Over the past months, Makouti Agro Enterprise in collaboration with the Farmer to Farmer Program has worked to grow animal production in Sibert and nearby areas. Animal production in rural communities provides these families with a source of protein in their diets, and also a source of income as they are being linked to urban markets.In our last update, we described plans for an improved animal-processing facility in Sibert. This would enable producers to slaughter and handle the meat in a more hygienic way and also means better meat quality. One section will serve as a meeting room and a separate area will be devoted to processing the animals.Your donations were used to complete this new and improved rabbit-, chicken- and goat-processing facility! We thank you for your continued support of the project.
First off, thank you for your generous support of the Feeding Families Project in Haiti! As the project expanded to include not just Grand Boulage, but also the nearby communities of Croix des Bouquets, Sibert, and Kenskoff, one of the main challenges has been market linkages for producers in these communities. By increasing income of project participants, their purchasing power increases and they are better able to feed their families so linking them to markets is critical. As these communities try and tap into markets in Port-au-Prince, GlobalGiving funding has helped by providing needed supplies and training.
With the rabbits, one of the goals is to sell 300 rabbits weekly to markets in Port-au-Prince. While demand is growing, producers need a central location where they can slaughter and prepare them for market. In Sibert, there is already a location for this but with the help of donors, the structure is being improved with an eye towards better hygiene and meat quality. The location can then be used for preparing not just rabbits but also chickens and goats for the market. Having a central location for this will help ensure high quality products, which will lead to more demand and more income for producers.
Without the support of donors like you, this would not be possible. Thank you again for your generous support of the Feeding Families project!
Thank you for your generous support of the Feeding Families Project in Haiti! As mentioned previously, once things got off the ground in Grand Boulage, activities were spread to nearby communities such as Croix des Bouquets, Sibert, and Kenskoff. Here is a highlight from one of those communities. In Kenskoff, funds raised through Global Giving were combined with other donations to purchase and distribute 20 rabbit cages. Training was provided in rabbit production and general management and the number of rabbit producers increased from 17 to 41. In addition, 27 rabbit raisers were trained in meat quality assurance. Future plans for small animal production in Kenskoff including continuing to work on a rabbit marketing strategy and increasing production. They would also like to set up a hygienic meat processing plant. In order to spread knowledge and training further, project funds covered the cost of bringing together 20 key production leaders from seven communities, including Kenskoff and Grand Boulage, to be part of a rabbit network meeting in Port-au-Prince. As the rabbit marketing network grows, producers will have more options for selling their animals and will be able to get higher prices.Kenskoff is also receiving assistance in vegetable production and 23 producers from Kenskoff and Croix de Bouquets were trained in low cost techniques that can help improve their harvests of lettuce and cabbage. Goals and plans for vegetable production in Kenskoff include setting up a small nursery and training producer on how produce strong seedling as they are currently losing a lot of time and money trying to manage seeds.It is with the support of donors like you that we can accomplish so much. Thank you again.
The Feeding Families project continues to make a difference in rural Haiti, thanks to your support. Some recent purchases with donated funds include:
Funds were also used to bring rabbit producers from the project to the first Haitian Cuniculture Event, where they received training on a variety of topics and they were able to interact and share experiences with producers from other parts of Haiti. More importantly, with the assistance of Makouti Agro Enterprise, producers joined together in a more formal network so they can sell rabbits as a group. This will allow them to tap into new markets that need a higher quantity of rabbits and/or a regular supply of rabbits, which can be hard for an individual producer.
The accomplishments and progress to date on the Feeding Families project is due to the generous support of donors like you. We thank you again for your assistance with this important activity!
The New Year always brings a time of reflection on the past year and hopes for the one to come. Looking back on 2011, Partners of the Americas and Makouti Agro Enterprise would like to say a big Thank You to all of the donors who have helped improve nutrition and livelihoods in Grand Boulage, a mountain village in Haiti. Your generous donations are making a difference in Haiti! This project has had a great deal of success in Grand Boulage, and in planning for the future stages, we are focusing on building upon what is working well, and trying to make more market linkages to ensure sustainable sources of income for the families in the future. One of our main objectives for the first trimester of 2012 is to produce and sell a minimum of 25 rabbits per week at local markets in Port-au-Prince. Rabbit production continues to be a popular activity among the farmers in Haiti, since a successful rabbitry brings a lean, high-quality source of protein as well as potential for sales and income. To achieve this objective, Makouti Agro Enterprise plans to create a network around Port-au-Prince, to include Grand Boulage and the communities of Croix des Bouquets, Sibert, and Kenskoff, which are closer to the city and have had some past related experience with animal-raising. They will help set up a cooperative system and to convene producers and community members, along with agronomy students and perhaps agricultural ministry representatives, to share best practices and management techniques. Recently, ten cages have been distributed to women in Sibert. There has been an increased in focus on women beneficiaries, as women are critical to family nutrition and have proven to be more successful in managing the rabbitries. The work has already begun on the construction of 2 new rabbitry structures in Grand Boulage. Together with 2 structures provided by the Friends of Haiti, that community will have a total of 10 high-quality structures. The Feeding Families project continues to work hand-in-hand with other programs and organizations, such as the Farmer to Farmer Program and the Friends of Haiti. In the last quarter of 2011, Farmer to Farmer continued to focus on providing training to community members in the care and disease prevention in goats and rabbits, and Friends of Haiti took the lead in composting, reforestation training, and preparing hundreds of seedlings (cede, orange, and chadeque/grapefruit) for planting. Together and with your help, we can help make 2012 a hopeful and productive year for these families in Haiti!
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Director, Farmer to Farmer Program