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MDP student Dan Backman receives Global Spotlight grant for breadfruit project in Jamaica

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Congratulations to Daniel Backman MDP, Breadfruit Field Experience, Jamaica

A collaboration between Compatible Technologies International (CTI), Trees That Feed
Foundation (TTFF), University of Saint Thomas(UST), the Breadfruit Institute (BFI), Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and the Jeffrey Town Farmers Association (JTFA), is working towards elevating the role of breadfruit in advancing food security in Jamaica. This collaboration is developing a complete enterprise system that will efficiently convert breadfruit to flour. According to research from the BFI, the versatile nature of breadfruit flour makes it ideal for the following reasons: it is abundant, grows well in tropical regions, is nutritious, however is underutilized, indicating potential for growth. The converted breadfruit flour has increased shelf life, usability, and potentially, economic viability. The goal of our initiative is to assess the potential economic and social impacts of the implementation of breadfruit enterprise systems in six rural
Jamaican communities. Our research team consists of four Masters of International Development Practice (MDP) students.

Photo of Daniel and breadfruit "at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show with the Trees That Feed Foundation presenting the CTI equipment."

MA, Professional, Doctoral International Grants (pre-oral exam)

These grants support current University of Minnesota Masters, Professional, and Doctoral students pursuing a program of study with an international focus. Grants of up to $7,500 are intended to support short-term activities on the region of Latin America and the Caribbean and/or on the issue of urbanization that enhance the scholarly project and/or professional preparation of the student.

Breadfruit Initiative

Daniel Backman, Development Policy/Planning
Humphrey School and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC)

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