Agriculture Education Professor at Work in Haiti November 2013
Cary Trexler, associate professor of agriculture education,
received a three-year $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to establish a comprehensive vocational agricultural
extension program in Haiti. In October, Trexler headed a kick-off
meeting with the Haiti Ministries of Agriculture and Finance to
ensure the groundwork is laid for an effort to reestablish and
invigorate what used to be a strong network of agriculture
extensionists in Haiti.
Note: Since this story was written, Trexler has continued his
work in Haiti. See “Haiti Education: Reopening of Schools” in
Haiti Librenewspaper (July 2014).
The Alliance for the Development of Agricultural Professional
Training in Haiti (ADAPT-Haiti) is part of a larger U.S. effort
to support Haiti in strengthening its agricultural sector.
According to Trexler, more than 20 universities applied for the
grant. “This is really exciting because providing a sustainable
model for training ag extension workers to go out to the
countryside is critical to Haiti’s long-term ability to succeed,”
Trexler, as well as agriculture education graduate students, will
work with the public and private sectors in Haiti to develop a
national vocational agriculture system with “dynamic learning
laboratories” or student farms for educational and commercial
purposes and an internship program aligned with local businesses,
nongovernmental organizations, and government. Ultimately, the
ADAPT-Haiti will result in national standards of quality that
will guide the implementation for this model nationwide.