Haiti Peanut Value Chain Interventions
Production to Consumption - Technologies to Improve Peanut Production, Processing, and Utilization in Haiti
Researching 1,500 peanuts, one variety at a time UGA innovation lab participates in Clinton Foundation’s launch of Haiti peanut depot Both student and mentor, Fulmer works with Haitian students while earning his own degree Visiting scientists tour Florida peanut fields From Tifton to Haiti, Kemerait helps peanut farmers Partnership is good for peanut production in Haiti
Peanuts are an important part of Haitian diet and help mitigate malnutrition through certain non-profit groups that produce peanut-based Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food or RUTF. Farm in Haiti cannot supply enough high-quality, safe peanuts to supply these groups, however.
Researchers are evaluating all phases of peanut, including varieties specific to the region and market influences. Though a seed-increase program and a curation of important peanut germplasm, the project is focused on genetic resources.
Exploring labor-saving devices and harvesting equipment is underway, along with evaluating the infrastructure to improve peanut handling, drying and long-term storage.
These best management practices and strategies will reach growers in villages and communities in the region, particularly through the depot network partnership with the Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation.
Women are important in the production of peanuts in many parts of the world, and this project is measuring their impact in Haiti during all phases of production.
Through aflatoxin-testing facilities, re-training Haitians in how to measure and avoid aflatoxin in their diet, finding alternative markets for aflatoxin-contaminated peanuts, scientists are working to improve food safety.
Dr. Greg MacDonald, Professor of Agronomy and Weed Science
- Dr. Dan Brown
Frank's Designs for Peanuts, LLC
- Mr. Frank Nolin
Meds & Food for Kids
- Dr. Patricia Wolff
North Carolina State University
University of Florida
University of Georgia
- Dr. Timothy Brenneman
- Dr. Robert Kemerait
- Dr. Genti Kostandini
- Dr. Rajapopalbabu Srinivasan
December 11, 2013 - July 31, 2017