MSU Sends Beans to Haiti

MSU is receiving a $2 million grant to help restore Haiti’s farms after Hurricane Matthew.

Michigan State University is sending bean seeds to Haiti to help restore farms that were hit by Hurricane Matthew late last year.

The “Legume Innovation Lab” has shipped almost over 200 tons of seed to 6,000 farmers in that country.

Irvin Widders is the director of the lab. He says quality bean seeds are the best option to address Haiti’s food needs.  

“They are a nutrient-rich food, and it’s better than maize or anything like that that would just provide carbs,” Widders says. “Beans are a good protein source to address the food- and nutritional-security needs of the affected populations.”

Widders says the beans are not genetically modified.

He says the seed is disease-resistant and can almost guarantee success in yielding crops. 


  • Bre'Anna Tinsley
    Bre'Anna Tinsley is a reporter for Detroit Public Radio, 101.9 WDET. She covers city government and housing, as well as co-hosting the "Detroit Evening Report" podcast.