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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
    Researching 1,500 Peanuts, One Variety at a Time
  • UGA innovation lab participates in Clinton Foundation’s launch of Haiti peanut depot
    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
    Both student and mentor, Fulmer works with Haitian students while earning his own degree
  • Florida Germplasm Tour
    Florida Germplasm Tour
  • Tiftonite helps farmers keep diseases and nematodes out of crops
    Tiftonite helps farmers keep diseases and nematodes out of crops
  • Partnership is good for peanut production in Haiti
    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.


Lead Scientist

Dr. Greg MacDonald, Professor of Agronomy and Weed Science

More about MacDonald

Research Collaborators

Cornell University

  • 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

Partner Institution

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Research Location

Haiti

Duration

December 11, 2013 - July 31, 2017

Award No.

AID-ECG-A-00-07-0001

Sub-Award Amount

$813,486