Improving Agricultural Value Chains

This spring, a team of five dedicated students from the Tuck School of Business committed to working with the iF Foundation through Tuck’s First-Year Project course. The First-Year Project course (FYP) offers Tuck students the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real world issues and complex business challenges. The Team of five students, chosen for their expertise and diversity of experience, focused on identifying market opportunities for the increased agricultural production of iF’s farmers. The market for crop production in Haiti is local and dominated by a network of middlemen who control pricing, as well as small women merchants who cannot absorb increased supply. In addition, Haiti does not have institutions that function as a commodity exchange either to set market prices or broker transactions. Production, distribution and sales channels are fragmented causing farmers to be resistant to produce more because of lack of demand and storage. With this knowledge, The Tuck Team set out to learn what market opportunities are available for iF to stimulate demand for its increased agricultural production both domestically and internationally, while working toward its goal of achieving financial sustainability.

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Breakfast Program Celebrates Four Years of Success

This spring marks the successful completion of four years of success for the iF Foundation’s Haitian Pride Breakfast Program. Launched in 2012, the program began by serving breakfast to 310 children 2 days a week at Saint Joseph’s School in Dubre. Today. The program serves breakfast to over 1,500 children at 7 schools, 5 days a week, during the school year. The program is the philanthropic arm of the organization’s work in Haiti and meets the immediate need of poor childhood nutrition. Many of the children who are beneficiaries of the program don’t have enough to eat at home. In addition, many of them must walk long distances to get to school. By the time they arrive at school, they are tired and unable to focus on their schoolwork. The Breakfast Program provides at least one nutritious meal a day and has helped to increase attendance at school too. As we look forward into the 2016-2017 school year, the most critical need for the program is to raise continued operating support. It cost $100 to support one child for an entire school year. Your donation goes directly to help the beneficiaries of this important program. For more information on ways to support the Breakfast Program contact Eileen Spencer (914) 924-9704 or espencer@if-foundation.org

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