Haiti is one of the most food-insecure countries in the world, in large part due to soil infertility and erosion that impede farming. SOIL addresses this problem by producing organic, agriculture-grade compost from recycled human waste, collected from the composting toilets in our sanitation projects. This project will increase our compost production capacity, helping more Haitians improve the soil and raise crops that are healthier, can better sustain drought, and yield larger harvests.
Haiti was once one of the most agriculturally productive countries in the world, but decades of deforestation and poverty have eroded and depleted the soil, seriously impacting Haiti's farming economy. Currently, most soil amendments available in Haiti to address this problem are neither environmentally nor economically sustainable. While SOIL produces rich organic compost, quantities are currently limited by the size constraints of our site.
Our sanitation projects in Haiti generate waste that is transformed into organic, agriculture-grade compost through the process of ecological sanitation. Compost improves the soil's health and productivity, and it is environmentally friendly and affordable. SOIL currently produces over 8,000 gallons of compost each month, but improvements to our site will allow SOIL to double our compost production capacity and improve the efficiency and affordability of our operations.
Increasing SOIL's production of compost to almost 200,000 gallons per year will help farmers grow more food and improve the viability of reforestation efforts in Haiti. In turn, more successful farmers will improve their own livelihoods and make food more affordable and available to all Haitians. Healthier soils also have the added benefit of reducing disaster risk because they are less susceptible to droughts and reforestation is critical for preventing catastrophic floods and mudslides.