2016 Haiti Project
L’AFB: The Association of Women of the commune of Baptiste, near Belladère
L’ICEF-DA: The Institute of Consultation of Evaluation and Training for Agricultural Development www.icefda.org
FEVERH: The Green School of Haiti Foundation
OPAPAM: Organisation Permacole accompagnant la Production Agricole Moderne www.opapam.org
Permaculture Internationale : www.permacultureinternationale.com
UCOCAB: The Union of Coffee Cooperatives of Baptiste, near Belladère
VGSH: Green School Haiti www.greenschoolhaiti.com
(Other partners to be announced).
Raison d’être (reason for being) of the project
The succession of disasters which have cruelly struck Haiti in recent years has left this magnificent island in a state of extreme poverty and dependency. Populations are fleeing and being killed whilst trying to sail on dilapidated boats searching for a better destiny.
One of the first principles of permaculture is to produce a harvest. This is the primary objective of our design course: to provide a group of farmers, who will in turn become trainers, with everything they need in order to allow them to have access to simple production methods that are accessible to all. Feeding oneself implies knowing how to produce, which becomes an emergency for this people who imports nearly all of its foodstuffs. In effect, nearly everything is imported to the island, and shortage leads to misery and hunger.
We are convinced that returning to the basics by controlling soil protection, proper water management, the creation of nourishing forests and especially, by appropriating self-management of the environment will restore confidence in Haitian farmers in order to improve their living conditions.
Permaculture Internationale specialises in design, i.e. in the design and application of autonomous and viable methods of natural environments in all the world’s regions. Through the learning of simple practical exercises of the principles of permaculture, which are the principles of ‘’nature’’ in its broadest sense, we will manage to initiate on-site good practices. Natural methods are applicable even by those with little education, everywhere on this planet where there is soil, water, vegetation and good will.
“When a man is hungry, it would be better to teach him how to fish than to give him a fish”, says the proverb. We want through our presence to prove that food autonomy is possible. Building on the practical experiences of Permaculture Internationale and on the widely demonstrated successes in Mexico, India, Morocco, Guatemala, etc., we are convinced that our approach will be able to initiate a movement of hope among the Haitian people, who are in great need of it.
During this training course, we will pool our knowledge and know-how in order to teach participants about the nuances of good design and how to sustain them. Supervised by experts, we will develop a social, economic and agricultural design which corresponds to the needs of the environment. We will reflect together by drawing inspiration from the ecosystem of the island, from the existing plant potential and from the application of the natural farming of Massanobu Fukuoka. We will restore confidence in Haitian farmers so that they can reconcile with their land and can learn to love and manage it without exhausting it, in this island where all that is necessary for a good diet may be grown without too much effort.
Our training programme
Three activities are planned for October 2016
1. A public workshop conference, with translation into Creole:
This conference which will take place in Port au Prince will be accessible to all and translated into the local language. The theme of the conference will be food self-sufficiency, which can be applied everywhere even in towns and cities, in the form of urban vegetable gardens, in small corners of land or at the back of houses. The conference will be illustrated by a projection with commentary, which will show images of other countries in the world faced with similar situations.
2. A Communal Development Plan (design course in permaculture) recognised at international level
Around twenty or so students from several countries will receive, over two weeks, intensive learning with their Haitian teammates: farmers, agronomists, gardeners, etc. The participation of this group of Haitians will be totally funded by the project. Training will take place on the experimental farming site of the State farm, “Agricultural Colony of Baptiste”, located near Belladère and managed by ICEF-DA (The Institute of Consultation of Evaluation and Training for Agricultural Development).
3. Five days of intensive training for farmers and producers
Around twenty or so agronomists, producers from various agricultural environments and coffee plantations, will receive intensive training about the self-fertility of soil, water management and the plantation of nourishing forests. Together, we will develop strategies in order to diversify in stages monocultures of coffee, by copying the natural system of the cyclic functioning of local forests. The training course, organised by the OPAPAM association which will assist us in on-site practical work, will allow to acquire good visual practices which can easily be duplicated.
