FAAGRIC (Faith Agriculture)
FAAGRIC’S name is derived from Faith Agriculture (FA). FA is an agricultural research program currently located in Isuochi, Nigeria, West Africa and Les Cayes, Haiti. FAAGRIC includes the teaching of physiological nutrition and basic agricultural programs.
Agriculture is a must for mankind to survive. Through the … FAAGRIC program, Nigeria’s farming has seen a revived, lost industry resurrected, and has created a renewed excitement for it within the young and old.
With one hand, LWC uses FA to connect with the people by offering practical research and training for the physical well-being of the people of the world in the areas of basic agriculture and physiological nutrition. The other hand offers a spiritual message that is infused within our lectures throughout the program.
FAAGRIC In Nigeria:
In order for FAAGRIC to help, land was needed. A local school had some land it was not using and after visiting with the Eze (King) of Ngodo, it was decided a good fit for the community and school to offer this land for research. FAAGRIC is still using this land to this day.
FAAGRIC is a year-long program and opens its doors to anyone who desires to learn. Participants come from all walks of life. Some of the participants include civil workers, Ezes’ (Kings), nurses, pastors, students, teachers, and farmers, some of whom are illiterate.
We offer two-hour lectures with one hour of practical work on the farm once a week. During this training, new ideas and methods are introduced to help assist them in improving their livelihood. This is done through the introduction of modifying traditional farming techniques or adapting to some of the concepts that we have introduced, and giving of free seed through the Seeds of Faith program.
In an attempt to increase the successful transition for FAAGRIC graduates to become self-sustainable, a new project was born – The Goat Project.
The Physiological Nutrition course concentrates on the physical body and how it responds to the fuel given to it. Sharing the benefits of the new foods being introduced helps create an atmosphere of willingness to try new things outside their cultural boundaries that will be made available to them upon harvesting the produce.
FAAGRIC’S courses were developed from the teachings given in the Bible, combined with the research, knowledge, and experience of leading health and agricultural experts.
Each participant in the program receives one of three styles of certificates available according to the level of participation.
The current small farmers usually have only enough land to grow crops for only their very existence. FAAGRIC uses a piece of land it has been given to start a project that will be autonomous so as to not jeopardize the small farmer.
FAAGRIC was inaugurated on April 11, 2006, in Isuochi, Nigeria with the full support of local government leaders and pastors. FAAGRIC opened its doors to begin the process of learning and training with the Ezes’ (traditional leaders) on the week of May 1, 2006.
The following well-known proverb fits some of what FAAGRIC hopes to do. “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.”
FAAGRIC In Haiti:
FAAGRIC’s nutrition and agricultural program looks different. The program has been more agricultural. The year-long program has been adjusted from the more scientifically and physiological angle to being taught in smaller segments covering nutritional benefits of mainly Moringa with hopes to include benefits of other local foods.
FAAGRIC’s agricultural side was inaugurated almost immediately in Haiti with more of an animal husbandry flair.
- The Rabbit “Lapen ‘lahpeN'” Project: 11/2011 provides fertilizer for the garden and extra protein in their diet. To help with this project, click here.
- The Chicken “Poul ‘pool'” layers & broilers Project: 03/2012 funded through Bella Vitae Foundation ~ This project has been through stages of training in the self-sustainable side of things. The plans ultimate goal is to provide eggs and poultry for the girls diet and the chicken manure used to add fertility to the farm ground associated with CCH. To help with this project, click here.
- The Fish “Pwason ‘pwahsoN'” Project: 03/2015 funded through an Indiana team ~ The Aquaponic’s project has been embraced by the Haitian people. Under the cover of research, this has been the best classroom setting for how crops can grow from fish water fertilizer. We have plans of putting in more grow beds to expand the produce. The Fish project will require necessary skills to maintain. To help with this project, click here.
- The Goat “Kabrit ‘kahbreet'” Project in Haiti: 03/2016 ~ Goat project is the most recent endeavor. The idea of raising non grazing goats is different to the Haitians. This method will need training on how to properly care for non grazing goats as well as learning how to milk the goats for the infants. To help with this project, click here.
Every summer Haitian interns come and train in animal husbandry and agricultural training. One of the goals for training will be in the area of self-sustainability: how to raise, market eggs, and sell produce.
The nutritional side has had spurts of starting and stopping. Momentum for nutritional education still needs to find time to fit in with all the other programs that demand immediate attention. However, this has provided time for Catherine to put together a very exciting book in Creole and English on the Moringa tree and its benefits. Please take the time to read more about this booklet here.
Every house-mother has been given this Creole version of the booklet of the benefits of the Moringa tree and they do make use of the Moringa leaves in soups. There is also someone who is an educator in the governmental health program who is interested in teaching from the Moringa booklet as well.