Reducing post-harvest waste

truck with breadfruit AFeeding Development, hosted by Devex,recently posted an article that poses the question of whether or not we can double net food availability to meet food needs by 2050and still have a living planet.

“Most experts predict that the global population will exceed 9 billion by 2050…To meet the increasing needs of everyone in developing and developed countries alike, accounting for a changing climate, we will need to double net food availability…The bottom line is: Can we do this and still have a living planet?

…One of the simplest ways to increase net food availability is to reduce post-harvest and post-consumer food waste. Globally, we waste one of every three calories produced. If we could eliminate waste, we would halve the amount of new food we need to produce by 2050.”

Reducing post-harvest waste is highlighted as one simple way to increase net food availabilty; exactly what TTFF sets to accomplish with our partnership with Northwestern University. Equipment distributed as part of Factory-in-a-Box, developed by TTFF and Nortwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, allows for up to 1,200lbs of breadfruit flour to be produced per week, preventing potential for post-harvest fruit going to waste.

Check out more of the article here.


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Need ideas for dinner?

Breadfruit being slicedNewScientist recently got in touch with TTFF for breadfruit recipes that we could share with readers. We are thrilled to see them printed in NewScientist’s recent article,Recipes for an unexpected tropical wonder food.

Try out the recipes in your own kitchen! Breadfruit is a wonderful source of nutrition for the family:

“Breadfruit’s flavour is a bit ambiguous, but its nutritional value and potential as a worldwide staple are clear. It is high in vitamins and minerals, and has a higher proportion of essential amino acids – meaning it contains better quality protein – than soy. It’s also gluten-free, and can be ground into flour, making it the ideal substitute product for those who are gluten intolerant.”

Click here for the rest of the article.

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Breadfruit demand on the rise

Breadfruit in figiAnother article stating that breadfruit demandcontinues to be on the rise:

“The CEO of a Fiji company exporting breadfruit to New Zealand says demand is increasing and Pacific businesses need to grow to meet the demand.

Michael Finau Brown was speaking at the Pacific Wave Conference in Auckland yesterday and said he was sending a clear message to growers that it’s not just the Pacific market in New Zealand, but many others who are interested in breadfruit and other crops.”

Check out the rest of the article from Radio New Zealand International here.

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What is Happier than a Pig in Mud?!

IMG_0242June 3rd, 2014. Nothing, except maybe a Haitian pig in mud. Why is this photo from our recent TTFF trip so important? It indicates environmental growth in Haiti. There was an unfortunate chapter in Haitian history when local Haitian pigs were almost completely eradicated. In the late 1970s, in part due to the outbreak of swine flu, there was a program to replace the local pigs with American hogs. It was a controversial program, and while partly well-intended, it hurt local Haitian farmers. Farmers had to kill off their small pigs to get the large hogs. This presented a problem: while the local Haitian pig was a smaller and hardy sort, living off of the land and eating whatever scraps were available, the American hogs needed special foods and did not tolerate the hot weather. These replacement hogs died off, leaving the farmers worse off than before. Luckily, the Haitian pigs were not completely exterminated,and now they are staging a big comeback and will benefit Haitian farmers once again. We were delighted on our recent trip to see a very happy Haitian pig in mud on a local farm in Gonaives, Haiti. Stay tuned for a more detailed report about our trip!

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1,000 More Trees to Haiti

20140422_120843CroppedSmallerJune 9th, 2014. Mike and I recently returned from TTFF’s trip to Haiti. We visited communities throughout the Haiti that have received trees from our organization. We went to Three Angels‘ nursery in Port-Au-Prince and saw the first fruit on TTFF Ma’afala breadfruit trees planted there in 2012. Success! (You can see a picture of the fruit if you scroll below.) The trees are vigorously healthy. We then visited Three Angels’ school and saw over 250 schoolchildren who regularly eat breadfruit porridge; a critical, nutritious meal. A satisfied tummy helps the kids to learn!

Later in the week, we met with theSmallholder Farmers Alliance in Gonaives. With over 2,000 members, the Smallholder Farmers Alliance has made great stride with trees they have received from TTFF. These trees will provide sustainable food sources for local farmers and their families, along with economic opportunity. We had proud, happy farmers tell us that now, with TTFF trees, they can feed their families all year long.

