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Nov 12, 2018

CPP: Learning in climate change era

The Center for Plantain Propagation (CPP), established for over a decade ago,  teaching and training planters on the modification of the plan, a main staple in Haiti.  That changed a whole community and resulted in the emergence of a new plantain that is resistant to sigatoka disease. 

The work continues in the gardens of CPP.  The staff plans for each season of planting.  Following the tomato harvest, as the new year began CPP planted 39 marmites (each marmite = 5lbs) or 195 pounds of seeds for beans that in five months yielded  179 marmites or 895 lbs of beans.  That would bring a revenue of 49,175.000 HDG.  That was with some challenge since a section of the garden did not flourish, due to some natural elements. 

That was promptly followed with tilling, preparing the land for a new season of tomatoes for the next four months. This season was affected by the unexpected inundation that impacts the harvest.  In prior years, the production was nearly a certainty that the harvest will be consistent but both draught and inundation are shifting the food production expectation and projection.  The question is can we have a third harvest before year end.  as we approached the "hurricane season", we are more and more concerned about the major downpours and potential storms among other things affecting food production. 

In the meantime, we have produced 20,000 seedlings of lemon trees and citrus fruit as the citrus plants have been affected by diseases reducing the availability of lemon, lime and grapefruit.  This will add to 5000 lime trees produced last year.  One observation, Mango trees seems to suffer this year in their productive capacity to give fruits.  Reasons are not clear at this time and may be attributed to the shift in rain. 

In addition to the challenges the shift in weather brings to each area of the country and espicifically in Grow Mornes where CPP is.  The activities at CPP allows the Lambi staff along with the community farmer to learn and create new strategies as we plant and have similar experiences. 

Other challenges:  Finding agro hand for seeding and harvesting is becoming more and more difficult as many of the new generation does not consider agriculture a viable work and revenue producing and do not intend to work the land.  The migration to cities and urban areas is broadly evident in the skirts of the capital and other major cities.  Jobs are also not so readily available in the country where the level of unemployment continue to rise above 40%.  Agricultural entrants are more expensive every year. In land where there is no irrigation, the longer drought is literally destroying the potential for revenue for many farming families. 

Our committment is to work with rural partners to change the  dynamics and render stronger and more effective the strategies for continuous and productive harvests among rural farmers in Haiti.


We are very grateful for your financial support that helps keep the work and food production in our communities though education, providing care to allas

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Nov 6, 2018

Factors challenging long term rebuilding efforts

   Since the earthquake of 2012 the Lambi Fund has been focused in rebuilding for long term impact in communities in rural areas with minimal infrastructure and inadequate planning.  The lack of integrated multi sectorial plans to address the needs of the remote communities with which we are working in partnership is relatively non existent. It has been both a learning experience, and a challenge to obtain sustainability and achieve capacity building in meaningful and continuous success.  We have encountered barriers and conditions that require constant attention and flexibility to improve skills and local capacity so as to make a difference.

A.  Climate changes shift best practices and forces redefinition of strategies

      There was a time not less than 10 years ago that we could predict harvest timing and relatively plan a year of agricultural production among hard working rural farmers.  The shifts in timing and unexpected weather patterns have altered these strategies and made best practices unreliable.  In many ways we are redefining the methodologies and creating other options to assure production. Yet the lack of national resources and support makes it a challenge to make ajustments.  Compounding the problem is the state of the environment in Haiti.  As we progress in reforestation, we can have a visual in many of the communities touched; yet a national plan is still the intensifying factor that can help the wave of the climactic shifts occuring today.  We remain hopeful because these communities constantly are opting to work together, identify a critical issue and present a strategy that Lambi Fund supports in partnership to resolve the identified issue.

B.  Migration Patterns

      The migration from rural areas to some of the coastal cities and the capital is a threat to agriculturally relevant activities because it adds to a lack of food security.  Primary and secondary migration adds to woeful neglect of the agricultural sector in the rural areas resulting in the greatest barrier to long term rebuilding efforts. There needs to be more actionable projects to combat this detrimental issue that may lead to less food production and more expensive imports in the near future.  A cultural and dialogue shift from "priority in word" to "priority with implementation and measurable results"  must be embraced by all sector and issure a Private Public Partnership (PPP) to make a difference.

C.  Revenues and agro related production

     As previously discussed, migration and climatic change impact rural communities.  The reduction of revenue associated with family plot production is symbiotic and generates more food insecurity.  Finding alternatives (cistern for water retention) (identifyings critical geo center for sustainable communities) and supporting activities (grain storage for example) can provide new approaches to overcome the impact and support the population.  A PPP is in order to make sustainable and critical shifts in outcome.

D.  Partnership and development 

The work of partners coupled with local activities identified by local partners is critical to support economic development and its impact on communities int he rural area.  Yet the impact for urban cities cannot be ignored as rural haitian motivators say in their motivational singing  "without us, cities wont be fed" (san peyizan yo pa manje). 

As we continue to work, we acknowledge the long term support. Over these year you have remained committed in solidarity with us to find some solutions based on the experience that we share to make a difference.  Although it is a slow cumulative process, we are making a difference. Rural peasants, farmers and the Lambi Fund thank you for your faithfullness and your support.

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Nov 1, 2018

I am that woman

 I used to get up and had no idea what I will do today.  When the harvest was over and when inundation washed away my production, there was barely enough to assure food on the table.  Even getting together enough seed for the next production became a challenge. What is most frightening is to have nowwhere to turn to look for work.  So for some of us it might be getting a day of labor when someone is in need of help.  Sometimes it is just an exchange of good and services.

As a member of the   organization in the community of     we started our own small fund.  One after the other we hope for our turn, we waited just to begin our small " barque".

Our barque takes many shape. It could be school supplies, easter wear, clothing and needed accesories, often it is food and household accesories. Our barque is the recipient that we carry.  It could be a large weaved plate, it could be a large basket that we carry on our head, it could also be a large bag that we carry on our arm from place to place from house to house selling  our inventory.  It is most often on market day that we go with the small inventory and sell to have some revenue to renew.   

My life was going to change but I had no idea. what I earn makes it possible for me to contribute to the household, to help my sisters. I started with selling coffee in the morning with bread and peanut butter, in the corner of my house. I needed to also go to school.  I would sell from 4 in the morning till 8 and I would go to school.  It is that way I could have food for my sister and school supplies and I hope to finish school bext year. I am that woman.   

As Roselene related, so I am telling you.

Roselene is joined by  for 497 women who started their small business in 2018 when the Lambi Fund of Haiti granted  each one a micro-loan of 10,000 haitian gourdes that stimulates local markets bringing in a  variety of consumable goods including food, accesories, personal items much needed in isolated rural communities.  

During this year, Lambi Fund has successfully assisted 498 women to initiate their own small commerce, bringing much needed goods to their local market and building their clientele and as result being able to be better providers.

We thank you so much because you are among those who have made our effort possible.

Thank you/mesi.

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