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gives back to the environment

by planting trees in HAITI

through Trees for the Future

 

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Trees planted to date:
128,940

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haiti Update, Trees for the Future 2014 Plan of Action, March, 2014

2014 Goal for Haiti:  Plant 1,000,000 trees and 200 Forest Gardens

Haiti and the Philippines: We have a rich history of helping hillside communities, throughout the Caribbean and the Asia Pacific region, to implement sustainable agroforestry projects focused on increasing productivity and minimizing erosion. In these island countries, climate change is manifesting itself in erratic and extreme ways. Rainy seasons are sporadic and dry seasons are more severe. Pests are invading new areas and the increasing frequency and strength of typhoons and hurricanes is raising the annual death toll. Our forest garden approach in Haiti and the Philippines have enabled families to become more resilient to extreme weather events and remain productive on their land - giving them an alternative to the slums of Port-au-Prince and Manila.

Forest Garden Approach

Major Characteristics of a Forest Garden

• Avoids the risk of economic dependence on one or very few crops.

• Continually provides food and other products.

• Allows nature to provide organic fertilizers and pest controls.

Deforestation and poverty are inextricably linked in many areas of the developing world. Nearly a third of the world’s population live in poor farming communities, and farming is responsible for 80% of the deforestation across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. However, through the forest garden approach, small farm plots can help to restore natural resources and be a key driver in poverty reduction.

The forest garden, which mimics the diversity of a forest ecosystem, aims to increase and sustain income-generating opportunities and food security while restoring biodiverse tree cover. Forest gardens can be designed to thrive in almost any environment - from the arid lands of West Africa to the humid uplands of the Phillipines. This makes them a viable solution for the millions of farmers throughout the world faced with the challenge of creating a livelihood solely from an inherited piece of degraded farmland.

The forest garden incorporates a variety of tree species and other crops, in a horizontal and vertical design that provides sustainable sources of food, firewood, fodder and marketable products.

The initial step in growing a forest garden is designing a smart plan. During our training workshops farmers identify what they need for their household and what they can sell in local markets. They learn to map their fields and create a vision for tree planting. Where zero tree cover exists, fast-growing, nitrogen-fixing trees are planted first to improve soil quality and provide cover from the harsh sun and wind. Beneath the fast-growing trees farmers learn to layer-in a wide variety of fruit and nut-bearing trees. Timber trees form the tallest layer of the forest garden, providing shade for other crops and sustainable income for the next generation. Among these trees, farmers learn how to intercrop vegetables and integrate livestock, bees and poultry.

The forest garden’s strength is in its diversity and flexibility. Fresh fruits and vegetables improve the nutrition of farming families. Surplus of fruits, firewood, animal forage, berries, oils, medicines, insecticides and other tree products are sold to local markets for profit. By meeting the needs of people and the planet, forest gardens provide a practical, replicable and scalable pathway out of poverty.

Haiti Update, Trees for the Future 2013 Plan of Action, March, 2013

In Haiti, Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy further damaged the lives of families still struggling to recover from the earthquake that devastated the country almost three years ago. The lack of trees across Haiti—just three percent of the country remains forested—has intensified the impacts of hurricanes. Without trees to protect them from wind and rain, homes and farms were battered and destroyed by Isaac and Sandy. The two storms took more lives in Haiti than in any other country.

The good news is that, even with the significant challenges posed by Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy, Trees for the Future’s Haiti program made progress in 2012. More than 50 communities received support from TFTF within the three regions where we work: the Arcadine Coast, Chaine des Chaos and Jacmel. We established 18 tree nurseries that produced some 800,000 multi-purpose, fast-growing trees. Our field staff organized 24 workshops focusing on such topics as agroforestry, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. In addition, 600 families and 4,500 individuals (50% of whom are women) received our assistance in tree-planting, sustainable agriculture and agroforestry.

All told in 2012, TFTF training programs gave Haitian farmers and their families tools to manage their own land and lives. Participating farmers have come to understand the importance of working their lands in sustainable ways, and are steadily integrating modern agroforestry techniques into their farming practices. Thanks to our programs, more than 250 farmers in TFTF project areas are now building nurseries and establishing “living fences” of trees and plants around their properties.

Haiti Update, Trees for the Future 2012 Plan of Action and Budget, December, 2011

In 2011, Trees for the Future's Haiti Program delivered three critical services - tree planting, agroforestry, and agricultural assistance - to local farmers in three regions of the country: the Arcadine Coast, Chaine des Chaos, and Gonaives. Our program provided direct assistance to 450 farmers and their families living in extreme poverty, and our work touched the lives of another 2,800 community members. To date, our Haiti Program has established 21 tree nurseries and one central nursery that have produced approximately 1,500,000 seedlings. Roughly 800,000 of those seedlings were planted during May, June, and July, and the rest will be planted during the winter rainy season. In addition to tree-planting, our dedicated Haiti staff conducted 20 training sessions, providing 450 participant with training materials and practical, on-the-ground knowledge of agroforestry and sustainable agriculture. Our staff also advanced environmental education by teaching conservation practices to 150 children in Gonaives.

To find out more about the Haiti program, go to http://plant-trees.org/projects/haiti.htm.

Haiti Update, Trees for the Future Newsletter, February 16, 2011

This past January 12, Haiti and the world recognized the one year anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake which destroyed the capital, killed over 200,000 people, and left millions homeless.  Compounded with the cholera outbreak and political and social problems, the country is dealing with serious challenges on the road ahead.  Looking back on 2010, the Haiti program achieved some major accomplishments.  Over 3000 local people participated, were educated in agroforestry and planted over 1.75 million trees in their fields, courtyards, communal areas, and along degraded rivers and hillsides.  Through the agriculture program, which developed as part of the Yélé-Vert partnership, farmers also received over 500 kilos of agriculture seeds including beans, corn, peppers, melons, tomatoes and eggplants.  

Our success in 2010 is propelling our Haiti program into 2011.  We will work with farmers to plant over 2 million trees and continue to develop more sustainable and profitable agroforestry systems.  However, while we will be working with over 600 families, there are thousands more asking for our help.  The only way to expand our program and meet the needs of more people is through your support.  To find out more about our Haiti program, go to http://plant-trees.org/projects/haiti.htm.

Haiti Update, Trees for the Future Newsletter, April 15, 2010

Hope for Haiti
On January 12 one of the most destructive natural disasters in history devastated a country already suffering from rampant poverty, malnutrition and environmental degradation.  As a consequence of the earthquake Haiti is seeing a mass migration of suddenly homeless and desperate people out of Port-au-Prince back to the rural regions.  However, the degraded, overused land in these areas struggles to even support the permanent residents there.  Therefore, as reported in many sources, we expect to see drastic
increases in malnutrition, sickness and unemployment throughout the country.

Nevertheless, here at TREES we have seen a lot to give us hope.  Haiti is slowly rebuilding and Timote has been playing a crucial role in bringing relief efforts to the specific communities where we are working.   In addition to supplying tree seeds to restore degraded lands, TREES is supplying vegetable seeds to provide short-term relief to people suffering from malnutrition. 

In spite of all the damage and loss, there are numerous communities throughout Haiti who are requesting to participate in Trees for the Future's program. Thanks to overwhelming support from our members and business partners, we will be able to assist them in hillside restoration, soil improvement and training new people in agroforestry techniques.

 

 


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