Randi and Afia are off to Jamaica

MinnHumphreyLogoJune 5th, 2014. Two graduate students from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Randi and Afia, have officially kicked off their summer fieldwork project with Trees That Feed Foundation! The project is a collaboration between Trees That Feed Foundation, College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), Rural Agriculture Development Authority (RADA) and other partnering organizations in Jamaica. Randi and Afia will be traveling throughout Jamaica for six weeks, working on gathering information to improve livelihoods of rural farmers and increase food security through the cultivation and use of breadfruit trees in Jamaica.The project is divided into two broad areas: A socio-economic portion that focuses on identifying and effectively linking farmers, extension officers, and processors in the breadfruit industry, and an agro-ecology portion that focuses on assessing the baseline survivability rate of donated breadfruit trees throughout the island. Randi and Afia will be working on geo-tagging these TTFF trees with farmers throughout the country. Their experience in Jamaica will be invaluable, and we are looking forward to posting updates about their findings during their trip!

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Mary McLaughlin and TTFF on NPR

Radio LogoJuly, 2013. Jerome McDonald interviewed Mary McLaughlin on NPR’s Worldview. In a wide ranging 15 minute discussion, Mary and Mike explained the mission of Trees That Feed and provded lots of information about breadfruit. Click here to listen!

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Haiti 2013

420IMG_0495February, 2013. Mary and Mike McLaughlin just returned from a busy trip to Haiti.  They made many stops, including visits to Port au Prince, Croix de Bouquet, Grand Goave and Petionville. They held a series of meetings with Immaculate Concepcion Parish, Floresta Ayiti, Universite Grand Anse, Three Angels, consultants to the Ministry of Commerce, the Chamber of Deputies, the Baptist Mission and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Diocese. They also held meetings with commercial interests who may develop food products or environmentally beneficial enterprises.

Mike and Mary found enthusiastic support for the work of TTFF in providing trees, equipment, training and market development for fresh fruit and post-harvest products. Overall, they had a busy and productive trip!

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Entrepreneurship in Haiti

HaitianLadyVendor12132013February, 2014. From Eric Helgemo, our Haitian representative: Here is a nice picture of one of our new tree vendors and her nephew. She is a widow with several children, ages seven to 16. She is a street vendor and sells hot coffee heated over charcoal, and now sells trees on the side with hopes to make enough money to buy a clean propane stove for her micro business.Through providing trees to individuals, such as this vendor, TTFF is helping to build sustainable food sources and businesses.

Lots more exciting TTFF news below.  Also, please see frequent TTFF updates on our Facebook page!

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Breadfruit, a great food source

MapHere’s an article worth reading from National Geographic! Lots of information about breadfruit as a food source.  From National Geographic.

“Although obesity is in the news in the West, starvation and malnutrition are prevalent in many parts of the world. Scientists continue to search for new food sources. One of the most promising foods gaining interest is breadfruit.

This world hunger map from the article shows large overlap with areas of high hunger levels and areas with high potentials for breadfruit growth.

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How to cook breadfruit like a Jamaican

Here are a couple of links to videos showing how to prepare breadfruit, Jamaican style.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmZJBHyJjEo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq3NiY7F2iA

You’ll see different styles.  Either way, fresh cooked breadfruit is delicious!

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Food crisis brewing in Haiti

“Famine” sounds like an old fashioned word.  There were famine stories in the Bible, although more recently famines have occurred in war-torn parts of Africa.

Unfortunately it’s a real risk, not very far from home.  Follow the link below to this article from the Guardian newspaper, in the UK.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2013/feb/19/food-crisis-brewing-haiti

Trees That Feed Foundation is hurrying to plant trees there, to reforest and provide a sustainable food supply.  But from the sound of it, more is needed!

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