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Jun 11, 2019

Lost recovered

reforesting
reforesting

Repairing and restoring food gardens in Haiti is an ongoing activity.  The focus of this work has become more unpredictable over the last few years.  Rain fall was an aspect of planters living,anticipated as we prepare the new harvest.  Raining season is welcomed as it was usually.  It is the type of rain, the intensity and the result of its timng that is now a major concern.  

"We live in extremes" said Constant.  Today we are inundated and the next few weeks, instead of a recovery, we dive into a drought losing what we started recovering.  Just in the last week, Haiti reported inundation death and missing people from the rainfall.  

When we started the project to restore gardens, it was after the great Hurricane Mathew but subsequenty we worked together with over 2,300 members of community farm organizations to replant their food gardens.  The center for plaintain propagation alone recovered its beans and plaintain crops as you will see below in the posted pictures.  

We recovered the following gardens with your help and supportWe face more intemperate weather and still inundation, drought and wind continue to challenge our state of recovery and impact our partners capacity to harvest and improve food production.  

During this period of time we have restored gardens using multiple strategies:

Oxplowing servies:  89 farmers benefitted from the provision of oxen and plows made possible from your gift to the Lambi Fund.  There organizations included OPAH, MPL, SADN and TKL Oscar Romeo who received 12 Oxens and plows to re-establish the tilling services and assisted in the tilling of 50,325 kawo of land.   

Another strategy to restore gardens is integrated in our reforestation program.  Each project plants 20,000 trees fruits or forest.During this time they planted 36,604 plants of which 30,394 are fruit plants an integral part of the nutrition production.  They include:  Cherries , grapefruit, oranges, coffee, cacao, avocado, chestnut, mango, cashew totaling 30,394 fruit trees.

Your donation enabled us to achieve this important milestone.  Your future donation will continue to help us produce more food for the consumers in rural Haiti who ar eunable to afford imported goods.

Thank you for your support, your help.  Your generosity is appreciated and invaluable to our successful partnership with rural farmers.  Thanks again.

harvesting
harvesting

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May 23, 2019

Current Production impacted with climate change

food production
food production

Our project focusing on expanding local food production are MPL, OPAH/OPB, SADN, TKL Oscar Romeo. These farmer associations received 12 Oxen to pull their plows in order to increase the acreage dedicated to food production in their localities.  Oxplows replace hand labor with a hoe that prepared the land at a very slow pace in addition to the effect of the tropical sun on farmers preparing the ground. 

During this reporting period, these organizations turn over 30.15 acre of land.  Having the plows allow for access whenever needed to plant beans, corn, peanuts and other legumes for the local food market.  However immediate the access to plowing, the impact of extreme drought or unexpected inundation has curtailed the capacity to produce even more food.   Thus the organizations have made small profits.  In their budget, 30-40% goes to pay the plow operators; 40% was used to build pasture space and feed for the oxens. 

The emphasis on Ox plowing versus individual hand hoe is a major strategy to improve the level of production in our local farming community.  An oxplow is twenty to twenty five times faster than using an hoe to turn the land for planting.  Establishing the capacity for this servie access accompanied by access to loan by the farmers to pay for the plowing serving is clearly expanding food production in the local community.

The organizations not only provide the service for the members but also for the community at large.  In fact there were 89 farmers who used the plowing service of whihc 64 were organization members and 25 non-members. The organizations in establishing the sercice brought in 50.325 in revenue for long term  capacity building for their membership.

Thank you for your support and your help to improve the local food production. . 

improving food production
improving food production

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May 23, 2019

Moving Forward with the Greening the Community

nursery of new seedling
nursery of new seedling

Planting trees remain a priority year in and year out.  Assessing the need for reforrestation in Haiti has not changed.  For many communities however, the level of green is changing.  As per the south where Mathew destroyed the green cover, what a change we have seen with the returning of the green cover.

Currently the Lambi Fund has 8 active projects in the south of the Country with a goalof planting 486,000 new trees. The goal of each organization varies from 20,000 to 120,000.  Consider KPM, Kombit Peyizan Mak, who fell in love not only with the concept of reforrestationn but also with the changes it made in their community.  For one thing sharing the nursery experience with community dwellers raised considerabe awareness.  It is not unlikely for a youngster to see a growing orange tree and not take it,  wrap it and replant it where it would be protected till maturity.  They understand that every tree counts and they have responsibility to keep the community green.  

 KPM had a goal of planting 60,000 new trees.  At the end of their projected first year they produced       71,512 over 19% of their from 11 species of trees, familiar to the area.  They distributed a total of 31,446 new seedlings ready for transfering to their permanent location; and  24,543 last December.  91 members of the organization and other community members benefited. They encountered a period of time off drought where rain was scarse and they lost nearly 32% of the new plants.  As the weather conditions changed, a new set goal of producing 40,000 trees was envisioned.  The mobilization has started to prepare the seedling bags.  There are 17,500 ready to be seeded.  the goal is to seed 2000 mahogany  and two pound of coffee to germinate.  As of today, 143 small coffee trees are already in seedling forms.  By the end of May all the seedlings would have been planted.

KPM is one of the 8 projects that will continue to evolve with the hope that we will see greater greener both i forest ans fruit trees serving the purpose of improved lives in Haiti.

Thank you so much for being an active part of the change we live everyday.  Thanks for your help and your support.   

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