The NCSU Haiti Goat Project has two major components. The first is the development of a ‘Farm-to-Fork’ program that supports a sustainable school lunch program which provides a hearty and nutritious goat meat-vegetable dish, called Chili Kabrit, to school children. The Farm-to-Fork program utilizes locally sourced goats and vegetables for preparation of the Chili Kabrit, providing a sustained economic stimulus to agricultural producers in the local community. Many children in rural communities in Haiti suffer from malnutrition, particularly from a lack of high quality protein in their diets. Unfortunately, anemia is also common as a result of a lack of dietary sources of iron. Chili Kabrit meals are formulated to provide a high quality protein source that provides children with 100% of their daily protein requirement, 35% of their daily iron requirement and a host of other vitamins and micronutrients. Currently the project is providing 900 meals per month served on a biweekly basis to two schools as a pilot effort. Subsequent project goals will be to double or triple this output. The Farm-to-Fork program component of the NCSU Haiti Goat Project is run by a team of local Haitians who have been trained in all aspects of its implementation. The project helps ensure an improved nutritional intake among local children and also provides a market stimulus, empowering local farmers and livestock producers.
The second major component of the NCSU Haiti Goat Project is aimed at improving the genetic background of Haitian goat stock. This is accomplished by utilizing reproductive technologies such as artificial insemination to produce high quality meat goat stock sired by genetic lines from the United States. These genetically improved animals are made available to Haitian livestock producer groups or sold to other goat production facilities. The Haiti Goat Project currently maintains a production herd of 65 animals for this purpose. It is anticipated that this herd will eventually be expanded to approximately 85 females in support of this initiative.
The NCSU Haiti Goat Project also assists with sponsorship of weeklong workshops directed to educating Haitians on how to use a variety of animal source proteins, including poultry, eggs, fish and goats, to improve the diets of children. These workshops are becoming an annual event, occurring each May.
In summary, the four main goals of this project are:
1. Provide animal-source foods to local children through school based lunch programs
2. Improve the genetic background of Haitian livestock goats
3. Support education and training of Haitian agriculture producers
4. Promote establishment of sustainable animal agriculture to improve family health and income