The Importance of Agronomy in Rural Haiti

Do you know one of the most important things that a country can do to alleviate poverty and provide opportunity to all of its citizens? Produce enough food for everyone.

The three main fields of study at uFondwa are agronomy, veterinary medicine, and business management. All of these degree-granting programs play vital roles in helping develop rural areas, in order to bring in new resources and more prosperity. In our Agronomy program, our students learn about all of the issues involved with producing food, while also managing the environmental impact that widespread agriculture can have on the delicate soil of rural Haiti.

What is Agronomy?

Agronomy is the science of producing plants for food and commercial purposes.

The field of study involves taking a holistic perspective when it comes to agriculture, maximizing the nutrition of growing crops while still maintaining the health of the soil. The aim is to grow crops as efficiently as possible, producing the largest possible yield while protecting the environment from soil erosion and infertility.

Agronomists must be knowledgeable in a variety of related scientific fields, such as chemistry, biology, genetics, and earth sciences.

Why Is Agronomy So Important to Rural Haiti?

Agriculture in Haiti is a delicate balance. In rural, mountainous areas, farmable land is at a premium, with the soil itself being fragile due to past over-farming and other damaging factors.

Agronomists in Haiti must be able to respect and understand the farming practices and traditions of Haitian peasants, while also attempting to reverse decades of unsustainable farming and agricultural practices that have caused widespread deforestation and soil erosion in rural areas all over Haiti.

Agronomy Studies at uFondwa

At uFondwa, we believe that education is key in improving the lives of the two-thirds of Haiti’s population that live in rural areas.

Unfortunately, almost all universities in Haiti are in major urban centers like Port au Prince. The realities of rural life mean that many lack access to higher education opportunities, with only 1% of university-aged men and women getting a higher education.

Thankfully, all of this is starting to change thanks to Father Joseph Philippe establishing the University of Fondwa in 2004. His dream of educating rural youths and improving the quality of life for all Haitians is starting to come true across the country.

Our Agronomy program represents everything that we want to accomplish with uFondwa. In this program, students learn the science of how to produce food, while also learning about the environmental impact that widespread agriculture can have on the land.

Haiti’s agriculture industry has been hit hard in recent years, with historically poor farming practices damaging the soil and, of course, the physical and economic damage inflicted on the country’s crops and farmers due to extreme weather events like Hurricane Matthew. Because of all this, Haiti regularly struggles to produce enough food for its people. Only by improving farming and agricultural practices can real economic and social progress be made.

Our agronomy program isn’t theoretical. Along with classroom study, our agronomy students are out there every day, learning practical skills and knowledge that will allow them to improve the social and economic conditions of their home. That is why 70% of our students work or volunteer in their field of study within Haiti, compared to the 16% of students from other universities who leave Haiti soon after graduation. Our students aren’t leaving the country, they are learning and applying their newfound knowledge right here in the rural areas of Haiti, creating stable and sustainable agricultural practices that will ensure the production of food in rural Haiti for decades to come.

Donating Matters

With many charities, you don’t get an opportunity to see exactly where your money is going. With uFondwa, you can rest assured that every single cent goes towards scholarships for worthy students from rural communities who couldn’t otherwise afford higher education.

You can choose to donate on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis, or even on a one-time basis. With your help, rural youths can get an education, earning degrees in Agronomy, Veterinary Medicine, or Business Management. By providing money, you aren’t just changing the life of a student who receives a scholarship. You are potentially changing the fortunes of entire communities! That is money well spent! Donate now.