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Dr. Valentin Abe Presentation: Tilapia Farming in Haiti
Free and Open to the Public
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Clifford Hall, Duxbury Bay Maritime School
457 Washington Street, Duxbury MA
ICOF is pleased to welcome Val back to Duxbury. Please join us to hear from Val how ICOF’s collaboration with Caribbean Harvest is impacting the people in central Haiti through the power of aquaculture.
Dr. Valentin Abe and ICOF:
Dr. Valentin Abe, a widely acclaimed agronomist, has a strong reputation for aquacultural development programs. A native of the Ivory Coast and a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Abe earned his PhD in Aquaculture from Auburn University in 1995.
He then became a member of the International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environment (ICAAE) team at Auburn and assistant coordinator for their training program. And in 1997, became program Director for Haiti’s aquaculture development program. Dr. Abe started Caribbean Harvest in 2005, and has been recognized as one of the most effective leaders making a difference in Haiti. He impressed former president Bill Clinton, also the U.N. special envoy to the Caribbean nation. Dr. Abe was listed in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world.
Island Creek Oysters Foundation (ICOF) was introduced to Dr. Abe in 2011 by the Clinton Foundation. ICOF is one of Caribbean Harvest’s primary funders with an annual commitment of a minimum of $100,000. Since ICOF began funding Caribbean Harvest (2011 and 2012), over 1,000 Haitian’s lives have been improved through the power of aquaculture. ICOF is poised to make its third $100,000 contribution to Caribbean Harvest at the end of 2013.
In addition to the annual commitment of $100,000 any money raised through Aquaculture Education will be matched 1:1 by Caribbean Harvest and these funds will be used to purchase Tilapia Cages to be farmed by the community. The proceeds from the sale of the farmed fish will pay teachers salaries and purchase school supplies for school children in rural Haiti.