But there are still many communities among the barren hillsides in Haiti that don’t have enough food. During our trip, we continued to witness firsthand how large this need for food actually is. So large, in fact, that we are aiming to turn around and deliver 1,000 trees in Haiti by the end of June. By providing more than 40,000 trees from TTFF supporters to communities throughout the Caribbean, we’ve already helped reduce hunger. We’re making real progress. But we can’t slow down now. We hope that you will join us in giving as many trees as you can today.

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Checking in with Randi and Afia

RandiAfiaBlogPostJune 25th, 2014. Randi and Afia, two graduate students from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, are in their third week of their TTFF summer fieldwork project in Jamaica. They continue to travel throughout the country,meeting with farmers, gathering data and geo-tagging TTFF trees. They are finding that TTFF breadfruit trees are thriving and many farmers have developed various plans for the use of the breadfruit, including processing breadfruit flour to make food products, making sales to exporters and feeding farm staff.

After multiple farm visits last week, the next stop for Randi and Afia was meeting with the Jeffrey Town Farmers Association (JTFA) to interview Mr. Wordsworth Gordon and Ms. Ivy Gordon, the president and secretary of JTFA. The Gordons offered valuable insights on commercialization of Jamaican farm produce and how agriculture in Jamaica can be improved.

We are thrilled to share an additional, exciting update about Randi and Afia’s work:They were selected to present at Columbia University’s 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice in New York City in September. They will be presenting about TTFF and our work to increase food security. Congratulations, Randi and Afia! We are proud of you.

We will continue to keep you posted on Randi and Afia’s progress!

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Breadfruit Flour Feeding Patients in Haiti

Dr. CoffeeJune 6th, 2014. During our trip to Haiti, we reached out to the local TB/AIDS hospital that receives breadfruit flour from TTFF. This flour is produced locally, contains many nutrients and has a very long shelf-life. The flour is made into a porridge, which is easily digestible for patients. Below is a clip of an email from Dr. Megan Coffee, the well-known doctor who runs the hospital:

“The breadfruit flour has been a real help. We use it to supply three meals a day for 50+ patients and their families, as well as to provide supplemental food for hundreds of outpatients. I would say we only want more breadfruit. Currently we do not have an inpatient ward, but we continue to follow outpatients who have been using this flour. Many of our patients arrive as adults weighing 20-30kg, many not more than 50lbs. Any nutrition they liked was – and is – important.”

We are very happy to be able to support Dr. Coffee’s work and the patients at her hospital. We are excited to continue planting trees and using fruit to produce breadfruit flour!

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First Fruit in Haiti

FirstFruitHaiti5.2014May, 2014. Exciting news: We have our first fruit in Haiti! Mike and Mary have officially made it to Haiti and kicked off their trip with checking in on local TTFF trees. Rotarian Ed Rice showed Mike and Marythe first fruit on TTFF Ma’afala breadfruit treesthat were planted at Three Angels’ nursery in Port au Prince almost three years ago. We are excited to see that these trees are on track! Stay tuned for more trip updates.

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1,000 Cashew Trees for Haiti

Cashew Seeds Blog Post A (1)August 13th, 2014. While our largest focus here at TTFF is on breadfruit, we also distribute trees of other varieties. Depending on climate and growing conditions, these varieties have included pomegranate, mango, lychee, guava, ackee – and now cashew!

The cashew is an important nut crop that provides food and employment to various nations. Through the generosity of TTFF supporters, we were able to send the first TTFF shipment of cashew seeds down to Haiti. They were delivered to Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), one of our partners, where the seeds were distributed to farmers amongst the organization. Timote Georges, SFA Co-founder, called this morning to report that the cashews are thriving with a 95% germination rate! Not only are resilient, fast-growing cashew trees ideal for the climate in Haiti, but they also provide economic opportunity for farmers and families. (The New York Times just featured a piece about the potential of cashews for juice – check it out here!) We can’t wait to see continued success with cashews in Haiti.

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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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