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ISCA-AIDC creates opportunities for communities in need by helping them build sustainable agriculture systems.
In its work, ISCA-AIDC strives to adhere to the following values:
Right of Self-Determination
The right of community members and partners to freely pursue their economic, social, and cultural development.
Dignity of Individual
Each individual is free to choose its own actions and is worthy of respect and ethical treatment.
To seek knowledge about others’ beliefs, thoughts, feelings and customs; to nonjudgmentally acknowledge these and – in order to successfully fulfil ISCA-AIDC’s mission – to seek mutually agreeable compromises if other’s beliefs, thoughts, feelings and customs differ from ISCA-AIDC’s.
Treating people and groups in a way that is right, reasonable and equitable and not allowing personal opinions and/or cultural biases to influence decisions and/or one’s interaction with others.
To empower community members by inviting them to participate actively in decision-making at all stages of our projects.
To work collaboratively with local stakeholders to develop co-operative approaches that can provide needed goods and services which stakeholders cannot access or develop on their own. Members work together to manage their co-operatives democratically, to grow their income and provide solutions to local development challenges.
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” -Brundtland Report
A development process whereby communities are financially and organizationally (e.g. self-governance) independent after ISCA-AIDC’s initial support work has been completed. The attainment or maintenance of sustainability does not preclude the requirement for specialists’ advisory services.
The ISCA-AIDC Team
Lloyd has over 20 years of experience in program design and delivery. Since 2005, Lloyd has worked in Haiti on a regular basis, gaining extensive experience particularly in agricultural project administration and collaboration with development partners.
Through organizations and agencies such as CANADEM, United Nations Peace Keeping Missions, the Organization of American States, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the European Union, Lloyd has worked internationally (Haiti, Afghanistan, East Timor, Sudan, South Sudan, Libya, Kenya, Egypt and the Ukraine) in various capacities and has gained a deep understanding of cultural diversity and the need for long-term, sustainable development research and assistance.
Dr. Fabienne Uehlinger
Fabienne has a passion for veterinary medicine and how it relates to people, animals and their livelihoods. Fabienne has worked with smallholder farmers in communities in Haiti and Kenya and with Veterinarians Without Borders (Canada) in Laos.
Fabienne is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (large animal) and holds a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology.
David MacKay is an agri-food business consultant working both internationally and in the Atlantic region. He has previous work experience in Haiti where he presented a value chain model workshop to promote a business approach to livestock production. His experiences working with the cooperative model in the Atlantic region has been the basis of a cooperative model transferable to other regions throughout the world.
David ensures that development initiatives have the infrastructure and support necessary to succeed. This development aspect is critical to the ISCA-AIDC model of sustainable development. He has worked to foster sustainable community development right here at home through his work with a variety of community-based organizations including the PEI Organic Producers Co-op, Farmer’s Markets, PEI Eco-Net Co-op, and other Atlantic region NGO’s.
Valerie Busch is a non-profit project manager and grant writer who has worked on development projects in Ghana, Haiti, and India. Over the course of her career, she has helped to design and implement projects in a wide range of development sectors including youth engagement and education, cooperative development, agricultural training and reinforcement, and adult literacy. She also writes freelance articles about promising innovations in international development, and her work has been featured on Innovate Development.
Valerie has also worked extensively on non-profit strategic planning and growth initiatives, helping small organizations to effectively use limited resources to help meet project and funding goals. She has a particular passion for grassroots, community-owned programs that strengthen and empower local communities. As a board member, she aims to help develop programs that lead to vibrant and self-sufficient communities in developing countries.
Jeffrey J. Wichtel, BVSc, PhD, DipACT
Jeff developed his expertise in ruminant management and health and went on to teach at Massey University, University of Prince Edward Island, and now the University of Guelph. Jeff is currently the Dean at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario. He is passionate about veterinary medical education and the role it can play in the betterment of society. He has been engaged in agricultural development work in Kenya, Haiti and Colombia. Maureen and Jeff are proud parents of two veterinarian daughters, Jocelyn and Nicola.
Now back in Canada, Marie works as an analyst for the Library of Parliament. She continues to engage with her Haitian friends and is eager to apply her first-hand knowledge to benefit the objectives of ISCA.