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5ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT FAMU entrepreneurship professor LaTanya White and Harriet Paul, the director of FAMU’s International Agriculture Programs, lend their expertise in business and development to bolster economic growth in Montrouis, Haiti.

that they live in, serve in, and sell to.” Due to the success of the program, Paul received another grant to continue the efforts there. The additional $150,000 award from USAID VEGA will help to carry out the Small Enterprise Development Project. The project allows FAMU’s International Agriculture Programs to build on the work they have accomplished and further impact Haiti’s Higher Education Institutions, their students, faculty and small farmers in their rural outreach communities. It will also allow for more hands-on learning opportunities for FAMU students and faculty. Among the many success stories that stem from FAMU’s work in Haiti is a local student named Auquel Elsonn, whose

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major is Agriculture Science at the Université Caraïbe. Elsonn was so inspired by the training and outreach provided by the program that he began a program of his own in partnership with the FAMU volunteers. He led the formation of the UC Club of Research in Agriculture, which helps local farmers secure contracts with the Moulin Sur Mer resort. He also led a fundraising effort to help youth in the community unite to create their own chicken farm. The farm has been a success and they are also selling them to the Moulin. And after working directly with the Farmer-to-Farmer Program, UC students now serve as mentors to area farmers and local primary/secondary school students. Elsonn proudly

exclaims to anyone who will listen that because of the program, members of the Montrouis community have increased knowledge and skills and are now equipped for continued development, growth, and success. He says he is now engulfed in the agriculture industry and often spends his time helping youth and local farmers learn best agriculture and sustainability practices. For instance, he volunteers twice a week with a local farmer teaching her best practices learned from the FAMU volunteers that have now greatly impacted the vitality of her garden. “Through the program I have learned to track socio-economic issues, agriculture issues, and food security issues,” Elsonn

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Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...

Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...