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.
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