A film crew on site
In this world where wealth is so poorly distributed, we must make use of images in order to arouse interest and learning and show this inequality. They will be shot by professional filmmakers and permanent growers. These experts will know how arouse solidarity through producing a high-quality documentary. Thanks to this film, we hop, on the one hand, to raise the necessary funds in order to create a model coffee plantation, accompanied by diversified fruit production; and, on the other hand, to develop a simple visual learning tool, subtitled in in Creole in order to be accessible to all. This documentary will be reproduced and broadcast in public in rural environments by the State farm of the “Agricultural Colony of Baptiste”, near Belladère.
Attached is the detailed budget. We hope that Permaculture Internationale will be able to recruit 15 students and five assistants in order to cover the training costs of the Haitian farmers and contribute to fund part of this training course. We rely on the generosity of our donors in order to ensure the funding of the rest of the project. We undertake to provide them with a detailed report after the execution of the project.
The organising support team: PAPAM
Nadine Dominique, Founder of PAPAM, has lived abroad and has returned to her native country in order to establish here the inspiration that she has gained through permaculture. The “design” revolves around the PAPAM farm and its partners. She would like to multiply her actions by demonstrating the viability and wealth of her country of origin which, according to her, is just waiting to express itself.
(ICEF-DA) The Institute of Consultation of Evaluation and Training for Agricultural Development www.icefda.org
David Nicolas, engineer and agronomist, graduate of the Faculty of agronomy and veterinary medicine of Haiti and graduate of the College of tropical agronomy of Montpellier in France. David Nicolas has climbed the levels of civil service at the Ministry of agriculture of natural resources and rural development of his country. He was in turn Director of the Intermediate school of agriculture of Dondon, in the north of the country, director of the Department of training and development of executives at the Central office, and Minister of agriculture.
Since 2000, he has devoted his time to research, training and development activities of the coffee industry in the commune of Baptiste, near Belladère and to consultations on different themes concerning the Haitian agricultural sector.
Claude Adolphe, agronomist: Director of the State farm of Baptiste, near Belladère. Sets up nurseries with a structured vision of development, by using volunteers in the selection of labour productivity and family coffee farms in order to have more farmers and more de production.
Jean Bertin Behal Joseph is a graduate of agronomy and has a degree in management. He has also studied the Development of agricultural cooperatives in Israel where he has completed an internship at Kibboutz Brow Chail.
More than 20 years’ experience in the management of projects and programmes; in the execution of varied activities, such as: the organisational strengthening of associations and agricultural cooperatives, training, business plans, monitoring and assessment, production and agricultural research, processing and international marketing of agricultural products, food safety and certification. Mr Joseph is member of the coordination of the Institute of consultation, evaluation and training for agricultural development (ICEF-DA), a Haitian company specialised in supporting rural development.
(FEVERH) The Green School of Haiti Foundation
Éric Graham. Building on his management experience in different companies, he has especially focused on rural development and the search for new challenges to meet and new situations to manage in which he will be able to build on his exceptional relational qualities.
Sandra Rénélique, originally from Haiti, lives in Canada. With skill, dynamism, rigour and effectiveness, she takes an active part in the promotion and distribution of permaculture practices as a way to help her country to develop itself. “The children of today will manage the country of tomorrow”; this is why she puts all her energy and heart into contributing to their education at the Green School of Haiti.
Rafael Urbaez Pujols, agronomist. A very active hands-on and practical man, recognised for his closeness to and support for farmers as well as his involvement in several community organisations in the country. He supports through his action several organisations and acts an intermediary between them in his motivating collaborative work. He believes in agricultural potential and in the production capacity of the island; he puts all his heart into it in order to develop simple methods to protect the farming industry.
Bernard Alonso, Quebec, he has applied the permacultural approach in his life since 1993. His Rougemont farm in Quebec (CANADA) was a training and distribution centre of exceptional and innovative practices (see the details of his career on the site). In recent years, he has devoted his time to promoting and distributing permaculture everywhere he is invited: in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, Oceania, etc. He thus hopes to contribute to provide concrete answers for the need for change in our way of life and lifestyle, and to help us in this transition.