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Help Families Grow their Own Food in Rural Haiti

by Lambi Fund of Haiti
Help Families Grow their Own Food in Rural Haiti
Help Families Grow their Own Food in Rural Haiti
Help Families Grow their Own Food in Rural Haiti
Help Families Grow their Own Food in Rural Haiti
Help Families Grow their Own Food in Rural Haiti
Help Families Grow their Own Food in Rural Haiti
Help Families Grow their Own Food in Rural Haiti
Help Families Grow their Own Food in Rural Haiti

We are working with a group that is growing coffee and other vegetables. Here is some background about that group. More details to come as they progress on the work.

OFAP (Women's Organization for Action), which was born on March 12, 2000  in the community of Pliche. Today it has 108 Women members.

The organization sets itself the following objectives:

. Work collaboratively to improve the economic conditions of the members;

. Helping Women Know the Rights and Duties of Society;

. Combat all forms of violence against women in society.

Organization Framework and Functioning: OFAP has a simple framework: a 9-member Steering Committee (Chairman, Vice President, Secretary, Vice Secretary, Treasurer, 2 Delegates, 2 Advisors) and 6 Commission 3 members listed at each of these locations. The organization has its members in: Piwon, Kenyan, Pliche, Are, Agan, Manso.

In the running of the Organization, members have to contribute 20.00 gds per month. Currently, the Organization has 100,000 gds in the treasury.

The Steering Committee meets monthly. The Organization's meetings, which gather the majority of members, are held every 3rd Thursday of the month. Lastly, a General Assembly is held annually to evaluate the work done in the year and plan for the coming year. Recently the Organization held elections to renew the membership of the Steering Committee. The new committee has a term of 5 years.

Members of the Organization usually carry out the following activities: Vegetable Garden - Coffee nursery and grain storage. The organization uses the money in the treasury to carry out activities that have good benefits.

OFAP works jointly with several other organizations in the area such as: ODEP (Organizational Development Agency) - OPDTM (Peasant Development Organization Three Mangoes)-

Pliche is a locality located in the South Department especially in the 4th Section of Marc Henry, Commune of the Cavalry. There are approximately 10,000 people living in the section. The distance to Pliche and Cavallon is 18 miles. In Pliche there are 5 Elementary Schools that can educate 1500 Children from different farms in the area. Children walk 50 m, 300 m, 1 km, 2 km to reach the schools. No High School is in Pliche.

The Pliche population receives health care at the Boundary, Cavalry, Lazil, Okay, Fondant, Aken, Matino, Sizean and Pleasure Hospitals. In general people walk from 30-45mn to these health centers because public transport is not always available in the area.

In the Pliche area there are 5 streams that allow the population to get water to use. These sources are called Tisous, Agan, In Mapuche, Behind the Basin, In Belize.

The economics of Pliche people are based on Breeding, Trade and Agriculture. Agriculture is the largest source of income for people living in Pliche. In this sense, the Peasants produce Beans, Corn, Coffee, Cocoa, Yams, Bananas, Fu Fu and Forest.

Pliche Area Agricultural Calendar

Crop Date Plantation Date Crop

Corn Feb-March

July-August May-June

Oct-Nov

Sweet potatoes July-August

Nov. Nov.

Feb

Millet Feb.-March

July-August profiles. Jan

Yam Feb-March

August- Sept. March- June

Dec

Manioc Fev.-March

July-August Fev- March

July-August

Coffee March, August, Oct., Nov. August, Sept, Dec, Jan

Cocoa March, August, October, Nov.

Bananas August-Feb.

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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.

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General Organization expenses are to pay for Plow Operators, to buy oxen, to repair Plows, to pay for veterinary care and to buy pastures.

A contingency fund will resolve problems that may arise in the operation of plows such as replacing oxen and Veterinary Care for sick animals.

RESULTS OF Ox Plowing Project

• Lambi provides a total of 6 full-service plows to serve organizations in the southern department. They rotate usage of the plows.

• Plowing services still exist in the Organization, even if it is doing poorly.

• 135 members of the Organization received the plowing service.

• 68 planters in the community received plowing services.

• Organizations have around 49,986 goudes in their treasury.

• There are 18 members of 4 Organizations who get to earn some money plowing.  

IMPACT OF THE PROJECT ON THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ORGANIZATION AND THE POPULATION.

