Written by Chelsea Kellner
For more than a decade, Professor Charlotte Farin and the NC State Haiti Goat Project have joined the country’s struggle against rampant childhood malnutrition: the project provides high-protein lunch supplements to rural schools while working to improve the genetic stock of local goat herds.
Now they plan to expand, doubling the number of protein-rich meals provided to schools each month.
It’s a success story uniting agricultural know-how and academic data with the passion of local residents to help improve living conditions in the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
“We have a responsibility to help other people. That’s what this grew from,” Farin said. “Agriculture built the United States, and it’s a beautiful vehicle for helping build other societies as well.”
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.