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Lending a hand - Closeups
June 2010 Issue
In the shadow of a rundown block building in Los Palis, Haiti, children wearing tattered clothes bite into half-ripened mangoes they pick from the ground and wonder about the strange men toiling in the field. They don’t understand that the visitors—agricultural experts from the University of Georgia—are there to help the people of Haiti produce enough food to combat the poverty that has long crippled their Caribbean country. In March, a team of scientists from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences traveled to Haiti to help develop sustainable agricultural practices in the wake of a devastating earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000 people. Unlike many other relief efforts, the UGA team was there to help Haitians learn to provide for themselves. “Our college is not really set up to do relief work per se,” says Steve Brown, CAES assistant dean for Cooperative Extension. “But we do have the expertise to help the people here develop better agricultural systems that …
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