- More land to work in communities where there are plows

- More people are interested in investing in agricultural activities

- The plows allow those who benefit from the service to respect the planting period

- Plowing service allows agricultural yields in irrigated areas

- Growers cultivate their soil faster and easier when pasture

- Some farmers in the community who benefit from plowing services want to become members of the Organization

- Organizations are becoming stronger due to the many activities planned for their projects, many meetings are also held

Project Activity Monitoring: The Lambi staff completed 2 follow-up visits to each of the  organizations during the first year of the project to track the progress of project activities. The Southern Department's Monitor makes 2 monthly follow-up visits to the project. These visits allow the staff to discuss with the Organization the activities that have taken place - what is needed - the planning of future activities. These visits also allow Lambi, through its Staff and Southern Regional Monitors, to look at the issues they are facing, think about the issues and help the Organization find solutions to them. In addition, the Port au Prince staff meets monthly with the Regional Monitor at the office to discuss further project progress and make suggestions and recommendations as needed.

DIFFICULTIES

• Plows are out of work due to the very short rainy season this year

• In irrigated areas, planters lose fields due to drought in several areas

• Organizations are struggling to feed oxen properly

• Organizations lack pasture to feed the oxen

• A little difficulty in providing care to the oxen especially when they are sick

• Much of the money that goes into plowing project goes to buying pastures

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Although the country has a lot of problems in agriculture, organizations are trying to provide services at all times. This is why most members of the Organization believe that their presence in the Organization is a great thing for them. They also think that if the rain were to fall properly, they would have the capacity to plow a lot of ground. 

While it was difficult, the recipient organizations recognized the importance of such an activity within a community. The plow project allowed life to return to the associations, with many returning to work after the calamity of Hurricane Matthew. Lambi is asking members to make more contributions to the Organization so that they can have multiple pieces of land for setting up pastures to better feed the oxen and to prevent animals from getting sick.  

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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. . 

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Tonight like the last three nights, I am waiting for our field staff that have reported:  The country has shot down. Thousands are walking, singing their complaints with drums and foot steps drumming their pain.  Nothing unexpected:  Not enough employments, kids who did not get to school this September, not knowing when is the next meal coming from and the increasing cost of livng that renders the acqisition of  basic necessities impossible.

Amid these challenges there is a group of people in communities much like yours who tneders to their work early before sunrise and often amid the hot sun, cultivating, caring for the soil and praying for better conditions and improved production.

They are the many farmer organizations and their members with whom we partner.  As we close 2018, we open 2019 with a a number of project that will boost food production and we hope that you will keep the rural farmers on your priority list. The project portfolio is set in the mist of our sustainable development goals and priorities. It comprises the following;   Sustainable Agriculture (SD), Alternative Economy (AE), Environment (E)

Organization/Sig                                       Department                        Project Type

Oganizasyon pou deve-   OPDERGM      Gwomon                       Community Credit       lopman Ravin gwomon

Tet Kole Ti Peyizan TiRivye
Latibonit                                  TKTPLA            Latibonit                      Mill for rice             Association Fanm Vanyan
Fyevil                                         AFVF                   Fyevil                  Goat Breeding         Oganizasyon Peyizan Garyen
Pou Devlopman Savan Karre                    OPJDSC                       Production of Mango              

Center for Plantain                 CPP              Gwomon                       Food production (beans,       
Propagation                                                                                        Tomato, peanuts)

Koperativ Agrikol Kafe                                                                                        Plazans                                  KOKAP          South                           Cafe and Cacao

                                                                                                                 Asosyasyon Fanm Pou
Transfomasyon Agrikol      AFTA                 South                              Women Credit       

Kombit peyizan pou
devlopman Tobek           KOPADET             South                               Farmers’ Credit                    

Reforestation is a required component for all projects.  Each organization will plant 20,000 trees except for OPJDSC that will add 60,000 new mango trees to complete the goal of 120,000. T he replacement of coffee and cacao  will improve the quality and quantity of coffee produced plant 120,000 and the mango production of 60,000; and KOKAP that will also renew its coffee field planting 60,000 new coffee trees, to reach a total of  300,000 new seedlings for 2019.    

Thank you for supporting food production in all its aspects.          

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Lambi Fund of Haiti

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Josette Perard
Washington, DC United States
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