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Haiti - Agriculture : $12M for a center of excellence to support agricultural growth
Vara Prasad, Director of the Innovation Lab said the grant will help create Haiti's Center of Excellence on Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Resilience (CEMARCH), to foster education, training, research and growth through improved collaboration, communication and knowledge sharing.
The effort will focus on agricultural issues and food and nutrition security in Haiti. According to Prasad, CEMARCH will focus on building institutional and human capacity so that Haiti is able to identify and pursue solutions to its agricultural problems in partnership with US universities.
"SIIL is perfectly positioned with its international recognition and vast experience to engage in a co-creation process with partner Haitian universities and USAID-Haiti to successfully establish CEMARCH," said Ernie Minton, Dean of "K-State's College of Agriculture and Director of K-State Research and Extension".
SIIL will work closely with a consortium of 6 universities to develop a five-year plan based on Haiti's needs, priorities, opportunities and commitments :
Together, these universities will help identify areas for research, curriculum development, and opportunities to engage the agricultural community and other local partners to rethink agrifood systems.
"Engaging with academics, educators, policy makers, smallholder farmers and building social capital and human resources is a hallmark of SIIL's portfolio [...]" said Prasad recalling that SIIL has strengthened capacities worldwide by training 160 students and creating seven agricultural technology parks in Cambodia; and one in Senegal. The laboratory plans to set up more in West Africa (particularly in Burkina Faso, Niger, Ghana and Mali).
Prasad said the work at CEMARCH focuses on three goals: