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Monday, 23 November 2015

Jamaicans teach Haitians how to grow breadfruit

Reforestation efforts in Haiti, where only two per cent of forest cover is estimated to remain, got a leg up from Jamaica recently when a group of seven agronomists from that country visited Jamaica for a week-long intensive agricultural training programme. The project was an initiative of non-profit, American-based organisation Trees That Feed Foundation. Its founders, Michael and Mary McLaughlin, teamed up with the Hope Botanical Gardens; College of Arts, Science and Education; and the Ministry of Agriculture's Boodles Research Station for the project. (…) The team of seven, all of whom attended agricultural college, are involved in reforestation programmes in their home country and already had an established relationship with Trees That Feed. "These men all plant trees for us in Haiti," Mary told the Jamaica Observer. "We have worked with all of these men, with the exception of one, for five years. Every time we go to Haiti we are always talking about Jamaica and they say 'Well, we would like to see Jamaica, and only two of these men have ever been on an airplane before, so we thought what a great opportunity to bring them here to have training like this," she continued

Source: Jamaica Observer