEMARCH program.

"We are excited that this program has started and is moving forward, as it will build the capacity of youth in agricultural sciences, which is critical for economic and social development of Haiti," said Vara Prasad, director of the SIIL, university distinguished professor and R.O. Kruse Professor of Agriculture at K-State. "We truly thank USAID for supporting this important initiative in Haiti.”

The partnership is a long-term investment made by USAID to advance agriculture-led inclusive economic growth in Haiti. One objective of HAUP-CEMARCH is to strengthen the Haitian institutions that train agricultural professionals, working in partnership with six Haitian universities to develop and establish improved agriculture curriculum. The intent is to have agricultural training in Haiti, by Haitians, for Haitians.

“We are quite excited that our partner universities in Haiti are enrolling students in agricultural majors with the support of the HAUP-CEMARCH initiative,” said Elizabeth Guertal, project director for HAUP-CEMARCH.

Jocelyn Louissaint, dean of the Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, said, "Thanks to the support of this project, the Dean's Office, with the agreement of the board of directors of FAMV, has decided to take advantage of this opportunity by increasing the number of admissions from 100 to 114 for the class of 2022-2027."

In addition to the increase in Bachelor of Science students, funding from partnership will also support a new Master of Science program to be launched in September 2023. New students started their Bachelor of Science training on Jan. 9, attending classes at the university.

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