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Repair/restore food producing gardens in Haiti

by Lambi Fund of Haiti
Repair/restore food producing gardens in Haiti

Trees help food producing gardens in three ways:

1) Trees provide shade to plants in a hot, sunny tropical environment. Some plants like coffee beans need shade to survive.

2) Trees prevent flooding and washing away of gardens during heavy storms or hurricanes.

3) Fruit trees provide food for families and revnue when sold at the market.

Every community-led project funded by Lambi must grow trees for these reasons. The tree nurseries produce both forest and fruit trees. The production of fruit trees is both a revenue producing and food provision activity. This year the major focus has been in fruits, especially citrus, orange, lemon and grapefruit followed by mango, avocado, papaya. But the farmers also raise chestnut, calabash, pine, white pine, cedar, and mahogany trees. For the last few years, citrus has suffered with insect diseases that have destroyed many trees. There is an impetus among our partners to renew the citrus species especially lemon, sour lemon, limes and grapefruit that are part of the daily staple used in cooking and feeding in the country.

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Grain mill in action
Grain mill in action

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.

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Training session
Training session

An important piece of any project, especially one involving repair and restoration, is to ensure there is adequate training. Over the past year, Lambi Fund held 14 training sessions averaging 31 participants each.  There were 439 participants in total.  Trainings were conducted to improve organizational capacity building, management capacity, storage of grain, techniques for animal husbandry. There were 4 special two-day trainings on how to construct a tree nursery.  123 men and women completed the trainings and continue to work with a nursery. They fill bags for seedlings, plant and maintain them until the trees are large enough to be transplanted in permanent spaces.

"After the trees are transplanted from the nursery to their permanent spaces, we will continue to monitor the survival of the trees," said Marie, one of the nursery volunteers. Trees help protect the fields from flooding during the hurricane season and are an important element of sustainable agriculture.

Our challenges are many from reaching farmers in remote areas to coping with a changing climate and seeking to improve collaboration to improve the quality of life for farmers in rural areas.  In spite of the growing chaos in Haiti, we remain hopeful to see the type of commitment that is expressed across the country asking for the right to employment, the right to improving one’s capacity to achieve one’s goals of education and livelihood and the appropriate management of the public trust. We appreciate the support of Global Giving donors to address the goal of sustainable development and the improvement in quality of life in Haiti.  

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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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Since the disaster of Hurricane Mathew, one can assert that the restoration of gardens continues since the depth of destruction of soil level, the lost of land encroacment in coastal regions and the salt water deposits were difficult to restore.  Although we have seen great progress, the greening of the area is evident and there is work to be done.

The lambi Fund truly conscious of the revival of the south has invested in 21 additional project of rehabilitation in that department.  In addition, there were among them,  the gardens for food production:

  •   OBDERGM produced 16,020 new plants (grapefruit, papaya, lemon and moringa)
  •   KOKAP renewed 60,000 coffee trees to improve production of coffee for local    consumer
  •   OPGDSC grafted 28,010 Mango trees added to their current gardens
  •   COPADET planted 11,321 new fruit and forest trees toward their 20,000 goal
  •   SADN production of fruit trees 26,000 diverse fruit trees in its nursery
  •   APTK and KPM are now actively producing 60,000 trees to establish greater density in reforestation goals in their respective regions in the south.

The gardens are evolving as our partners continue to produce, beans, rice, corn, millet that are milled in their neighborhood mills to produce cereal for daily food intake in these communities.Not only are we involved in restoring but also expanding food gardens and replacing old colonial coffee and cacao fields to improve each harvest.

Thank you for your support and your help in making these productions a reality.

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Lambi Fund of Haiti

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Twitter: @LambiFund
Project Leader:
Evelyne Izeogu
Executive Director
Washington, DC United States
$1,800 raised of $65,000 goal
 
16 donations
$63,200 to go
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