The Haiti Goat Project is an agricultural education
and development project that operates as a collaborative effort
between faculty at North Carolina
State University and the Christianville
Foundation, a non-governmental organization that operates in Gressier
The primary project location is in Gressier Haiti, located about 18 miles west of Port-au-Prince, with additional project activities in the local communities of Jean-Jean, Ti-Cousin and Ti-Boukan. The majority of children in the Gressier and surrounding areas suffer from malnutrition because their diets, consisting of primarily of plant-based foods, are extremely limited by financial, educational and social constraints.
Because animal source foods contain a high density of balanced, highly digestible proteins and essential micronutrients, these foods are an integral component of a nutritious diet.
The goals of the Haiti Goat Project are to:
- Provide animal-source foods to local children accessed through school-based lunch programs
- Improve the genetic background of local Haitian livestock (goats)
- Support the education and training of Haitian agricultural producers
- Promote the establishment of sustainable animal agriculture to improve family health and income