Lambi Fund of Haiti

The Lambi Fund's mission is to assist the popular democratic movement in Haiti. The Lambi Fund provides financial resources, training and technical assistance to peasant-led community organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people.
Aug 8, 2013

From Plantains to Papitas

Farmer with plantain bananas
Farmer with plantain bananas

It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through 2013, yet progress with Lambi Fund’s current projects is tangible.  One exciting effort is Lambi Fund’s new phase for the Center for Plantain Propagation (CPP).  In this phase, Lambi Fund is working with farmers in the Gwomon area to support papitas production.  Papitas are fried plantains that are a popular snack throughout Haiti.  School children and adults alike enjoy snacking on them.

The CPP’s effort to not only increase production of healthy plantain plants, but to transform these into a commodifiable good is progress that’s worth applauding.  While this phase is still in its infancy, and it is difficult to predict results, the hope is that supporting papitas production in rural Haiti will provide farmers with an added source of income.

Leaders of the Center for Plantain Propagation and Lambi Fund staff are also working to explore and identify future crops that would benefit from future training initiatives and support.  This would mean that training and support services for crops such as beans, rice and corn could end up being selected and workshops and training opportunities that teach farmers pest management and improved crop production would be available.

Progress at the CPP is exciting because this center is much more than a place to buy healthy plantain plants.  It is a place to learn, network with fellow farmers and dream about the future of farming in Haiti!

Eating delicious papitas (fried plantains)!
Eating delicious papitas (fried plantains)!

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Aug 8, 2013

Not Your Average Plantains

Working at the Center for Plantain Propagation
Working at the Center for Plantain Propagation

While it’s hard to believe we’re halfway through 2013, the Lambi Fund of Haiti has been working hard to expand food production in Haiti.  This is an effort that’s oftentimes slow moving, yet progress with Lambi Fund’s current projects is tangible.  One exciting effort is Lambi Fund’s new phase for the Center for Plantain Propagation (CPP).  In this phase, Lambi Fund is working with farmers in the Northwest region to support papitas production.  Papitas are fried plantains that are a popular snack throughout Haiti.  School children and adults alike enjoy snacking on them.

The CPP’s effort to not only increase production of healthy plantain plants, but to transform these into a commodifiable good is progress that’s worth applauding.  While this phase is still in its infancy, and it is difficult to predict results, the hope is that supporting papitas production in rural Haiti will provide farmers with an added source of income.

Leaders of the Center for Plantain Propagation and Lambi Fund staff are also working to explore and identify future crops that would benefit from future training initiatives and support.  This would mean that training and support services for crops such as beans, rice and corn could end up being selected and workshops and training opportunities that teach farmers pest management and improved crop production would be available.

Progress at the CPP is exciting because this center is much more than a place to buy healthy plantain plants.  It is a place to learn, network with fellow farmers and dream about the future of farming in Haiti.

Eating delicious papitas (fried plantains)!
Eating delicious papitas (fried plantains)!

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Aug 8, 2013

Oxen Bring New Beginnings

Community members in Nip, a Southern region of Haiti, have long suffered from low agricultural productivity.  The soil is arid, yet working the land has always been difficult because they have lacked access to agricultural tools.  Farmers plow crops by hand, which as you can imagine is both back-breaking and time-consuming work.

So, members of the grassroots organization The Society for the Agricultural Development of Nip (SADN) recently partnered with the Lambi Fund of Haiti to launch an ox-plow service.  This service will provide farmers in the neighboring community (both members and non-members) with the ability to affordably contract the service of oxen to plow their fields.  What would take days to plow by hand is now achieved in just an afternoon.

Lambi Fund field monitors have been working with SADN to launch the project.  This has included setting up numerous training opportunities and workshops to teach members how to properly care for the oxen and how to plow the fields.  Upcoming trainings on managing the ox-plow service are scheduled as well.  In these workshops, members of SADN will learn how to maintain the bookkeeping, manage the service, schedule appointments and so on

As the project progresses, SADN is eager to begin plowing fields in their area which will hopefully lead to larger plots of land being cultivated and higher productivity.

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