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said. “I think programs like the Farmer-to-Farmer Program are vital to the economy because it can help local leaders and citizens fight the extreme poverty in rural areas by teaching resilient agricultural practices.” For Harriet Paul, the visionary leader behind the program, stories like Elsonn’s are a testimony to the role FAMU plays in economic mobility and social change both here in the United States and around the globe. Because of Paul’s and her volunteers’ willingness to reach outside of the boundaries of the campus, local Haitian citizens and students like Elsonn have gained leadership and management skills that will impact generations to come. “The success of our program shows that FAMU is committed to the empowerment of people and assisting them in making improvements in their economic status, nutrition, and health through market-driven enterprise development,” Paul said. Her personal vision statement, the inspiration for the work she has begun in Haiti, sums up the importance of the program profoundly. “I am committed to a life of service and to work every day to ensure that someone’s life is better because God allowed me to pass this way.”

COVER STORY

LIFE LESSONS4 Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers provide local residents with insight on ways to sustain their families and communities through agriculture.

A&M MAGAZINE // SPRING 2016 // 15

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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...