Providing healthy proteins for children by reinforcing local smallholder poultry businesses.
KORE-Lakay works with families in the Central Plateau to improve their agriculture practices through a Small Holder Poultry Enterprise program (SHPE), and by helping them to access the market, notably through a school feeding program which provides Animal Source Foods (ASF) in the form of chicken and eggs for malnourished children.
KORE will train and equip 60 farmers with 180 layer birds with the capacity of raising 10,000 eggs per day to provide for children and staff at all Summits school locations.
A research team from University of Florida, Department of Environmental and Global Health will conduct baseline, monitoring and endline data to measure the impact of the project.
Increase Economic Development through Small Holder Layer Farming
● Support the development of 60 Farmers, including parents of students of the MSN.
● Improve quality and production for farmers through extension services, training and quality feed.
● Increase livelihood and resilience by improving household nutrition and income.
● Increase access to animal sourced foods for children in the MSN.
Improve Health Outcomes for Vulnerable Children and Families in Haiti
● Improve nutritional knowledge and promote egg consumption in children through family education.
● Provide an egg-a-day to students enrolled in Summits Schools across the Centre Region of Haiti
● Address barriers to animal sourced foods for families and students due to financial and product availability constraints.
An important ripple effect of this program will also be the reduction of the amount needed from private donors to fund school feeding programs.
70% of Haitians are participating in some form of agriculture to provide income and food security for their families. However, 59% of the population are living in poverty and 25% in extreme poverty according to World Food Programme. Currently 2.4 million undernourished and malnourished children are being fed every day in feeding programs throughout Haiti. Most of this is being accomplished by NGOs utilizing surplus foods from the United States and Canada.
While this is very important in terms of addressing immediate nutritional deficiencies in youth, it has a negative effect on Haitian producers and on the future for these children.
The current value chain for the Haitian Feeding industry stops at the dock and has no positive impact on the Haitian farmer or the economy. The opposite is true as farmers can’t compete with donated food or services. As a result, smallholder farmers are pushed out of subsistence agriculture and struggle to provide for their families. One way for smallholder farmers to be competitive in today’s global marketplace, is for them to become integrated into providing locally sourced foods for feeding programs.
In Haiti, as in many other developing countries, children’s diets consist primarily of plant-based foods with access to Animal Source Foods extremely limited by financial, educational and social constraints. Poor cognitive development, delays in physical growth, decreased organ and immune system function, and increased morbidity and mortality, have all been associated with malnutrition. Because eggs specifically contain a high density of balanced, highly digestible proteins and essential micronutrients, they are an important component of a nutritious diet that support the development of children to their full physical and intellectual potential.