Over the past few months, we have continued with the nutrition program and thanks to your generous contributions, the families involved have been making great use of the rabbit, chicken and goat processing facility. In the next phase of the project, we are focused on improving the facility by making provisions for a roof! This is another step in helping families reach their maximum potential for weekly processing and sales.
The goal is to equip the facility so that it has the capacity to process 3,000 small animals per week. This will not only help families significantly expand their production but also help them secure their positions as producers/suppliers in the market and increase the availability of meat within their households. A well-equipped processing facility will allow producers to more hygienically manage all aspects of meat processing.
During this time of Thanksgiving, we are particularly thankful for your support!
By Benito Jasmin and Andi Sullivan | Project Coordinators
Newly trained rabbit producer feeding her rabbits.
Thank you for your support of the Feeding Families project in Haiti! Funds from Global Giving have contributed to vegetable production activities, trainings in rabbit farming, and general management assistance in several communities in Grand Boulage, Sibert, and Kenscoff. Working with our local partner Makouti Agro-Enterprise, we are finding creative ways to respond to the ongoing food crisis in Haiti. For rural Haitians, increased small animal production and sales translates into food for family consumption in addition to growth and diversification of family income. Rabbit meat, for example, is high in protein and in high demand in-country. Trainings in rabbit production have educated rural Haitians in proper cage construction, animal nutrition, and meat processing. Future plans include reinforcing the roof of the animal-processing facility in Sibert. This will help producers ensure the safe and hygienic processing of their products. As the quality of the meat improves, so too should demand and in-turn, farmers’ incomes.
Thank you again for your generous assistance with these activities!
Over the past months, Makouti Agro Enterprise in collaboration with the Farmer to Farmer Program has worked to grow animal production in Sibert and nearby areas. Animal production in rural communities provides these families with a source of protein in their diets, and also a source of income as they are being linked to urban markets.
In our last update, we described plans for an improved animal-processing facility in Sibert. This would enable producers to slaughter and handle the meat in a more hygienic way and also means better meat quality. One section will serve as a meeting room and a separate area will be devoted to processing the animals.
Your donations were used to complete this new and improved rabbit-, chicken- and goat-processing facility! We thank you for your continued support of the project.
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