Building Sustainable Development in Haiti Through Agricultural Training

The Approach

Education and Business Development

Phased-in approach

The vocational school curriculum will be implemented in phases, offering just an entry class in our first year of operation; adding another grade in each of the next two consecutive years. We will hire both full-time and part-time teachers locally as required by the level of enrollment and course matter to be taught, and all instruction will be in native Creole (or French, if necessary). At full capacity in our third year of operation, we anticipate hiring the equivalent of 6 full-time teachers.

A three-year curriculum for college students under development*

1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year
  • Introduction to Natural Sciences
  • Basics in Mathematics
  • Tropical Crops 1
  • Health Promotion
  • Ecological Management of the Resources of the Humid Tropic
  • Production of Tropical Crops
  • Tropical Animal Production
  • Introduction to Basic Accounting
  • Sustainable Management
    of Tropical Crops
  • Entrepreneurial Project I
  • Waste Management
  • Wellness and Health
  • Animal Reproduction and Lactation
  • Oral Communications
  • Pest Management: Diseases, Weeds and Entomology
  • Integrated Livestock Systems
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Harvest Systems
  • Entrepreneurial Project II
  • Sustainable Livestock Systems
  • Properties of Tropical Soil
  • Accounting II
  • Agro-Entrepreneurial Development
  • Sustainability
  • Management and Conservation of Tropical Soils
  • Food Processing
  • Economic Politics and the Environment (Economic Geography)
  • Graduation Project

*proposed course description for three-year curriculum.

You can help impact an entire community

Through a ‘learning by doing’ methodology, the college will work closely with the community to provide employment for students and to empower farmers with current agricultural knowledge, research results and use of the school’s laboratory technologies. School graduates will be qualified to work with local farmers or on their own to expand and improve agricultural production on Île de la Gonâve.

Ensuring the impact of the school can be sustained

An integral part of the agricultural college is the test/pilot farm. This working farm on or close to the school site will provide students with an opportunity to test classroom theory, pilot new agricultural approaches and learn practical skills, quite literally, “in the field.”

While improving agricultural productivity, the test farm will also generate a reliable revenue stream through sales of the produce grown, livestock raised or other value-added products produced by students.

In addition, the school will actively support the formation of agricultural businesses and markets to provide future employment opportunities for graduating students. We envision new agri-businesses such as:

  • A farming co-op
  • A tree nursery that raises seedlings for use by local farmers
  • A coffee roasting and packaging operation that potentially could serve foreign markets
  • A grocery store that sells fresh produce in the main town of Anse-à-Galets
  • A juicing plant for citrus growers to supply markets in Port au Prince and beyond.

The proceeds from these businesses will not only benefit the suppliers, but also ultimately fund in full the cost of the school and the future education of more agronomists.

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