Once certain crops have been raised, farmers can get added value at the market if grain crops are processed into meal or flour. The grain mill projects are invaluable to rural communities because they process grains into meals or flours that are in high demand because they are the basic staples for daily food consumption and caloric intake. Rice, corn and millet are the three major food staples that supply most daily meals of the 70% of Haitian people in the rural areas.
It is critical to food security that certain grains are milled such as corn into cornmeal or millet into flour. Thanks to your support, Lambi Fund is starting grain mill projects with several new organizations in the South and will be reporting more on them in the upcoming months.
Lambi Fund helps community organizations with two types of tree planting projects:
1) Projects whose main focus is another area such as ox plowing, grain mills, micro-credit or goat breeding are required to implement a small project planting 20,000 tree seedlings for reforestation.
2) Large scale tree planting projects whose main focus is the operation of a tree nursery and planting 40,000 to 200,000 trees. Coffee and Cacao require shade trees so reforestation is also a major component of those sustainable development projects. And some organizations are raising fruit trees, such as mango or plantains, for food and those are major tree projects where the trees are not raised to reforest areas but to feed people.
To illustrate, below is a chart that displays both types of projects and their anticipated number of tree seedlings planted:
Two of the priority projects that result in more food for Haitians are the Ox Plow projects that increase the amount of land tilled for planting and the Micro-Credit Funds for farmers that accompany the Ox Plow projects. The funds, at an interest rate of 2%, help farmers to pay for the service of plowing at the initial stages. This is a much better interest rate than predatory lenders who charge as much as 25 or 30%. All revenues from the Ox Plowing service increase the capacity of the organization to care for the community.
With longer droughts and shorter rainy seasons, it is critical that plowing the land for planting is done in a timely manner. Farmers can plow the land sooner when they don’t have to worry about repayments with huge interest rates. In addition, Ox plowing is much quicker than hand tilling. Thanks to your support, Lambi Fund is starting projects with several new organizations in the South and will be reporting more on them in the upcoming months.